Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Senioritis: Something You Never Fully Overcome

photo

Bundled up at my internship. The reality of working in a TV studio. Photo Credit: Lawrence Benedetto

Sot it’s my last semester of grad school.

The home stretch.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

My third round of having a senior year, well…kind of.

So with this being like a senior year, why should anything be different?

Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s not.

Senioritis. Is. Still. Inevitable.

Senioritis: Something You Never Fully Overcome

Sot it’s my last semester of grad school. The home stretch. The light at the end of the tunnel. My third round of having a senior year, well…kind of. So …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student Spotlight: Sylvia Oben

Travel Writing course on January 2014 in Cusco, Peru at Machu Pichu. Photo Credit: Peru Travel Reporting Class

“I love journalism. I love to share with people and share people’s stories. That’s why I am here. I like to be able to help them.”

If you read her work, watch her report or speak with her, you would have no idea Sylvia Oben began speaking English only six years ago when she began pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University.

Although Oben started to learn English in her home country of Puerto Rico, she said she wanted to go to college to become more bilingual. It was while earning her mass communications degree that Oben said she knew she wanted to be a journalist because she wanted to be a voice for the people. With English as her second language, Oben said she wanted to use journalism as an outlet to not only help others understand the news regardless of their language, but to also share the stories of those who cannot speak English.

Working as a volunteer at a networking event for National Association of Hispanic Journalists at WBEZ. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

“My Spanish language has been helping me a lot because many people here in Chicago speak Spanish and some people don’t speak English,” Oben said. She added that it gives her an advantage to report the story before other reporters since she speaks Spanish and they don’t.

Oben has also used her first language to her advantage within Columbia’s program—she reported on immigration during her state and national public affairs course.

“For me it’s not a language barrier, I call it a challenge,” Oben said. “[Speaking Spanish has] been so helpful to me. I enjoy to do my work in Spanish since it’s my first language.”

Interviewing the candidate for U.S. Congress, Hector Concepcion (R-4th District) at the Bruce Rauner Primary party on March 18. Photo Credit: Veronica Rios

Oben said she likes to be a journalist to not only inform the public and share people’s stories, but to also act as a translator between the source and the public audience. She said she listens and reports in Spanish, but tells the story in English.

The hands-on focus of the Journalism MA program is what drew Oben to Columbia.

“I feel every student can learn something new,” Oben said “It’s not like your bachelor’s, here you go there [to report]. I don’t feel like a student anymore, I feel like a professional journalist.”

Oben said when she’s out reporting her sources know and recognize the value of Columbia’s program. She added that she has gained many hands-on experiences in her course assignments and through her job with La Raza newspaper.

Oben’s first published article at La Raza newspaper in 2012. Photo Credit: Sylvia Oben

Following Oben’s 6-month internship with the publication, her boss offered her a freelance reporter and social media manager position.

“I love it,” Oben said. “I love everything that has to do with social media. I think this has been so helpful.”

Although Oben said her dream job is to be in front of the camera as a Spanish TV reporter, she said she knows how competitive the field can be.

Working for Univision Chicago (TV Spanish network) at Fiesta del Sol event. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

Oben added that Columbia’s multimedia focus has been helpful to gain experience in different media outlets, which will make her more marketable upon graduation.

Reporting Spanish news for WindyCityWebcast.tv in the summer of 2013. Photo Credit: Sylvia Oben

Oben said no matter the media outlet, she will always love working as a journalist. She added that sometimes she comes away learning more about that person than she did before she went into the interview.

“I really love to talk to people and share experiences. I love to hear about their story and I love to be their voice,” Oben said.

Travel writing classmates at El Comercio newspaper in Peru. Photo Credit: From Sylvia Oben

Student Spotlight: Sylvia Oben

“I love journalism. I love to share with people and share people’s stories. That’s why I am here. I like to be able to help them.” If you read her …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Be The Voice

Mic’ing up Chicago youth boxer Felix Gonzalez for one of my broadcast pieces.

Throughout Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program I have heard the phrase “be a voice for the voiceless,” to describe the responsibility of journalists.

And while I have agreed, witnessed and experienced that firsthand, it has led me to another thought.

As a journalist it’s important to be the watchdog for people—getting involved with community members and seeking out and listening to a diverse group or individuals to hear about underlying issues they, or someone they know, have faced.  BUT, you will never fully get to that point if you don’t do one thing first.

Be The Voice

Throughout Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program I have heard the phrase “be a voice for the voiceless,” to describe the responsibility of journalists. And while I have agreed, witnessed …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Journos are Back in Town

One of my best friends, Emily, and I as bridesmaids for our friend's wedding.

One of my best friends, Emily, and I as bridesmaids for our friend’s wedding.

Well it’s that time of year again.

The suntans, or burns for some, are beginning to fade, pool and beach days are now “weekends only,” alarm clocks need to be set, books need to be ordered, “good-byes” are being said to family and friends, bags and cars are packed because it’s time to go back to school.

The Journos are Back in Town

Well it’s that time of year again. The suntans, or burns for some, are beginning to fade, pool and beach days are now “weekends only,” alarm clocks need to be …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Refine and Redefine, but ALWAYS Follow Your Passion

Recording one of the sportscast I cut, edited, wrote and produced at Fox 29 Philadelphia.

Recording one of the sportscast I cut, edited, wrote and produced at Fox 29 Philadelphia.

Sometimes you have to tweak the foundation.

Internships are designed for learning, exploring, discovering, rediscovering and tweaking.

For those of you who have read some of my previous blogs, you know that I love sports and am aspiring to be a sportscaster. You probably also know that I am interning with the Fox 29 Philadelphia station in their sports department. And for me, all of the above ring true with an emphasis on the tweaking part.

Refine and Redefine, but ALWAYS Follow Your Passion

Sometimes you have to tweak the foundation. Internships are designed for learning, exploring, discovering, rediscovering and tweaking. For those of you who have read some of my previous blogs, you …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Miss Independent

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

One of my many long driving trips by myself.

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance.

Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way…

…Miss On-her-own…

This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

Miss Independent

Miss Independent…Miss Self-sufficient…Miss Keep-your-distance. Miss Unafraid…Miss Outta-my-way… …Miss On-her-own… This is my theme song – Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson.

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A Journalist of All Trades

Christa Smith outside Harpo Studios. Photo Credit: Christa Smith

Christa Smith outside Harpo Studios. Photo Credit: Christa Smith

What does a young mother, a yoga instructor, a journalist and an assistant television producer all have in common?

Would you believe me if I told you they described one person?

A Journalist of All Trades

What does a young mother, a yoga instructor, a journalist and an assistant television producer all have in common? Would you believe me if I told you they described one …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Just call me the “Road Warrior”

wedding

One of my many driving adventures throughout the past two weeks.

408 miles from Chicago to my hometown in Ohio.

407 miles from Ohio to Philly.

23.7 miles to my internship, and another 23.7 back “home.”

407 miles back to Ohio.

79.5 miles to Pittsburgh for my best friend’s wedding.

326 miles back to Philly.

Just call me the “Road Warrior”

408 miles from Chicago to my hometown in Ohio. 407 miles from Ohio to Philly. 23.7 miles to my internship, and another 23.7 back “home.” 407 miles back to Ohio. …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Home Stretch is the Hardest

Interviewing Felix Gonzalez for my final TV package on the Chicago Youth Boxing Club.

Interviewing Felix Gonzalez for my final TV package on the Chicago Youth Boxing Club.

Two words: Finals week.

The home stretch.

The end.

The light at the end of the tunnel.

The Home Stretch is the Hardest

Two words: Finals week. The home stretch. The end. The light at the end of the tunnel.

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Overcoming “Self-doubt”

photo

2014 NAB Show, Las Vegas, NV…Where Content Comes to Life

In my last blog I talked about the variety of opportunities at Columbia, but how it’s up to you to take the initiative and make the most of those experiences.

Overcoming “Self-doubt”

In my last blog I talked about the variety of opportunities at Columbia, but how it’s up to you to take the initiative and make the most of those experiences.

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

The Graduate Experience