Student Media Welcomes Macedonian IREX Fellow

Please join Student Media in welcoming Igor Stojanov, a visiting fellow from Macedonia, to the Mason community! Igor is currently participating in the Macedonia Media Leaders Program (MMLP), a professional development program for Macedonian journalists and media professionals that helps place them with host institutions in the United States in partnership with IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). IREX works closely with the U.S. Department of State and is an international nonprofit organization “providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.”

Igor joined Student Media in early August and brings with him over ten years of work experience in Macedonia’s media sector. At his home institution, University of Stip, Igor serves as the editor-in-chief of radio and television, oversees the University’s websites, and provides professional photography services for the University. Igor is also a lecturer for journalism and public relations courses and directs the University of Stip’s student media programs.

Concurrently he is the Founder and Coordinator of the NGO OPENN, reporting on investigative news in Macedonia. Previously, he founded the youth online media platform, Balkan Youth Newsroom, and led 25 young journalists to create the online media site Additionally, he coordinated a project that involved hosting 15 public radio debates between youth and their authorities.

Igor hosts the The Megaphone Podcast

Igor has his Master’s Degree in Media and Communications and is a passionate journalist with an interest in community and science reporting. During his MMLP fellowship at Student Media, he hopes to gain experience in investigative, community and science journalism while working directly with aspiring and experienced journalists.

As part of his work at Mason, Igor has started a new podcast called The Megaphone to learn what motivates young journalists. Listen to full episodes at

MCN Student Honored at 59th Capital Emmy Awards

Student Media would like to congratulate Ashley Whimpey, creator and host of Mason Cable Network’s And A Kitchen Sink, for winning the Betty Endicott NATAS-NCCB Chapter Student Scholarship at the 59th Annual Capital Emmy® Awards Gala. Ashley was honored for her student broadcast work with MCN and presented with a $5,000 check by NBC4 anchor Leon Harris during the live, televised ceremony held on Saturday, June 24th in Bethesda, MD.

“Thank you so much! It’s awesome to see [my idea for a show] turn into something…and here I am!”

Ashley has hosted four seasons of her popular MCN show that the network describes as a “quick, witty, fact show that’ll leave your head spinning!” Each episode features a stream-of-consciousness series of facts and trivia, with every topic organically leading to the next before finally connecting back to the opening factoid at the show’s conclusion. Want to find out how the Queen of England is somehow related to Swiss cheese and how Swiss cheese is somehow related to power outlets? Click here to watch full episodes of And A Kitchen Sink on MCN’s YouTube page.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NATAS-NCCB) of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a non-profit organization that awards a regional scholarship each year in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in communication or broadcast journalism is eligible to apply for the scholarship, provided that they have at least a 3.0 GPA and are enrolled in a Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. institution. Nominations for next year’s award open in January.


Freshman Focus 2017 is Now Available!

Welcome to Mason, Class of 2021! Student Media is proud to present the latest issue of Freshman Focus, the only campus magazine for freshmen, by freshmen. This unique publication is packed with first-person stories from last year’s freshman class, as well as tips and tricks for adjusting to your new life at Mason. Our goal is to help you make the most of your first year at college, so hopefully you (and your family) will enjoy learning about all the exciting opportunities available to you as a Mason Patriot.

Here is a brief excerpt from Freshman Focus Editor-in-Chief, Albert J. Blomberg’s welcome letter to the incoming freshman class:

“You are getting ready to embark on one of the most exciting and eventful chapters in your life. Here you will have the opportunity to meet new friends from across the world and immerse yourself in all that the campus and surrounding area has to offer. Right now you may feel uneasy during this transition, but trust me you will soon feel at home. We hope that Freshman Focus can help ease your worries and provide a smooth transition to your new chapter here at Mason.”

All incoming freshmen will receive a copy during Summer Orientation sessions. If you would like to request additional print copies, please email

Click here to read the 2017 issue of Freshman Focus online.


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