Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Becuase everyone loves Neeley graduate Tim Halperin

If you love Christmas and Tim Halperin. You are in luck! He's comin' to town to celebrate Christmas, and if you can't make it to Fort Worth you can download his new single on iTunes (released December 6th.)

Apply to the Neeley school!

Here are a few good reasons to apply to the Neeley school at TCU! The application period opens on the January 17th.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Civil Rights for Corporations?

    Ever since I went to Occupy Dallas two weeks a lot of words the slightly disorganized and confused protestors said keep sticking in my head. One such sentiment is when I asked a protestor (Luis Davis) what he wanted to see at the end of the movement; was it more rights? less regulation? a constitutional amendment? an Occupy presidential candidate? what? He said to me emphatically: "No, none of that, this isn't a civil rights movement. We just want to be heard." Mistake number one, no clear message. But that is off topic, I keep thinking of how he said "This is not a civil rights movement." Hm, well one enemy all Occupy protestors seem to have claimed is "corporate person-hood." They don't think it's right that corporations can use money as language, ie. Super Pacs. Well, if these protestors are so set on striping these corporations of their rights, could one then claim this movement is for civil rights after all?
     The civil rights of the corporations.
    I know, I know. It seems far fetched: fighting over the rights of an inanimate object. Well honestly, a corporation is not even that, it's more fighting over the rights of an idea. But, instead of thinking of it as fighting over the rights of an idea, first consider this country gave that idea rights. Now, can you see the civil rights movement? I know it may be a little 'out-there' but our country is still in a state of deciding exaclty which rights to afford to these ideas, these corporations.
    It remains to be seen. But next time the Occupiers are doing something stupid on your TV screen and you question aloud, "What are they even fighting for?" Maybe consider, what are they fighting against?

Frogs for the Cure...HUGE OPPORTUNITY!!

I am so proud to be involved with the Frogs for the Cure group at my school. This year we produced an AMAZING flash mob video. If the video receives 100,000 views the Today Show has promised to feature it, we really need views! Check it out, it's inspiring and joyful, plus Mark Cuban came to support. Pretty neat, right?

Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Video Tour of Occupy Dallas

View Occupy Dallas' Set Up in a larger map

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Click around to see what it was like for protestors to live at Occupy Dallas.

Occupy Dallas

I went to Occupy Dallas on Wednesday which turned out to be the protestor's final day outside of Dallas City Hall! I was very sad to see some of my new found friends arrested and mistreated on WFAA8's live feed last night. I hope this package conveys a sense of the way the camp really felt. The occupiers might be annoying but these people were harmless. The man waving good bye to me at the end of the package was a graduate of TCU's nursing school. I saw him on the news last night and I am a little worried about him. Anyway enjoy,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

TCU Swim and Dive talks about Big 12 switch

TCU a football Tweet heart?

The above graphic is a visual rendition of ALL of @TCU_Athletics tweets for a period of 31 days. The size of each word is representative of how many times that word was used. For example, TCU was clearly the word or phrase used most often over that span of 31 days. This visual explains the swimmers and divers feelings that the student body may not realize that all TCU sport were effected by the switch to the Big 12 Conference.

Feel free to click on the graphic to enlarge and see all of the words clearly! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Keena's and other new shopping in West 7th


There is  a new shop in town! The newly opened "Keena's" tells it's story. But, it's not the only boutique on the way...see what else is happening @ West 7th in Fort Worth.
If you want to learn more about West 7th CLICK HERE

Interactive Map!

Yes, it is 4 am and my first interactive map is complete (I HOPEE) it goes along with my newest package! I polled 39 random female students at TCU, basically begging them to take a survey and then included the results in the map! Hope ya'll like!! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TCU Game Day

Here's a story I actually really liked doing! Three of the nicest young men I have ever met with a business idea of serious potential. Check it out! 

If you are interested in a flag subscription or just some more information about TCU Game Day and its founders, click HERE!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Neeley School Lemonade Fundraiser!

Some students on my campus had an interesting little "Apprentice on NBC" style competition this week! The best part: A little community service thrown in. Check out my video package to learn more about it! 

If you want to learn even moreeee about what is happening at TCU CLICK HERE! 


Check out one of the great volunteer opportunities at TCU! I've volunteered here myself and couldn't have better things to say about it! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Breaking 170 on LSAT!!

It maybe finals week but now that I have decided to persue law school it's still practice LSAT time! I finally broke 170! 171 on this practice LSAT, no one in the library is as excited as me so why not put it on here! ...and now back to the books :

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden: Dead

What a shame it is that it is finals week and the student news organizations are down! What and incredible and uplifting story for Americans! I would have loved to report on this breaking story, alas, another day. God Bless America and all of our troops! 

Photo Credit: Michael Appleton for the New York Times

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

News Now

Looking forward to the fall when I work for News Now full time! Finally, back to broadcast!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reporter of the MONTH!

That's right, there are only 12 a year and March of 2011 will go down as the month of Mandy at the Skiff! I'm excited to be selected above the other staff reporters, its reassuring to know I'm opereating at a level if not equal than above my peers!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Some highlights from the 2011 Schieffer Symposium

As I said A LOT, of social media! I guess this is where journalism is headed!


I guess it's like they say, hard work gets the rewards! Bob stopped in to thank me for volunteering at the Schieffer Symposium and gave me about 45 minutes of his time! We talked about everything from the future of local newspapers, to how I can get a J-O-B! It was a great reminder of what I set out to do in the industry, and hey, he is a TCU grad, so if he can do it I can do it!

A note on the Symposium: 
A wonderful experience! I got to meet both Arianna Huffington and Brit Hume briefly. Huffington commented on my heals saying if I could last a night in those I must be a hard worker! As I always say "Flats are for quitters." I met many journalist from Fort Worth's local papers, and the whole experience reassured me that I do have a future in this industry! Also hearing the perspectives of some of the greats in our field was very compelling. One thing that was cemented in my head: Twitter has arrived! To follow me: @MKN_TCU To see some great shots from the event that the Fort Worth Star Telegram Captured, click here

My photos, captured from my phone, aren't quite as good!


How exciting! The TCU Schieffer School of Journalism's very own News Now was named the best student news station in Texas! I'm so proud to be a part of the staff, who knows maybe my most recent mayoral Q&As pushed us to the top! 
click HERE to read them

To read more about the wide array of awards TCU Publications have recently received 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

THANK YOU TCU for paying my way to TIPA

TCU has selected 6 Schieffer students to be representatives at this years Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) competition! I'm ready to show my thanks by winning some of the competitions I will be participating in: TV News Writing, TV Sports Writing, and Broadcast Anchoring. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Honor to be a selected student for the Scheiffer Symposium

I was so excited to find out I was one of the few students selected to work the Scheiffer Symposium. I will have the opportunity to have one on one time with Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC), Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Brit Hume (Fox) and of course Bob Scheiffer. All this hard work is paying off. To read more about this years symposium click HERE.

More to come after the event! 

Double Major

It's official! Double minor no more, today it was officially added to my transcript: Political Science Bachelor of Arts. 

Political Analyst here I come!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My first fully functioning website!

It took me a while, but I figured out how to turn my zoo story into a fully functioning website! I feel so futuristic! Welcome to: TCU @the Zoo 

TCU @the ZOO


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Skiff Sports Reporter of the Week!

I was awarded the distinguished honor of Skiff Sports Reporter of the week! With only 16 weeks in the semester I am proud to have been honored, but now I'm shooting to be sports reporter of the week twice!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Society of Professional Journalists comes to TCU

On Sunday, the Society of Professional Journalists came to TCU for an all day conference on finding careers in journalism. 

I made numerous connections at this conference. One of the most memorable moments was getting some one on one time with investigative reporter Brett Shipp. Seeing his passion was a true inspiration. 

I learned invaluable lessons at the Convergence break out session. I found myself some new Twitter followers, and learned how to use Twitter as a tool to commit 'acts of journalism.' 
Thank you so much to the Society of Professional Journalists!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daily Skiff

As my portfolio grows I have selected some of my favorite stories published in the TCU Daily Skiff. Click the links below to see my stories:

Men's Tennis Preview: The A&M Rivalry

Phone Conference with Press Secretary Gibbs

Business Honors Program