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Kelly Buren

by | Posted June 16th, 2014


Name: Kelly Buren

Graduating Year: 2004

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing / Editing & Publishing (with a focus on design) / Environmental Economics and Policy

Current Job Title: Graphic Designer
Additionally: Freelance Graphic Designer

Employer: Metro Parent Magazine/BLAC magazine
Additonally: Daily Medias

Location: Royal Oak, MI


What Have PWer’s Been Up To?

by | Posted June 16th, 2014

WRAC would like to take a moment and acknowledge all the hard work that is taking place amongst the Professional Writing students in the department.

PW sophomore, Claire Babala was one of nine students featured in the MSU President’s Report. Check out the video below to meet Claire.

PW senior, Richa Choubey, has accomplished a great deal in her four years at MSU. She is featured on msu.edu right now and shares an inspiring path that lead her to focus on film and television.

PW senior, Riley Sutika, works for the AOP office. This past year, she coordinated the Project 60/50 essay contest and did some AMAZING work.

And another PW student, Jade Wiselogle, landed an internship in NYC with Seventeen Magazine for the summer. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all our PWer’s who landed an internship this year. If there are any PWer’s that would love to write a guest blog post to take a moment and share their summer internship experience, email wrac@msu.edu.

What Is Character Agency?

by | Posted June 13th, 2014

As you kick back on the patio with a glass of pina colada, and finally dedicate time to that novel you’ve been dying to finish, remember that a character’s role in storytelling is essential and must have a sense of agency. What is agency? Terribleminds breaks it down. Agency demonstrates the ability to make decisions that affect the story. A character’s agency pushes, creates and changes the plot. The characters contribute to the existence of the story, and the audience then connects with characters based on empathy, sympathy, and pathos; therefore, one of the most basic and fundamental aspects of creating a character is making them feel and seem human.

Alexandra White

by | Posted June 11th, 2014


Name: Alexandra White

Graduating Year: 2011

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing, Digital & Technical; Theatre, minor; Digital Humanities, specialization

Current Job Title: Digital Marketing Manager
Additional: Web Developer

Employer: JCC Association
Additional: Freelance

Location: Brooklyn, NY


Look Up!

by | Posted June 11th, 2014

The next time you’re out hanging with your friends—pause—look up and look around. What do you notice? You might notice that the majority of people around you are interacting on some type of electronic device. Technology is a great invention and has changed the world in many positive ways, but has caused people to be less social off line. Why not look up and see what happens? The video below from Lifehacker illustrates what can happen if we take a moment to look up from our phone.

The To-do Lists Has Always Been Around

by | Posted June 10th, 2014

Apps have allowed us to find new innovative ways to stay productive in completing a to-do list. TNW shares a hilarious video about the old fashion to-do list: Pen and paper! At times, technology can cause us to forget that simple is better. So, the next time you have to write a to-do list consider the old school way and step away from the apps.

There are more hilarious videos like the one above on Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world.  

Mike Kulick

by | Posted June 9th, 2014

Mike Kulick
Name: Mike Kulick

Graduating Year: 2012

Majors/Track/Minor/Specialization: Professional Writing Dual Specialization in Digital/Technical and Communities/Cultures

Current Job Title: Web + Digital Media Manager

Employer: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Location: Detroit, MI


What’s Next for Movie Theaters?

by | Posted June 9th, 2014

movie_audienceIn this article from The Next Web, Paul Sawers takes a look at “The Future of Cinemas” from a global perspective, investigating the question of just how much an impact streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon are having on their brick and mortar counterpart, the movie theater. He compares the introduction of VHS and DVDs to the introduction of streaming services, which have actually served to uphold the theater as a popular and preferred movie-watching method.

I appreciate Sawers global look at movie going, noting that in most countries theater ticket sales are on the rise, including here in the U.S. He writes that perhaps the biggest threat to the silver screen is the advancement of home entertainment technology combined with more affordable price tags. Add this to the fact that most home entertainment companies are finding ways to integrate streaming services into their systems (Boku, Apple TV, etc, “smart TVs”).

Sawer then goes on to ponder the “connected cinema,” which seems to be the final refuge in our networked lives. But for how much longer? On the flipside of this debate consider theater chain Cinemark, which has created an app that rewards customers with concession goodies when they turn their phones to “CineMode” (dims screen, turns on vibrate). It seems inevitable that our mobile, connected lives will enter the theater in more obvious and deliberate ways in the future, but how much will this impact the cinematic experience? The way Hollywood features are made, distributed, and/or marketed?