Monthly Archives: August 2012

Behind the scenes

An update from Hannah at the Republican National Convention: Today James, Anthony and I met with recent SMU graduate Corey (CJ) Steadman. Steadman is Deputy Director of Production for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In this position, he helps coordinate events backstage and on the convention floor and makes sure the event runs smoothly. Our visit with CJ didn’t follow the normal protocol. Instead of the standard Q&A, the meeting began with a tour on the stage, before venturing below the stage to gain a better understanding of the production aspect of the gig. Along the way, he shared his experiences at SMU and his experiences after graduation. Steadman said a key aspect of his post-graduate success was the preparation [...]

2012-09-06T18:15:44+00:00 August 31st, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

The Olympiad of politics

An update from Savannah at the Republican National Convention:  Let's face it — people are tired of politics. Five days ago The Wall Street Journal released a poll claiming that the approval rating of Congress has matched an all-time low of 12 percent –  not something to be particularly proud of. But this shouldn’t be the time to change the channel. As of right now, the biggest show in politics has come upon us. Like the Olympics, this quadrennial event is a logistical behemoth; although, unlike with the Olympics, we largely discredit the work that goes into them. Since getting here, I have realized that this isn’t something that just materializes on the nightly news to fill the news hole. Instead, [...]

2012-08-30T15:34:35+00:00 August 30th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

First impressions

 An update from Amanda at the Republican National Convention: Out on the veranda, your motley crew of cameramen, stage lights and microphones border the Tampa Convention Center. With perfectly posed palm trees and a crisp Tampa Bay Harbor, viewers might even forget that Hurricane Isaac is headed our way. Cable news appears to be a seamless production. With affiliates in New York and headquarters in Atlanta, CNN streamlines live coverage of the convention with special guest interviews. Whom, you might ask, does CNN solicit to interview at this crucial convention? My job here at CNN, as intern extraordinaire, is to coordinate the swift entrance, interview, and exit of CNN’s VIP guest interviewees. On paper my duties include escorting the guests [...]

2012-08-30T15:36:01+00:00 August 30th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

The practiced journalist

An update from Marc at the Republican National Convention: Putting an event like the Republican National Convention on the air is eerily similar to putting a play on stage. Dozens of tech people sprinkled throughout the forum tinker with lights and equipment, the talent sits patiently backstage waiting for their cues, and a few producers make sure every single second stays true to their vision. The news does not just happen. It is planned, rehearsed, and executed. I know this because I was a part of that rehearsal. At first, I was sent down to the floor to hold a place so that the cameramen knew where to look. However, the anchor I was standing in for was behind schedule, [...]

An SMU alum spotted!

An update from Marc at the Republican National Convention: Meet Sara McDonald. A former broadcast journalism and theatre major from SMU, Sara now works as a Senior Producer for CNN International. More specifically, Sara works closely with the show “International Desk” with anchor Hala Gorani. The show airs at 1 p.m. Eastern time since the primary viewer audience resides in Europe. Of course, Sara might not be making such a worldwide impact without a little help from SMU. She says she left her alma mater well prepared to intern with CNN within a year of her graduation. She stayed with CNN for 15 years and then moved to CNN International in May of 2010.

2012-08-29T19:40:07+00:00 August 29th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

Texas pride at the convention

In fall 2012, SMU students are attending the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of a political communication studies program in Meadows School of the Arts. They are attending with Professor Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, and Dan Schill, assistant professor of communication studies, who are conducting "Dial Test" research for CNN.

2012-08-29T19:36:11+00:00 August 29th, 2012|Communication Studies, National Conventions 2012|

Old and new friends

I spent my first Saturday in Copenhagen, and it was quite nice. In the afternoon I had to go to immigration services with several DIS students since we have to apply for a visa to stay for four months. After I got immigration out of the way, I met up with one of my friends from home. We both went to high school together, and she is a junior at Yale now. She is here doing a program on security at the University of Copenhagen, so we planned to get dinner and catch up. A couple of my other friends also joined us, so we ended up going to dinner with several girls. The food was delicious, and I enjoyed [...]

2012-08-28T20:54:32+00:00 August 27th, 2012|Roza, Copenhagen|

Our summer of research in Vietnam

Janice is a sophomore President's Scholar majoring in biological sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Fantine is a sophomore President's Scholar majoring in biological sciences and mathematics in Dedman College. Janice and Fantine are members of the University Honors Program who received a Richter Fellowship to conduct research during summer 2012 in Vietnam.

2012-08-23T22:12:22+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Janice and Fantine, Vietnam|
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