The Media Minds series of salons, informal discussions with professionals in creative industries, provides Vanderbilt students a unique opportunity to learn how to hone their skills and hear about real media-production career paths. Brought to you by Student Media at Vanderbilt, Immersion Vanderbilt, and the Career Center. Space is limited at these events. Please click here to register.


Documentary Filmmakers

Stacy is a Vanderbilt alum who created the university’s first radio news program for which she won the Alexander Award for Journalism. She directed the award-winning documentary “Lucy Barks!” about Nashville’s former all-ages punk rock club and recently edited CNN’s “The 2000s,” Executive Produced by Tom Hanks.

Craig is a Primetime Emmy-winner for his editing work on HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” Executive Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. He was also Emmy-nominated for the documentary “A Century of Women,” Executive Produced by Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, and recently completed the hit reboot of “In Search Of” starring Zachary Quinto.

Tuesday 9/18
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Sarratt 130 (Student Media Newsroom)

*This event is separate from their Constitution Day Film Screening & Panel Discussion in the Commons Multipurpose Room.

Producer/writer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Friday 10/12
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sarratt 130 (Student Media Newsroom)


Zhubin is a multiple Emmy award-winning comedian in New York City. He is currently a producer and writer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, after serving two years as its head writer. He is a Vanderbilt alum and a member of the Student Media at Vanderbilt Hall of Fame.


Monday 10/15
12-1 p.m.
Sarratt 130 (Student Media Newsroom)

Jen is the author of the debut young adult novel, Unclaimed Baggage, and the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest. She’s written for The Atlantic, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, The Village Voice, The Week, and many other publications.

News director, podcast host, Nashville Public Radio

Sunday 10/28
3-4 p.m.
Sarratt 130 (Student Media Newsroom)

​Emily will talk about current internship opportunities in Nashville Public Radio’s newsroom. Whether you land one of these internships or you find a journalism internship elsewhere, Emily will share helpful advice on how you can be successful and make the most out of your internship. As Nashville Public Radio’s news director, she reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and veterans. Emily has traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Author and Songwriter, Staff Writer at The Washington Post

Thursday 11/15
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The John Seigenthaler Center (email for directions)

Dave, a 1991 Vanderbilt grad, is a sports journalist, author and songwriter. A staff writer for The Washington Post since 1999, he has won numerous awards and has had two stories selected for the Best American Sports Writing annual anthology. He is the author of the 2013 book, “RG3: The Promise,” about quarterback Robert Griffin III, and in 2018 he released an album of original pop-rock songs, titled “First Thing Tomorrow.” He is a member of the Student Media at Vanderbilt Hall of Fame.

*This event is separate from Dave’s “The Media and the Olympics” talk at 11:30 a.m. on 11/15 at the First Amendment Center, hosted by Vanderbilt’s Sports and Society Initiative.

‘The View’ co-host, political analyst

5-6 p.m. on Tuesday 2/19
New location: Bronson Great Room

This meet-and-greet event is sponsored by The Office of the Chancellor and is available by invitation only, offered exclusively to students who participate in Student Media groups.

Many first came to know McCain on the campaign trail with her father, the late Sen. John McCain, during his 2008 presidential run. She launched a blog that gained an avid readership and critical acclaim. It propelled her into a career as a political journalist, TV analyst and book author known for her conservative values and connection with younger audiences.

Since her father’s Aug. 25 death, Meghan McCain has stepped further into the national discourse, using her platform on The View as an opportunity for candid conversation about politics and their everyday effects on Americans. She holds a degree in art history from Columbia University and is the New York Times best-selling author of three books.

*This event is separate from her Chancellor’s Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on 2/19 in Langford Auditorium, part of the Chancellor’s Lecure Series.