Jessica Rotkiewicz has more than 15 years experience in the photography and video industry. She began her career as a graphic designer and product photographer at a small company in Winooski, Vermont. She also was a freelance photographer for the Burlington Free Press for several years before becoming an Art Director at a community paper in Essex, Vermont. In 2010, she was employed as a multimedia producer at Newsday. In 2016, she become Lead News/Brand Producer for Little Things.com in New York City. Today, she works as a freelancer photographer and videographer in the major metropolitan area.
Rotkiewicz graduated from St Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications; she attended Syracuse University in 2010 to obtain her Master of Science in Photography at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. To enhance her storytelling skills and to gain unique photographic opportunities, she chose to finish her last semester of graduate school in London, England.
Rotkiewicz has worked in many different facets of the journalism industry and has a great wealth of knowledge in several media areas. She has served her industry as an adjunct professor instructing college students in various aspects of journalism, balancing both her professional and teaching responsibilities while imparting her passion and love of photography. She has successfully instructed students, as an adjunct professor, at Mohawk Valley Community College in her hometown of Utica NY, and at Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Rotkiewicz has been recognized with numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association, NY Emmy, Long Island Press, Northern Short Course, and Vermont Photographers Association. She made a significant contribution to the 9/11 project which won Newsday.com a NY Emmy, in 2012. In addition, she was nominated for two NY Emmy awards for multimedia projects completed in 2013. She continually works on both independent stories and projects on a team at Newsday which are consistently recognize by NY Emmy.