Briana Prevost G'13

September 18, 2018

“Arts Journalism is a renowned journalism program that offered, allowed and encouraged growth in so many areas of the arts which is what I knew I wanted to make my career out of.”

Briana Prevost G'13
Briana Prevost G'13

“Arts Journalism is a renowned journalism program that offered, allowed and encouraged growth in so many areas of the arts which is what I knew I wanted to make my career out of.” 

Briana Prevost currently works at Google as a YouTube Originals clearance specialist after graduating from the Goldring Arts Journalism program in 2013.

How did you obtain your current position, and what positions did you hold before it?

Prior to my current role, I was a music and media licensing coordinator at Viacom where I obtained permission and negotiated rights and fees from copyright holders to be able to use their third-party intellectual property (IP) within MTV, VH1, and LOGO programming. It was a fun role because I got to experience the different challenges and rights needed for all types of programming whether it was award shows, daily shows, scripted/unscripted shows, interstitial programming, etc. It was there that I honed the skills and knowledge necessary for my current role at YouTube.

What are your job responsibilities? 

I review all YouTube Originals content (both the shows and their marketing assets) for any potential legal clearance issues or risks, for European regulatory compliance, for any potential union/guild obligations or restrictions with talent or third party IP and for brand appropriateness.

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your current job?

Newhouse prepared me for this type of role because the arts journalism program allowed us to take electives in the art fields that were part of our concentration. For me, I was interested in writing about the music business, so this opened up the doors for me to take electives such as a music and entertainment copyright independent study, songwriting, world music, etc. Having the freedom to explore each art concentration in-depth allowed for a deeper, more rounded view of how that art form functioned in the field. From that, I became more and more curious about that specific area within the music business because over the years, several of the musicians I interviewed for varying articles always discussed how, “their rights were stolen” or “infringed upon” and how it affected and impacted their craft. I wanted a more in-depth understanding of what that statement meant, and used my time at Newhouse to explore that both by using my elective credits to learn the theoretical knowledge of it, and by taking an internship at MTV within the Music & Media Licensing department to explore the practical application of that knowledge within the workplace.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

It was a renowned journalism program that offered, allowed and encouraged growth in so many areas of the arts which is what I knew I wanted to make my career out of. 

What internships or volunteer opportunities did you do while at Newhouse?

I interned at both Viacom and Jingle Punks music library as a licensing intern in both departments.

What advice do you have for current or incoming students? Any classes or professors that you recommend?

My advice would be to absolutely make the most of your time at Newhouse. Most grad programs are only a year and that flies by much quicker than you think! Take all the classes you can both in your field and out of it to get a sense of what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’re interested to learn more about. And in between classes and internships, don’t forget to network with your classmates. So many of them will go on to do/create/uncover incredible things in amazing places and these contacts can be invaluable as your career develops after graduation.