Class of 2003
Inspiration can come from anyplace. When Michael Brindley was a student at Keene State College graduate, inspiration came in part from the enthusiasm his professors had for journalism. It had a strong influence on him. Michael recalls, “They got me excited about the idea of working in journalism.”
“But,” Michael adds, “My classmates and fellow journalism majors were also inspiring. I was surrounded by people my age who were excited about working in the same field, and we ended up bouncing a lot of ideas off one another and working together in many ways.”
One way was working together on Keene State’s student-run newspaper. Michael says, “During my senior year, I was the executive editor of “The Equinox.” While the classes I took were great, running paper did the most to prepare me for what I needed to know heading into my field. I learned about everything from production to advertising to photos to newspaper design to knowing your audience. It was a lot of work, but a completely rewarding experience.”
The experience launched Michael into a journalism career that began a decade ago. In 2003, He started as a general assignment reporter for the “Derry News.” Michael believes he landed the job because of a KSC summer internship he had there that demonstrated his abilities. In 2004, he moved on to the “Nashua Telegraph” where he was education reporter, then ultimately metro editor, and developed as a reporter.
Toward the end of 2012, Michael made the decision to leave newspapers and enter a different medium. “In November, I started my current job as newscast producer and reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio,” he explains. “I was looking for a new challenge and something I felt could be more sustainable as a model for storytelling and reporting the news. I’m happy I made the switch, but it required a lot of on-the-job learning because of the differences between print and radio reporting.
Michael’s KSC college experience has enabled his professional growth. “Classes like news editing and public affairs reporting did a great job of laying a foundation for understanding the field,” he says. “I’m glad that broadcast journalism was a part of my program, as those skills have come in handy 10 years later as I adapt to radio.”
Laying the foundation for an education takes some investigating and reporting. Michael suggests visiting a campus beforehand and meeting some of the professors in the field you plan on studying. Speaking from experience, he believes it helps to have that kind of knowledge before making a decision about selecting a college.