Hannah Gordon Keeps Stoking Those Big Plans

The New York Times visitor we wrote about in January is killing it.

Since a Jan. 27 FishbowlNY item headlined “Journalism Student Decides New York Times Is Not for Her” turned out to be one of our most read and discussed posts of 2016, we decided to check back with Hannah Gordon (pictured) at year’s end. In the original post, we described how the St. Bonaventure University undergrad decided after visiting the Times, under the auspices of the paper’s Student Journalism Institute, that it was not the kind of place she envisioned herself working in the future professionally.

As it so happens, Gordon graduates this very month, although she won’t be walking in a cap-and-gown ceremony until spring. In the meantime, she is able to point people to a slick digital portfolio and is getting ready to transition to an impressive graduate-school perch.

“I accepted the graduate assistant position for the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure, so until I graduate in May 2018, I’ll have an office next to my favorite professors at the university” Gordon tells us. “Plus it’ll cover my tuition, which is rad! I decided to do my M.A. in integrated marketing communications.”

“The way I see it, if you have to get an M.A. in journalism or communication, your undergrad didn’t teach you the right way,” she adds, as always, provocatively. “So I wanted to round myself off with a marketing perspective in my M.A. for two reasons. 1) I know I would like to teach at a collegiate level, and my M.A. gets me one step closer to being able to do that someday. 2) I want to go into publishing, and having experience editing, writing, designing and marketing means I could work in nearly any sector of a publishing house.”

“Another great aspect of this this M.A. track is that I have the opportunity–which I’ll be taking–to study at Oxford University this summer. I’m thrilled to be going abroad for the third time.”

Our correspondence with Gordon this week also led us to the wonderfully named personal website Sitting in Spilt Ink. A metaphor that aptly sums up many of this year’s biggest media-company headlines.

“Sitting in Spilt Ink is actually a blog I started when I was a junior in high school,” Gordon explains. “I haven’t kept up on it as much as I would like, but I’ve been busy doing a million other things, so I’ve excused myself from it more than I would like to admit. The name is something I’m particularly proud of.”

Last March, Gordon was enlisted to help with the graphic design of Emerging Civil War, as series of books edited by a professor at St. Bonaventure. That led to related work on another book series, Emerging Revolutionary War, as well as chapter contributions to a Civil War pop-culture book due for publication next spring.

“I also accepted a position as the editorial assistant for the Franciscan Institute Publications office on campus,” she says. “If all goes to plan, I’m hoping to begin working remotely part-time with a Buffalo publishing house this spring.”