Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Brainstorming - Masters?

My sister and I have always tossed around the idea of producing our own magazine. When we see magazines related to topics of our interest, we get disappointed. "We could have done this J!" While working at Essence, I grew an affinity for magazines that present meaningful issues. Ones that not only entertain but educate.

I am a photographer. I haven't been honining my skills as I would like to partly due to circumstances and partly due to laziness and a lack of drive. But as I toured the exhibit of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and saw all of Addison, George and Robert Scurlock's photographs, I became jealous. "This is what I should be doing." Portraits of prominent members of the DC society, famous landmarks of my native home, and images of the upwardly mobile African-American DC community made me believe that I was slacking. As I stood looking at the photos, I had a flashback to another exhibit where I felt this same feeling. The Gordon Parks exhibition another Smithsonian museum.

I am a writer. I know that I need to put my hands in the dirt and sharpen my creative writing skills. I keep telling myself that I belong in a writing workshop. The idea of gathering special written pieces I have churned out have been haunting me.

During my time in the publishing industry, I often stuck my nose where it didn't belong and got a hold of a few PR and advertising presentations that thrilled me. My sister went to school for PR and communication and I'm always interested in what she learned. Wouldn't it be a step in the right direction if I just learned it myself?

So writing, photography, publishing, PR, communication...
Masters Program...
In the DMV area...
I need to be able to dabble in all areas...
How am I going to pay for a masters?

Howard University - Department of Journalism, Radio/TV/Film, and Communication & Culture
Mass Communication & Media Studies Program
This program allows me to take classes at other schools within the Metropolitan Washington Consortium of Schools & Colleges....
Perhaps I can get my photography instruction from a school within that collection?

And I would finally get to go to a HBCU!

Just thinking.

2 comments:

T.C. said...

you know i definitely say GO FOR IT!!! yes you will have to take out loans but you can't put a price on education...you might also qualify for scholarships from them as well...go for it!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great idea...run with it...

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