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Senior Saturday kicked off February events in Scripps College

Feb 18, 2014

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism seniors listen intently to alumni sharing advice at Senior Saturday on Feb. 1, 2014 / Photos by Eli Hiller

Senior Saturday kicked off February events in Scripps College

By Stephanie Gort

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 18, 2014)—The 12th Annual Scripps Senior Saturday, hosted by the Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, took place Saturday, Feb. 1 in Scripps Hall.

This traditional events gives seniors an opportunity to listen and network with alumni who have gained sage experience in the journalism industry. 

Kicking off the event was alumnus and Deputy Editor of Spin Magazine Rob Harvilla, BSJ ’00. He spoke of his time at Ohio University and his progression into becoming a credible musical journalist. 

Senior Theresa Ianni, graduating in May with a degree in Strategic Communications, tweeted advice from Harvilla during his presentation by sharing on Twitter, “Make the most of your first job by figuring out what useful means. Be self-sufficient and have ideas.”

Following Harvilla was a professional panel of alumni speaking about how they landed their first job, as well as tips for seniors on the job hunt. 

The panel included NBC Universal Associate Lifestyles Editor Amanda Hawkins, BSJ ’11; NY1 News Producer Patrick Henderson, BSJ ’11; Slate Magazine Managing Editor Rachel Larimore, BSJ ’95; WCPO Producer Jennifer Moore, BSJ ’12; and DSW Planning and Project Specialist Colleen Veely, BSJ ’12. 

Benefiting every senior this year was the opportunity to split off to listen to one of the final four professional panels of his or her choosing. Each panel specifically pertained to the different tracks the Scripps’ college has to offer. 

The final four panels consisted of Strategic Communications, Editorial/Breaking News, Culture/Entertainment/Features Writing and Editing, and Sports Writing and Editing. Seniors were able to gather insight on the industry in which they are majoring.

Senior Nick Brockman tweeted after the Sports Writing and Editing panel, “Had so much fun at #ScrippsSrSat. Lots of smart sports writers continuing to come from @ohiou.”