May Term 2018 will offer more academic opportunities in Multimedia Communications as Simpson students get the chance to study in New York City.
Trips such as this one give students many opportunities to study communications outside of Iowa.
Brian Steffen, head of the department, said Multimedia Communication 161: The Media in New York City will prepare students for careers in Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Communication and Interactive Media.
“We want to take our students to one of the world’s media capitals so they can see the wide variety of careers that await Multimedia Communication students there,” Steffen said. “By giving first- and second-year students priority in registration, we hope that those students can make and clarify their career goals and use their time that remains at Simpson to best reach those goals.”
On past travel courses, students have visited media centers around the world and made networking connections that are less accessible in the Midwest. Steffen says New York will be a great place for students to make connections such as these.
“We want students to know that Multimedia Communication is a versatile field with growing career prospects, particularly in media centers such as New York,” Steffen said. “Taking the students to the action is how we can best do that.”
When the Multimedia Communication course last visited New York City in 2010, students visited NBC’s Today Show, spending a morning wth then-host Meredith Vieira. They also spoke with journalists at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times; magazine editors at Hearst Media and Meredith Corp.; and sports communication professionals with the New York Mets.
In 2018, students will meet on the Simpson campus the first week of May Term 2018 to prepare for the travel course. They’ll be in the Big Apple visiting media sites from May 5-11 and will write a reflection paper about the experience on their return.
Steffen said the course is open to any Simpson student with an interest in studying Multimedia Communication. Once first- and second-year students have registered, any open spots will be available to upperclassmen.