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Life after SCU: Jennifer Zeidan
Jennifer Zeidan graduated with a Communication degree in 2009. After more than five years at Cisco TV, she recently moved on as a broadcast engineer to support the development of Al Jazeera America, a new national news network being built from the ground up. "I am excited to be part of this network," Jennifer said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
AJAM will be headquartered in New York and have 12 bureaus across the nation, including San Francisco, where Jennifer will be assigned.
"Thank you for the wonderful education that continues to move me forward in my life and career."
Work highlights: Al Jazeera America, Cisco Systems, Major League Baseball, JZ Media.
A few things Jennifer likes most about her work: I continue to be fascinated by my job. It allows me to keep up with the rapidly and continuously changing production technologies and techniques. I am also involved in various stages of production and facility designs, ranging from engineering designs, to on-location studio build-outs, to day-to-day production engineering. The variety keeps my job fresh and enjoyable.
Why Jennifer majored in Communication: From the moment I stepped foot in the studio and spoke with Steven Lee, then chair of the department, I knew that the Communication Department was the perfect fit. I appreciated the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the variety of classes I could take, everything from Minorities in the Media to Documentary Production.
The most valuable things Jennifer learned in the Communication Department: I came to appreciate the value of working with a strong team of dedicated, passionate individuals. In the world of production, you are only as good as your team, so being able to work professionally with everyone is a valuable asset. And the value of communication. Though it may be hard to believe, communication – even in a communication department in the business world – is lacking! Santa Clara University’s Communication Department does an excellent job of emphasizing the ability to communicate in order to collaborate and execute tasks effectively in the “real world.”