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Interview Tips

interview tips

Congratulations! You landed an interview…now what? You have already made it farther than some of the other prospects. Your potential employer saw something on your resume that sparked their interest and now wants to meet you face to face. Don’t freak! Here’s how to prepare.

1.     Private Investigator

Google is about to become your new BFF. You need to find out anything and everything you can on the company that you are interviewing for. When you’re finished researching the company, you should feel like an FBI Agent because you’ll know so much. First, visit the company website. Navigate your way through the page so you are familiar with it. Figure out when the company was established and their major accomplishments. You’ll also want to know what products and services they sell or provide to the public and how many locations the company has. Next, figure out who the employees are and their job titles. Most companies have that information listed on their websites along with pictures so you can see who you might be interviewing with. No employee pictures on the website? If you know who the person you are interviewing with, look them up on LinkedIn so you know what they look like and become familiar with their professional background.  Trust me, you’re not being creepy, you are doing your research! People have social media for a reason, use it to your advantage. The interviewer will be impressed that you know about their professional past. It might spark questions for you to ask them about their professional journey and how they ended up with the company you are interviewing for.  Then start following the companies you are interviewing for on social media. You’ll want to see how the company interacts with their audience, and they might provide information not listed on their website. [More…]

Career Chat Friday – Internships


Another great Career Chat Friday was to be had last week on 4/10.  The focus of this discussion was on internships. Here’s the re-cap:

How Do You Prepare For Pursuing Internships?

  1. Create and grow your digital identity
  2. Clean up your existing digital identity
  3. Become active on the social media platforms of companies you are interested in pursuing internships with
  4. Attend networking events where current employees or decisions makers of companies you are interested in pursuing internships with will be at [More…]

MMI Sweeps Category in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Student Awards

WBA Awards

On Saturday, March 7th, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) announced its award winners for outstanding and exceptional student productions.  Competition included entries from universities and colleges throughout the state.  Madison Media Institute swept the Long Form Production (TV) Non news category.

In first place, Video and Motion Graphics student Steve Waas won for his short promotional video describing Sustain Dane’s Big Share program.  Sustain Dane is a non-profit organization committed to creating sustainable solutions for home, school, business, and municipalities. [More…]

The Poets Laureate

Poets Laureate

Recently I had the most delightful lunch with the City of Madison’s Poets Laureate (Two People, one title). Our Poets Laureate are Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman. I guess one question that most people would have is what do the Poets Laureate do? As an arts commissioner for the City of Madison, I have a pretty good feel for what they do but here is what the City of Madison requests of the position.

  • Place poetry before the public in surprising places/spaces
  • Create conversation about poetry
  • Connect poets and groups of poets to each other and to other artists
  • Build bridges between people using poetry


Stop by and see us at Madison Comic Con!

Madison Comic Con

Madison Media Institute is proud to be partnering with WKOW 27 to sponsor the Wizard World Madison Comic Con! The event will take place at the Alliant Energy Center on February 6, 7 and 8.

Wizard World bills the event as a pop culture extravaganza featuring the best of movies, comics, toys, video games, TV, graphic novels, wrestling, MMA, anime and much more. Headliners include William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Brett Dalton (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Emily Kinney and Josh McDermitt (“The Walking Dead’), WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Kristin Bauer (“True Blood,” “Once Upon A Time”), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and George Wendt (“Cheers”). Wizard World also says the event is the place for cosplay, with fans showing off their best costumes throughout the weekend. [More…]

Meet Your New Student Council President

Jesse Kat Hall

Congratulations to “Kat” Jesse Hall, our new Student Council President!  We asked Kat to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the upcoming semester. 

Greetings MMI students and faculty,

It is with great honor and pleasure that I will be taking the role of Student Council President. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and why student council is important to me. I’ll warn you that my previous history to going to school is a little mixed in nature but I assure you it has a point and a happy ending. [More…]

Independent Digital Film Project Chosen for Door County Short Film Festival

Door County Short Film Festival

MMI is proud to announce the first project from the Independent Digital Film program, titled “The In Tandem Show”  has been accepted into the Door County Short Film Festival.  The script was written by Sean Little and produced by a team of MMI students, staff and alumni. Sean Little fills us in on how “The In Tandem Show” developed from an exercise in writing into a short film. 

I wrote a script for a sitcom in hopes of submitting it to a contest.  I don’t remember the name of the contest, but the mother of a former student emailed me with the information that Scott Hansen, a comic and comedy promoter from Minneapolis, was running a contest for a sitcom located in the Midwest, with the hopes of producing it locally for the internet, or possibly a small television station.

Being a writer and always looking for a new project, I jumped at the chance to expand my horizons with this challenge.  I had written screenplays before, of course.  In my undergrad work, my senior project was writing the pilot for a sci-fi show, and then doing all the groundwork toward figuring costs in production.  I had written sketches for comedy shows, and I had dabbled in playwrighting, but I had never written a sitcom.  A sitcom has its own set of rules and structure, yet the story still has to be obvious, and there needs to be a beginning, a middle, and an end. [More…]

City of Madison Bandswap

Dani Grant

Dani Grant

September 20th was a great day for musicians in Madison. This was the city’s second year participating in the event. Bandswap is organized by a company called Spokesbuzz from Fort Collins Colorado. Dani Grant is the director of the program.

Bandswap at its core is a band exchange program. Spokesbuzz has created partnerships with about eight different cities around the country and Madison happens to be one. This year Fort Collins sent us a killer band by the name of Stella Luce. In turn lol we punished them by sending them the most metal band this side of the Mississippi River, The Lords of the Trident. (The Lords pride themselves on being brutal). [More…]

Ed Hutchings Inducted into WBA Hall of Fame

Ed Hutchings

Madison Media Institute (MMI) was the proud sponsor of the cocktail hour for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame induction at the WBA’s annual meeting in Sheboygan, WI this summer. Several members of the MMI staff and faculty attended the ceremony, in support of Ed Hutchings induction to the Hall of Fame. Ed was the proud owner of the school, The Trans American Systems, Inc, which became, years later, Madison Media Institute.


New Media Institute Tutorial Website


I’m really excited to share the launch of the Media Institute, subscribers-only, tutorial website!

This tutorial website is a great resource for someone who’s interested in any of the programs offered at the Madison or the Minneapolis campus, and is also a great starting point for someone who wants to learn a new skill from one of our amazing instructors!

Starting out we have tutorials for audio production, photo editing, ZBrush, and Blender, as well as free downloadable assets like drum sounds, web design quick sheets, and more! [More…]