Paul Lewis MS '11
The layoffs were the final straw.
"I had a 32-year career in journalism," said Paul Lewis, a broadcast veteran. "All I did the last three years was cut budgets and lay people off. I could see the writing on the wall. The industry had changed."
So Lewis decided to change with it.
Like all media professionals today, Lewis is living through a revolutionary shake-up driven by emerging technologies.
With experience as a news director, producer and reporter at television and radio stations--and an armload of regional and national awards--Lewis had plenty of ability. What he didn't have was a solid grasp on how the Internet will evolve and continue to reshape the way people consume news.
He turned to Quinnipiac University Online. Some of his colleagues had already been through the online master's program in interactive media and gave it rave reviews.
"I liked the fact that it was all online, and I could do it while I worked," said Lewis, whose current job entails travel. "I didn't have to worry about missing classes, and if I had work to do, I could do it anywhere," he says.
Lewis, who graduated in 2011, learned online programs, from social media applications to website design. "I decided if I wanted to stay in the industry, I needed to get my arms around the change rather than fight it," he said.
A top-notch faculty made distance learning easier. "The professors really know their stuff, and they are very accessible through e-mail and Skype," Lewis says. "There's a really collaborative feeling to the whole program."
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