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Alumni Newsletter April 2020

  • By Irena Choi Stern
This photo from our “Mugshot” series shows eight of the 10 alums who work for Bloomberg News in New York. Left to right: Annie Massa ’14, Elena Popina ’13, Francesca Levy ’08, Matthew Townsend ’08, Matthew Robinson ’10, Eliza Ronalds-Hannon ’11, Patrick Clark ’11, and Craig Giammona ’12. Missing: Topher Forhecz ’13 and Eliana Perez ’18. (Photo: Jessica Bal ’15)

UPCOMING EVENTS

DIGITAL BREAKFAST: TACTICS FOR TERRIFIC TEACHING ONLINE
Monday, Apr. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Registration Link: bitly.com/zoomapril6
Launch your week with a 30-minute brain sprint on ways teachers create engaging classes online. Walk away with tangibles.

CUTTING THROUGH THE CLUTTER: TIPS FOR JOURNALISTS ON WORKING EFFICIENTLY AMID CRISIS
Tuesday, April 7, 
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Registration Link: bitly.com/zoomapril7
Jeremy Caplan, Newmark J-School’s toolmeister and director of teaching and learning, offers five tips for journalists to work more efficiently in this challenging time, including practical ideas from how to organize piles of notes to how to manage your time, tabs, meetings and…attention deficits. He’ll take questions, so join us.

WEBINAR: AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY, CONTENT PLANNING & BRAND BUILDING
April 7, 14, & 21

Complimentary registration for first 10 alumni: use code ALUMCOMP when registering here.
This webinar will focus on using social media to create and distribute your work in a way that engages the public and helps you build a stronger professional or personal brand online.

CUNY MULTI-CAMPUS ALUMNI CAREER PREP AND RESUME REVIEW
Wednesday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us via tele-conferencing for several dynamic career-building opportunities: Develop your Elevator Pitch, Elevator Pitch Role Playing, LinkedIn Overview, Resume Review Panel: Experts discuss do’s and don’ts, best practices, and Q&As. To register, email irena.stern@journalism.cuny.edu with your name, address, preferred phone. and and class year.

ALUMNI HOMECOMING [POSTPONED]
This year’s homecoming event, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been postponed. Depending on how the current global health crisis evolves, we hope to reschedule it for the fall.

AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE [POSTPONED]
The Newmark J-School has decided to postpone the May 19, 2020 Awards for Excellence fundraising dinner. Updated information, once available, will be posted accordingly. If you have questions, please contact Executive Director of Development Joan McCormick at joan.mccormick@journalism.cuny.edu

 

FEATURED NEWS

DEAN BARTLETT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT FUTURE JOURNALIST FUND
The school is rising to meet a crisis, as Dean Sarah Bartlett reported in a message she sent last week to our community. But some students in the Class of 2020 need help to make it over the finish line in December. We are determined to prevent anyone from dropping out because of financial strains, so we’ve started an appeal to raise $505,000 for the Future Journalist Fund by June 30th. You can read more about the campaign here.

J-SCHOOL INCREASES STIPEND TO SUPPORT STUDENT INTERNSHIPS
Thanks to the generosity of Craig Newmark’s gift to the school, we are increasing to $4,000 the living stipend we give students whose summer internships are unpaid. For students who receive less than that amount from their employers, the school will make up the difference, up to $4,000.

J-SCHOOL WINS REGIONAL SPJ AWARDS
Student work presented by Newmark J-School outlets has been honored with seven regional awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Mark of Excellence contest. These winning entries for Region 1, which covers most of the Northeast U.S., are now eligible for national SPJ Mark of Excellence honors.

CAREER SERVICES
We realize many companies are grappling with pressing staffing concerns amid the coronavirus, but if you are interested in opening up a slot to a Newmark J-School student, we can send some excellent candidates your way. Please contact career.services@journalism.cuny.edu with jobs or internship opportunities.

NEWMARK NABJ STUDENT CHAPTER SEEKS TO CONNECT WITH ALUMNI
Noëlle D. Lilley ’20, president of the Newmark J-School NABJ chapter, is compiling a list of Black and NABJ alumni of the Newmark J-School. Please contact Noëlle  at noelle.lilley@journalism.cuny.edu if you can help.

 

ALUMNI NEWS

Newmark J-School hopes the International Listserv will continue to grow in membership and become a useful vehicle to communicate with fellow alumni around the world.  So far, we have alums based in Croatia, Mexico, India, and Uruguay. Reach out to the list if you’re heading to those regions of the world. Contact: alumnioffice@journalism.cuny.edu (and also send us your alumni news).

Tanzina Vega ’07 gave birth to a boy in January 2020.

Megan McGibney ’08 wrote The Media and The Coronavirus Pandemic” for Medium, focusing on the abuse misdirected at the media.

Clark Merrefield ’08, an economic research reporter for Journalist’s Resource (Harvard University), has been covering the coronavirus, including how it is affecting oil prices, the inequality of working remotely, rural broadband, the impact on small businesses, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics April jobs report.

Krissy Dolor ’10 is project coordinator, creative services with Harvard University’s Office of Alumni Affairs & Development.

Shane Dixon Kavanaugh ’10 was a finalist for the 2020 Goldsmith Prize for Investigating Reporting for “Fleeing Justice,” a series of stories for The Oregonian/OregonLive. He is also this year’s recipient of the J-School’s Stephen B. Shepard Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Vineeth Thomas ’10 is based in Bengaluru, South India, where he is a deputy digital media editor for Deccan Herald.

Roxanna Asgarian ’11 has a book contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux to publish We Were Once a Family, which will explore the headline-making Hart family murder-suicide as a vehicle for investigating the myriad ways in which the foster care system is failing American kids. Asgarian is a criminal justice reporter and contributor to The Appeal.

Eli Chen ’12 is the science and environment reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. Previously, she worked for Delaware Public Media/WDDE-FM.

Casey Cipriani ’13 is an entertainment writer at Bustle, specializing in film. She covers everything from dramas to documentaries. You can find her on Twitter at @CaseyCip or at CaseyCipriani.com.

Rachael Levy ’14 reports on domestic terrorism for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she covered hedge funds at various publications.

Damian Geminder ’15 is the editor of Women Deserve Better, a women’s resources website he launched, which is currently publishing a series of stories under “Featured Articles” relevant to life during the coronavirus crisis.

Michael DePeau-Wilson ’16 was profiled in an article marking the fifth anniversary of the TCTMD Jason Kahn Fellowship in Medical Journalism fellowship.

Anthony Falco ’16 has accepted a position as a video producer for the New York City Mayor’s Office.

Angelo Paura ’17 will begin work as the head of content at Blasting News, a citizen journalism platform with 30 million users per month. In London, he will also build a network of universities to fight disinformation, thanks to a project financed by the European Union.

Anuz Thapa ’17 and his wife Dipika Shrestha are hosts of “At the End of the Day,” a weekly podcast to help fellow immigrants navigate life in a new land and make the jump from “survival jobs” to professional careers.

Janessa Andiorio ’18 is morning reporter/ weekend anchor at WDAY in Fargo, ND.

Samantha Maldonado ’18, energy and environment reporter for Politico, co-wrote New Jersey, New York suspending utility shut-offs amid coronavirus pandemic.

Orla McCaffrey ’18 has been chosen to receive the J-School’s Frederic Wiegold Prize for Business Journalism.

Cristian Arroyo-Santiago ’19 is joining the CNN Opinion team as an associate producer.

Shira Feder ’19 writes for Insider’s health section and recently wrote about the pandemic: Gig economy workers say they’ll have to work through the coronavirus outbreak even if they get sick: ‘We can’t risk losing a day’s income’.

Jaime Longoria ’19 will be awarded the Sidney Hillman Foundation Social Justice Reporting prize.

Mekdela Maskal ’19 is joining Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative committed to more and better coverage of the climate beat, following a fellowship at THE CITY.

Chris Polansky ’19 just drove from New York City to Tulsa, OK, to work as a reporter and Morning Edition host at NPR affiliate KWGS News.

Olivia Raimonde ’19 is entering the rotational reporter program of Bloomberg News, following a post-graduation internship with the company.

Michael Tashji ’19 had his capstone project New Breed of Cop in New Jersey Keeps Kids on Straight and Narrow published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on March 16.

Annie Todd ’19 received an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award. She is slated to report in South Africa this summer with the Associated Press.

Diara J. Townes ’19 has been selected for the Newsweek Alumni Prize.

Isadora Varejão ’19 began working as engagement producer at Retro Report.

Ariama Long ’18 has been in government buildings, out on the streets, and in city parks, covering the coronavirus crisis for Kings County Politics, a hyperlocal site in her hometown of Brooklyn. “I know this sounds terrible,” Long said. “But freelance reporting has kind of been exhilarating lately.”

Typically, her beat is covering local politicians and how they serve their constituents. As the virus became a pandemic, infecting a growing number of New Yorkers, the focus quickly shifted. “The most challenging part of this story has been striking a balance between talking about people who are enjoying themselves and those affected by someone’s death or illness,” Long said. “I’ve spoken with people who have said, ‘my grandfather just got sick’ or ‘my dad is on a ventilator’.”

The borough was recently shaken by the COVID-19 death of a popular high school principal, only 36. With the numbers of infected spiking daily, Long decided on March 19 to take a break from reporting in public so as not to risk exposing her disabled father to the virus.