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Welcome to your student media blog!

So here goes. My first post as the new CICM intern – and it looks like I’ve got some big shoes to fill.

I’m Jenna, a senior (print) journalism major at Kent State University and veteran of KSU’s student media. I’m also an intern at the Huffington Post, where I’m spending my semester blogging in Washington DC.

Before I get too far into this, I have to confess — I’m not a techie. In fact, just a few years ago I probably would have told you I was happy to just to write. Well, that’s pretty much gone out the window.

Like many of you, I’m hoping to enter an industry that’s facing some pretty confounding problems. And that’s where I’d like this blog to come in. In place of the steady “We’re-all-doomed” drumbeat that most media reporting marches to, I’d like to shine a light on student media leaders who are making it work and breaking ground — coming up with innovative solutions to change this industry.

Think of it as a glass-half-full take on the future of media.

But I hope we’re all in this together. I said in my application essay that I hoped to foster a conversation amongst student media leaders, and I intend to do that.

I want to know what challenges you’re facing on a daily basis and what you’re doing to overcome them. I want to know how you’re using cutting-edge multimedia to engage your audience, how you’re organization is responding to declines in ad revenue or how you’re integrating social media into your reporting. I want to focus on your ideas, concerns and hopes for this industry. I’m excited for my run here as the CICM intern. And even more excited to hear your ideas!

So please, throughout the next few months feel free to contact me with your feedback. E-mail me at and follow me on Twitter at @cicmintern.