Check Out These Killer New Class Options

It’s Thanksgiving week – we have some time to chill.

We hope you have a great holiday with your family and friends.

Now, when you get back…

There are some cool  options for you to think about for the spring semester. The great thing about electives is they are low-risk ways to try new things, to test a different path.

Check this list below. If anything speaks to you, get with your advisor and ask about enrolling.

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MPT 498.03 Making Reality TV
The Reality Television industry is thriving
Learn about production from Steve Kotton and Jack Perez
Wednesdays 12:00pm
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COM 630.01 Motion Graphics for Digital Media
Graduate level motion graphics class
Taught by Anton Wannenburg
Wednesdays 3:30pm
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COM 304.01 Hosting
Taught by Liam Mayclem from KCBS’ Foodie Chap segments
Wednesdays 8:30am
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COM 699 Entrepreneurship in Media
How do you run your own business?
Fridays 12:00pm
Can be taken in place of COM 635 Social Media
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COM 206 Play By Play
Learn from Fox Anchor Joe Fonzi
Final project: Go to major game and record play by play live
Thursdays 12:00pm
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COM 141 Storytelling: From Telephone to Transmedia
Crosslisted with LA 141
Option for LA Requirement that focuses on media
Several sections scheduled

Check Out These Ten Tremendous Networks And Get A Job

“Google it.” Back in the day that’s what I used to tell students to do when they wanted to find interesting jobs, internships and opportunities.

Now I just send them to Twitter.

Search on Twitter is awesome. You see relevant stories about the subject you’re interested in, including people who know something about your subject. There are photos, links, infographics – everything you would ever need.

Here’s what came up when I searched using #videoproduction

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A Tricaster Mini.  I got so excited I tossed it up on COM’s Facebook.

I also asked Steve Kotton to buy me one for Christmas! We’ll have to see how that works out.

Twitter is a powerful research and job search tool. If you think it’s for check-ins, food porn and sports hate, it indeed is for that – but you don’t have to use it that way.

I promised you ten. Here are nine more.

  • Career Sushi : You can build a really cool infographic-looking timeline resume on this site, and look for jobs and internships too.
  • Go For Crew : When a production company comes to San Francisco, they’ll send you an email with open positions
  • LinkedIn : Don’t come into my office telling me you don’t have a LinkedIn profile. I will send you away and tell you to not come back until you have one.
  • Glassdoor : Jobs, internships and reviews of companies from people who work (or have worked) there. A great way to learn about a company’s culture.
  • Indeed : Another search engine for COM jobs.
  • AfterCollege : They are a great search engine for students looking for starter jobs right after graduation.
  • InternMatch and
  • Career Builder: I typed the keyword ‘video editor” and this is what came up.

Please let us know about other sites you have found that were helpful. Share your links in the comments below.

You need to start looking now. Use these tools to help make it easier.

Ask me to help. I love watching you succeed.

John Scott

John Scott is your Career Services Manager for COM. He’s also the instructor of COM 611: The Evolution of Media.







When They Say “3-5 Years Experience Needed” They Are Lying (Sort Of)

What’s a fresh college graduate (or freshly reinvented older person) to do? If you were to scour the job boards today you’d discover that it apparently takes three to five years to be good at anything in this life; this realization would make you sad.


Companies say they want three to five years experience for several reasons:

  • They want to limit the amount of applicants
  • They don’t want to spend time training a newbie
  • They want someone who knows their stuff

Okay, fair reasons. But you can and should apply for these jobs, and you can do it ethically. Here’s why:

1) If you’re a student, you likely have experience. Your degree is not your education. Your education is the sum of all things you did at school (your experience)!

2) If you know how to crush this job, prove it. They’ll make you prove it in the interview. Do you have examples the back up your claim that you are an awesome video editor? Can you show evidence you have been a team leader?

Yes, you do.

Let’s imagine I meet you at a networking function. I tell you I’m developing a mobile app and I need a fabulous host for the video content. I have already posted an ad online that says I need an experienced pro to do this. You have little or no professional experience at hosting, but you have a lot of experience because you’ve done it in class. Your resume reel is breathtaking.  You tell me this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, and YOU WANT THIS. I’m impressed – by your confidence. You show me your reel on your mobile and it is indeed epic. I tell you I’d like to discuss this with your further.

So much for the “3-5 years” rule.

Sometimes companies really do need a seasoned expert to fill a job. If they use the words “mandatory” or “absolutely required” the ethical thing to do is not apply. But we don’t see those words very often. You are the solution to a problem or challenge a company has.

Don’t be afraid of a job post.

You can get that job – because you’re that good.

John Scott photo John Scott teaches COM 611 (The Evolution of Media) and he’s your Career Services Manager in the School of Multimedia Communications.

Use This And You’ll Crush Your Classes, Onsite and Online

This is the key to being a success this semester.

You can use paper or mobile or screen.

If you use this, you’ll know how much time you have. You’ll know  when you need to work and when you’ll have time to play.

Time management is the thing that sends most students into the ditch early in a semester – and it’s hard to catch up and do well on assignments.

Create a life calendar. Depend on it. Make it your time boss in FA14.

Watch your grades rise.

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John Scott is the Career Services Manager for the COM department. He’s also your instructor for COM 611: The Evolution of Media. @AcademyArtCOM

Take This Class In The Fall And Be a Boss (Literally)

There’s an awesome member of the faculty you need to meet, now.

Say hello to Murray Newlands. Murray Newlands                                                                              This guy is a winner.

He’s an expert in social media marketing, online marketing strategy, content marketing, blogging, video blogging, and branding. He owns his own company. He is an author. He’s one of our industry-expert instructors too!

Make friends with Murray and you’re making friends with an influencer – one who might be a very valuable friend and mentor as you launch your careers in media.

To understand corporate cultures, to make sense of why the boss wants what s/he wants, to collaborate successfully in your classrooms, it’s a big advantage when you know how to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes.

When you know what motivates winners, you will be one too. Murray is offering a class for grad students this fall: COM 699: Entrepreneurship In Media. You’ll learn the theory and practice of being the boss, of starting the kind of company you’ve always dreamed of.  You’ll learn to create business ideas and get them into the marketplace.

There were  an estimated 17.7 million independent workers in the United States in 2013, up 10% since 2011. By 2018, we’ll likely see 24 million or more. The nature of work is changing. A staff job might not be an assumed position for many of us.

Whether it’s pure freelance work or one that puts you in the CEO chair, you can take control of the ideas, the dreams – and you can be the one that makes it happen.

Get to your advisor and tell them you want to add COM 699-4 to your class mix. It’ll show you already know how to make good decisions. John Scott

John Scott is the  COM Career Services Manager. He also teaches COM 611: The Evolution of Media.

It’s All About Making the List Smaller

“What should I do?”
“What will I do now?”
“What can I do?”

My students at the university  – you – ask these questions all the time. In my private work with clients, fully grown adults, some with even a decade of experience, still have no clue what they want to be when they grow up.

My answer is the same to the young, the older, and the oldest: it’s okay to not know, but we can work on one list now – the list of things we’re positive we don’t want to do.

It’s a process of narrowing down jobs and tasks that we’re sure we do not enjoy. That list is built fairly quickly. For students, I have them tell me about classes they struggled with, and why they didn’t enjoy it. We make a list of activities that they really liked (and did well at) and that enables us to start narrowing it down.

It’s satisfying to cross items off the list. Some students do an internship and don’t love it. Check. That’s one less thing to think about.

The reduction of decisions, I call it. It’s a way to focus, and get closer to the thing, the task, the job…we are good at and enjoy doing.

What can you cross off your list?


John ScottJohn Scott is the Career Services Manager for COM. He also teaches COM 611: The Evolution of Media.


Contact: @johnscottsf or jscott<at>


This Summer, I Think I’ll Invent Something

This was the text I sent to my partner yesterday afternoon to summarize our breakfast meeting:

We changed the trajectory of global macroeconomics this morning.

Yes we did.

We have come up with an idea that is so powerful it will affect how entire nations will oversee their economies. That’s a bit funny, since we’re actually starting a media production company!

How’d that happen?

Our fist meetings were about a completely different subject. we decided our original concept was a failure, so we kept meeting and we kept talking. Batting ideas back and forth, yesterday, over scrambled eggs and coffee, the big idea surfaced.

No one we know of has attempted to do what we want to do. I’m sorry, I’m not quite ready to announce what “it” is. I’ll do that when the time is right.

But our breakfast meeting was very much like your summer semester could be.
You may have one or two classes this semester. You’ll be creating media content. You’ll be asked to tell some stories. Why not begin by dreaming of something you’d like to do, or say, or sell, or make – and start brainstorming? That video you’ll be asked to make? Make it about your idea.

The first effort might be a failure. Good. That means you’re making progress.
Every time you have to write or research or shoot or edit, focus it on your idea. Imagine what it’s going to look like. Make changes mid-course.

At the end of seven weeks you just might have telegraphed your first, or next…career.

I’m going to invent something this summer. Maybe we should do it together.


John Scott photoJohn Scott is the Career Services Manager for your School of Multimedia Communications. He also is the instructor of COM 611: The Evolution of Media.


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