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Newmark J-School Announces Two Important New Hires

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
Josset Rowle (left) and Carmen Graciela Diaz (right)
Josset Rowle (left) and Carmen Graciela Díaz

The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism has made two important new additions to its staff: Josset Rawle has been named director of technology and Carmen Graciela Díaz has been appointed a distinguished lecturer in charge of the bilingual subject concentration. Both were chosen after extensive national searches.

Rawle joins the J-School after working as a technology consultant for the past six years for a variety of major institutions, including Astra/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Estee Lauder, the A&E Network, and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Prior to that, she spent 11 years as the technology manager for Time Inc., following seven years as a senior technical analyst at Sports Illustrated.

“It was clear from her interviews that Josset is both deeply versed in all the latest mobile, network, cybersecurity, and augmented reality technologies, while remaining practically focused on problem-solving,” Dean Sarah Bartlett said in her announcement to the J-School community.

Rawle earned her B.A. and M.S. in Communications from Brooklyn College and went on to earn her M.S. in Medical Informatics from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Díaz will oversee the bilingual subject concentration after teaching as an adjunct in the program for three semesters. She consistently earned high marks from students who praised her teaching skills, empathy and  commitment to bilingual journalism.

“With Carmen Graciela, we are gaining a distinguished lecturer with deep reporting, writing, and editing experience in Spanish and English, as well as someone with an extensive teaching background,” Bartlett said.

Díaz has covered Latinx communities with precision and depth for 15 years, starting at Puerto Rico’s top newspaper, El Nuevo Día, and later moving to Miami, where she was the education section editor for Univision Digital. There, she coordinated daily coverage and special projects while also developing a vertical on the growing presence of the Spanish language in the U.S. After moving to New York in 2016, she was a reporter and editor for the Univision New York section.

She has also worked as a freelancer, and in 2014, she published a book about Avance, a Puerto Rican magazine of the ‘70s known for its cutting-edge writing and artistic identity that was bombed by an unknown far-right group. The book reflects what Díaz describes as her profound love of research. It took five years of interviews, document gathering, and a Freedom of Information Act request for an FBI report of the bomb that endangered the lives of two photographers who were working in the magazine’s offices that night.

She began teaching in 2011 at the Universidad Metropolitana in Puerto Rico. She returned to the profession in 2017 when she taught journalism to talented high school students in the Bronx who were seeking to advance their college credits through courses at Lehman College.

Díaz has two master’s degrees, one from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2015 and the other from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in 2009.