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Meet the Advisors of DePaul's Student Media

By Rachel Marciano

From print to podcasts to television programs, DePaul's student media have the news covered. The outlets are completely student-run, but there is a designated College of Communication faculty advisor for each one: Good Day DePaul, The DePaulia and Radio DePaul. Get to know the DePaul faculty who lend their expertise and guidance to the next generation of reporters.

Good Day DePaul

At the end of 2010, Rick Brown joined the College of Communication and immediately took on the role of advisor for Good Day DePaul. Back then, Good Day DePaul was a monthly television news program produced solely by volunteers. Brown quickly recognized the need to create a corresponding class to expand the show's pool of journalists by allowing students to gain credit hours for their work. The show now runs once a week, with growing potential to eventually become a daily program.

"Good Day DePaul serves two purposes. The primary purpose is to give students a vehicle to develop the skills they need to be successful in the real world," he says. "Secondarily, it provides a news source to the school. Through Good Day DePaul, people across the university can find out what's going on here."

A seasoned journalist, Brown spent the first few decades of his career as a reporter, field producer and bureau manager for CBS and NBC across the Midwest and in New England. He still does freelance producing for the NBC Chicago Bureau when he is not at DePaul. Before becoming a professional lecturer at DePaul, he taught journalism at several institutions, including the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Passing along knowledge, he says, is one of the most important aspects of his career.

"It's exciting to see a lot of talent in the people you work with, especially in the next generation of reporters," Brown says. "If you can help them get jobs and follow that talent and passion, it's even better."

The DePaulia

For the last nine years, senior journalism instructor Marla Krause has been the faculty advisor to DePaul's student newspaper, The DePaulia. After joining DePaul following a 22-year career at the Chicago Tribune, Krause wanted a way to combine her love for the newsroom and for teaching students the essentials of good reporting.

"A year into my time at DePaul, the position of faculty advisor opened up," she says. "I knew it was the perfect outlet for my passion for newspapers and preparing students for the news business."

Though the face of journalism has changed since the creation of the internet, print journalism remains an important component of many curricula across the country. Adaption has been key to survival for many publications, but its core, Krause explains, is what keeps the platform relevant.

"In many ways, online journalism is print journalism," she says. "The delivery is just different. It's the same storytelling, the same research for articles, the same immediacy of deadlines. Even if these students end up working for an online publication, it's essential they learn the basics. It doesn't matter if it's print, online, radio - it all translates into what students need to know."

Radio DePaul

Scott Vyverman joined DePaul as an instructor and faculty advisor for Radio DePaul in 2001. After falling in love with radio broadcasting at an early age, Vyverman started his career in DeKalb, Ill. at WDEK, followed by jobs in Chicago at Windy 100 and WLIT. Somewhere along the line, however, he discovered his true calling was higher education.

"The best part of my job is seeing how far students come during their time at the station. I'm lucky to work with so many creative people," he says. "I had instructors and mentors help me prepare for my career in radio, so providing that support to students now makes me feel I've come full-circle."

When Vyverman first joined the university, Radio DePaul had about 10 staff members. Under his direction, today the station has more than 125 members with shows covering everything from news to sports to comedy, and of course, music. In the last two years alone, the station launched its podcast and the Radio DePaul app, and began plans to grow the Spanish-language programming.

"Student media is important because it allows students to learn on the job," Vyverman says. "Whether radio, TV or print, students have the opportunity to create meaningful content while in school. There's no substitute for actually doing the work, learning from your mistakes and, hopefully, exceeding your expectations."

First published on DePaul Newsline.