There’s a great story about Maya Angelou who died a few months ago. One of her friends had to dare her to write her first book. As the story goes, her friend James Baldwin told a book representative – “if you want Maya Angelou to do something, tell her she can’t do it” (Hyatt, Michael, 2014). I don’t know about you, but sometimes when presented with a challenge or if I ever feel that “I’m being told that I can’t do something,” it inspires me to at least give it a try. Honestly, here in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, we encourage your ideas. Give it a try. At the very least – tell your story.
Double T Insider – Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Southwest
This week has been big — an idea that started with a single Journalism & Electronic Media student three years ago has evolved into a weekly television show that will be aired on Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Southwest. This is a big step for Double T Insider and BIG opportunity for students in JEM and the College of Media & Communication. It represents a team effort – a group of dedicated and passionate students willing to give up a lot of their free time, a college that’s willing to take a chance and an athletics department that’s willing to provide support and encouragement for this unique and innovative partnership. Even though no one ever said “ya’ll can’t do this,” it took a group of students who were willing to do a lot of hard work, have dedication to see something finished, spend a lot of all-nighters, demonstrate patience, keep focused with determination and a willingness to do something outside of class. I look at the faces in this picture and think – wow – most have graduated and are rocking the real world. There are a couple of students with MA degrees, one with a Big 12 internship under their belt and another working in sports media down in the Houston area. These are just a few of the students who volunteered their time and effort to pursue something they were passionate about. They’ve all moved on to bigger and better things. Maybe now’s the time for you to pursue and live your passion. Speaking of that – check out practicum courses that you can take and learn more about live sports productions with KTXT-FM, Texas Tech Athletics and Double T Insider. Talk to your advisor about those courses. There are SO many opportunities in the department, college and all over campus. Talk to one of your JEM faculty members about finding where you can plug in.
Student lands COOL internship…..after a guest speaker Skypes into EMC 3310
Speaking of finding your passion….Dr. Glenn Cummins is one of our outstanding JEM faculty members. He taught EMC 3310 during the fall 2013 semester. After a Skype session with Andy Fickman (ADV 1988) (Mr. Fickman is a director in Hollywood and owner of Oops Doughnuts Productions), EMC major Kristen Helmberger tweeted Andy Fickman after the presentation and asked about an internship. Guess where she’s been this summer! Yep – interning at Oops Doughnuts Productions getting to do really cool stuff — watching sizzle reels of upcoming movies, being on the set and learning a ton! Take advantage of those moments!
JEM Summer Showcase
Send me photos of what you are doing this summer! I’m really looking forward to seeing what students in the New Zealand study abroad courses will send our way! Also – TTU Junction. And all our JEM students interning, working, hanging out in Georgia, Austin, New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth….Check out what JEM major Emily Hamilton has been up to with her camera!
So, what’s next?
Let’s just make it happen. Door is open. In fact, start with taking a special topics and/or elective course this fall –
Sports Reporting, News & Innovation, Advanced Web Design, Public Opinion and Propaganda, Live Sports Production (Hougland), Radio (Ginter), Producing Sports (Giovannetti), Understanding Video Games, and many more!