I received a Master of Arts in arts journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and I hold a Bachelor of Science in communications and media and a minor in cinema studies. I spent several years producing clear and compelling multimedia stories as a community news reporter and community editor and working as a freelance music and culture journalist for several regional and national publications. As the communications and marketing coordinator for ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, I now get to share and promote the stories of students, faculty, artists, designers, scholars, entrepreneurs and innovators who make up the Herberger Institute. My writing has appeared in  Paste and Relix magazines and International Musician, the journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

This site is a place to keep a selection of published stories as well as to post essays and short thoughts on music and culture and anything I find interesting (which I also do in shorter form on my tumblr and even shorter on my twitter).

Contact . . .

EMAIL: samccarty@gmail.com
TWITTER: @samccarty115
TUMBLR: samccarty.tumblr.com

What they’re saying about me . . .

SUPER EDITOR: “Sarah McCarty is a super editor—engaged, energetic and wonderful to work with. She is up on the latest technologies and social media, and cares a great deal about culture and news. She is a welcome addition to any group, as she is caring and generous, and she would be an asset in any newsroom. And she’s fun and funny! Highly recommended!” –Johanna Keller, Arts Journalist, Professor, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School

EXCELLENT WRITING: “Sarah interned for me at Bentley-Hall, Inc., publisher of Making Music and International Musician magazines. She quickly adapted to the style of our publications and wrote a number of articles during her internship based on her research and interviews. Her writing was excellent and she is hardworking. We enjoyed working with her.” – Cherie Yurco, Editorial Director at Bentley-Hall, Inc 

LOVES A CHALLENGE: “Sarah loves a challenge, and was proactive in finding stories. She didn’t wait for others to tell her what to do. She has the talent to go far in journalism.” – Stephanie Harvin, The Post and Courier 

*recommendations via LinkedIn




  1. Looks like we come to blogging from the same background! Thanks for following.

    1. No problem. Ran across your blog and thought it looked interesting. We seem to also have some similar taste in music and film. I’d love to read your thesis on 2001. Did you ever post it to your site?

      1. It’s a 100-page monster (though I probably have posts that long!). I may do something with it, but it’s a rather banal very close look at things like character-development within the film (then how there is no main character). It feels like I was stating the obvious.

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