27 episodes

Features student-created stories from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Stories range from spotlights on current students and alumni to new initiatives in the college and faculty activities outside the classroom.

All of the story ideas, writing, editing and voicing are completely done by current students and based on their interests.

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Features student-created stories from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. Stories range from spotlights on current students and alumni to new initiatives in the college and faculty activities outside the classroom.

All of the story ideas, writing, editing and voicing are completely done by current students and based on their interests.

    Bus vs. Building, Be Connected, Episode 27

    Bus vs. Building, Be Connected, Episode 27

    When thinking about opportunities in life, people often mention the importance of ‘doors’ or walking through a ‘new door.’ 

    With a new year, people often look back at those doors they did or didn’t walk through, and the impact those decisions had on their lives.

    In today’s Be Connected episode, Dan O'Keefe focuses on a door, with a Gothic style arch above it, that's been the focus of much reminiscing in Johnston Hall, a building on the National Register of Historic places.

    • 8 min
    Sheena Carey, Be Connected, Episode 26

    Sheena Carey, Be Connected, Episode 26

    College students put in a lot of time and effort when it comes to selecting a university to attend and what to major in, but there's also planning along the way to help with life after graduation. 
    How can a student ensure he/she is making the best career choice?  When does a senior need to look for a job? How can a student plan for the future?

    Dan O'Keefe, a digital media major, went in search of answers by talking to Sheena Carey, the internship coordinator for the Diederich College of Communication

    • 9 min
    Alumni Spotlight, James Ford Murphy, Be Connected, Episode 25

    Alumni Spotlight, James Ford Murphy, Be Connected, Episode 25

    James Ford Murphy has worked as an animator on “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters Inc.,” and the Academy Award-winning features, “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “Ratatouille.” That’s just part of his biography at Pixar Animation Studios.

    Jim Murphy graduated from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in 1986. When he was in Milwaukee, he stopped by the college to share his career journey and advice with Rome Gandelsman, a senior majoring

    • 17 min
    Alumni Spotlight, Gerry Ahern, Be Connected, Episode 24

    Alumni Spotlight, Gerry Ahern, Be Connected, Episode 24

    Imagine having over 30 years experience in sports journalism and working with noted sports journalists like Adrian Wojnarowski, Dan Wetzel and Charles Robinson. It's not something Gerry Ahern has to imagine, he experienced it when he was at Yahoo.

    The Marquette alum came back to campus in the spring of 2019 to share his wisdom with students in a sports journalism class.

    Dan O'Keefe, a digital media major, has Gerry's story.

    • 11 min
    Drew Britton, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor, Be Connected, Episode 23

    Drew Britton, Filmmaker and Assistant Professor, Be Connected, Episode 23

    There's a lot of freedom to experiment with film these days. Whether it's exploring a different approach to storytelling, incorporating more diversity in stories or using technology (like virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality), now is a time when experimentation is being encouraged. Drew Britton is a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University and an independent feature filmmaker. Maggie Gillette, a digital media major, talked to Drew about how he brings his passion to the classroom.

    • 7 min
    Ron Smith, Neighborhood News Service, Be Connected, Episode 22

    Ron Smith, Neighborhood News Service, Be Connected, Episode 22

    Ron Smith is a Marquette graduate, professor, and director of the Neighborhood News Service.  He has been everywhere in the field of journalism, from the Marquette Tribune to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to USA Today.  Now, he's back where he started, as editor and chief of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.

    Dan O'Keefe, a senior majoring in digital media, talked to Ron about NNS and the many hands-on learning opportunities that exist at the organization.

    • 9 min

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