I’m pleased to announce that Irena Choi Stern was appointed Director of Alumni Services effective Jan. 27, 2020.
Irena has extensive experience in this field. She worked at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism for more than a decade, most recently as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations. In her role, Irena served as the primary contact for the school’s more than 12,000 graduates. She managed the alumni board and committees, oversaw their annual reunion, coordinated their awards, and served as the managing editor of the alumni newsletter.
Some of you have already had contact with Irena through her work in External Affairs where she has been working since April 2019 assisting on fundraising and general communications projects. We’re excited that she will be bringing a wealth of knowledge and skills to our efforts to deepen our ties with our growing alumni base.
Please join me in congratulating her as she takes on this new role.
-Dean Sarah Bartlett
Class of 2019 Commencement
(Photos: Jessica Bal ’15)
YOU'RE INVITED TO AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION
The 13th annual Awards for Excellence will honor Errol Louis, Spectrum News NY1 political anchor and CNN political commentator, and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and U.S. artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast. The gala will take place May 19 at Cipriani 25 Broadway. A limited number of tickets (20) are available to alumni at the heavily discounted price of $100 each and are restricted to one ticket per graduate. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact email@example.com by April 15.
Save the date for the 2020 Alumni Homecoming to reunite with your Newmark J-School family of alums, faculty, and staff.
Nathan Frandino ’11 has moved to San Francisco to work for Reuters as a video journalist. For the past six years, he was with Reuters‘ digital desk in Washington, D.C.
Alva French ’11 is working as a staff video producer for Reuters in New York, where she’s crafting digital explainer videos on global business and innovation.
Almudena Toral ’10, who is part of the inaugural cohort of media leaders in our new Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership, was chosen as a TED2020 Fellow. A visual journalist reporting stories about migration, violence, and trauma through documentary films, Toral is currently tracking the difficulties and exploitation faced by immigrants and asylum seekers in the U.S. and Latin America.
Damiano Beltrami’09 is working as a TV reporter and host in Italy. Here’s a link to one of his recent morning shows.
Mike Reicher ’09 moved from Tennessee to Seattle to work as an investigative reporter for the The Seattle Times.
Ida B. Wells Scholars
Congratulations to the seven Ida B. Wells Scholars:Jazmin Goodwin’19and Class of 2020students Dalvin Brown, Terrence Fraser, Brooke Henderson, Noelle Lilley, Korey Matthews, and Victoria MBA-Jonas.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
(Compiled by Keishel Williams ’19)
Associate Professor Lisa Armstrong was part of a panel with fellow Pulitzer Center grantees where she displayed and discussed her work from Haiti, as part of the 10-year remembrance of the country’s devastating earthquake.
Distinguished Lecturer and Writing Coach Tim Harper was the book doctor for “A Public Service: Whistleblowing, Disclosure and Anonymity” by digital privacy expert Tim Schwartz. The book is a detailed how-to guide for whistleblowers to protect themselves and for journalists working with whistleblowers.
Photojournalism Coach Karen Mullarkey has won the Sprague Awardfrom the National Press Photographers Association. The award will be given out at the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism in Fairfax on March 7.
ESL Coach Diane Nottle’s “American English for World Media” has just been published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. The book is a collaboration with Prof. Zhu Xiangjun of Jinan University in Guangzhou and has been named a core text for English majors throughout China.
UNITED NATIONS JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS
The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its 2020 fellowship program.
The application deadline is Friday, Mar. 6, 2020.
The fellowships are available to radio, television, print, and web journalists, ages 25 to 35, from mainly developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.