Former Vermont Cynic staffers—a New York Times writer and CDM Group exec—talk shop with current Cynics
Vermont Cynic alumni Eric Lipton of the New York Times and Josh Prince of The CDM Group spent Saturday with current UVM reporters, editors and visual journalists, talking over ways to improve their work, get creative and land jobs.
“My entire professional career is like a direct line from the Cynic,” said Prince, chief creative officer of an organization that bills itself as the world’s largest global healthcare communications company.
Lipton—Cynic editor-in-chief in 1987 and now a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter working for The New York Times in Washington, D.C.—said he had a chance to exercise his creativity at the UVM student newspaper.
He encouraged current Cynics to do the same.
“Something you must have in order to have a creative life is the ability to write and the ability to think critically,” Lipton said. “You have your lives in front of you. You can go so many different ways with your creative skills.”
Lipton comes to UVM about once a year to offer journalistic advice to Cynic staffers. Prince said that he comes not only to offer career advice but to recruit for his agency.
Natalie Williams, the 2014 Cynic editor-in-chief, said she was impressed with the daylong workshop.
“It was great to be able to speak with really accomplished people who got their start at the Cynic,” Williams said. “Eric and Josh provided really constructive feedback and successfully made us think about what impact we want to make as an organization.”
Prince said he remembers his days at the Cynic fondly.
“All of our lasting friendships were forged at the Cynic,” he said. “Once a Cynic, always a Cynic.”