Ariel Ritchin '16 M.S. | Columbia Journalism School
Ariel, pictured right, with a classmate.
Student Profile:

Ariel Ritchin '16 M.S.

I've had two great seminar and production classes here. The first one I took was a four-month radio workshop: every week we produced a show in an “All Things Considered”-style format. I’d get an assignment at 7 a.m. and went out and reported, produced and it’d be on the air at 4 p.m. To be able to turn around a story like that really taught me how to work under pressure. I was also able to do more ambitious feature stories and work with four different professors in that class -- that meant four editors working on my projects.

I came into the school with zero intention of doing radio, but during the August boot camp I came to really love it. I had a pretty good idea of how to write a print story when I came in, but audio storytelling classes have expanded my ability to report and interview. We're in a time now where journalists have to have more than one specialty, to really be multimedia storytellers. I knew that this was my time to try new things and make mistakes. School gave me the space to push myself to try something new.

Listen to his published Master's Project, "Bail or Bust."