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Andy Nagy has hosted The Blackjack Davy Show on WBRS for 40 years. He is a Brandeis alum with a longtime passion for folk music. The Blackjack Davy Show demonstrates his enthusiasm for folk music and his eagerness to share this genre of music with listeners around the world. Nagy’s radio show is definitely one of Brandeis’ hidden gems. I think it would be interesting to explore this hidden gem by interviewing him in his workspace, the WBRS studio. I could then take photos of him in the booth. I envision a close-up of his hands moving the sliding buttons on the sound board. I also envision a close-up of his mouth close to the mic. I picture a horizontal shot from behind Nagy in his chair as well. Or perhaps a close-up of his posture in his seat (like if he has one leg propped up on his other knee or something similar to capture his demeanor). I don’t think I would want to include his face in any of the shots. Although the purpose of covering Nagy is to expose a hidden gem on campus, I think I would like to preserve the mysterious aura around him and his 40-year-old radio show.



Brandeis recently named El Salvador native Luis A. Croquer the new director of the Rose Art Museum. Croquer has lived in numerous countries during his childhood and has worked at several museums and galleries around the world. Since he is new to the Brandeis community, I think it would be enlightening to interview him and see how things are going at the Rose so far and hear his goals for the future of the museum. As I was taking practice shots around the Rose, I drew inspiration from the Rose’s predominantly glass exterior. I think it would be cool to play with the reflective quality of the floor to ceiling glass walls. Croquer could stand in the Foster Stairwell and I could take photos of him from outside of the building. I liked the reflection of the trees on the all glass windows of the stairwell, so I could experiment with those if it’s not too distracting. The Mark Dion: The Undisciplined Collector exhibit is a 1960s inspired corner of the museum. It’s an interactive installation with moody lighting, lots of wood and warm tones. It might be cool to shoot him sitting on the couch from eye-level or a low angle. We could use the collector items to our advantage in a few shots too. Otherwise, the Lois Foster Gallery is in the process of an exhibition change. There are a few empty tables, a couple of boxes and some other moving materials scattered around the spacious Lois Foster Gallery. It might be interesting to take shots of him standing alone in the unfinished gallery, while I take the photos from above on the balcony, making him look isolated yet pensive.


Hi everyone, my name is Katie Decker-Jacoby and I am a junior studying American Studies and Journalism. I can’t wait to study abroad in Copenhagen this spring, but for now, I am excited to chronicle my time in EL 13A through this blog. I’ve experienced the writing side of journalism in my Brandeis classes and at The Hoot, but have never dealt with the photography, video, audio aspect of journalism. However, when I am writing articles, I tend to gravitate towards arts and culture topics. I am guessing my creations in this class will follow those interests, but I am also eager to potentially broaden my horizons.

In terms of on-campus leads, The Hoot printed an article about how Brandeis ranked 10th in the “Least Beautiful Campus” list, according to The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges.” It might be interesting to capture Brandeis’ unseen or understated beauty, proving The Princeton Review’s ranking inaccurate. Brandeis’ campus may not have the architectural flair of Claremont McKenna College or University of California, San Diego, but it sure does have its moments of beauty.

One upcoming on-campus event that would be great to cover is the Rose Art Museum’s fall exhibition opening, which takes place this Thursday, September 7. The Rose has such a vast, diverse, vibrant collection, I’d be interested in photographing this fall’s exciting lineup and how this opening brings community members from all over to appreciate art together.

It would also be worth it to visually document the demolition of the Usen Castle and the construction of the new building. A series of photographs or a video could outline the project’s progress and the evolution of this dying historical landmark.

In regards to an off-campus story lead, one local event that could be covered is the weekly Waltham Farmer’s Market. A host of local vendors sells their own products at this function and documenting a Saturday at the market could make community members more aware of the environmental and financial importance of supporting local vendors.

I am excited to see how this class will open my eyes to happenings around campus, Waltham, Boston and the world in general, using technology that I am quite unfamiliar with, but excited to master.

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