Rebekah Davis – Editor at MTV – Class of 2009

Assistant Editor in On-Air Promotions at MTV Networks

I graduated from the University of Hartford in 2009 with a double major in Cinema and Communication. After taking my first television production class in high school, I knew that I wanted to become an editor. In order to accomplish this, I had to choose a college with a strong film program. That’s why I decided to go to the University of Hartford.

When I started at Hartford, the Department of Cinema was a young, vibrant and growing part of the campus. Because of its smaller size, I became close with all of the students, faculty and staff in the department. It is like a small family whose members work together and inspire one another.

What makes this program different from those at other schools is that the students are able to take production classes from the very start, letting students learn about filmmaking. My favorite class was a documentary filmmaking course that gave me the freedom to explore all aspects of the filmmaking process. The department also offers a wide variety of courses in film analysis which were extremely interesting. In these classes I learned how to examine films closely and appreciate how even the smallest detail can convey a particular idea to the audience.

These classes helped prepare me for a career in media. However, more than that, the professors in Cinema made my experience in the program a worthwhile one by showing a genuine interest and concern for each student’s work. All of the faculty and staff in the Department of Cinema are very encouraging and dedicated to helping each student succeed.

While attending school, I got a job at Fox 61 in Hartford as a Production Technician and Editor for their late night news show. I am extremely grateful to have broken into the industry so early and have loved every second of it. After graduating from college I moved to New York to further my career. I am currently employed as an Editor at MTV Networks in Manhattan.

Thanks to the early hands-on experience in my classes and help from my professors, and my avid involvement in the school’s Student Television Network, I was able to land a great job right out of college. At a time when there is so much uncertainty for new graduates, it is more important than ever to have a good skill set and people who support you.