Then + Now: Where My VH1 Internship Has Taken Me

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In two short semesters, I’ve learned more about life and living than I ever have before. This journey has even led me to my greatest accomplishment to date, but I’ll start from the beginning:

Working with VH1 (which has since become VH1 + Logo TV) was not just my first internship in the city. It was my first encounter with the hustle and bustle of Times Square. It was my first attempt at navigating a subway system. It was my first contemplation of “How the hell am I going to afford the monthly Long Island commute!?” My internship experience brought on the first of many things.


Kanye West’s Most Teachable (& Tweetable) Moments Of 2016

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Though 2016 has only graced us with its presence for a short time, this year has already been full of pop culture catastrophes. With all that’s currently going on in the world, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on these happenings. There is no better way to do this than by hearing the wisdom of someone significant. This could be a religious God, a political influencer, or just your every day role model. For me, I chose to seek comfort in a person who fits all three of these characteristics: Kanye West.


Below you will find some of the most inspirational pieces of advice to date as told by none other than Yeezus himself:

Grunge & Glory: Remembering Kurt Cobain

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kurtttOn this day, we celebrate the late and great Kurt Cobain. Though he passed 22 years ago, there is an extraordinary amount of homage being paid to this unforgettable artist. Even after all this time, Cobain remains a staple to rock ‘n’ roll history. Nirvana’s “Nevermind” still screams through old 90s Pioneer stereo systems and millennials are discovering the soon-to-be vintage sounds of grunge alternative rock.

Cobain was blunt in both music and life. People either loved or hated his cheeky “I don’t give a shit” demeanor and he welcomed all forms of opposition with a smile on his face.

“Hi, my name is Kurt Cobain, I’m homosexual, I’m a pagan, I’m a drug abuser, and I like to fuck pot-bellied pigs!”

Haunted Pennsylvania: Pennhurst Asylum Review

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pennThe Pennsylvania State Institution for Epileptics and Feeble Minded (commonly known as Pennhurst Asylum) was built in 1908. In the institution’s 79 year run, over 10,000 children and adults were taken in. Unfortunately, the living conditions were abysmal due to meager funding for basic necessities. Additionally, Pennhurst was well-known for its cruel and unusual punishment. Some patients were chained to beds and others had teeth removed for misbehaving. Many died from insufficient care and were cast to the side like trash heaps. In 1987, the institution shut its doors and remained abandoned until it was purchased years later. (Source) Visitors often say they can hear the harrowing voices of the dead who never left.

The Tip Jar: Elisa Tang, Today Show Production Associate

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This week’s Tip Jar comes from Elisa Tang, a recent Hofstra University graduate working as a Production Associate for the Today Show. You can view her online portfolio here: 


How did you end up at the Today Show? What’s your story?
I interned at Today during the 2014 Fall semester of my senior year. I worked really hard while I was there, even if it meant getting up at an ungodly hour that I was definitely not used to! It was worth it. I would go into the Today studio or newsroom everyday, and constantly ask the producers and staff, “How can I help? I am open to working on any project.” I stayed in touch with my supervisor and some producers, and when a Production Associate position opened up just a few weeks shy of my graduation, I jumped on the opportunity. While at college, and through my internship experience at Today, I learned that I wanted to produce not just news stories, but human interest features, and entertainment stories. That’s why I felt that the Today Show would be the best place for me to grow.

The Tip Jar: Professional Portfolios in the Entertainment Industry

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The entertainment industry is all around us. Whether we’re watching the latest season of “American Horror Story” or listening to a Spotify recommendation, entertainment influences us in ways we don’t even realize. This influence however, doesn’t come out of nowhere. There is immense brainstorming, planning and coordinating that brings our music, television and film desires to life.

This is the first of a series of posts dedicated to getting a behind-the-scenes look at professionals in the communications and entertainment field. Every few weeks, I’ll be interviewing a range of communications professionals and getting feedback on their lives in the television, music and film industries.

Jade Williams is a recent graduate from Hofstra University and is currently working at Total Assault, a digital and social marketing company located in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in digital marketing and public relations for different musical performers around the United States. Here is Jade’s story:

Interntips for the Aspiring Professional

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Let’s talk about the subject that inevitably brings stress to the average college student: Internships.

Graduation seems to be just around the corner and you’re wondering what the hell comes after that $200,000 degree is in your hands. Trust me, I get it. These are the fears that nightmares are made of, but it is possible to line up something great before that day comes. For the aspiring professional, getting a foot in the door to a field of interest means everything. Unfortunately, this task can seem somewhat daunting in the beginning. So here are a few interntips to keep the real-world boogeyman away and to get the most out of your college life.


Blurryface: A Track By Track Review

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bf albumBlurryface is the newest of the Twenty One Pilots collection, which elicits heavy sounds and emotionally impressionable lyrics. Tyler Joseph, the lead singer and writer for the band Tweeted, “Another piece of my soul is now on the internet.” For those curious about the album title, Blurryface is a character that signifies inner pain, insecurity, doubt, and fear. He is everything that can make life difficult. Blurryface makes appearances often throughout the album.

This 14 track masterpiece is an experience from start to finish. Each track is strong enough to stand alone, but they each fit together in perfect harmony. Whether it’s the sounds or the lyrics, the album is likely to resonate with you deep to the core.

It’s On Us. Always.

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Today, Hofstra University hosted a secret event that has been in the works for months. As a representative for University Relations, I got to take part in the planning process and experience the reactions of students and faculty members across campus. The event focused on It’s On Us, a campaign that promotes awareness and advocacy against sexual assault.

The event began with a three minute freeze. We all stood still in complete silence. In that moment, I felt proud to be assisting in such a powerful movement. In fact, it gave me chills. Shortly after, a video regarding the campaign was presented on two large screens. (The video will be posted at the bottom of this post.)

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