New Media Is My Niche

Erin Battaglia typing at laptop

By Erin Battaglia

Author. Maker. Creator. Innovator. There are a million ways to describe the New Media department at Molloy, and the students in the program, but I think those four words tell the story perfectly. Hi, I’m Erin, a sophomore New Media major here at Molloy. I feel like I should give you a little bit of a backstory before I start going on about the New Media program, so stay with me. I have a pretty creative family: my dad is a graphic designer, my sister is an incredible artist, and my mom is more of the brains (don’t tell her I said this, but she lacks the creative genes).

I never really knew where my creativity was rooted, but it would peak out every once in awhile. But when I got into high school, I realized that I loved to write. I had always been an avid reader, but never really gave writing a fair shot. Once I did, I thought I had finally found my creative output — that was until I reached my first year of college. When I came to Molloy, I was an English major. I wanted to pursue a career in writing, whether that ended up being an editor for some big company, or a journalist, I didn’t know nor really care. It wasn’t until about a month into college when I started looking into the New Media program. I had always had a love for YouTube, but never thought that I could end up studying it. When I looked into the New Media program, I saw those four words: Author, Maker, Creator, Innovator. I was intrigued, and wanted to know more. I read up on what the program was like, and then two days later, I redeclared my major. I had never felt more confident in a choice in my life. Dramatic, I know, but it’s true.

Erin Battaglia on phone and laptop outside

I took my first New Media classes the next semester, and I knew it was a perfect fit. There is a quote on the wall of the lab that says, “New Media attracts innovators, iconoclasts, and risk takers.” The new and ever-changing program creates an active environment that is always interesting. New Media courses challenge you intellectually and creatively. You learn more about your online presence, how to make content you’re proud of, how memes are important, and so much more. Jamie Cohen and Matt Applegate are two extremely knowledgeable professors who offer more and more every time you walk into class. They are passionate about media literacy and the way the internet operates. They encourage your creativity and artistry, and want you to find your niche. Once you do, they guide you on how to create your voice via media. Since becoming a New Media major, I have found that I love editing and photography. I love taking photos and videos of places I have been and things that make me happy, and I love to edit them in a way that shows who I am. Portraying yourself through your work, whether that be photos, paintings, or blog posts, is something everyone should aspire to do. And I can say that I am able to do this and have found my voice through this program.

I could go on about new media all day, and in a lot of cases I have done so. I am passionate about new media, and I always will be. Growing up, my dad always said to get a job that doesn’t feel like you’re going to work. I always brushed him off, because no matter what I do, or how much I love it, work is work. Well — spoiler alert — he was right. I found what doesn’t feel like work to me, and I can’t wait to make it my career.

From College Student to TV Industry Professional: How I Made It to Hollywood

By Ronnie Amato (’17)

In 2013 I started my journey at Molloy College as an undeclared freshman not quite sure what I wanted to do with my life. Four years later, I am a college graduate living in California and starting my career in television. I couldn’t have done it without Molloy.

Over the last four years, the professors and faculty at Molloy have gone above and beyond for me. Not only did they help me find my passion, but they also challenged me and allowed me to develop and perfect my craft.

During my senior year, I was inspired by my professors James Cohen and Thomas Kenny to apply for an Emmy internship with the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences. Both Jamie and Tom are members of the Academy, and they recognized I had what it takes to get the internship. Out of the 1,500 people that applied, I was one of only 50 to be accepted into the program. I was selected to work at Bunim/Murray Productions in Glendale, California. Bunim/Murray Productions is credited with creating the reality TV genre and is known for Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real World, Project Runway, and The Challenge. This year alone, Bunim/Murray Productions is up for 12 Emmy nominations.

For eight weeks, I was exposed to all areas of post-production: digitizing, assistant editing, shadowing editors, offline editing, online editing, audio, and music. At the end of my internship, I was hired as a digitizer at Bunim/Murray. I am responsible for the ingest of media for all of their shows. I will also be training to take my AE test so I can become an assistant editor.

I am so excited to start my career, and I know none of this would have been possible without Molloy. The Communications and New Media departments have done a phenomenal job of making sure I was not just a number in a classroom. They provided me with so many great mentors and alumni inside and outside of the classroom who have years of experience in the industry. I had classes as early as freshmen and sophomore year where I was exposed to the same equipment and software used by professionals. These hands-on experiences gave me a competitive edge when looking for internships and jobs.

I always tell people I didn’t choose Molloy; Molloy chose me. I wasn’t the same person four years ago that I am today. The College helped me build the foundation of knowledge and experience I needed to start my career. Molloy made me realize anything is possible as long as you put in the hard work.

Images courtesy of Ronnie Amato.