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      Songwriting and Recording




      Fiction and poetry writing


      Nonfiction writing


      Sports Media


      My Commons Life


Television track


If you’ve ever wanted to be a TV star, this is your chance. Participants in this track will receive hands-on instruction in the Vanderbilt Television studios where they will learn camera techniques, video editing, audio production, directing, and on-camera talent. By the end of the program, participants in this track will have produced their very own television

show and be well on their way to being stars on campus.  


Instructors include VTV’s student station manager Ryan Suter and

other students involved at the highest levels of Vanderbilt Television. 




Radio track


You have something to say, and we want the world to hear it. This track allows participants the opportunity to train at both of Vanderbilt’s radio stations, WRVU and VandyRadio. Whether you are a talk show fan, a political talker, or just want to spin some great tunes, you’ll have your chance to produce a live show on both radio stations. This track also includes a one-of-a-kind tour of a local Nashville radio station.


Instructors include student station managers Morgan Levy (WRVU) and Ben Dabney (VandyRadio), and other students involved at the highest levels of both stations. 



Songwriting and recording track


Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Music City, and we’re looking for all singers, songwriters, musicians, and music producers. You’ll be hands-on inside our studio at VRS (Vanderbilt Recording Studio) creating a song from concept to completion using state-of-the-art equipment and recording software.  


Instructors include Vanderbilt Recording Studio division head Ross Clements and other students involved at the highest levels of Vanderbilt Recording Studio.  



Photo track


Sharpen your photography skills on Vanderbilt's beautiful campus. Beginners and experienced photographers will learn tips and techniques to elevate them to the next level. Areas of focus may include lighting, portraiture, photojournalism, sports photography and more. Bring your camera and explore your new home with fellow photographers.


Instructors include professional photographers and an upperclass

student serving as photo and multimedia director at The Vanderbilt Hustler student media group. 




Fiction and poetry writing track


Creative writers will spend two days doing what they love. Join fellow

first-year students with expert instruction as you workshop your poetry

or fiction and strengthen your writing and storytelling skills. Fiction

writing is an art, to be sure, and this track gives you the space and skills you need to grow it.






Nonfiction writing track


Ask smart questions, have a conversation and tell a meaningful story. Whether you're interested in journalism, biography, research, or writing, this track will guide you step-by-step as you research an individual, develop thoughtful interview questions, conduct an in-person interview, organize your findings and write a personality profile. 


Instructor is Student Media at Vanderbilt alumnus Andrew Maraniss, author of New York Times bestseller "Strong Inside," a past "Commons Reading" book assigned to all incoming first-year students.




Sports track


Let's be honest: Covering SEC athletics is really fun. If you love sports

and can't wait to watch the Commodores on the field, on the court, in

the bowling lanes, and more, in this track you'll learn how to cover collegiate athletics like a pro. Your talented instructor will guide you through the process of finding interesting stories to tell and tell them







My Commons Life track is an online media outlet with content produced exclusively by first-year students for first-year students. Students attending this track will become this year's MCL team for the site and

will learn to produce video reports, creative video shorts, video profiles, as well as short written pieces. Participants in this track will get an early, behind-the-scenes exploration of the people, places and events of the Commons, then serve their peer community by sharing those stories,

from serious to fun and wacky. 


Instructors will include members of the Vanderbilt Student Media professional staff.

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