What we know. Whom we vote for. How we perceive others. All are influenced by the media, which is why the forward-thinking NYU student body learns how media—in all of its myriad forms—works. Media outlets at NYU are a hotbed for self-expression and the exchange of ideas. They’re also the training grounds on which students learn how to communicate in truthful and impactful ways. In fact, no matter where students’ strengths or interests lie, there’s a way for them to participate.
Tune In with NYU-TV
NYU’s TV channels often feature student-made work. Whether you want to film a documentary or direct a short movie, you can film at NYU-TV’s versatile studio. Additionally, you can practice your interview skills during news segments or flex your design muscles by creating ad spots. You can even learn the technical aspects of video production—and get the best seat in the house—while filming guest lecturers and special events.
For Nat Roberts, a Film and Television major at the Tisch School of the Arts, working as a student editor at NYU-TV was a valuable way to put theory into practice. “My main job was to edit videos for our two cable channels and NYU’s social media pages. I also live-edited events when we streamed them,” he says. “I honed my technical skills and learned so much from the full-time staff. Also, I had plenty of opportunities to get creative and develop my personal editing style. No matter which area you’re working in, you’ll get a chance to get out there and learn on the job.”
Bring the Write Stuff
NYU hosts a plethora of student-run publications, including newspapers, magazines, and journals. Lovers of art and literature can bring their editorial sense to a variety of magazines. For example, there’s West 10th in New York City, Electra Street in Abu Dhabi, and The Hundred River Review in Shanghai. Furthermore, if you want to publish your own research, NYU’s Journal of Politics and International Affairs and The Economics Review accept pieces from students on all three degree-granting campuses. But that’s not all. The New York City campus hosts over a dozen student-run publications. From Plague, “NYU’s only intentionally funny publication,” to Comic Book League, where “you can meet people who love nerdy stuff as much as you do,” there’s something for every interest.
At the same time, aspiring journalists can get the scoop while working for Washington Square News in New York City, the Gazelle in Abu Dhabi, or On Century Avenue in Shanghai. “There’s also a ton of work beyond writing articles,” adds Economics major Allison Chesky, the former editor in chief of On Century Avenue. “We need art and photography to go alongside the articles’ website design and upkeep, marketing, and business analytics. We need students with lots of different skills to get involved.”
Turn Up the Volume
WNYU is an award-winning radio station run entirely by students, which means it needs everyone from Business majors to policy wonks to help it operate. Can’t get enough basketball? On a sports talk show like WNYU’s “The Cheap Seats,” you can dissect plays and discuss trade rumors. More interested in celebrity gossip? “Celeb Relationships: Love It or Hate It” breaks down a different celebrity relationship in each episode. And if you’re all about that bass, you can hear a mix of musical genres throughout the day.
NYU Abu Dhabi has Howler Radio, which features shows like “Research Paper Radio.” Depending on the day, you can hear everything from 1920s show tunes and 1980s synth-pop to international new wave and new indie releases. There’s also “Sans Reality” for all your Korean and Vietnamese music needs. And for any student wondering what’s next, you can tune in to Leaving the Nest. Formerly hosted by Mauricio Yanez, the popular podcast features various NYU Abu Dhabi alumni discussing postgraduate life.