From Shakespeare to Journalism, Daniel Ward Earns Two Degrees and Unforgettable Experience at UNM
While the Daily Lobo editors finished their issues on press night, former culture editor Daniel Ward finished early and recited Shakespeare from across the room, showing both his journalistic side and his theatrical side. With a double major in English and Journalism, Ward launched into the professional world to pursue his love of theater and writing.
Ward continues from the Daily Lobo after completing a successful career as a senior journalist and a prominent position as editor of the culture bureau. Ward initially sought journalism as a way to infuse his passion for writing and connecting with people. Media journalism was also a way to support his pursuit of a career in the film industry.
Shortly after graduating from CNM with associate’s degrees in English and pre-law, Ward found the humble stand of the Daily Lobo at a career fair where former editor Justin Garcia wrote his name.
“He was one of the most reliable journalists. I could always count on him to deliver his stories on time. And they were always well written, ”Garcia said. “Just by reading his stories, I could tell he was interested in what he was writing.”
Ward’s initial interest in culture led him to network and interview international artists, performers and filmmakers to gain a better understanding of the film industry.
“One of the biggest things that got me super excited was when UMI came to (UNM) to perform. And I was like, ‘This is going to be super cool, I can interview an artist, she’s kinda famous. And a lot of people know her somehow, ”Ward said.
But to his discouragement, the interview was only conducted by email. However, Ward would later turn this experience into a learning moment.
“I wanted this to be an interview with Zoom and I wanted to meet her. I started to realize that if I want to get into the field, where I’m interviewing people on a red carpet, or whatever, I have to do it first, ”Ward said. “It’s a slow climb up the ladder of success to get to where I want to be. And that’s where it starts.
And of course, the theater journalist would benefit from his lesson a few weeks later when he conducted an interview with Spanish director Jaume Balagueró for a review on his film “The Vault” – a highlight of Ward’s journalistic career.
Before working for the Lobo, Ward was a production assistant for the television show “Briarpatch” in the summer of 2019. Daily Lobo the team did not prevent Ward’s ability to succeed in many facets. He also balanced a freelance tutor job with a job at Twisters.
Ward currently interns at the Santa Fe Film Festival as director of the film review. He is in charge of interviewing and writing stories of actors, artists and producers.
His interests in film and production were encouraged by his parents, who encouraged his early involvement in the theater. Ward recalled his first time on set with his father and said that was the moment he decided he wanted to keep playing.
“[The set] had unlimited snacks and food. And I was like, ‘Wow, I can sit here, wait to walk past the camera, and get paid to eat the snacks. It’s awesome.’ … And that’s when I was like, ‘I want to be an actor,’ ”Ward said.
Ward’s love for the theater began at a young age when his mother introduced him to Shakespeare, who always stood out in his mind.
“My mother taught us Shakespeare in a very unique way,” Ward said. “She would print paper dolls of characters from Shakespeare’s play, then we would set them up on those wooden stands, then we would make pieces of paper and act out the play while we read and study.
In the future, Ward wants to spend more time with his family and even hopes to create a documentary retracing the life of his great-grandfather. While this is the end of her undergraduate university education, it certainly isn’t the end of her success.
Gabriel Biadora is a beat reporter for the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @gabrielbiadora
Tina Memarian is a freelance journalist for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @DailyLobo