Mass Media

Alumni Testimonials

Beth Davis

Beth Davis, public relations ‘05, is the Associate Director of Public Relations at U.S.AdFarm in Kansas City.

“Cornerstones of public relations and media writing can be learned at many institutions. Washburn’s mass media department offers resources above and beyond the classroom. Professors transform into lifelong mentors. And, after learning and growing together throughout mass media curriculum, classmates become a supportive, professional network. Even after 10 years, I still rely on guidance from my Washburn professors and comradery of fellow graduates.”

Brian Dulle

Brian Dulle, journalism ‘12, is the Digital Content Producer for KSNT News’ website, www.ksnt.com

“Washburn’s Mass Media Department gave me so many opportunities that helped me get the job I have today. My time as online editor-in-chief for WashburnReview.org helped challenge me as a team leader, writer, copy editor and videographer as well as using social media as a journalist. Most of the things I do daily as a digital producer I learned from Washburn’s Mass Media Department and I am proud to have been a part of it.”

Lauren Edelman

Lauren Edelman, journalism and public relations ‘11, is the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute at Washburn University.

“I have found my Mass Media degree from Washburn University to be incredibly transferrable to a variety of professional positions. We produce and manage our own publications, social media, electronic newsletters, website and branding which contribute largely to our recruitment efforts as well as the development of campus and community partnerships. My experience as a student in the Mass Media department, as well as a writer and copy editor for the Washburn Review have given me valuable insight into what it takes to effectively convey an intended message to the public.”

Jordan Shefte Kindernecht

Jordan Shefte Kinderknecht, film and video ‘11, is a News Reporter at KHAS-TV in Omaha, Neb.

“The training and education I received at Washburn University benefits me on a daily basis in my profession. I am constantly using the skills I learned in the Mass Media Department. Whether it was practice on the desk for WUCT or AP writing assignments, the culmination of knowledge gained from my classes has helped me get where I am today.”

Alicia Mowder

Alicia Mowder, advertising ‘08, is the Senior Brand Manager at Sonic Drive In.

“The Mass Media program and faculty at Washburn presented a diverse landscape to interact with and grow as a student and artist. We are each artists in our own way, but like myself, many students don't see or know themselves as an artist outside of the traditional creative sense.  After going through the Mass Media program at Washburn and taking different courses, I found my path in branding and followed that into my career and graduate education.

Christina Murphy

Christina Murphy, film and video '08, is a producer at PSG Films in Seattle.

Christina is a producer of network television for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, TLC and many others. She’s been production manager for "Alaska State Troopers", and for TruTV's "Branson Famous." Currently she’s producing a show for Discovery Channel that will air in 2016.

Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan, film and video '07, is a Commercial Producer at KSHB, Kansas City

Andy writes and produces television commercial spots for air in the Kansas City market along with segments for national syndication.

Sarah TowleSarah Towle, journalism ‘07, is a communications strategist at the Washburn University Foundation and is an adjunct lecturer in the mass media department.

“While I greatly appreciated everything I learned in classes at Washburn University, the mass media department offered me many opportunities outside of the classroom to get involved through Student Media and working on projects with professors. I was a part of Student Media in multiple roles where I was able to work on writing, editing and page layout in a real-world setting. I was able to study people’s perceptions of Greece after the 2004 Olympic Games with Dr. Thimios Zaharopoulos and I worked with Dr. Maria Stover to study the website trends of small town, Midwest newspapers. These research projects inspired me to seek a graduate degree, so I could do further research in the areas I was most interested.”

Bridget Walter

Bridget Walter, advertising ‘12, is an HR Operations Administrator at Westar Energy.

"As a Washburn Mass Media graduate, l  was very well prepared to enter the workforce. One thing I especially appreciated from the Mass Media program was that no matter what area you chose to specialize in, you still had to take the same core classes that exposed you to each area, which I felt helped me to become a better communicator (both written and verbally) and overall more well- rounded."