Young Alumni Profiles
|Patrick Duprey '12|
|Online editor, Omaha World-Herald|
By Alyssa C. Frey '14
Though many journalism students are nervous about the prospect of the job market, Patrick Duprey ’12 knows from firsthand experience that unique skills like web development and business savvy help an applicant stand out to employers. That’s how Duprey secured an online editorial position at The Omaha World-Herald before December graduation.
Duprey, a journalism major and politics minor, graduated a semester early after spending three years at the Roy H. Park School of Communications and his final semester in the college’s Los Angeles Program. While in LA, Duprey interned at the Los Angeles Times, working as a web and social media producer. Duprey noted that the college’s program and his internship greatly attributed to his upcoming position at the World-Herald.
“I fostered connections, but also learned a lot about how an online-first newsroom operates. Had I not spent four months at the L.A. Times, the World-Herald probably wouldn’t have came calling,” Duprey said.
Previous to Duprey’s internship in Los Angeles, he was the first online editor at the college’s award-winning newspaper, The Ithacan. Because of his web development and photography editing skills, Duprey was able to shape this position into something that vital for The Ithacan’s continuation of success. He also attributes his quickly ended job search to these skills.
“From my experiences, reporting jobs are harder to come by these days, but newspapers across the country are hiring online editors and web/social media producers. And these are pretty simple skills to learn. That’s your way in the door. From there, who knows? Getting in is the most important part,” Duprey said.
Duprey also learned web skills from professor Pablo Calvi while taking the course Multimedia Journalism, a class required for all journalism majors in the Park School. This course teaches the basics of various web platforms. Duprey aid it also prepared him for “unforgiving deadlines” and his interest in the “multimedia, online-oriented” side of journalism.
Apart from web development skills, Duprey attributes much of his business savvy to the class he took from journalism professor Mead Loop. During his years at the college, Duprey took Entrepreneurial Journalism, a new special topics class offered to junior and senior journalism majors. This class “pushes a much-needed splash of innovative and business-centric thinking to the Park School, the journalism department and the broader field of news media,” Duprey said. Throughout this class, he developed an interest for the business side of news and journalism.
“The business knowledge…entails an interest in how the news industry is monetizing (or not) its print, digital and mobile platforms,” Duprey said.
Other than his classes and experiences at The Ithacan both as a news reporter and online editor, Duprey was the sports editor for Imprint Magazine, the college’s online-only, international, college lifestyle magazine. He was also inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the Oracle Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi, three of the college’s most prestigious academic honor societies.
To future journalism students, Duprey advises to keep working hard.
“It might sound cliché, but a really good work ethic is hard to find among today’s youth. If you go above and beyond, people will recognize it, and you’ll get your breaks,” Duprey said.
Duprey is currently an online editor at the Omaha World-Herald.