2020, BA Communication
"[With] so many different ways to define success here at Mason, you are able to find your own success, which makes for a worthwhile college experience.”
— Nathan Crawford, senior Honors College Communications major
Nathan Crawford knew he wanted to work in broadcast journalism and digital media ever since the summer of 2007.
“I remember turning on The Today Show when I was ten years old and immediately becoming mesmerized by the sights and sounds of a television studio,” said Crawford, who is majoring in Communication with a double concentration in Journalism and Media Production here at George Mason.
Now in his senior year, Crawford still loves the world of journalism, specifically when it comes to highlighting the stories of those around him.
“Storytelling is at the heart of journalism,” explained Crawford. “This world is one of true amazement and awe if only we take [the] time to look for [stories] like a journalist.”
Crawford has had the opportunity to strengthen his passion for media through courses like Honors 110: Principles of Research and Inquiry, which was one of his favorite courses within the Honors College.
“I never thought that I [could] do academic-based research for my major, and this class proved me wrong,” said Crawford, who researched “how social media affects political marketing towards millennials in presidential elections.” Crawford took Honors 110 during the Fall 2016 semester, conducting his research during the last few months of the 2016 presidential election. This perfect timing allowed Crawford, who has since taken more classes on how politics and the media affect one another, to watch his topic work beyond the pages. “It was a unique opportunity to see how social media played a role in getting millennials involved in the political process.”
Crawford values the Honors College for providing him the opportunity to take courses that directly relate to his interests and improve upon his strengths.
Beyond the classroom, Crawford wears many hats across the university, including working for the Office of Admissions and Integrated Enrollment Marketing. He also gives back to the Mason community by helping freshmen navigate college as a Resident Assistant for Housing and Residence Life.
Crawford is an active member of numerous student organizations, such as the Honors College Recruitment Team and Society of Professional Journalists. One organization that is dear to him is the Mason Ambassadors, a group of students who give tours to prospective Mason families and provide aid for the university’s open house events, under the Office of Admissions.
Crawford joined the Mason Ambassadors his first semester as a student and now serves as the organization’s president. He considers it a great honor to “[oversee] the amazing 130 tour guides and see the impact they all have on future Patriots and their families.”
Crawford knows firsthand the opportunities that Mason can provide for its students. During the summer of 2019, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream when he was offered an internship with the Cable News Network (CNN) in Washington, D.C. The budding journalist worked on video packages for CNN Newsource, the network’s affiliate service which provides global coverage for events through media partnerships worldwide. Some of the events that Crawford helped to produce coverage for included the 75th D-Day Commemoration and Robert Mueller’s congressional hearings on Capitol Hill.
For Crawford, making these lasting memories is an important aspect of college, along with getting an education. “Combining the two can often times be challenging, but so worth it,” Crawford emphasized.
With graduation quickly approaching, Crawford is currently juggling his multiple campus jobs and full course load while applying to graduate school to further his media studies.
A believer in people being their own best advocate, Crawford encourages all students to “take advantage of the resources” that Mason provides.
“There are so many unique academic and social resources for [students] here on campus, most of which are free of charge,” said Crawford. “[With] so many different ways to define success here at Mason, you are able to find your own success, which makes for a worthwhile college experience.”
By Zaria Talley