Marginalia, Graduate Blog

Columbia: the Land of Opportunities

Out reporting on my first day in Columbia's Journalism MA program.

Out reporting on my first day in Columbia’s Journalism MA program.

I continually get the question of, “What opportunities have you experienced at Columbia?”

Those of you who have read my blogs or my bio before know that I worked in advertising for two years before coming to Columbia to pursue my dream job of becoming a sportscaster.

Columbia: the Land of Opportunities

I continually get the question of, “What opportunities have you experienced at Columbia?” Those of you who have read my blogs or my bio before know that I worked in …

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

I Must “Admit” It’s a Great Experience

Love Monday mornings because they consist of on-camera experience!

Love Monday mornings because they consist of on-camera experience!

The biggest question in any part of your life is going to be, “Is this right for me?” or “Is this where I should be?”

I remember having those questions and more run through my mind before, during and after the application process for Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program.

I Must “Admit” It’s a Great Experience

The biggest question in any part of your life is going to be, “Is this right for me?” or “Is this where I should be?” I remember having those questions …

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

“Perks” of the Profession

Oops...the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia opened with a mishap and it continued from there. Photo Credit: The Daily Currant; http://dailycurrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/olympic-rings-mishap-doctored-by-russian-tv.jpg

Oops…the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia opened with a mishap and it continued from there. Photo Credit: The Daily Currant

As a journalist focusing in sports casting and reporting, I have definitely kept up with the 2014 Winter Olympic media coverage. While I have enjoyed seeing everything from USA slopestyle skiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nicholas Goepper sweep the medal podium in the men’s freestyle skiing competition, to Meryl Davis and Charlie White earn the USA’s first-ever gold medal in the ice dancing event, there has been some coverage that has really grabbed my attention.

“Perks” of the Profession

As a journalist focusing in sports casting and reporting, I have definitely kept up with the 2014 Winter Olympic media coverage. While I have enjoyed seeing everything from USA slopestyle …

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

A Reflection on My First Semester and Everything Leading Up to It

New Ambassador Danielle (right) and her predecessor Katie (left)

New Ambassador Danielle (right) and her predecessor Katie (left)

Wow, I can’t believe my first semester is over and I am working on my first blog post as the new journalism ambassador. It seems like just yesterday I was reaching out to the ambassador about the Journalism MA program to discuss the application process and to help me calm the butterflies I was feeling about being accepted into this program.

A Reflection on My First Semester and Everything Leading Up to It

Wow, I can’t believe my first semester is over and I am working on my first blog post as the new journalism ambassador. It seems like just yesterday I was …

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

Goodbye and thank you from one ambassador

Last day of school selfie

Last day of school selfie

Well, this is my last post for Marginalia, so I’m sending you with this giant selfie. It’s a strangely sentimental selfie because I took one very similar my first day of the program a year and a half ago. I remember exactly how I felt then—excited, nervous, hopeful.

Goodbye and thank you from one ambassador

Well, this is my last post for Marginalia, so I’m sending you with this giant selfie. It’s a strangely sentimental selfie because I took one very similar my first day …

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A whole lot of life: what’s happened since I finished the Journalism program

Moving to Minnesota

Moving to Minnesota

In my last post, I wrapped up what a great program it had been for my cohort. I think I ended the post by saying that I was taking a leap of faith and moving to Minnesota without a job.

A whole lot of life: what’s happened since I finished the Journalism program

In my last post, I wrapped up what a great program it had been for my cohort. I think I ended the post by saying that I was taking a …

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A look back: why we chose Columbia, and what we’ve learned along the way.

The cohort at orientation in the beginning

The cohort at orientation in the beginning

It’s the final week of the program for my cohort in the Journalism M.A. program. It’s a strange feeling…it hasn’t fully hit me yet. But I can say that I got more out of this program than I even expected. 

A look back: why we chose Columbia, and what we’ve learned along the way.

It’s the final week of the program for my cohort in the Journalism M.A. program. It’s a strange feeling…it hasn’t fully hit me yet. But I can say that I …

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Nearing the end…

Working on thesis

Working on thesis

It feels so strange that I’ll be done with the Journalism, MA program exactly one month after posting this. Mostly, I feel panic when I think about it.  Thesis!  Final projects!

Nearing the end…

It feels so strange that I’ll be done with the Journalism, MA program exactly one month after posting this. Mostly, I feel panic when I think about it.  Thesis!  Final …

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Midterms and Thesis

I get to do a reading at Creative Nonfiction Week

I get to do a reading at Creative Nonfiction Week

This semester is going by really really fast. On one hand, that’s a good thing, a great thing! I’m graduating with an MA in journalism in less than two months.

But there’s thesis.

Have I written a post about thesis yet? I feel like it’s a requirement.

Midterms and Thesis

This semester is going by really really fast. On one hand, that’s a good thing, a great thing! I’m graduating with an MA in journalism in less than two months. …

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

My WBEZ internship comes to a close

Last day at WBEZ

Last day at WBEZ

Today was my last day as an arts & culture reporting intern at WBEZ. It’s really sad for me because I have been there since April. 

My WBEZ internship comes to a close

Today was my last day as an arts & culture reporting intern at WBEZ. It’s really sad for me because I have been there since April. 

Journalism MA Katie Kather, kathryn.kather@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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