The Class of 2018’s graduation last December helped the Newmark J-School reach a significant milestone: We now have more than 1,000 alumni scattered throughout the country and the world.
To address the needs of this growing community, we are instituting changes in the Alumni Services department in the coming months. One of the most visible changes is that our popular quarterly digital newsletter will go monthly starting in January 2020. It just makes sense, given the burgeoning amount of professional and personal news coming from our alums. We also want to upgrade our alumni database so we can better capture up-to-date information that keeps us all connected. And we’re going to put in place more robust programming and services to support our graduates as they manage their careers.
As we make these changes, Brooke Stachyra will be leaving the J-School at the end of the year. After almost four years, Brooke has developed close relationships with alumni, faculty, and staff, and she has helped launch successful programs to keep us connected, including the quarterly newsletter, Mentoring Minutes in collaboration with Career Services, and various alumni networking and social events.
We thank her for her many contributions to the Newmark J-School, and we wish her all the best as she moves into the next phase of her career.
Top image: An impressive array of alums came back to the J-School to represent their employers for the fall Job & Internship Fair on October 17. Back row, left to right: Samantha Maldonado, ’18, New Jersey Energy and Environment Reporter, Politico; Max Zahn, ’18, Reporter/Segment Producer, Yahoo Finance; Catherine Roberts, ’15, Health Reporter, Consumer Reports; Jillian Eugenios, ’13, Sr. Producer, Great Big Story, CNN; and Kellie Ell, ’17, Reporter, Penske Media Corporation (WWD). Front row, left to right: Natasha Madov, ’15, Associate Editor, Brightwire Inc.; Shaydanay Urbani, ’18, Research Reporter, First Draft; Olivia Leach, ’15, Multimedia Journalist, Spectrum News Albany; Maddy Perkins, ’14, Assistant Managing Editor, SourceMedia; and Sean Carlson,’12, News Host, WNYC. (Photo: Jessica Bal, ‘15)
Stephen B. Shepard Prize for Investigative Reporting
Any alum who graduated from the Classes of 2007 to 2018 is eligible to self-nominate or propose a classmate for the $5,000 prize. The winner will be recognized at the Awards for Excellence in Journalism Gala on May 19, 2020 at Cipriani 25 Broadway.
Alumni are invited to take courses in January Academy 2020 at discounted rates. The enrichment series, which runs from January 6-24, will start accepting alumni registrations on Monday, Dec. 9. Alumni will get a special discount access code early that day. Once the code is entered in the registration box, alums will see the discounted price.
This year, we’re offering a number of exciting new workshops, including How to Write About Fashion, Reporting on the 2020 Census and Beyond, Improv for Journalists, Covering the Business of Everything, Launching Your Own Paid Newsletter, Building Community for Your Newsroom, The Anatomy of a Newscast, and Archives and the Visual Journalist.
We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to polish your skills or learn more about topics that interest you or can advance your career.
Chauncey Alcorn, ’15, was hired as a staff writer/general assignment reporter for CNN Digital’s business vertical.
Deonna Anderson, ’16, joined GreenBiz as associate editor, where she reports about environmental sustainability and business.
After working as an editor at Bauer Xcel Media for the past four years, Jaclyn Anglis, ’14, was hired in October as a managing editor for the website All That’s Interesting .
After working as a graphics editor in The Wall Street Journal’s London bureau for three years, Martin Burch, ’12, moved to Barcelona, Spain, to be the data strategist for Dow Jones Newswires.
After working for almost two years as the European correspondent for Borsen, the largest Danish business daily, Morten Buttler, ’16, joined Bloomberg in August as a reporter in Copenhagen covering governments and politics.
Melissa DiPento, Social Journalism, ’17, is working at the J-School as the program administrator for the News Innovation and Leadership and Social Journalism programs.
Last summer, Rob Dozier, ’18, started working as an associate producer on the current season of the “Juan Ep” podcast.
Anastasia Economides, ’09, was promoted to copy desk chief for LendingTree.
Previously a senior writer for Departures Magazine, Sean Flynn, ’12, was promoted to deputy digital editor.
Craig Giammona, ’13, was promoted to the finance team’s real estate leader at Bloomberg after being part of the consumer team since 2014.
Rebecca Harris, ’15, joined The Infatuation‘s product and engineering team to run the membership program and manage Text Rex, a text messaging-based restaurant recommendation service.
In June, Kyle Kucharski, ’18, was hired at Indagare to write travel and culture-related features, photograph hotels and restaurants, and manage content.
Dorien Luyckx, Tow-Knight ’18, is working at the University of Antwerp on a project focused on developing innovating marketing strategies for the news industry.
Samantha Maldonado, ’18, joined POLITICO on October 1 as New Jersey’s energy and environment reporter.
Sarah Matusek, ’18, was hired as a staff writer and editor at The Christian Science Monitor.
In September, Brianna McGurran, ’14, moved to Berlin, Germany, where she is a freelance writer and editor for various finance outlets. She also plans to teach business English and public speaking at German companies.
In addition to her current role as the weekend morning producer at WCBS-TV, Annais Morales, ’11, teaches News Video Reporting as part of the journalism program at CUNY Hunter College.
Maddy Perkins, ’14, was promoted to managing editor, operations and innovation from assistant management editor at SourceMedia.
Gabrielle Sierra, ’13, is the host and a producer of “Why It Matters,” a new podcast presented by the Council on Foreign Relations that aims to delve into foreign policy topics in an approachable way.
In June, Roxanne L. Scott, ’14, participated in the RIAS Journalist exchange, a two-week program with trips to Berlin, Prague, and the NATO headquarters in Brussels to learn about European media, politics, and history.
Andee Tagle, ’18, joined NPR’s Life Kit series as a news assistant on November 1.
Elly Wong Yu, ’13, was hired as an investigative reporter at KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles.
NYCity News Service was named Best College/University Website in the country for the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time since 2013 in Editor & Publisher’s national EPPY awards contest. “Climate Countdown,” which explores how global warming is affecting New York City’s infrastructure, also won an EPPY award in the Best College/University News Feature category.
Zainab Akande, ’14, senior editorial manager of The Dodo’s Snapchat, received The Dodo’s Best Use of Snapchat award at the Digiday’s 2019 Publishing Awards.
Ariam Alula, Social Journalism ‘19, was featured in Black Youth Project with her essay, “I worry about how to care for my brother with autism and his mental health when my parents are gone.”
Allen Arthur, Social Journalism ‘16, was named a Livingston Award Finalist for his work with The Marshall Project and USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee.
Lena Camilletti, Social Journalism ‘19, was highlighted by Buzzfeed for her work at the Vermont-based newsweekly Seven Days. She helped develop the All Our Hearts project that features her sister’s memorial and shows the human cost of the opioid epidemic.
Natalie Fertig and SteveTrader, both 2014 alums,launched the podcast “Law360 Explores – Legalization” about the legal tensions of launching a marijuana business when the federal government still views it as illegal.
Simon Galperin, Social Journalism ‘16, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss a solution for communities underserved by local news: newsroom and library collaborations.
In August 2019, Tow-Knight alum Emiliana Garcia‘s project CLIP (Centro Latinoamericano de Investigación Periodística) successfully launched the website and its first collaborative cross-border investigation, “Transnacionales de la Fe.”
Rachel Glickhouse, Social Journalism ‘15, an adjunct professor, is part of the ProPublica team that won a News & Documentary Emmy for their work on “Documenting Hate,” the two-part investigative series with PBS Frontline.
Angela Hill, ’07, co-reported and co-produced “A Broken Trust,” a documentary about sexual assault on Indian reservations.
Last summer, Anna Limontas-Salisbury, ’08, received a fellowship with Kettle Pond Writer’s Retreat and performed in three showcases with Roots, Wounds, Words, a creative non-fiction workshop for writers and storytellers.
A videoHeather Martino, ’13, pitched, scripted, and produced for UNICEF was seen on taxi cabs during the United Nations General Assembly and used to kick off the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the U.N.
Oliver Morrison, ’14, won a Golden Quill Award for a collaboration between PublicsSource and Pittsburgh Magazine on the state of the green energy industry in Western Pennsylvania.
Hersh Patel, Tow-Knight ’18, won a NYC Media Lab Award for his company Hindsight, a smart-tagging predictive technology that pre-identifies search terms in an article and attaches related content and targets advertising.
In September Tiziana Rinaldi, Social Journalism ‘19, moderated a panel on “Effective Models of Immigrant Workforce Integration in New York and Across the U.S.” at the annual workforce conference organized by the NYCETC. She was also featured by World Education Services (WES), alongside six other immigrants, in a video exhibit that WES produced: “Living The Mission: Stories of Immigrants Project.”
Kristine Villanueva, Social Journalism, ‘17, an audience engagement editor at the Center for Public Integrity, partnered with the Roosie Report in Jackson Heights, Queens to crowdsource a data project on complaints about child separation at the border.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - LAUREN ROTHMAN, ’13
Food writer Lauren Rothman, ’13, has been an enthusiastic cook since she was a young girl growing up in Brooklyn. She spent much of her childhood shadowing her mother in the kitchen and would get upset if she wasn’t included in the daily cooking. Lauren, always passionate about reading and writing, realized she could incorporate cooking into a career and joined the Arts & Culture Concentration at the J-School. Since graduating she has been working as a freelance journalist focusing on food, health, and wellness. She’s excited to welcome Thanksgiving, her favorite holiday, and has shared a festive recipe and tips for preparing one of the most wonderful meals of the year.
1. What do you love about being a food writer?
Writing about food has given me the chance to think critically about the foundational role food plays in culture and in many of our most cherished societal traditions. My favorite food stories are the ones that go deeper than how something tastes, to examine how it forms a part of people’s lives.
2. What's your favorite holiday meal?
It probably won’t come as a surprise that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I belong to a family of excellent cooks, and we really go all out. I’m always in charge of the turkey, for which I’d say the secret is to slather it with a lot of butter both on top of and underneath the skin and NOT to overcook it. My family is Jewish, so we round out the meal with Ashkenazi favorites such as sweet and sour meatballs, brisket, and potato kugel. For dessert, I make a pumpkin pie with real pumpkin or butternut squash.
3. Can you share your alternative recipe for pumpkin pie?
Most people make pumpkin pie using canned pumpkin, but it’s so flavorful and almost as easy to use real squash as the base. To prepare, make your favorite pie crust and par-bake it for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, peel, halve, and seed a 2 1/2 to 3-pound butternut squash and cut it into chunks. Coat with melted butter and roast at 400 degrees, stirring once or twice, until the squash is soft, about 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool, then purée in a food processor. Mix in 3 eggs and one cup of heavy cream, and flavor with salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, maple syrup, and a glug of bourbon or brandy. Pour filling into the pie shell and bake at 375 for 50 minutes.
4. What tips do you have for less talented cooks who want to host this holiday?
Ain’t no shame in hosting a potluck Thanksgiving! Actually, I think it’s more fun, as you get to taste other people’s family recipes. If you’re not a great cook but want to host, offer to provide the setting, dishes, wine, and cocktails and have your guests bring all the food.
Faculty and Staff News
Kalli Anderson, who’s been teaching at Ryerson University in Toronto for the last four years, will be joining the J-School next spring as director of the audio program.
Daniel Kaminski has been promoted to Manager of IT Services and Support after working as an IT specialist at the school since 2012. “Those of you who have experienced his support over the last seven years – and that is probably just about everyone – know how smart he is about fixing our problems and how patient he is with our endless questions,” Dean Sarah Bartlett said in her announcement to the J-School community. “Please join me in congratulating Danny on his well-deserved promotion. We are excited to see how he builds the department. ”
With more than 30 years of experience raising millions of dollars for institutions such as NYU’s Stern School of Business, Rutgers University, and the Pratt Institute, Joan McCormick joined the Newmark J-School as executive director of development on November 18.
After teaching a research class at the J-School in 2011, Lisa Tradup-Flom is back as the Center for Community and Ethnic Media’s general manager.
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