Media School Career Day Feb. 19

The Media School Report • Jan. 19, 2016

Meet alumni who work at media outlets such as Turner Studios, ESPN, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and CNN at The Media School’s first Career Day Feb. 19.

The day-long event kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union and will feature panel discussions, informational interviews for students with questions about specific careers, reel critiques and a networking reception.

The school organized the fair to give students access to alumni who have crafted successful careers in a variety of media, according to Director of Experiential Education Audrie Osterman. Students may gather advice about the job search, hear critiques of their work and learn about different careers at special sessions during the day.

“We want students to go to these panels and hear about career progressions,” Osterman said of the alumni, who will talk about their first jobs and how they advanced to their current positions.

Osterman said students will see that those accomplished alumni once were college students just like them, curious and concerned about where their degrees will take them. And, making connections to alumni who may have job leads or can describe entry-level positions at their companies is important, too.

The day wraps with a networking session, where students can chat one-on-one with alumni whose careers interest them.

“Networking is one of the most important steps in getting the job that you want,” she said.

To attend:

  • All IU students are welcome.
  • Email director of experiential education Audrie Osterman to sign up to attend an informational interview or reel critique.
  • RSVP online.

 

Sports Media Panel

Matt-Dollinger_squareMatt Dollinger, BAJ’10, is the NBA editor for Sports Illustrated’s digital outlet, SI.com. He has worked at Sports Illustrated as a senior producer since 2010. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Dollinger was a writer for the Colts in Indianapolis, covering training camps, composing features and following breaking news for the team’s website. At IU, he majored in journalism and worked for the Indiana Daily Student all four years. Dollinger is a Bloomington native and currently lives in New York City.


Stephanie-Kuzydym_squareStephanie Kuzydym, BAJ’12, is a freelance sports journalist in Houston, Texas. She currently studies the cognitive functions in athletes training for triathlons. The final basketball game of her college sports reporting career was when Christian Watford made a shot at the buzzer that prompted fans to swarm the court at Assembly Hall. Since leaving IU, Kuzydym has covered the Oklahoma Sooners for The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman, 180 high school athletic departments for the Northeast Ohio Media Group in Cleveland and the Rice Owls for the Houston Chronicle. She majored in journalism at IU.


Chad-Millman_squareChad Millman, BA’93, is the vice president/editorial director for ESPN’s domestic digital content. Previously, he served as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, which he joined in 1998 as associate editor. Under his leadership, the magazine has been honored with numerous awards for storytelling, design and photography. He started his career as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and correspondent at CNNSI. Millman has written several books, and his novel about a trio of Vegas bookmakers searching for opportunities during the height of the Internet boom, The Odds, became a bestseller in 2001. Millman majored in journalism and political science at IU and was on staff at the Indiana Daily Student.


BrandonSmithBrandon Smith, BS’09, is a sports reporter for WEHT-TV in Evansville, Ind. He’s from Marion, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in kinesiology. While at IU, he was a member of the Indiana Daily Student, WIUX and IUSTV. He’s made previous stops at TV stations in Nebraska, Missouri and West Virginia.


Tricia-Whitaker_squareTricia Whitaker, BA’12, is sports anchor and reporter for the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, WTTV. She spends the majority of her time covering the Colts, Pacers, and IndyCar, and college basketball and football around the state. Before moving to Indianapolis, Whitaker covered the Packers as a sports reporter for the ABC affiliate in Green Bay. She reported on IU basketball and IU football for IUSportcom and Big Ten Student U, and, while still an IU student, she worked as a Web reporter for Pacers.com. She earned her degree from the former department of communication and culture.

Public Relations/Advertising/Marketing Panel

Alex-Brown-Headshot_squareAlexandra Brown, BAJ’11, is a senior account executive at the public relations agency FleishmanHillard. She provides strategic counsel, develops content and written materials, and conducts media outreach on a local and national scale for clients including Allegion, Moneris, RSM US LLP and American InterContinental University. In 2015, Brown co-founded the Get Involved initiative in the FleishmanHillard Chicago office, aiming to bring together employees across different practice groups to give back to the community. Before joining FleishmanHillard, Brown was an account executive at Motion PR in Chicago. She studied public relations at IU and earned a degree in journalism.


Jennifer-Ciminillo_squareJennifer Ciminillo, BA’92, is director of creative services for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, where she leads creative teams to build connections through digital, social, broadcast and print storytelling. On a daily basis, she navigates in a fast-paced environment, overseeing the development and implementation of strategic marketing campaigns for all media outlets. Before joining Chicago Tribune Media Group, she held similar positions with organizations including Fox Network Group, The Gurin Company and Promax Broadcast Design Agency. At IU, she majored in journalism and graphic design.


Helene-Delone_squareHelene Hetrick, BAJ’12, is an associate marketing manager at ad technology startup PlaceIQ in New York City, where she manages the company’s blog, social media channels, website and industry events. Before joining PlaceIQ, Hetrick worked as a media and communications associate and manager for the tech company ThinkECO. While an IU journalism major, Hetrick ran for the varsity cross country and track teams. She was awarded IU’s Ross Hazeltine Travel Scholarship, which allowed her to spend eight weeks researching and reporting in Scandinavia. This experience sparked her passion for sustainability in business and helped her land her first job in New York. 


Tom-Hirons_squareTom Hirons, BA’75, is president and CEO of Hirons Advertising and Public Relations in Indianapolis. He has branded universities, colleges, cities, hospital systems, local and international businesses, and even a state. Under his experience and leadership, the company has developed into a multimillion-dollar enterprise, serving clients both locally and nationally, and earning a countless number of awards and recognitions. In addition to building one of Indiana’s largest communications firms, Hirons has taught courses at IU as a visiting lecturer for more than 18 years. As a student at IU, he studied political science.


Anne-Headshot-2_squareAnne Mamaghani, BAJ’96, is a senior manager of design research and strategy at eBay, where she leads a team that improves eBay products through a user-centered approach. During her 20 years in software and Internet technology, she has worked as an online editor, HTML programmer and interaction designer. Now that she has found a role and career she loves, she greatly enjoys using her experience to help others do the same.

Television/Film Production Panel

Bellamy-Headshot_squareSteve Bellamy, BS’86, earned a business degree at IU in 1986 and has been creating momentum ever since. His music dream led him to Los Angeles, where he gave tennis lessons to celebrities and media executives to pay for his band’s studio time. He parlayed his entertainment and tennis-industry connections to found The Tennis Channel, and later started The Ski Channel, The Surf Channel and The Skate Channel. As a writer/director, his films have won more than 40 global film festivals, and he has won six best director awards. As a musician, he recorded five albums and has written more than 1,500 songs. In 2005, Bellamy received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Kelley School of Business. He is CEO of Action Sport Networks and was recently named president of motion picture and entertainment at Kodak.


Jon-Dilling_squareJon Dilling, BA’91, has been a professional video editor since 1992. He specializes in on-air broadcast promotions and has worked in advertising, corporate video, sports marketing, music videos, children’s video, animated series, broadcast programs and promotion. He joined Turner Studios in 1997 and has worked for most of Turner’s entertainment networks, including TBS, TNT, TCM, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He helped launch Adult Swim in 2001 and was the show editor for Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law for four seasons. Dilling currently focuses on the kids’ side of Cartoon Network, working with writers and producers on promotions for shows such as Adventure Time and Teen Titans Go! He holds a degree in telecommunications from IU.


bart-fox_photo_squareBart Fox, BA’90, is an Emmy Award-winning producer with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of television production. Fox has worked on a freelance basis for every major sports network and has been involved in the production of every major sport. His strong working history with ESPN and ABC started in 1996, when he served as an associate producer for college basketball broadcasts. Since 2001, he has produced the live broadcast of hundreds of college football, basketball, baseball, softball and arena football games as well as the Great Outdoor Games. As president of Bart Fox Productions Inc., he has created television programming in both the entertainment and sports industry. He won a Sports Emmy Award in 2000 for his work on NBC’s coverage of swimming and diving at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Fox worked as an intern at WRTV in Indianapolis and WBZ-TV in Boston while a telecommunications student at Indiana University.


Nancy_Fyffe_squareNancy Callaway Fyffe, BA’72, is a broadcast professional whose work began at WLWI in Indianapolis, producing a Peabody-winning documentary series. At KMBC in Kansas City, she directed news and special remote broadcasts. In Chicago at WLS-TV, she became the first woman to direct primetime news for an ABC-owned Station. Fyffe directed an Emmy-winning documentary along with ABC News Specials and Network Sports. For ABC Network in New York, Nancy directed News Special Events, World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. She developed and directed the award-winning “Signature” series for A&E and was special creative consultant for the Emmy-winning documentary, City Under Siege, for Fox Network. At VH1 in New York, Fyffe was the supervising producer for hosted broadcast segments. She was station manager for WTIU-TV, where she produced the documentary Different By Design. She is now a freelance producer/director and communications consultant.


Thomas-Miller_squareTom Miller, BAJ’12, is director and producer of the feature-length documentary about IU’s Little 500 race, One Day in April. The film premiered in Bloomington in April 2015 and has been shown in festivals, including Cinequest, Heartland and Indy Film Festival. As a partner at Hardpin Media, Miller shoots corporate and political work for clients such as Facebook, eBay, Edelman and the Democratic National Committee. In 2012, Miller directed the Obama campaign’s video efforts in the battleground state of Ohio and helped shoot, edit and produce videos that turned the Buckeye state blue.


Ari-ZagnitAri Zagnit, BA’93, is an accomplished Blu-ray and DVD author and compressionist, receiving multiple awards for his innovative implementation of DVD navigation for his work on DVD Demystified Second Edition and The U.S. Capitol: A Vision in Stone. He’s been in the broadcast television industry for 23 years, and has been an active part of the DVD industry since its commercial release in 1998. Zagnit has several hundred Blu-ray and DVD titles to his credit, including commercially available titles, museum installations and corporate presentations. He is the founding member and leader of the Blu-ray and DVD production team at Henninger Media Services.

News Reporting/Editing Panel

Deanna-Allbrittin_squareDeanna Allbrittin, BAJ’13, is an anchor and reporter for WFIE in Evansville, Indiana. While at IU, Allbrittin worked for IU Student Television as a reporter, producer and news director while majoring in journalism. Before landing her first full-time job, Allbrittin honed her skills in internships at WTIU-WFIU in Bloomington, Fox59 in Indianapolis, CBS News in New York and FOX28 in South Bend. An avid traveler, Allbrittin traveled abroad for coursework and on her own. She now enjoys the creativity of planning thrifty trips on a reporter’s budget.


Jessica-Contrera_squareJessica Contrera, BAJ’14, is a reporter at The Washington Post, where she writes for a features general assignments team. She first joined the Post as an intern after graduating from IU with a degree in journalism. As a student, she was honored several times for her excellent work as a reporter for the Indiana Daily Student, including winning Associated College Press’ story of the year for a piece she wrote about Rachel Fiege, a freshman who died after falling down the stairs at a party during her first week in Bloomington. 


Meg_Ely_squareMargaret Ely, BAJ’12, is the social media manager for The New Yorker. Previously, she was a digital editor at The Washington Post and a Web producer for PBS. She lives in Brooklyn, and when she is not on the Internet, she is running marathons—or recovering from running marathons.


Chad-Millman_squareChad Millman, BA’93, is the vice president/editorial director for ESPN’s domestic digital content. Previously, he served as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, which he joined in 1998 as associate editor. Under his leadership, the magazine has been honored with numerous awards for storytelling, design and photography. He started his career as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and correspondent at CNNSI. Millman has written several books, and his novel about a trio of Vegas bookmakers searching for opportunities during the height of the Internet boom, The Odds, became a bestseller in 2001. Millman majored in journalism and political science at IU and was on staff at the Indiana Daily Student.


thom.patterson.headshot_squareThom Patterson, BA’87, is a senior producer for CNN Digital at CNN’s World Headquarters in Atlanta. He proposes, develops and creates digital content for various CNN special projects covering topics including aviation, aerospace, transportation and technology. Before joining CNN Digital in 1999, he spent several years serving as an assignment desk editor, field producer, package producer and newscast line producer at CNN’s Washington Bureau. He wrote and produced hundreds of TV news stories and conducted hundreds of interviews with newsmakers on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Patterson launched his journalism career as a freelance print reporter for business publications in Indiana and Ohio. He earned a degree in journalism from IU.

Entrepreneurs/Freelance Media Professionals Panel

Bellamy-Headshot_squareSteve Bellamy, BS’86, earned a business degree at IU in 1986 and has been creating momentum ever since. His music dream led him to Los Angeles, where he gave tennis lessons to celebrities and media executives to pay for his band’s studio time. He parlayed his entertainment and tennis-industry connections to found The Tennis Channel, and later started The Ski Channel, The Surf Channel and The Skate Channel. As a writer/director, his films have won more than 40 global film festivals, and he has won six best director awards. As a musician, he recorded five albums and has written more than 1,500 songs. In 2005, Bellamy received the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the Kelley School of Business. He is CEO of Action Sport Networks and was recently named president of motion picture and entertainment at Kodak. 


Zach-Dobson_squareZach Dobson, BAJ’04, is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Carmel, Indiana. Since starting his business in 2006, Dobson has focused on documenting people’s lives and businesses in action. His clients include Coca-Cola, AARP, the National Rifle Association, ZipCar, Land O’Lakes, Hamilton County Tourism, the Indiana High School Athletic Association and St. Vincent Hospitals. Dobson is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the National Press Photographers Association. As a student at IU, he was on staff of the Indiana Daily Student and Arbutus yearbook. He holds a degree in journalism with a concentration in photography.


bart-fox_photo_squareBart Fox, BA’90, is an Emmy Award-winning producer with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of television production. Fox has worked on a freelance basis for every major sports network and has been involved in the production of every major sport. His strong working history with ESPN and ABC started in 1996, when he served as an associate producer for college basketball broadcasts. Since 2001, he has produced the live broadcast of hundreds of college football, basketball, baseball, softball and arena football games as well as the Great Outdoor Games. As president of Bart Fox Productions Inc., he has created television programming in both the entertainment and sports industry. He won a Sports Emmy Award in 2000 for his work on NBC’s coverage of swimming and diving at the Olympic Games in Sydney. Fox worked as an intern at WRTV in Indianapolis and WBZ-TV in Boston while a telecommunications student.


Nancy_Fyffe_squareNancy Callaway Fyffe, BA’72, is a broadcast professional whose work began at WLWI in Indianapolis, producing a Peabody-winning documentary series. At KMBC in Kansas City, she directed news and special remote broadcasts. In Chicago at WLS-TV, she became the first woman to direct primetime news for an ABC-owned Station. Fyffe directed an Emmy-winning documentary along with ABC News Specials and Network Sports. For ABC Network in New York, Nancy directed News Special Events, World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. She developed and directed the award-winning “Signature” series for A&E and was special creative consultant for the Emmy-winning documentary, City Under Siege, for Fox Network. At VH1 in New York, Fyffe was the supervising producer for hosted broadcast segments. She was station manager for WTIU-TV, where she produced the documentary Different By Design. She is now a freelance producer/director and communications consultant.


BrandonSmithBrandon Smith, BS’09, is a sports reporter for WEHT-TV in Evansville, Ind. He’s from Marion, Ind., and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in kinesiology. While at IU, he was a member of the Indiana Daily Student, WIUX and IUSTV. He’s made previous stops at TV stations in Nebraska, Missouri and West Virginia.