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Mary C. Schaffer is an Assistant Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department teaching courses in all aspects of multimedia production and design. She has established a multimedia internship program utilizing her many contacts in entertainment, Internet and game design companies.
Before joining the faculty at CSUN, Professor Schaffer worked in many professional capacities in the evolving multimedia industry.
-Director, Production, Homestore.com, Thousand Oaks, CA
-Director, Editorial, Geocities, Marina del Rey, CA
-Director, Realtime Kids, Realtime Associates, Los Angeles, CA
-Director, Production, Disney Interactive, Burbank, CA
-Supervising Producer, Viacom New Media, New York, New York
-Executive Producer, AND Communications, Los Angeles, CA
-Senior Producer, Synapse Technologies, Los Angeles, CA
Prior to Professor Schaffer's work in New Media, she was a journalist for over 20 years.
-Producer, WDIV-TV (Post Newsweek), Detroit, MI
-Producer, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Washington, DC
-Assistant News Director, Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, MN
-Associate Producer, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, MN
Masters of Arts, California State University, Northridge. Major in Mass Communications. "Surfing Seniors: A Uses and Gratifications Analysis of Active Retired Adults' Internet Usage Patterns."
Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Major in Journalism (news-editorial) and with minors in Speech (broadcasting) and Political Science.
Fellowship, The Edward R. Murrow Center, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 1979.