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The Student Behind the John Hamilton Campaign: Thomas Miller

Name: Thomas Miller
Age: 21
Majors: Majoring in journalism and history  
Extracurriculars: I’m a campus rep for Teach for America, web reporter for the School of Journalism, a journalism ambassador, and New Media Director at the John Hamilton for Mayor campaign.

1. What made you get involved with the John Hamilton’s campaign? 
I had worked for Baron Hill in the fall and John liked the work I did for Baron so he kind of sought me out for my skills. 

2. What is your role on Hamilton’s campaign? 
I’m director of New Media, which means I make all our videos, take all the photos and generally plan strategy for our web and media content.

(Editor’s Note: Tom shot and edited this commercial for John Hamilton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98iAl1YB5mA.)

3. How long did it take you to make the commercial? How did that opportunity come about? What is it like to see your commercial on TV? Have you had experience in doing things like this before?
I shot the commercial in about four hours and edited it together for a few hours over the course of about two days. All in all, it probably took 10 total hours to work on. I got the opportunity because we needed a commercial (laughs) so it was pretty much make it happen or we don’t have one. I’ve had lots of experience doing video, but shooting for a TV commercial was different. It was pretty great seeing it on TV, I actually didn’t realize it was mine at first. I freaked out a little bit when I noticed it. It’s getting shown a bunch of times every day so it’s really awesome to know that my work is getting seen by a wide audience.

4. You’re originally from Fort Wayne, Ind. Why did you decide to get involved with Bloomington politics?
If I was in Fort Wayne I would be working in politics there. I like doing something that’s active and positive, and I happen to be in Bloomington so I’d rather get involved than not.

5. Do you think students forget that Bloomington is more than IU? 
I think a lot of students exist in there bubble, I know I definitely do. That’s part of what I’m trying to do with a commercial and web videos is reach out to potential voters in a really passive way that’s kind of fun. A video or a photo is a good way to pique someone’s interest without getting in their face about it.

6. How will your work in this campaign help you out with your future goals?
I’m doing some political work this summer and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to continue to hone my multimedia storytelling skills. Having great videos and a TV commercial in my portfolio is already helping me out. I’d like to own my own media firm someday, I guess that’s the dream job!

Alyssa Goldman is a junior at Indiana University majoring in journalism and gender studies. Alyssa aspires to be an editor at a women’s magazine writing about women’s issues and feminism. Alyssa has served as city & state editor and special publications editor for the Indiana Daily Student, IU’s award-winning student newspaper. She has also interned at Chicago Parent magazine, the IU Office of University Communications and Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. Currently, she is interning at Bloom, a city magazine in Bloomington, Ind., and loves being a Campus Correspondent for HC! In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys watching The Bad Girls Club, The Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives (of any city); listening to Lady Gaga; drinking decaf skinny vanilla soy lattes from Starbucks; reading magazines; and shopping and eating with her girls on IU’s infamous Kirkwood Avenue.
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