Alumni Newsletter March 2020

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
Welcome class of 2020!

We are excited to launch the monthly Newmark J-School Alumni Newsletter today. With the new online version, we can bring you frequent and update-to-date news about the school and what your fellow alumni are doing.


Reunite with your Newmark J-School family of alums, faculty, and staff. We’ll send the full program of workshops and events along with registration information by April 1.

Twenty tickets to the 13th annual Awards for Excellence are available to alumni at the heavily discounted price of $100. This year’s honorees are Errol Louis, Spectrum News NY1 political anchor, CNN political commentator, and Newmark J-School instructor; and Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and U.S. artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast. The awards dinner raises funds for scholarships and will take place at Cipriani 25 Broadway. Click here for tickets.



Two Newmark J-School adjunctsTC McCarthy and Ann Choi, were part of a team at Newsday that won a prestigious George Polk Award for the investigative series Long Island Divided.

Career Services: Alumni have access to the school’s Job Board, which is updated regularly.

J+, our professional development program, released its final video class on engagement journalism, “The Public Newsroom” with Bettina Chang and Andrea Faye Hart of City Bureau in Chicago. Bettina and Andrea share techniques and tips for reporting WITH communities, not ON communities. All the video classes are free and a great resource for alums. Marie Gilot, J+ director, also wrote a Medium post about 5 things she learned producing the videos.

Our Center for Community Media (CCM) has expanded into a national organization supporting news outlets across the country that provide essential coverage of people and issues underrepresented in the mainstream media.



Every graduating class is connected by its own Google Group listserv, but do you want to join the *new* International Listserv? It can be useful when you need a fixer in another country or just to touch base with an alum who might be posted internationally. Contact: (and also send us your alumni news).

Matt Townsend ’08 was promoted to editor at Bloomberg News and is running Checkout, a section about the future of global consumerism. This comes after a decade at Bloomberg as a reporter, covering a range of topics, including retail, taxes, trade, and Trump.

Walter Smith-Randolph ’10 and Leisa Richardson were announced as program chairs by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair.

Carmel Delshad ’11, editor and reporter at WAMU 88.5, was selected for the Poynter Institute’s sixth annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

Natalie Fertig ’14, federal cannabis policy reporter for POLITICO Pro, is interviewing Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer about national cannabis policy at SXSW on March 18. (If other alums are going to SXSW, ping her to hang.)

Annie Massa ’14 co-wrote the January 13 cover story of Bloomberg Businessweek, about the growing power of three giant index fund companies in corporate America.

Roxanne Scott ’14 received a fellowship through the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting to attend the 2020 NICAR data journalism conference in New Orleans.

Rachel Glickhouse ’15 was recently named ProPublica’s partner manager for its Electionland Project. Previously, she managed Documenting Hate. She was also named to ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator 2020, an intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation.

Zach Wasser ’15 left NYC about a year ago to help open CNN’s new San Francisco bureau. He writes: “So far so good — though I do miss the pizza, the bagels, and the aggressive pedestrians (no one jaywalks out here, it’s weird). I’m the only producer in the Bay Area for CNN, so I’ve gotten to cover a bit of everything, which has been fun. ALSO, if you’re a tech/business writer, we have two positions open out here, so hit me up if you’re interested/want to apply.

Simon Galperin ’16 and Brittany Mayes facilitated a session on democratic leadership in newsrooms at SRCCON:LEAD in Philadelphia.

Janae Hunter ’16 recently accepted an associate producer position at CBSN, working with the evening team on content and newscasts for the live streaming app. She was previously with NY1 for 3-1/2 years.

Joseph Darius Jaafari ’16 is a staff writer for the PA Post. His work covering crime, the military, and LGBTQ issues has been featured in The Marshall Project, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Tadia Toussaint ’16 is a world music artist based in New York who is set to release a few singles this year, all part of her debut music project. Last year, Tadia released her single “Down Low,” and it has taken her to stages like the Afro Latino Festival, performing with Wyclef Jean and opening for Maxwell at a cultural show. Grammy-award winning producer Jerry Wonda is executive producing her records.

Max Resnik ’17 was recently promoted to Lead for Media and Journalism at Cortico. Resnik has been core to launching the Local Voices Network, a community conversation and local journalism project connecting libraries, local reporters, and community members in Wisconsin, New York City, Boston, Birmingham, and more sites to come in 2020.

Hanaa’ Tameez ’17 is a staff writer for Nieman Lab where she covers business and innovation in the news industry. Send story tips to

Charlie Turner ’17 recently began his role as engagement editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Talib Visram ’18 is a staff writer for Fast Company.

Allison Weintraub ’18 has joined as a digital content producer.

Erica Anderson ’19 has accepted an internship with Spaceship Media, an organization that launched in 2016 with a mission to reduce polarization, build communities, and restore trust in journalism.

Ariam Alula ’19 has accepted the role of impact editor at Coda Story, an investigative nonprofit newsroom based in Tbilisi, GA.

Lena Camilletti ’19 recently joined ABC’s social newsgathering team, verifying content for national news.

Lauren Costantino ’19Daniel Laplaza ’19, and Mekdela Maskdal ’19 have accepted Engagement Fellowships with The City.

Tori Hoffman ’19 recently started her role at Patch as product associate for community management.

Beatrix Lockwood ’19 recently began her role as community engagement editor at Reuters.

Rachel Rippetoe ’19 worked on Meet ‘Firefighter’ in Middle of New York Hospital’s War Against Gun Violence during the third semester of her social issues class, and it was recently The Trace’s recommended read.

Lakshmi Sivadas ’19 recently began her engagement role at the Marshall Project.

Diara Townes ’19 recently started as junior research reporter at First Draft.

Isadora Varejão ’19 moderated a panel about domestic violence at the Brazillian consulate in New York.