Mannie Holmes G'14

January 13, 2017

“We hit the ground running as real reporters from our very first day.”

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Mannie Holmes G’14 graduated from the Newhouse School with a master’s in broadcast and digital journalism. She is now working as the events editor at Variety.

How did you obtain your current position?

I was initially introduced to the hiring manager for the position during my six-month internship after graduation. I couldn't transition from reporter to events editor without being an assignment desk editor first. My first news job out of grad school was the assignment desk editor at WTVR-TV, the CBS affiliate in my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. I handled the station's event calendar, which became essential when assigning reporters and photographers on a daily basis. I developed the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment when it came to balancing court dockets and local events.

What are your job responsibilities at Variety?

I coordinate editorial and photo coverage of all events, including premieres, benefits, award shows and festivals in LA, NY and overseas for global print and online distribution. I negotiate access, manage a budget, assign, edit and publish editorials and helm the Exposure section in Variety's weekly publication.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

I selected Newhouse because it was a top, one-year program. I also came into contact with Newhouse alums, who shared their graduate experiences with me.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Newhouse?

My growth throughout the 14 months. Before attending Newhouse, I had never covered a story myself — I had only shadowed professional reporters in my local news market. Newhouse story assignments and, most importantly, thorough feedback from professors supplied the best learning experience in my entire educational career. Just like in my internship program, I was never treated as simply a student. We hit the ground running as real reporters from our very first day.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse.

Covering stories under tight deadlines. Timeliness is still, and will always be, a driving force in the world of news.

Is there a professor or class that you would recommend?

I initially didn’t want to do the Washington Capstone program because my heart was set on entertainment news. However, I saw a major improvement in my storytelling skills that I would not have had if I had not reported in D.C. for those few weeks.

Newhouse also introduced me to storytelling on a multi-platform digital landscape. Variety was impressed that I utilized social media to break news while reporting at red carpet events. Twitter was a requirement for Susanne Lysak's reporting class, and using the social media site as a news source became second-nature to me. I used my Twitter experience from Professor Lysak's class to actually create Variety's first official Snapchat account as an intern.

What advice do you have for current or incoming students?

Network as much as you can before you graduate. Use LinkedIn, email, mixers, journalism organizations, anything that you possibly can to meet people and get hired.