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Not the HBO “Newsroom”: Interning at The Baltimore Sun
By Andrea Massaro, Class of 2015
On my first day of work on a Tuesday morning, I stepped off the shuttle at Peabody and took the two-minute walk to the 500 block of North Calvert. It’s not an ordinary city block; the Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) owns the entire thing, which at the very least made it impossible for me to get lost. Entering a headquarters this size, I’ll admit I prepared myself for failure–– a mediocre intern in a well-oiled machine. My only knowledge of the industry was what I’d seen the night before on HBO’s The Newsroom, and I was prepared to do the same miserable grunt-work as the fictional interns–– and inevitably somehow mess it up as well. I resolved for the final time: I was here to write, and write I would, mistakes and all. This was why I’d accepted the position of features intern at The Baltimore Sun during an already hectic junior fall.
“Basic Training” at Florentine Films:
"One of my favorite courses of all time was Experimental Film Theory, taught by John Mann. After watching the brilliant documentary experimental films "Night and Fog" (Alain Resnais) and "La Jetee" (Chris Marker), I gained an understanding of how film can communicate ideas, emotions, and stories unlike any other medium."
Emily Needell, class of 2012
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Welcome Film & Media Studies Majors & Minors
Students are strongly encouraged to advance through course levels in rational order: introductory levels, followed by intermediate, followed by advanced. At least one 200-level film studies requirement must be met by the end of sophomore year. Both 200-level requirements must be met by the end of junior year.
Majors are strongly encouraged to complete at least one writing-intensive course emphasizing critical writing in their freshman year, by winter of sophomore year at the latest, regardless of their skill level. Critical writing courses in FMS or in the Expository Writing Program are acceptable.
Production students should take at least one screenwriting course, in either FMS or the Writing Seminars. An acting class in the Theatre Arts & Studies Program is also encouraged for narrative filmmakers.
One 500-level course, either an internship or an independent study, is required for completion of the major.
Internships play an essential role in shaping a professional identity, as well as helping students discover and develop their interests and aptitudes. Resources for identifying and pursuing internship opportunities are available through the Film and Media Studies Program office. Students may undertake multiple internships through their early careers. The internship required for fulfillment of the major should be completed or committed to no later than the end of junior year.
Independent Studies allow students, working with a faculty advisor, to focus closely and at length on individual interests and projects, whether in production, screenwriting, or film studies. Students should have completed or made concrete plans for completion of their required Independent Study no later than the end of junior year.
We encourage students both in and out of the classroom to challenge themselves, broaden their understanding of what film is and can do. All students should extend themselves to silent film, documentary film, experimental film, as well as to films of various national cinemas and reflecting various modes of production. In addition, majors and minors should regularly read and comment on the FMS blog, HopkinsCinemAddicts, and should attend Film Society screenings when possible.
Thinking About Becoming a Film and Media Studies Major?
"The best part of the program is definitely the hands on experience we get but also the people I’ve met and been able to talk to." - Alexandra Byer, Class of 2011
"Being a Film & Media Studies major introduced me to both the more theoretical study of film as well as real world experience though my internships, and it has completely defined what I want to do with my life after Hopkins." - Clare Richardson, Class of 2012
Check out the Academics blog and see personal stories from our Film and Media Studies majors. These blogs are student-written and give you an up-close look at the experiences that real students have had at Johns Hopkins. You’ll read about how students chose their majors and minors and the opportunities they are discovering. Within the blogs, you’ll read about students who have changed or added majors, taken classes completely unrelated to their major, fulfilled multiple majors and minors, and otherwise explored their academic curiosities here.