Your Portal to the Media Industry

Students often collaborate with leading local and regional media professionals who visit and work in the CEIM studios. Broadcasters and industry executives work with students, share ideas and foster relationships through internships, coursework, guest lectures and networking events.

At the Center for Emerging and Innovative Media, you are guaranteed a rich industry experience to prepare you for your career ahead.

Working Alongside Media Professionals

Double media major Baylee Martin is routinely energized and inspired by the opportunity to collaborate with WTAE Action 4 News co-anchor Mike Clark.

Student Baylee Martin and WTAE news anchor Mike Clark working together in the Union Broadcast Center"Through my internship with Mike Clark and Duquesne's Praxis Magazine broadcast, I have gotten to see this course from the ground up. Mike is a professional I've looked up to for as long as I can remember. Never in my life did I think I'd be sitting down at a real news desk in a professional broadcast center with him each week to learn the ropes and to refine my own skills. I truly am grateful that I get this experience."

"The professionals I get to collaborate with, like Mike Clark and Don Maue, and their willingness to make my vision of having a weekly newscast at Duquesne come to life has taken my education at Duquesne and tied it together in a bow."

Alum Turns Back to Duquesne to Pivot Toward Dream Career

Many of our media program alumni continue to achieve success throughout the local and regional industry at news outlets, media partners and independent ventures.

Abby Krizner, B.A. '05 and M.A. '09, credits her success as program director for Pittsburgh's 105.9 The X to the support and guidance she received at Duquesne.

How did your experience at Duquesne light the fire for your career?

Music is such a big part of my life and I would have loved to be a full-time musician. However, I knew how difficult that road would be to pursue. A friend invited me to check out the student-run radio station at Duquesne in my freshmen year, and it really just felt like a playground for exploring new music, my own voice and creative marketing. I couldn't shake my love for it after I got involved.

How did your Duquesne professors help you establish your path once your heart was set on radio?

Student Baylee Martin and WTAE news anchor Mike Clark working together in the Union Broadcast Center

Truth be told, I was very spooked in my final year that it wasn't a "smart" career choice. I heard so much discouragement from people who were actively in the industry that it was nearly impossible to land a job. The fear got the best of me, and I ended up following careers that fit with my psychology degree instead. I hesitate to call that a mistake, but I also knew deep in my heart that I was feeling very incomplete.

Almost two years later, I reached out to my past professors at Duquesne, who helped reset my course to actually follow my dream. I couldn't acquire an internship without being enrolled in some kind of educational program.

When I decided to return for graduate studies, they guided me through applying and tailoring a program that would prepare me to work in radio. My goals were ambitious, and they invited me to peek behind the curtain to help me make the best plan possible.

They also encouraged me to apply to be a teacher's assistant, which made the financial aspect much more realistic for me.

What advice do you have for students thinking about how they will navigate the 'real world' after graduation?

I've learned you have to strategize the things you say yes to professionally. When you're just getting started, it's okay to eat it all up and say yes to everything; it'll help you clarify what you enjoy and what you feel you're good at doing.

Now I try to plot out my schedule with no more than one large commitment a day. Some days that's an interview, some days it's my daughter's dance class. If I have a big task on my calendar already, I say no to adding anything else that day. It's good for my mental state of mind and allows me to do the best job I can do with the task at hand. Being fried all the time isn't good for you or anyone around you.

Some folks thought the internet would overtake radio, but your success at ‘The X' proves that radio is alive and well in Pittsburgh. What can you tell our students about having a vision and working for your goals?

The radio audience is alive and well. In the last 10 years, we've expanded what that means: streaming apps, smart devices, social media campaigns and all of these new features that allow the audience to be a part of their favorite stations.

At the end of the day, I'm a "heavy user" of radio; I believe in it and use it every day. I grew up making silly voices, loved picking the playlist for every party and get a true visceral payoff when I get to introduce someone to a new band.

That's the constant for me in all of this. When the industry makes a big technological shift or I realize there's something new to learn, I have to ground myself with why I wanted to be here in the first place. I hope to continue to move through this career in a leadership role, but never forget to answer to the music-obsessed teenager inside.