Gabbi Hall '13

Major: Digital Arts, Journalism and Media Studies

Graduate degree: Masters in Communication, Southern New Hampshire University

What do you do for a living?

I am the Digital Content Editor with SkiRacing.com, a job that sits at the intersection of news editor, social media manager, content strategist and email marketer. My primary beat is the women's alpine skiing World Cup circuit and I get to travel the world while doing it. My role sits at the intersection of news editor, social media manager, content strategist and email marketer. In my time with Ski Racing Media, I have covered World Championships, filmed World Cup interviews for NBC Sports, written copy for sponsored content, shot video for multimedia stories, streamlined production processes for sponsored content and completely reinvented our email marketing strategy.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

Not only did St. Mike's give me the opportunity to ski at the collegiate level, but the MJD program taught me a breadth of skills from AP style to the rule of thirds in photography to the essentials of video editing in Adobe Premiere. In addition, my role as Online Media and Communications Coordinator for the Founders Society gave me real leadership experience in a professional environment, which undoubtedly helped me get my first job out of college in higher education.

The MJD program is unique because of the expansive topics that you cover in the curriculum. I learned everything from graphic design to AP style to video editing. I completely credit the MJD program for giving me the skills to host a podcast, write investigative feature articles and implement effective social media strategies.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

My favorite memories were Sundays in Bergeron (back when it was the journalism building). That's when editors would work to lay out The Defender. At the time, working on Sundays seemed like a curse. What college students want to give up weekends? But in retrospect, the in-depth discussions we had about content, the incalculable number of pizzas we ate and the things I learned about being an editor were some of the best times I had at school. I was very fortunate to work with the talented professors and classmates that I did.

I have countless amazing memories, but one of the most exciting times was during the 2012 election cycle. I took Media and American Politics, a class that took us on a weekend trip to New Hampshire to watch a presidential debate and meet candidates as the campaigned around the state. Not only was the class engaging all semester, but it was a unique chance to see national politics in action.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Incoming students should trust their gut when choosing a school. I can remember touring St. Mike's as a senior, and for some inexplicable reason, it just felt right. I followed my gut, and it totally paid off. The education was incredible, the amazing experiences were countless and the friends I made are still my biggest support system.

The best thing I learned at St. Mike's was how to be adaptable and, in that way, make myself invaluable to organizations. Between the MJD and the liberal arts curriculum, I don't think I could have possibly been better prepared for the "real world" and the demands of job in media and communications.

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