Sunday, April 29, 2007

Parkie gets internship at New Line Cinema in NYC...just because he asked!


I'm always talking about how great our alumni are, and how much they want to help you out -- which is truly one of the unique benefits of being a Park student.

But they can't help you if you don't I'm also constantly reminding students to take the time to get in touch with the very people who can do you the most good: Your fellow (and successful) Parkies.

Eddie Pietzak did exactly that a few weeks ago...and he's got a fabulous internship in NYC this summer as a result. He emailed me to tell me about it, and I asked himif I could share it with you all -- a gentle reminder that the person who asks is theperson who gets....

Here 'tis:

Dear Dean Lynch,
These past three months have been a struggle for me trying to crack into the industry and obtain an internship for the summer. I can’t tell you how many times I would not get returned calls, unanswered e-mails, and playing telephone tag with secretaries. When I contacted NBC-Universal I was first put through to Universal Studios Theme Park Human Resources, transferred to the LA studios branch, transferred to their New York division, and talked to three separate people at NBC, before leaving an eventual voicemail that was not returned. I was going at this for a while now with nothing to show for it – but my luck
changed with the help of an IC Alum.

I attended David Spiegelman’s talk this past Saturday, and really enjoyed his presentation. Afterwards, I approached him, introduced myself, and we engaged in small chitchat about his talk. I eventually asked him what the job market in New York was like with New Line Cinema, to which he told me that there was one, and it was pretty extensive. I then continued to ask him for his e-mail, and business card, and if it was okay to contact him about a possible internship this summer. I figured what the hell, and to give it a shot. Luckily for me, David was really enthusiastic, and when I contacted him through e-mail, it took him about two days to help secure, and lock down an internship at New Line Cinema in New York for me this summer! He was
extremely helpful, very responsive, and showed me that you really did need to know somebody in the business. I apparently grabbed the last
spot there this summer, all thanks to him!

Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to working at New Line Cinema this summer, and I just wanted to tell you how extremely helpful David was in my search for an internship. Not only was his talk on Saturday very interesting (we got free DVDs!), but also I am looking forward to him coming back in the fall and teaching a mini-course....Needless to say, I’m very grateful for David’s help, and I just wanted to give you a heads up about his work, and a thank you for bringing him to Park this spring. I hope you have a great day, and things are going well!

Oops....a correction (yes, blogging CAN be journalism)

Sorry, guys, I got something wrong this week and I wanted to correct it asap (who says bloggers can't be journalists, too?).

I reported here that Chelsea Theis won the Ruth Whitney Glamour Scholarship this year. That part is absolutely correct (hurrah, Chelsea!).

But I also said that Ana Liss won last year, and that part was incorrect. Ana did win a prestigious scholarship through the NY Women In Communications (way to go, Ana), but the winner of last year's Whitney Glamour scholarship was actually Sammy Davis, a student at Temple.

Mea culpa. And congrats to both Chelsea and Ana, nonetheless!

The Men of Ellen...Parkie Jim Klimek balances chairs, fire....and (his first) 15 minutes of fame....

We just heard from '06 alum Lindsay Piccotti that one of her Parkie classmates, Jim Klimek, was the star of this week's "Men of Ellen."

Jim's a PA on The Ellen Show, which features various members of its cast and crew who have particular talents and abilities worth showcasing.

And what prompted Jim's 15 (OK, 2) minutes of fame? In addition to being a Parkie, and being happily employed on one of the top television programs in the country, he also happens to be able to balance chairs on his face. Yeah, that's right: chairs on his face.

Come on: That's CERTAINLY worth checking's the link.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Life After College: You WILL get a job....You WILL get a job...You WILL get a job....and it'll be a perfect fit, too...

This just in from Pete Davis, who says you WILL get a job after college -- if you take advantage of your opportunities and your networks -- and it may turn out to be the job of your dreams in ways you didn't expect:

So, after reading a few post-grad updates from some of my friends and fellow alums, I figured I'd write you and let you know about my experiences in the crazy world of the entertainment industry. I suppose it all started back in my sophomore year, when I applied for the ICLA program, and did not get the semester I wanted. Initially, I was bummed...but after a couple of days, I came up with the brilliant plan of doing the LA Program my last semester of college. After all, I knew from day one at Ithaca that I would end up in Los Angeles after graduation, so I figured it would only help to get a head start.

I sort of stumbled across my internship at Bunim/Murray Productions by accident one day while working in the CHS computer lab and browsing the ICLA internship database; I've always been a huge reality-TV buff (I can't believe I just admitted that...), and BMP practically
invented the genre with "The Real World", so I applied, and found out three weeks later that I got the job!

The program is structured to give interns an in-depth overview of every department in the company before they decide which department they want to spend the second half of the program in. As I was a TV-R/Video major, I was of course interested in working in
post-production, but having spent almost every spare moment of my time working for VIC and ICB, I was tempted to intern with the music department as well, and I decided in the end that it would be a good idea to split my time. Turns out, that was a good decision on my part, as there was an opening with the music department towards the end of my internship, and they figured I'd be a good fit for the job.

My job with the music department consists of helping our music supervisors with whatever they need to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. This includes licensing new music; acting as a liaison to artists, publishers, managers, and labels; sitting in on audio mixes, burning CDs, helping them find music, and doing cue sheets for ASCAP and BMI. I also do a lot of outreach to up and coming acts (including two that you've mentioned on the Park blog).

Naturally, all the outreach that I'm doing has given me a very busy social life; I generally go to three or four shows a week, and have hundreds of contacts to keep up with (in addition to all of my friends from Ithaca who now live and work out here)! Echoing Colleen and Amanda's sentiments, networking is by far the most important part of working in the industry; I knew almost NOTHING about working in the music business before I started working in it, but I have learned quite a bit thanks to the friends I've made through my work. Now, I
couldn't see myself working in any other field!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My grandma always said that God is in the details...or the follow-through....

And in the "success is in the follow-through" category:

Katie Zenger O'Brien has just been informed that she has been selected as Junior Fellow Summer Intern for the Library of Congress. She'll be working at the Library's brand spanking new (her words, good description) National Audio Video Conservation Center in Culpepper, VA, with the Film, Television and Radio division.

(And guess where she heard about the opportunity? You got it. Right here. On the blog. Ya gotta love it....)

Glamorous? Parkies? You got that right....

For the second year IN A ROW, one of our very own Parkies has been awarded the Ruth Whitney Glamour Scholarship through the Women in Communications Foundation. Journalism major Chelsea Theis will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a week-long mini-internship through which she will get to shadow the Editor-in-Chief and the managing editors of Glamour magazine.

Anna Liss won the award last year.

Could we BE more glamorous? I think not.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

TONIGHT: Branding a Country (Israel has a MySpace Page? )

Israeli Consul for Media and Public Affairs David Saranga will discuss "Israel: Branding a Country," tonight at 7:00 PM in Park Auditorium.

Previously a Director of Studies and a Lecturer in Marketing Management at the Open University in Israel, Saranga has recently spearheaded the creation of a national MySpace Page, a national blog called "isRealli", and various Internet television programs/youtube videos as part of a wider effort to use new media platforms to improve cultural awareness of Israel to the 18-35 year old demographic.

Before focusing on diplomacy, Consul Saranga was the Manager of the Direct Marketing Department, Visa-Israel Credit Cards and worked as National Sales Executive at Kidum Ltd. He has served as Deputy Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel, as Second Secretary at the Israel Embassy in Romania, and as the First Secretary for Media and Public
Affairs at the Israel Embassy in Spain.

Monday, April 23, 2007

iMPrint goes interactive with SaveTheInternet founder Tim Karr

iMPrint, Ithaca College's online magazine, has just posted its latest special feature, iMPrint In Depth: Net Neutrality, an investigation into the future of the Internet and the forces that threaten its independence and its autonomy.

On Wednesday, the magazine will host its first-ever live chat with net neutrality activist and founder Tim Karr (check out the ads for the event on Google and Facebook). Join the conversation by logging on to iMPrint at noon.

VOTE for your Cellflix favorite! Deadline is tomorrow!

Hey everybody,

This year's Cellflix competition includes a $5,000 "audience" prize sponsored by Texas Instruments, and a whole bunch of Parkies have entered this year's competition.

That means it's time to do your Parkie duty and get online to vote for your favorites - whatever those happen to be!

Check it out:

Winners will be announced early next week.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

This is a BIG one: Take the time to read it...and apply

In three weeks, it'll be summer (really, it's literally three weeks).

That means it's time for beaches, summer jobs, and time away from the stresses and pressures of college.

It also means that it's time to do everything you can -- EVERYTHING you can -- to build your resume, to get some "real world" experience, and to enhance your campus learning with every opportunity you can possibly dig up.

That includes internships (we'll be announcing the progressive media internships this this space).

And this year, it means a once-in-a-lifetime, only-for-Parkies chance to be part of a project that will develop your collaboration and leadership skills, teach you to 'think outside the box', and give you a resume builder that will truly matter to prospective employers, no matter what your major.

Plus pay you $1,000 in the process.

In other words, this is truly one of the most exciting and valuable projects in the Park School since I got here. We've been working on the planning and proposals for almost a year, and two weeks ago, we finally heard that we got funding from a national foundation to make it happen (which also means it probably won't happen now's your chance).

Here are the details:

WHAT: It's called the Park School Innovation Incubator Project (yeah, I know, but that's actually exactly what it is). It will engage a group of five Park students in a collaborative network involving students from six other schools: Kansas State, Michigan State, the University of Kansas, Western Kentucky, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Saint Michael's College in Vermont. The 35 students will work with faculty mentors (ours is Kim Gregson) in a structured process that will teach you to think differently; to lead instead of follow; to be more original, creative, collaborative and innovative than you are now -- and to use those assets to produce a brand new media form, format, or product that will then be tested in the marketplace.

WHEN: The project starts this summer. You'll be required to participate in a three-day on-campus (at IC) workshop in mid-June; to work long-distance with four other students for about six weeks (and yes, you can do this as well as hold a full-time summer job/internship, if you're really committed to the project); and then to return to IC for a final three-day workshop. You will also be required to attend the national conference of the Online News Association in Toronto in October (a gathering not just of journalists but of multimedia content producers across platforms) to participate in the public presentation of the project.

WHAT ELSE: This project is based on a pilot we conducted last summer, in which six students worked through this process in collaboration with AOL. From that, we learned that students need a lot of training and structure in order to develop the kind of insights we expect. We also learned that this is among the most valuable and important learning experiences we could possibly offer you, and that you will come away from it with a new sense of your own creativity and the value of original perspectives.

That said, we also discovered that this could easily be one of the most challenging and demanding intellectual and creative experiences of your college career. And that it's a team project in which every voice and vision matters deeply -- meaning your fellow participants won't forgive you if you disappear mid-summer. So don't apply if you're not serious, committed, and really excited about the possibility of participating.

WHO: You need to be a freshman, sophomore or junior Park major. All majors welcome.

You also need to be incredibly passionate about the value and importance of innovation, originality, and thinking "outside the box." You need to be willing to commit to a process that will be both demanding and challenging. And you need to be ambitious enough to think that you can push your own ideas even when others disagree with them, and collaborative enough to recognize a stroke of genius -- even if it didn't come from you.

WHAT TO DO: We're taking applications, beginning Monday, April 23, through Monday, April 30. The purpose of the applications is to give us some insight into how you think, how you work, how committed you might be able to be the project.

You can do this in email, addressed to Kim (

Please include:

1. your name, your major, your year
2. your contact info (on campus and wherever you'll be this summer)
3. your plans for the summer (jobs, internships, etc. You can do this in addition to other commitments but you'll need to be truly committed to it)
4. a summary of your Internet habits: what do you use the Internet for? what are your favorite sites? where do you spend your time online and for what purposes?
5. and finally, a 500-word (more or less) response to the following question:

"If you were responsible for getting your friends to pay attention to what's going on in their communities, what would you do?"

We may also conduct interviews, if that seems like a good idea once we get the applications.

If you're ambitious, if you're creative, if you believe in the value and importance of an original idea, if you want to learn how to contribute your creative energy to an outcome that is bigger than the sum of its parts -- this is the project for you.

Apply. It could easily be the best thing you do all summer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Looking for a Media job in LA? An alum steps up to help...

This just in from an alum:

ASST MEDIA BUYER /ABACUS MEDIA/SANTA MONICA: Entry level job- learn media business. BA degree, PC prof, Good phone skills, Detail oriented, Web knowledge a plus. E-mail resume:
The additional info I can give you:
Abacus Media/Castalian Music does DR music advertising. We DO NOT have a company website (we try to avoid branding ourselves to expand our business opportunity) but the type of product we handle can be seen on our store webpage, Our best known product is the Now That's What I Call Music series. We're actually owned by EMI Music North America, but we operate independently of them. The good thing about being owned by a larger corporation is that we have health benefits that start after being employed for a full month (rare in the industry) as well as 401k matching (i think they just changed it to 50% match, but still pretty good). Whoever gets hired will be working for Andrea, who is the Vice President and head of the Santa Monica office (we also have an office in Colorado Springs, CO, where our fulfillment center is). Andrea is super-nice and really great to work with. Our office is on Ocean Avenue (I have a view of the ocean from my desk) although we will be moving this summer (staying in West LA). It's a small company feel but with the larger company benefits, which is the best of both worlds.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

John Scott's Doc is Hot... at Hot Docs

How's this for great news? (We are still planning to take a free bus to Toronto so you can attend Hot Docs and see John's film.....)

From over a hundred movies The Toronto Star selected SCOUTS ARE CANCELLED as one of its thirteen recommended films for the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. <>, (Scouts Review Below.)


The Hotdocs Festival Page has listed it as one of its Hot Picks!

There are still some tickets available for anyone who still wants to
go. You can buy them online. Screening dates are Wed. April 25th at
9:30pm and Saturday April 28th at 7:45pm in downtown Toronto.

Geoff Pevere writes:

Watching John Stiles performing his poetry – which largely evokes his
childhood growing up in Nova Scotia's rural Annapolis Valley – is like
watching someone lost in a trance. He squeezes his eyes shut, channels
the voices of his speakers and loudly emits the sounds of growling
dogs, wailing sirens and non-verbal whoops of joy and despair. An
original artist with an unsurprisingly obtuse relationship with the
world, he has become the subject of a film – made by his close friend
John Scott – that is both true to the poet's art and understanding of
the person's idiosyncrasies. (April 25, 9:30 p.m., ROM; April 28, 7:45
p.m., Al Green.)

Monday, April 16, 2007

"The Superbowl Guy" is coming to Park...TOMORROW!

Here's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to talk to the Superbowl guy....

Behind the Scenes: The story of advertising on the world's biggest stage
Gino Bona '95, Winner of the NFL's "Pitch Us Your Idea for the Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever" contest
Tuesday, April 17
10:30am -11:30am
Park 220

About Gino Bona:

Bona has spent the past 12 years as a copywriter, marketer, strategist, and columnist. Earlier this year, he beat out thousands of contestants to win the NFL's "Pitch Us Your Idea for the Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever" contest. His commercial was directed by Joe Pytka and aired worldwide to 93 million viewers during Super Bowl XLI.

Prior to his Super Bowl victory, Bona spent four years as a columnist for When he's not knee-deep in sports, Bona's creating campaigns for several national brands, including Sylvania, Monster, Segway and Fannie Mae. He's currently Vice President of Marketing for Garrand, a full-service advertising agency in Portland, Maine.

Celebrasian at Ithaca and Cornell in early Mary: Come celebrate!


Friday, May 4, 2007 @ 7:00 pm. – Ithaca College Clark Theatre

Saturday, May 5, 2007 @ 7:00 pm. – Cornell University Statler Auditorium

Open to the public. Admission fee: $ 5.00

Ithaca, NY—Come join the Ithaca city community in a celebration of Asian and Asian American culture not just once, but twice!

This year the Ithaca Asian American Association, the Cornell University Asian American Studies Program (AASP), the Ithaca College Department of Theatre and the Ithaca College Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts (CPMA) presents the most diverse Asian cultural show in town. Partnering with Cornell University and Ithaca College student performers, student organizations, local actors and professional entertainers, CELEBRASIAN brings you a show of traditional Asian dances, mixed with theatrical expressions of Asian American culture in the Ithaca College Clark Theatre and the Cornell University Statler Hotel Auditorium.

The highlight of CELEBRASIAN will be two theatrical performances, but you should not miss the rare chance to see Egyptian belly dancing, traditional Asian drummers, contemporary Asian pop songs and traditional Korean fan dance in one night! The belly dancing performance will feature a solo dancer from Teszia, Cornell University’s student dance troupe, and we are also proud to present the SHIMTAH Korean drumming group from Cornell University. The fan dance will feature the enchanting solo fan dancer in traditional Korean dress (hanbok) with traditional music as accompaniment. Stick around to view traditional Asian paintings and enjoy snacks.

CELEBRASIAN features two monologues among the other group performances: “A Slant on American Life from One of the Bunch,” written by local Suzanne Schwartz, and “On Becoming Japerican,” written by Sachiko Tankei-Aminian. The monologues vividly capture the experiences of Suzanne and Sachiko as adjusting (sometimes unhappy) Asian American women in the United States. Sachiko, who is a Japanese immigrant, has performed her monologue in numerous venues, including academic conferences and public performances. Sachiko will perform her own monologue at both CELEBRASIAN performances.


In the monologue “A Slant on American Life from One of the Bunch,” the Korean adoptee monologist, Marty, tells life as it is for an ostracized girl, who is constantly living outside of social circles. The story is not all edgy though, and the monologue contains critical moments of comic relief, as a subtle reminder that laughter sometimes is the best medicine. Although the story is about a Korean adoptee, anyone who is not a part of a mainstream society will surely empathize with Marty, as played by local actor Carolyn Lee.

The Ithaca College Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts (CPMA) proudly announces its collaboration with CELEBRASIAN in the production of a cinematic adaptation of “A Slant on American Life from One of the Bunch” via a senior capstone course taught by Assistant Professor Changhee Chun. Professor Chun, a director/producer of over 30 major television commercials, fiction films, and award-winning documentaries. The seniors enrolled in the capstone course are among the top film students in the nation, with their student films screened regularly at competitive film festivals. Together with Professor Chun, Ithaca College students will videograph the live event at the Clark Theatre and the Statler Auditorium, using footage from both performance locations in their final dramatization of “A Slant of American Life from One of the Bunch.” The film, Chopsticks in the Road, currently in production, will be a short film with four main sections of unique film style, produced on high-definition (HD) and film. Be one of the first to see the trailer for Chopsticks in the Road, which will be screened on both nights of CELEBRASIAN.

Come join us in celebrating the many cultures of Asia through theatre, music, dance and film!

Tickets will be sold at the Clinton House Ticket Center, the Cornell University Asian American Studies Program Office, the Dillingham Box Office at Ithaca College and at the Cornell University Willard Straight Hall (WSH) Box Office. Tickets will also be available at the door. For Cornell community members, please contact AMY KUO ( for inquiries about ticketing and special accommodations. For Ithaca College and Ithaca city community members, please contact REGINA HERMOSILLO (

This event is funded and sponsored by: the Ithaca Asian American Association, the Cornell University Asian American Studies Program (AASP), the Pendleton Instructional Development Grant at the Ithaca College Park School of Communications, the Department Class Support Funding from the Ithaca College Department of CPMA, the Ithaca College Provost’s Grant for Creative, Collaborative and Community Service projects and the Ithaca College Department of Theatre.

Public Radio Talent Quest is looking for you...and your stories

This just in from Jeff Tatanus (Thanks, Jeff!)
Dean Lynch-
I found this online and thought that there would likely be some Parkies who would be interested in entering:

Public Radio Talent Quest contestants will compete in four rounds of auditions and on-air challenges. Thousands of public radio listeners will cast their votes online and a panel of public radio professionals and celebrity judges will help winnow the field from hundreds of entrants to the final group of three – each of whom will get to produce a pilot show for public radio a Participatory event.

Public radio stations around the country and major national shows will help spread the word about The Quest, encouraging contestants to enter and listeners to vote.

When all is said and done the three winners and their pilot shows will be posted online and presented to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for possible further funding and national distribution.

The Public Radio Talent Quest is designed and run by PRX (The Public Radio Exchange) and supported by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The PRX Quest team includes all-star talent scouts Jay Allison, John Barth, Maxie Jackson, Jake Shapiro, and Izzi Smith.

What are the categories?
You can enter the Quest in three broad categories - talk, entertainment, or music.

These are the basic formats for programs on public radio - think Talk of the Nation, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and Morning Becomes Eclectic.

So what can I win?

Besides the glory and satisfaction of participating in a public radio mega event, if you advance in the contest you have a number of enticing prizes awaiting you.

We're still luring some fancy sponsors to contribute gadgets and "schwag", but in the meantime here's how it breaks down:

  • 10 semifinalists get $500 to participate in round 2
  • 7 semifinalists get $1000 to participate in round 3
  • 5 semifinalists get $2500 to participate in round 4
  • and the 3 finalists get $10,000 plus $6,000 for a producer/mentor to produce a pilot program.

Lisa Drew's students are winners, coast to coast

Well, we knew Lisa Drew knows how to inspire and motivate her students to produce the best online journalism in the country.

But we thought that gave us the edge when it came to competing in the Society for Professional Journalists' student media competition for the best independent student online journalism.

That's next year.

This year, Lisa's students in Alaska (where she taught until fall of 2006) have taken top honors in the SPJ's regional competition in the northwest.

And (you know where this is going, don't you?) her students here in Park have taken top honors in the SPJ's regional competition in the northeast.

That means Lisa's students in Alaska will be competing against Lisa's students in Ithaca for top honors in SPJ's national competition.

How's that for winning big, from coast to coast? Congratulations to Lisa, and her students, from Alaska to New York.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

CBS wants you....and no, it's not for Imus' job....

Major CBS stations are now accepting applications for post-graduate news apprenticeships. This opportunity is for 2007 grads with a serious interest in a tv newsroom management career. Includes behind-the-scenes work in assignment desk, newscast writing and producing, promotion writing, and news editing.

The apprenticeship is for six months and pays $15.00 an hour. The stations are: WCBS NYC, WJZ Baltimore, KYW Philadelphia, WBBM Chicago, KDKA Pittsburgh, WBZ Boston, KPIX San Francisco, KTVT Dallas, WFOR Miami and KOVR Sacramento. Each posts its application address separately, for example

Participation in college radio/TV stations/newspapers or literary magazines will be taken into account. Also, membership in any professionalorganizations will be considered.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Another '06 alum makes good...really good (but we knew she would....)

This just in from Amanda Horning, an '06 grad and a Parkie through-and-through:

Dear Dianne,
Hello from Sunny Los Angeles!!! I was just cruising the internet and I checked in on your blog - seems like Park is still the happy, bustling, up-all-night-and-loving-it place I remember! I read Colleen's post and could not agree with her more. EVERY point she made was completely true. Here's a bit of my story:
When I graduated I was dead-set on 2 things: moving to New York City and being an NBC Page there. After a grueling application process, 2 interviews, a public-speaking presentation, and hundreds of dollars spent on bus trips to the city, I was not accepted into the program. Completely bummed out, I decided to flee to LA and try my luck where I had connections from the ICLA Program. I applied for over 50 jobs here when, thanks to a reccommendation from the guy I interviewed twice with in New York, I was accepted into the NBC Page Program in Burbank! For the first few months, I gave studio tours and worked with the audience coordinators for The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly. I then applied for a three month Page Assignment in the Current Primetime Series department, and now, I work as an assistant to 7 executives who work directly with the writers of our primetime shows. I have a strong interest in On-Air Promotions, and because I work here on the lot, I have access to the people who can help get me there. I try to meet as many people as I can, when I ride the elevator, when I answer phones, even when I walk down the hall to the bathroom. What Colleen said is SO TRUE - knowing people is the most important part. Knowing that you can get what you want is the second most important part. I KNEW that the Page Program was for me, and so did the people I interviewed with. THAT got me the job. And now, I am happier than I ever thought I would be living in California!
My life here in L.A. is so connected to Ithaca that it's almost scary. There are 4 recent Ithaca grads who work on the NBC lot (one of them happens to be my roommate!). I live on the same street as 6 Ithaca alumni, I joined a band with 2 other Ithaca grads, and I'm even dating a guy I met in PPECS! I never would have met him if it wasn't for those looooong nights spent in the basement of Park... who would have thought?
I'd love it if you plugged the Page Program to any students who may be interested. For me, it was a perfect opportunity to work at a real job while trying to figure out exactly what aspect of the industry I wanted to be part of! AND the program comes with a special perk - Pages can get their friends and family on the Guest List for tapings of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! So let me know next time you come to L.A. - I'll get you hooked up!
Missin' Ithaca,

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

We are scholars: Comm Convention in Park May 3

The Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society will host a "Communications Convention" on May 3. The group is looking for students to submit academic research papers on a topic related to the field of communications (minimum of ten pages).

Submissions can be placed in the Lambda Pi Eta mailbox in
the CSLI office, or you can e-mail them to

The deadline for submissions is April 19, 2007.

Come this cool, or what?

This just in from our friends at Lambda Pi Eta...and they're right: You do.

Who wants a cool, inexpensive sweatshirt that has a kickin' design by a fellow Parkie?

You do. (Check out the logo by your friend Shane Pisko.)

OK, so maybe you don't want one for yourself...maybe you have all the cool Park hoodies you can possibly war. So buy one as a gift, give it to cheer up a Parkie friend, or give to your favorite each!

Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society has worked their tails off to provide the Park student body with this opportunity and urge you to take advantage of it. At this point it's more of a gift than a fundraiser.

COST - ONLY $20 (Sweatshirts in the IC Store - approx. $2,000)
SIZES-Sm, M, L, XL, (youth sizes available for petite women)
COLOR-Sleek black
CONTACT - with orders and questions


Monday, April 09, 2007

FRACTURE....pre-release, just for

One of our amazing alum who works at New Line Cinema has bought out one of the theaters at the Regal Cinema in the Pyramid Mall for a pre-release screening of New Line's new Anthony Hopkins film, FRACTURE. Just for you.


The date: Thursday, April 19
The time: 7 p.m.
The instructions: You need to stop up to the dean's office in Park (third floor, come on up!) and pick up tickets; bring your ID.

(So who says you need to live in NYC or LA to see big-release movies first?) See you there!


Want to spend a day at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto? We're going....and we'll take you along...

You got it.

We're hiring a bus to take a bunch of Park students to the Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto on Saturday, April 28. Free of charge.

TVR Prof John Scott's documentary has been accepted into Hot Docs, and we think at least some of us should be there to cheer wildly for him -- and to spend the day watching some of the best documentary films in the world.

The bus will leave Park about 9 a.m. and arrive in Toronto about 1 p.m. You can watch a whole slate of amazing films, and be on hand to see the Hot Docs screening of John's film, "Scouts are Cancelled," at 7:30 p.m. The bus will have you back on campus by 1 a.m.

Tickets for some of the films are $10; you can get online and decide what you want to see. If you want to be positive you'll get in, you should buy a ticket.

OR you can get free passes for daytime screenings, according to the Hot Docs Web site:


Hot Docs is pleased to offer FREE daytime screenings (before 6 pm) for seniors and students. Tickets for free daytime screenings must be obtained at the screening venue on the day of the screening, subject to availability.

And I'll buy tickets to John's film for everybody who goes. (My pleasure.)

I know, I know, it's a crazy time of year. But what could you possibly do that would cost you less, inspire you more, and make you prouder to be a Parkie?

These opportunities don't come along very often. Plan ahead. And take the time.

Email April at if you want to go....and seats are limited (buses are like that) so do it soon.

Great advice from a fellow Parkie....

This just in from Brooke Hundley....some interesting info about a professional conference and some exceptional advice about being successful (and it's some of the best advice you'll find anywhere....):

Dean Lynch,
I wanted to send you a quick note about an awesome opportunity I had over the past week. I was selected to attend the International Radio and Television Society's annual 2 day minority career workshop and job fair. The first day consisted of panel discussions by important people in the biz. We heard about the business of media from entrepreneurs and managers
working in advertising and design. We spend an hour with 48 hour and CBS news correspondent Troy Roberts learning about the challenges of reporting. We heard about the art of producing from VH1 and Bravo executives. And even a little about how to break into the industry with HR representatives from MTV to NBC. We were also invited to a real
industry luncheon with everyone, where I was seated at a table with HBO executives -- one of whom even had a husband that went to Ithaca! The day was an amazing opportunity and I wanted to pass on a few interesting words of advice I heard over and over again for your other students.

1. Networking is not sucking up. You never know who you will need help from further down the road or who might know someone who can open a new door, so be nice and get to know everybody.

2. Appearance matters - Everyone from NY1 executive producer to VH1's production manager to Ad executives at NBC noted that they only watch the first 15 seconds max of a reel. So put your best stuff first and make an impression that counts, it may ultimately determine a job offer.

3. Set yourself apart from the competition by working harder than everyone else. Also key to this is writing and learning how to write well. I can't tell you how many people restated the need for a strong ability to write. No matter what your field, you'll always need it. (Many execs even wished they had chosen writing as a degree over communications, so they could have developed their skills earlier.)

4. You only get one chance to shine, so make sure you're ready for it. If you're given an amazing opportunity and you fail, people will always refer back to the fact that they already gave you a chance. Follow those gut feelings if you not ready to tackle the new responsibilities, hold out until your skills are sharp and you can really attain success.

5. Stay up on knowledge of what you're applying for. If you want to work in television know your favorite shows and why you like them. If you want a news position in a new city make it a point to learn everything you can about the issues that city faces. It's important to pay attention at all times with what's going on in the industry especially with everyone clamoring with how to handle new media. Future hires need to know what's happening at all times.

And finally just be willing to apply to everything and work whenever and wherever you can. People are always looking for candidates who have shown they can hustle and will take on any tasks that come their way, even if it's just assistant work. Often times a strong background and involvement will make the requirements for the job a little looser to fit such an ideal candidate.

One proud Parkie,
Brooke Hundley

VP of New Line Cinema to offer insight into content distribution, advice on getting your first job -- and lunch!

Mark your calendars to come talk with David Spiegelman ’80, Senior Executive Vice President, Domestic TV Distribution and Marketing for New Line Cinema.

David will be on campus Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am-12:30pm in Park 220 to talk about distribution -- how programs and motion pictures are sold to every facet of the industry, including PPV/VOD, EST, Pay TV, Basic Cable, Network TV and Syndication.

He will also talk about the impact that computer viewing and the flexibility of "portable" TV has on the industry. This is an area of exploding growth and could really help broaden your prospects when looking for your first job.

And he'll will also give advice about finding that first job (and we are providing lunch)!

Registration required. Contact Karen Armstrong ( in Park 316.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Imagine Africa....and making a difference in the world....

Reggie Simmons, an IC alum, dedicated his life to helping the people of Africa improve theirs.
In his honor, former classmate and Disney CEO Bob Iger has established the Reggie Simmons Memorial Award, which each year will send two students to participate in a program with which Simmons worked for many years: Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA). OCA is America's premier cross-cultural exchange program designed to promote understanding of Africa and its culture.

This year's award winners are Krystal Maughan '08 BFA Major and Michelle Diemer '08, OCLD (CMD) major .

The awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Park 220, at a very special awards ceremony and reception that will will feature the director of Operation Crossroads Africa, talking about the program and the extraordinary opportunities it offers students to do service work in Africa.

Reggie Simmons' family also will be on campus to attend this important event.

Please join us. Enjoy the company, feast on great food, and find out about the award (maybe you will be next year's recipient?), about this year's winners, about Reggie Simmons, and about Africa.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Author & investigative reporter Bob Woodward to talk about the Iraq War

It's been a pretty extraordinary semester of special events and speakers in the Park School. From David Muir and Robert Fisk to Dan Heffner and Susan Orlean, we've brought to campus some of the most exceptional and important media professionals in the world.

And we're not done yet.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Park School will welcome Bob Woodward, the most respected investigative reporter in American journalism, to Ithaca College. He'll speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Ben Light Gymnasium at the Hill Center. Admission is free and open to the public, and we expect a big crowd - so come early.

A few key facts about Woodward:

Bob Woodward has earned nearly every American journalism award, including the Pulitzer Prize. Woodward first gained national attention when he teamed with Carl Bernstein to investigate the burglary at the Watergate office building.

Woodward is the only contemporary American writer to author at least nine #1 best-selling non-fiction books, including: All the President's Men and The Final Days, co-authored with Bernstein; and The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, co-authored by former staff writer Scott Armstrong. Others include Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, The Commanders, The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle, The Agenda: Inside The Clinton White House, and The Choice: How Bill Clinton Won. In 2000 he published, Maestro: Greenspan's Fed and the American Boom, a national best-selling look at the American economy, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, and Greenspan's economic legacy. Other books include: Bush at War, Plan of Attack, and State of Denial.

Named one of the Best Investigative Reporters in America by The New York Times, Bob Woodward has been the Assistant Managing Editor of Investigative News for The Washington Post since 1982.

Prior to reporting, Woodward served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer. He began his career as a "newspaper man" with the Sentinel, out of Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1971 he joined The Post and in 1979 became Assistant Managing Editor of Metropolitan News.

This series is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation.


Mark your calendars, and join us for one of my FAVORITE events of the year....OK, for a whole bunch of my favorite events of the year.....

It's that time again (can you believe it?)!

It's screening season in the Park School...and that means all of the thousands of hours of creative energy, anguish and exuberance so many of you have invested this year will explode on the screen -- seven days in a row.

Be there. Just when you think the next one can't be better than the last one, it is.

I promise.








THURSDAY (5/10) ACP-SOUND - CPMA (4:30-6:30)

Darfur Diaries comes to the Park School

Ithaca College's branch of STAND (Students Taking Action Now Darfur) is hosting an event that you don't want to miss!

The filmmakers of Darfur Diaries, a documentary that reveals the injustices occurring in the Sudan region of Africa, who have traveled to Darfur and witnessed the worsening political and humanitarian crisis will be visiting campus on THURSDAY,

Darfur Diaries explores the effects of the genocide on the people of Darfur, including those displaced and those in refugee camps outside the country. There will be a film screening at 7PM in the PARK AUDITORIUM followed by a Q&A session with the three independent filmmakers.

For further information and answers to any questions contact STAND's President, Kaitlin Hassler:
Also check out the website:

Friday, April 06, 2007

Innovative Cinema. In Park. Again. (As always.)


Join us Friday, April 13, 2007 for a free evening of innovative cinema. Representing a collision of work from around the globe; the festival will provide audience members with a chance to experience film that is provocative, compelling, and fun.

Programming Schedule and other information can be found on our website at

Doors will open at 7:00PM with the festival set to begin at 7:30PM. Admission is FREE, but seating is limited.

Siren: a free film festival (open to the public)


Thursday, April 05, 2007

Speaking of politics....maybe you should BE in politics....

Josh Keniston, co-chair of the SGA Elections Committee, is looking for a few new leaders for 2007:

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of an extension that Student Government has decided to place on the 2007-2008 Student Government Association Senator elections. Due to a very limited number of applicants thus far, the deadline to submit Intent to Run Applications for school and class senators has been extended to Tuesday, April 10, 2007, by 9:00 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Those interested can pick up an Intent to Run Application in the Student Activities Center, located in
311 Egbert hall, which is on the third floor of campus center.

Student Government Association is a group of students who are truly dedicated to Ithaca College and proud to represent their school. We welcome new faces to the organization with open arms, as we continue to work toward our goals.

Love politics? Live in New York? Have we got a summer job for you....

This just in from Albany:

There is a fellowship open to either 2007 undergraduates or graduate students interested in political communications.

The fellowship, the Richard J. Roth Journalism Fellowship, places a student in the New York State Senate Majority Press Office. Students get extensive experience writing press releases and talking points. The press office is located directly across from the LCA (reporters from around the state) and students have the ability to intereact with reporters. The fellowship is for ten months from September-July and
provides a $32,000 stipend which includes health benefits.

The deadline this year is Friday, April 13th. If you have any students who might be interested our application is available at (click on student programs) If they require a little more time to collect resumes or references they can give us a call and we can arrange a short extension to our deadline. If anyone has any questions they are welcome to call our number below.

Thank you,
Krista Ketterer

Krista R. Ketterer, Ph.D.
Director of Student Programs
New York State Senate
Legislative Office Building
Student Programs, Suite 1426
Albany, New York 12247

The Library wants to hire you to do graphic design, photography and web design...(that's right, HIRE you)

The library has a new student position for the coming academic year, and it's got "Parkie" written all over it:

Communications/Archives Student Assistant

Job Duties: Duties will include editing/creating marketing publication materials, light graphic design, and light photography work for print and web application, scanning photographic negatives and other documents, packaging films for storage, capturing electronic publications. Some work may include shifting heavy boxes and photographing outdoor environments. Work hours will be between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

This is an opportunity for a student experience and/or interest in visual design and related processes. Selected finalist will be asked to provide a portfolio of previous work at time of interview.

Submit in person to: Bridget Bower, Archives

The application form is available on this page:

We are accepting applications until April 9.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

You asked for it....and he'll be here this week!

Several of you have been in touch in the past year to ask me to PLEASE invite David Muir, a 1995 alum and one of the rising stars of ABC News (he was just promoted to co-anchor of "Primetime" and anchor of "World News Saturday!) to campus.

And in the "you asked for it, you got it" category:

David will be with us this week as the 2006-2007 Jessica Savitch Distinguished Lecturer. You can hear him speak (and meet him) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.

He's guest hosting Good Morning America this week, so he's leaving NYC on Wednesday afternoon, driving to Ithaca for the event, and heading back to NYC immediately after his speech so he can be back at work at 3 a.m.

How's that for somebody who cares about his fellow Parkies?

If you NEVER watch the news, you may not be familiar with David's are a few highlights:

David Muir is a correspondent for ABC News based in New York. He was just promoted to co-anchor of "Primetime" and anchor of "World News Saturday." He also reports for "World News with Charles Gibson," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," and other ABC News broadcasts. He serves as a substitute anchor on "Good Morning America" and frequently anchors the "World News" webcast. Muir joined ABC News in August 2003 as anchor of "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."

Since joining ABC News, Muir has been a lead correspondent on several major breaking-news stories. In August 2006, he reported from the Israel-Lebanon border covering the Israeli war with Hezbollah. In August 2005, Muir was inside the Superdome as Hurricane Katrina hit and stayed in New Orleans to cover the unfolding crisis. His reports for "World News Tonight," "Primetime" and "20/20" revealed the deteriorating conditions inside the Convention Center and Charity Hospital.

Muir reported from Texas during Hurricane Rita and from Florida during Hurricane Wilma. He reported from the Midwest and Plains states during the catastrophic wildfires, and he was also on the scene of the mudslides in La Conchita, Calif. Muir reported from West Virginia on the letters left behind by the coal miners during the Sago Coal Mine tragedy for "Primetime."

Muir has contributed to several in-depth series on "World News," including "America: Over a Barrel," "Cancer: Beating the Odds," and the broadcast's ongoing look at identity theft.

It's that time of year again....

....I'm getting a whole bunch of emails from about-to-be grads (A direct quote from one of them: "That Real Life thing is so stressful....") and a bunch from last year's grads who have now settled into that Real Life and discovered that it wasn't quite so stressful, after all.

One of those grads, Colleen Evanson, is living in LA. She keeps in touch (I'm delighted to report) and she was emailing one day about what it was like to get a job after college. I asked her to write about it for the blog....thought you might want to hear it right from somebody who just lived it.

Here's her story (thanks, Colleen):

Once upon a time I was about to graduate college. I kept hearing about this “real world’ so much I had to fight not to roll my eyes every time someone wanted to welcome me into it.

My naïve self was convinced that it wouldn’t take me longer than a month to find a job. Imagine my confusion when I was told that I didn’t have enough experience. I felt like saying, “excuse me, but have you heard of ICTV? It’s kind of a big deal.”

However, it’s not all bad news in your future. In fact simply having gone to Ithaca College was how I got into many job interviews. The first big hurtle is getting the interview.

I moved to Los Angeles mostly because I did the LA Program so I had a bigger networking base. First thing to do is inform your contacts that you have graduated and plan to move out. You don’t have to jump right into asking about any jobs, rather see if they are willing to meet up. Try to allow the topic to come up naturally, make it more conversational. Even if you don’t think there is a job available they might know someone who is hiring. The industry can always appear to be big from the outside but once you start to network it is bizarrely small.

Most people will direct you to check out craig’s list or some other online forum. However, unless you hit that job post right away it’s useless. I found a lot more success by looking up specific people whose work I admired. I took full advantage of IMDB PRO’s 1month free trial to look up any and all movies or television shows I had some interest in. Every so often as I combed through the crew details I would find an email address or direct phone number. You honestly can’t go wrong sending out a concise email asking for any advice. In fact, I got a few job interviews for major network shows from it. Half the time these people are more willing to hear you out versus some receptionist at a production company.

Another great resource is the IC Alumni network online. Most Ithaca people tend to help each other out because they remember what it’s like to try to get on your feet.

However the best thing I found was called the UTA list. It is a type of an insider job list. When you check in with previous internships or are networking with anyone in the business ask if they have access to it. At my current job I receive this list a few times a week and I send it to the ICLA Program office. It is where I got my current job.

Funny enough I was hired to replace an assistant to an independent producer who had graduated from Ithaca a few years ahead of me. She wanted to meet me mostly because of this.

It took me three and a half months to get a job. People say it usually takes about six months but even three felt like forever. There is a time when you will think you are crazy to take a PA job where you will be on your feet all day for little money but a month into unemployment you will jump at the chance.

Just remember any opportunity you get to work in the industry whether it’s another internship or a temp agency is a chance to be around professionals. Talk to everyone you can, make up some business cards, ask if people are looking for help. Even though I loved to be on set I realized only working production wasn’t for me. It is just as important to discover what you don’t want to do as it is finding your niche.

Most importantly don’t forget that this is the time in life when everyone is struggling to make rent and keep up with the bills. A time when we live cheap and buy futons that we cover with a sheet. Enjoy the fact that you are just starting instead of being overwhelmed by it.

Monday, April 02, 2007

If I didn't see it with my own eyes....

...I would never (ever) have believed it.

Take a look at this list of awards the Ithacan has won this year....that's right. THIS YEAR.

When we tell people we're the best, we have the plaques (and the pride) to prove it.

Congratulations to all of you who make the Ithacan the best student newspaper in the country.

2006 Newspaper Pacemaker Award (for 2005–06 academic year)
2006 Online Pacemaker Award
First Place Best of Show Award at the Fall National Student Media
Conference, St. Louis, Missouri
(1st time a paper has won all three awards at one convention)

2007 Silver Crown Award (for Fall 2005 semester)
2007 Silver Crown Award (for Spring 2006 semester)
"Apple Award" for Best of Show at the Spring 2007 Student Media
Convention, New York City (4th time The Ithacan has won in the 6
years the award has been presented)
Certificate of Merit, News Writing, Christopher Baxter ’08
Certificate of Merit, Sports Column Writing, Alejandro de los Rios ’07
Gold Medalist Certificates for Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 in CSPA's
Annual Newspaper Critique

Best Overall Newspaper (category includes weeklies and dailies; this
is the 7th time in 8 years The Ithacan has won)
First Place, General Excellence
First Place, Best College Newpaper Website
First Place, Editoral
Second Place, Design
First Place, News Story, Christopher Baxter ’08, "Who's Looking?"
February 9, 2006.
Second Place, News Story, William Earl ’08, "Unlocked: Room Security
Not Enforced," March 2, 2006.
Third Place, News Story, Mallory Diamond ’09, "Ithaca College's Black
Market," November 9, 2006.
First Place, Feature Story, Vanessa Schneider ’07, "Living a Second
Life," December 7, 2006.
Second Place, Feature Story, Tricia Nadolny ’10, "Ghost Hunter,"
November 2, 2006.
Third Place, Feature Story, Jim Hawver ’07, "Against the Pain,"
September 21, 2006.
Second Place, Column, Kim Gillman ’07, "Wanted: Leader for Generation
Y," January 19, 2006, and ""Haitian Workers Sweat for Sweets,"
February 16, 2006.
First Place, Photography, Evan Falk ’09, "This I See: From the
Field," November 16, 2006.
Third Place, Photography, Chris White ’06, "Two-Year-Old Luna Payne
of Varna Helps Her Mom..." April 13, 2006.

[The following awards will not be presented until April 14; we know
we've won MOE awards in these categories, but won't know whether
they're for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place until then.]

Mark of Excellence Award, Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper
Mark of Excellence Award, General News Reporting, Mallory Diamond
’09, "Ithaca College's Black Market," November 9, 2006.
Mark of Excellence Award, In-Depth Reporting, Christopher Baxter ’08,
"Screenings on Standby," September 21, 2006.
Mark of Excellence Award, Feature Writing, Vanessa Schneider ’07,
"Living a Second Life," December 7, 2006.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

This is the guy who told me that the world is full of great ideas, but success is all about execution....

Hey everybody,

I know there are a million things going on in the Park School and across campus these days (did you see Illuminations on Friday night? it was unbelievable...and how about FLEFF? Again, amazing....)

But there's a Park alum coming to campus this week you just can't miss. Really. I never say things like that (well, OK, sometimes I do, but this time, I really mean it. Really.)

His name is David Lebow, and he's vice president and general Manager of AOL Media Networks. He's also one of the sharpest, brightest, most common-sense, down-to-earth, make-it-happen guys you will ever meet.

This is a guy who will tell you how to be an effective leader -- in the agency, on the film set, in the corporate boardroom or the newsroom. And he'll be doing it in lecture format, and in small groups.

First, Lebow will present "Effective Leadership: Managing for Results" on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

Even better, he'll be meeting with small groups of IC students on Friday to discuss the future of business, media and technology. Bring your resume and receive career advice from one of the world's top executives.

There are two time slots available on Friday: 10am – 12pm in Park 220 (Park School) and 1pm – 3pm in Clark Lounge (Campus Center).

If you're interested, please RSVP to with what session you would like to attend.

If I were you, I'd do it now. (And I may see you there....)


AAF at IC launches Website: Take a look!

The Ithaca College chapter of the American Advertising Federation is proud to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website! Their website, which can be viewed at, was launched recently by sophomore IMC student and member Peter Pasco. He says the new design and layout is a better reflection of our Ithaca AAF and will be utilized as a more resourceful site. The new design includes features such as a blog-like home page, a portfolio of the chapter's past work, and a page of links to some of the top advertising agencies in the world and other great resources.

Ithaca College's Chapter of the American Advertising Federation is a student chapter of the national trade organization for the advertising industry. AAF meets every Wednesday night at 7 pm in Park 285 and is advised by professor Scott Hamula.

Graduating? Want to work at ABC? in LA?

ABC/Touchstone Television announces the 2007-2008 Production Associates program, a 12-month paid program for college graduates. Selected candidates are placed in entry-level positions in the production management areas of Touchstone Television in Burbank, California.

Applications will be accepted only between April 2, 2007 and April 18, 2007. The screening and review process includes interviews. Job assignments are expected to begin on July 9, 2007.

Production Associates will be assigned to five main groups of Primetime Network television production: Production Management, Production Finance, Post-Production Management, Studio Crafts Management, and Business Affairs/Legal Affairs. Entry-level work within these groups involves basic clerical and administrative duties.

For an application and further information, contact:

Production Associates Program Administrator
ABC/Touchstone Television
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4068
(818) 460-7735 - Information Line