The Students

Lizzy Buczak

Lizzy Buczak

Elizabeth Buczak, aka Lizzy, is a young and aspiring music business and entertainment journalism student at Columbia College. Unlike most, Lizzy dreams with her eyes open and makes them a reality, making her a threat to her competitors. This has allowed her to get experience in the music industry interning for a semester at The Music Garage as the head of social media and event planning. She has also had the privilege of working for some Chicago-based publications focusing on music journalism, Pop’stache, Innerview and most recently Time Out Chicago, where she worked as an assistant to the music editor. Expanding her network, Lizzy has also done some freelance writing for the Family Time Zine, covering the 2012 Nobel Peace Summit for Chicago Talks, managing her own T.V show based blog CraveYouTV and working as a brand ambassador for Do312. Concurrently she works at O’Hare airport for the Irish airlines, Aer Lingus. Aside from the academics, Lizzy is interested in dance, beauty, fashion, yoga and modeling. One day she aspires to work for E! News, People, Glamour, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and Elle, while covering the Grammy’s and many red carpet events.

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Na’m Samal

Na'm Samal

Na’m Samal is an American actor, writer,and instructor based in Los Angles. This is his 13th year in the entertainment industry; studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Hollywood, Wendy Raquel Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory, and with Second City’s Brian Posen for improvisation technique. While acting is his passion, teaching is his gift. Na’m loves empowering people by pulling out the talent that’s buried within them. He recently completed a tour for the play “Why Am I Not Married?”, which he co-wrote with former Tyler Perry play actress Chantell D. Christopher.  Na’m holds a bachelors degree in Television Broadcast Journalism with a Theater Minor and a Masters in Education – all from the world renowned Columbia College Chicago.

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Alessandra  Incandela                                                                                           

Alessandra

  Alessandra Incandela is a broadcast journalism major graduating from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2013. Alessandra has interned as a production assistant for Kurtis Productions and also for the Brotha’ Fred Morning show at 103.5 Kiss FM Chicago. Not only has she interned for a production company and radio station, but she also had the opportunity to work as a production assistant during the filming of Joan Rivers’ ShowTime Special in Chicago. Alessandra is also proud to be the voice of The Center of Economic Progress, an organization which helps low income families move toward financial security through Illinois tax laws. Alessandra  is committed  to learning more about the entertainment industry since she aspires to work as a multimedia journalist in Hollywood.

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Joachim Jocson Dossier

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Joachim is a junior at Columbia College Chicago. He is a Journalism major with a concentration in broadcast television. Very interested and educated about movies from all eras, He plans to become a movie critic because of his love for films. He also aspires to be a camera man for a local broadcast station because he likes to “keep things in focus.” Currently, Joachim is involved with the Semester in LA program to extend his knowledge about the movie and entertainment industry. After the program, he plans to return back to Chicago to receive his Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He currently is a member of a team that produces movies reviews for the public via his youtube channel. Recently, he reviewed the blockbuster movies: Life of Pi and The Hobbit. What will we see Joachim do next?
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Jazmen Parker

Jazmen Parker

Jazmen Parker is a senior at Columbia College Chicago. After S.I.L.A she will be graduating May 2013. She has had an internship with WCIU’s childrens show “Green Screen Adventures.” Jazmen will continue to seek her next journalistic adventure. Her goal is to become an Enterainment show host. Jazmen may be the smallest one out the bunch but she has some big dreams. Keep an eye out for her

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Samantha Saiyavongsa
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Samantha Saiyavongsa is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She studied Magazine Writing and Public Relations at Columbia College Chicago where her work has appeared in Time Out Chicago, Today’s Chicago Woman, Columbia’s Student Loop, and most recently, as the spring 2012 managing editor of Columbia’s official publication, Echo magazine. Her work remains centered on an appreciation for people and storytelling. Beyond her interests in popular culture and the entertainment industry, she has also studied art and literature in London and has covered war crime and immigration stories from Paris. Samantha is a Nebraska native and likes stripes, hot dogs and pomeranians.
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Alex Stedman

SILA picAlex Stedman’s passion for magazine journalism started when she got her first subscription to People at 13-years-old, and it hasn’t stopped since. She’s now a senior  at Columbia College Chicago and has worked hard to gain skills and experience that make her stand out. Along with maintaining a 3.8 cumulative GPA and completing the Honors program, she was the Assistant Arts & Culture Editor at The Columbia Chronicle and interned for WGN Radio and Womensforum.com, a website that she still freelances for. She’s also been published at ChicagoTalks.org, was a writer and Fact Checking Chief for Columbia’s Echo magazine and maintains the online database for the Roscoe Company. Her passion is entertainment journalism, including coveringmovies, television, celebrities, fashion and culture. Her biggest dream would to be a writer for People or Entertainment Weekly, and recently moved to LA to make this dream come true, also hoping to write for other publications and eager to learn the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.

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Max Tarlton

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Max Tarlton, a senior at Columbia College Chicago,  has always had a passion for entertaining people – whether it be in person or on the television screen. As an only child, he started producing at-home news shows and  mini-movies with his friends. Then continued entertaining by acting and singing in school clubs and groups.  After attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha for his first year of college, he  realized he it was time for a change. He transferred to Columbia College Chicago in 2010  and has been pursuing Broadcast Journalism ever since. Besides independently blogging and networking, Max has copy edited for WCHI News, blogged for ChicagoTalks.com, and hopes to gain more experience with the many different aspect of journalism. Right now, Max is involved with Columbia College Chicago’s Semester in LA program to expand his knowledge of the entertainment industry as a journalist and as an entertainer. Max strives to become an influential multimedia personality, while producing entertaining and informative material to audiences around the world.