Alumni Profiles - Ben LaMothe, ’08

Major:

Journalism (news editorial concentration)

Minor:

European studies

Current job:

Currently pursuing an MA in electronic publishing at City University London.

Best part of CMU's journalism program was:

“The best part of CMU’s journalism program is how eager the faculty is to help you succeed.”

As a CMU student, was involved in:

  • Central Michigan Life - Reporter for two years
  • Grand Central magazine - Editor-in-chief, 2007-2008
  • Student Art League

Biggest accomplishment while at CMU:

“Successfully launching Grand Central magazine, CMU’s first student-run online magazine. Second on the list is being able to get an internship in journalism with a large news radio station in Dublin, Ireland, while I was studying abroad.”

Accomplishments:

  • Founder of Grand Central magazine
  • Journalism Department Chair's Award for Outstanding Achievement, April 2008
  • Part of a 15-person team that produced "Detroit 1967 - A Turning Point" for Detroit Public Radio, which received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Michigan Associated Press and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, July 2007

Internships:

  • The Oakland Press
“My most memorable internship was with The Oakland Press. It is my hometown paper, which I read growing up. So getting a byline in there was a huge honor for me. And it was my first print journalism internship.”

What he does to be competitive in his field:

“I’ve begun integrating myself into the realm of online journalism. If you aren’t equipped to utilize the Web for journalistic purposes, you will be left behind.”

Suggestion to students interested in the journalism program:

“Get your byline in as many publications as possible while you’re still in college. It will be hard to balance school with writing, but it will pay off when internship season comes around.”​

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