Arts and Culture Program graduates have been hired at The Atlantic.com, ABC News 20/20, Quartz, Vox, Parade, Spin, Popular Photography, Marie Claire, Edible Manhattan, Time.com, Curbed, Good Morning America, Inhabitat, The L Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Brides.com, Fast Company, NBC, Manhattan Media, The New York Times, Newsday, The New York Post, The Queens Chronicle, Newsday, The San Francisco Examiner, Sports Illustrated, DNAinfo.com, Brooklyn Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Pigeons and Planes.com, Parents, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, Indiewire, WNET/13, LinkedIN, KTVA- CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Bustle.com, The Ringer, and many other organizations.
Their freelance work (some written for courses or during internships) has appeared in/on The Atlantic, The New York Observer, Bust, City Limits, American Photo, Manhattan Media, Marie Claire, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut.com, New York Press, Flavorwire, People.com, Radiolab, Serious Eats, Frommer’s, Sports Illustrated, Time Out New York, Vanityfair.com, Variety, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, WNYC, and CBS News.com among other media outlets.
FRITZIE ANDRADE (’08), executive video director at Gizmodo Media Group (GMG)
Where she’s from: A Connecticut native, Fritzie graduated from New York University with a degree in theater. “All I knew was that I wanted to tell stories and that I was passionate about arts and culture.”
What she does: “I run video for all the GMG properties, which include Gizmodo, Jezebel, Jalopnik, Deadspin, Kotaku and Lifehacker.”
How she got there: An internship at The New York Times, she says, “launched my career.” After graduation, she was hired as a producer at NBC, then at Rodale (where she produced web content for two YouTube channels) before she returned to the Times. The success of the ’36 Hours’ series brought her to the attention of VICE, where she spent some time as the Editor-and-Chief of Travel before moving on to GMG.
How the Arts & Culture program helped: “I had a background in dance and theater, but also had a passion for music, fashion, and general human interest stories. The program taught me how to focus my interests and look beyond what’s hip and trendy.”
MELISSA BYKOFSKY (‘12), articles editor at Parents magazine
Where’s she from: Melissa grew up in New York and studied English at SUNY Binghamton, where she was the editor of the student paper, Pipe Dream.
What she does: “I edit the culture and entertainment section of the magazine called Parents 2 Parents. Within the section, I assign, write, and edit buzzy news, trend, humor, and entertainment items (books, TV, and movies), feature must-have products, and profile notable entrepreneurs, athletes, celebrities, and influencers, who are leading in their industries while raising young children. I also work on larger feature stories and blog about entertainment, culture, and parenting news for Parents.com.”
How she got there: Melissa was a summer intern at Marie Claire. Less than an hour after she graduated from the CUNY J-School, she received a call with a job offer, and worked as an editorial assistant before she was hired at Parents.
How the Arts & Culture program helped: “It taught me how to find a cultural trend in the news and turn it into a story. It taught me how to look at a part of pop culture, like television, and relate it to a larger issue in society. I also learned how to follow the money in the entertainment industry, which is extremely helpful when planning a magazine issue four months in advance and deciding what the ‘next big thing’ is going to be.”
KYLE MCGOVERN (’11) associate editor at SPIN.com
Where he’s from: Kyle grew up in the Bronx and studied journalism and creative writing at Eugene Lang College.
What he does: “I usually write ten posts every day for SPIN.com. Most of these will be news stories (breaking news, album announcements, tour announcements, music video and/or song write-ups), and a few will be premiere posts (songs, music videos, albums, or EPs that are streaming online for the first time, exclusively at SPIN.com). Additionally, I write a few longer features — quick, bulleted profiles of new artists or written through posts about upcoming albums. I also listen to a lot of music.”
How he got there: A post-graduate fellowship with the Local (now known as the Nabe) led to a paid internship at The Huffington Post, which led to an interview at SPIN. It was all, says Kyle, “thanks to connections I made at CUNY.”
How the Arts & Culture Program helped: “The program helped me become a better critical thinker. Finding a unique angle on a story or trend so you can advance the conversation is invaluable. And having to write several different types of stories — profiles, reviews, essays, trend pieces, business pieces — was a good primer for the sort of work I do now. Most of the pieces I write every day combine elements from each of those kinds of articles.”
DANA OLIVER (‘08), executive fashion and beauty editor, The Huffington Post
Where’s she from: Born and raised in South Carolina, Dana got her B.A. in journalism with a minor in African American Studies at Temple University.
What she does: “I edit and write beauty features on trends–from the runway to the real world; attend and cover industry events such as New York Fashion Week; and manage HuffPost Beauty’s social media accounts.”
How she got there: An internship at Glamour.com, says Dana, is where “I got my start in the fashion world.” After graduation, she took a paid internship at AOL’s fashion site, Stylelist, where she was hired, moving from assistant editor to editor to beauty editor. When AOL bought The Huffington Post, she was named Huffpo’s senior beauty editor.
How the Arts & Culture program helped: “It opened my eyes to new and exciting experiences that would prepare me to work in an industry shaped by creative individuals from all walks of life.”
COLLIN ORCUTT (’09), coordinating producer at Sports Illustrated Video
Where he’s from: Born in Alaska and raised in Maine, Collin graduated from Bard College with a degree in literature and creative writing.
What he does: “I run the video team at SI, with a strong focus on feature storytelling, but still oversee our news process, including our daily live show, SI Now.”
How he got there: Collin interned at Sports Illustrated and subsequently freelanced as a video producer for the magazine. Two months after graduation, he was hired as an associate producer on SI’s newly launched video team.
How the Arts & Culture program helped: “My Arts and Culture classes taught me to look at all parts of the world around me–from popular culture to hidden artistic creation–with interest, a keen eye for trends, and a sense for the kernels of important and interesting stories. It also versed me in utilizing rapidly growing social media tools as both a place to find leads and research stories.”