Two major news organizations, The New York Times and TIME, both exhibited graduate school student projects on their websites today.
‘Shoot One. Please,’ a short documentary about a 15-year-old boy’s first deerhunt, is Ken Christensen’s senior capstone project. Christensen is credited as a “recent graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.”
And although it was originally posted in February, today I stumbled across one of TIME’s LightBox photo essays by a first year graduate student at Ohio University in Athens, Sara Naomi Lewkowicz. Her photos, titled “Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence,” documented the abusive relationship between an ex-con and a mother of two.
Graduate projects being showcased at major media organizations? I’m feeling a little more encouraged about the skills a j-school graduate education can teach you and the possibilities a degree can open.
If you hate it, you’re jealous. If you love it, you’re shallow. Tuesday night marked another battle for womankind against womankind in the form of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
It’s flooded Twitter feeds, Instagram profiles, Facebook news feeds. Every woman (and some men) seem to feel a very urgent need to voice their opinion about the #VSFashionShow.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.
Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” —Ira Glass, This American Life
How’s it going, college student? It’s only been a few weeks, but I’ve already seen you grow up a little more each time we talk. It’s the short texts, the lack of phone calls home, the excitement you get when you’re on the way back to school that shows me not just how busy you are, but how much you love Binghamton.
It’s eery how much you remind me of myself after my first few weeks at Oswego (woah - enough m’s? Holy alliteration, Batman). Come on, even our first frat parties were the same! I remember I couldn’t get enough of everything college - the the people, the classes, the parties. I was energized by it all. I know you feel it now too - that cliche feeling you think only belongs in movies or cheesy TV shows, the feeling a select few have in high school but is most rewarding in college; it’s the feeling of knowing you’re right where you belong at this time in your life.