University of Washington - Communication Leadership
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Communication Leadership students benefit from a deep professional network, tailored to their career objectives. These invaluable opportunities to connect with media innovators and industry leaders enhance their unique educational experience.

Our Students & Alumni Have a Vision for the Future…

Kendall Barnett / Cohort 12

“My professional goals are to do what I love. I want to work for a non-profit company (or companies) within the greater Seattle area. I have a heart for non-profits and would want to help them with digital strategy and digital branding.” READ MORE >

Amy Ball / Cohort 11

“In the Narratives and Networks class I was able to create my own content channel (blog) and develop a network engagement strategy. In doing so, I am able to understand the key communication and social changes facilitated by digital media through networks, along with their opportunities and risks.” READ MORE >

Dacia Sáenz / Cohort 11

“I want to travel the world making media, documenting people’s narratives, and putting media tools in the hands of as many people as possible so that they can amplify their own stories.” READ MORE >

Patrick Doherty / Cohort 11

“Through the MCDM I am seeking to bring together my 20-plus years experience with new ideas and learning from the program to help the way organizations do business and engage with their customers, communities, workers and partners.” READ MORE >

Elizabeth Wiley / Cohort 11

“Spring quarter this year [2012] I took UW Election Eye, which focused writing for and marketing a political blog on the Seattle Times website… The highlight was a week-long trip to the East Coast that featured stops in six states.” READ MORE >

Thor Tolo / Cohort 10

“Professionally, I believe the storytelling course taught by MCDM Director Hanson Hosein, Scott Macklin, and Feliz Efe did more to enhance my skills and excite my passion for writing & editing than any other class. Such skills are at the core of what I wish to accomplish in my media career moving forward.” READ MORE >

Ting Kang / Cohort 10

“Social media is significantly integrated into news reporting. I really want to see how far it can go and how to use user-generated content effectively and efficiently.” READ MORE >

Dominique Barni / Cohort 10

“There’s so much content out there, and I know that I personally am often overwhelmed by the amount of ‘noise’. I’m really intrigued by this process of looking at what your audience or end user wants, and figuring out how to communicate that to them, rather than looking at what you as an organization want to say and how you want to say it.” READ MORE >

Evan Westenberger / Cohort 10

“I had the opportunity to expand my business while in the MCDM because of the connections I made within the program. I was fortunate enough to do projects for a George Lucas Foundation sponsored project from the College of Education, create a highlight reel of an eight week lecture series on food for the College of the Environment, and create a promo video for the College of Public Health.” READ MORE >

Dan Thornton / Cohort 10

“All of my classes at the MCDM were influential. I was particularly taken with those instructors who were willing to push beyond the traditional teacher/student duality and explore experimental forms of learning and instruction.” READ MORE >

Andrea Sherrodd / Cohort 9

“I’d love to be a video producer and/or editor, working for non-profits and small companies to make videos for their websites, fundraising purposes…” READ MORE >

Madeline Moy / Cohort 9

“For the last 14 years, I’ve used my marketing and communications expertise to help nonprofit organizations connect, persuade, and inspire people to take action.” READ MORE >

Harry Hayward / Cohort 8

“Many of my MCDM classes have had a direct impact on moving the UW forward in messaging, channel selection and storytelling. I’d like to leave the legacy at the UW that every student gets some exposure to digital storytelling and learns how to tell a good story…” READ MORE >

Ross Reynolds / Cohort 8

“I would like to lead a public radio station in adopting digital media to advance the program mission of creating a more informed public. And invent a killer public radio news game…” READ MORE >

Vaun Raymond / Cohort 6

“To me, it’s like a painter staring at a blank canvas. What kind of beauty, meaning, and emotion can we create using the web as a canvas? It’s a fantastic opportunity and I really encourage people to explore it.” READ MORE >

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