The life of a Resident Assistant

The majority of the photos in the slideshow are taken in Centennial Halls which is a first year residence hall at the University of Denver. The audio slideshow is narrated by two resident assistants, Eloy Chavez who is a first-year RA and Meagan Dizon who is a 2nd year RA. They both talk about what it’s like having the RA job and what kind of challenges they face. They also talk about how rewarding the job is and what they have learned from it.

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Journalism dying or transforming?

There is a common idea that journalism is dying; newspapers are read less, journalists are finding it more difficult to find careers in traditional journalism, and newspaper industries are running out of business. In the slideshow, I discuss facts and ideas that have cultivated the belief of the death of journalism, and use photos to describe the journalism industry as well as the attitudes of DU students about such a belief. I incorporate quotes and thoughts from the interviewed DU students, whether they are journalism majors or not, to understand how the generation that will be the world’s next career-seekers feel about their futures post-graduation.

The slideshow also discusses the declination of enrollment in the journalism field within universities. Contrast from the article, where I only explain the turmoil of journalism as a career, the slideshow includes a perspective of the journalism hardships in education as well. This allows viewers to understand the scope of what people involved in journalism are challenged with, whereas the article restricts readers to only considering life after college.

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Where to get internship help at DU

My story topic for this slideshow and my previous issue story is on internships and some tips DU students could benefit from. Through this slideshow, my hope was to create visual representations of some of the resources students have that can facilitate their internship application process. With this story in mind, I chose to include the pictures—like the information center at the Career Services office and the MFJS sign—that gave a clear idea of what students can find on campus. Continue reading

Tips on how to get the internship

Director of the DU Career Center Mary Michael Hawkins

Director of the DU Career Center Mary Michael Hawkins. Photo by Daniela Santos

As summer approaches, various DU undergrads are in the process of applying for internships to gain experience for their potential careers. The DU Career Center surveyed 2016 graduates six months after graduating and found that 78% of students completed one or more internships or research experiences by the time they finished their undergraduate education.

The National Association of College and Employers (NACE) reiterates the need for work experience. On April 5, NACE shared their results from their Job Outlook 2017 survey and found that 91% of employers who responded, “prefer that their candidates have work experience,” and 65% of them prefer that the experience be relevant to the position they’re applying for.

Alanna Giraldi, a fourth-year hospitality major from Beaverton, Oregon, Associate Professor and Interim Director of Internships for the media, film and journalism studies (MFJS) department Derigan Silver, and Mary Michael Hawkins—the director of the DU Career Center, each have knowledge to share about the application process and what students should do to better their chances of being hired for an internship.

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Should journalism students be worried?

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Denver Post lobby – Courtesy of Jake Pemberton

Over the years, traditional media has been experiencing a decline in audience, revenue, and sense of importance. The rise of the digital world, such as the Internet and social media, can take most of the responsibility for such a decline. Nowadays, consumers are one click away from accessing any and all information with the touch of a finger, which discourages those to continue getting information for a price. Due to the recent decline of traditional media, critics and journalism professionals have described the journalism industry as “dying”.

Despite the negative perspective of the industry’s future, journalism students of the University of Denver interviewed for this story say they are still optimistic about their lives post-graduation.

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Globally-minded students impacting the world through AIESEC

AIESEC is the largest student-run organization in the world, located on college campuses throughout Europe and the United States, including the University of Denver. In order represent the organization and what it stands for, I tried to take photos that involved its members and its values. Continue reading

Beans Cafe proves to be a hidden gem on campus

When our class was assigned this project, I wasn’t too sure about what I wanted to focus on. I picked Beans Cafe because I like coffee and small, unique businesses, and I didn’t know too much about the café and wanted to learn more about it. My roommate was always raving about how amazing the coffee was and that she doesn’t go anywhere else for her lattes and I didn’t start going there until fall of this year– something I definitely regret now!

I wanted to show the audience, both those who are familiar and new to Beans, how special Beans truly is and learn more about the people that work there and who are patrons there. One thing that sets Beans apart from other local and campus coffee shops is the fact that it’s student run, which has a huge influence on menu items, events Beans throws, and the overall atmosphere of the café.

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Women’s presence dominates that of males in the MFJS department

The Media Film and Journalism Studies Department at the University of Denver makes up a significant portion of the DU community. It has about 250 students in four different majors, Media Studies, Journalism Studies, Film Studies and Production and Strategic Communications.

For many students in these majors, it is a great mystery as to why the vast majority of their classes are dominated by women, especially as they progress to the upper-level classes in these majors.

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Resident Assistants build communities in University of Denver dorms

The photos that make up this slideshow are mainly photos of RA’s that allowed me to shadow them while they performed duties related to the job, including walking with them on duty nights, photographing them interacting with residents, and taking pictures at programs held during the week. The topic is essentially everything that goes into the RA job and trying to give a full depiction of what it is like to be an RA, all the good and bad parts included. As an RA myself, I felt that many people have misconceptions about what RA’s do or do not do, so by trying to convey a holistic picture of what goes into the job, I hope that this slideshow might be able to clarify and shed light on the duties we perform.

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Padres Unidos participates in North High School’s health awareness week

This slideshow contains an interview from a DU student, Molly Clarke. Clarke has been interning with Padres Unidos, a non profit, for the past 5 months. This slideshow tells the the viewer what the organization is and what she has been doing for them. North High School was having a health awareness week and so Padres Unidos participated in efforts to reach the Latino community at the high school. The photos in the slideshow contain pictures from the health awareness week, focusing on the Padres Unidos booth. I took pictures of the people who came up to the booth and tried to capture the interactions. Continue reading