Students in the Hamilton College Program in Washington, D.C. attended an informative media panel hosted by George Baker ’74 and Frank Vlossak ’89 of the Williams and Jensen law firm on Oct. 30. The panel included Hamilton D.C. area alumni who work in the fast-paced field of D.C. media and journalism.
The panelists included: Walter Cronkite IV, ’11, associate producer for politics at CBS News; Matt House ’08, communications director for Senator Chuck Schumer of N.Y.; Frank Matt ’10, associate producer for Al Jazeera America; Lachlan Markay ’10, reporter for the Washington Free Beacon; Kate Nocera '05, Capitol Hill reporter for BuzzFeed online news; and Niels Lesniewski ’07, Senate reporter for Roll Call/Congressional Quarterly.
Each panelist discussed how they become interested in careers in media and journalism, their experience covering the recent shutdown, and the growing role of social media in journalism and reporting. Although the panelists explained that a career in media can be difficult and extremely hectic, they all spoke fondly of covering politics in the nation’s capital and passed on valuable advice to students wishing to pursue a career in journalism. George Baker described the panel as a “master class.”