Great Grads!

Yes, there is life –and success —  after CCNY. Here, meet several recent graduates from the journalism program:

442431987_295While a student at CCNY, Joshua Peguero ’10 worked at Reuters, received excellent grades and shined as a contributor to The Campus. After graduating from Columbia J School, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for PBS News Hour. Currently, he is a multi-media producer at a local TV station in Arkansas.

6o54Y6hHLourdes Guillen ’10 served as managing editor of The Campus, while also interning for CNN’s Anderson Cooper. After graduation, Lourdes worked as a production assistant for Good Morning America, and later a production assistant and tape coordinator for The View. She’s now an associate producer at CNN in Atlanta.

285282_10151382602323592_1101212879_nJosy Salazar ’11 put herself through school as a nanny, and finally quit her job senior year to intern at Televisa. After college, Josy worked at WABC as a desk assistant and NY 1 as an assignment desk editor. She then moved to Al Jazeera as a segment producer. Currently, Josy is a producer for the Today Show.

216efccShakira Saunders ’11 talked her way into an internship at ABC’s “Seven on Your Side,” during a cattle call for interns in Manhattan. After graduation she moved to Atlanta to work for CNN. She is now a CNN Media Coordinator and Special Events Producer & Researcher.

264e08aChloe Stretchings ’12 is an associate producer at New Day, CNN’s morning show. Chloe majored in ad/PR and minored in journalism at CCNY and interned at Entertainment Tonight. She began as a freelance production assistant and worked her way up.

359b93dYan Kaner started as an intern at NY1 while in high school. While attending CCNY, he worked as a NY1 overnight assignment editor — and led tours of the station for his classmates. Yan is now an assignment editor at WCBS-TV.

13cbdbfDaniel Friedman, ’12, is the NBA editor and associate web producer at Sports Illustrated. Daniel has always been intensely interested in sports, especially basketball. He was the sports editor at the Campus and also interned at Slam Magazine. Daniel also takes the idea of “lifting as we climb” seriously: He brought his friend and Campus colleague Ryan Wallerson with him to S.I.

el-rdkcdRyan Wallerson ’13, served as editor in chief of The Campus and received the Guylay Prize for solid leadership and a strong sense of journalistic integrity. He majored in English with a journalism minor and both of his parents also graduated from CCNY. After an internship on the sports desk of the Wall Street Journal, Ryan entered the CUNY J School master’s program in 2014. This summer he is interning at Sports Illustrated (thanks, Dan!), where he plans to work after grad school.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbrAAAAJGNjODZkNDU1LTJhZjAtNDgxOC1iYWU4LTBiNmMzMmM4MmZhMwEmily Goldblum ’13 received a scholarship to attend the Unity Journalists of Color conference in 2012 as an LGBT delegate, and through hard work and persistence was honored as the convention’s most promising student journalist. After graduation, Emily worked as an advertising planner, but decided to return to journalism and is now finishing her master’s degree in the new social journalism program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She was recently hired full time as assistant managing editor at The Odyssey, an online media content company targeted to millenials.

10958945_10203885907332008_4872476788262082325_nNatalie Shields ’14 worked on the staff of The Campus as a feature writer, and also interned at the NY Daily News, NY1 and CUNY TV. The following year, she honed her multimedia and social media skills as an intern for the hyperlocal blog Harlem One Stop. Since graduating from CCNY, she is now a correspondent at South South News, the UN’s in house digital news and information platform.

screen-shot-2015-07-20-at-4-46-08-pmIn 2012, Samantha Wendorf ’14 spent several weeks following a classmate, whose home in Far Rockaway was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The result was “Blown Away,” a 2-part multimedia story for The Campus, which won the prestigious College Media Award for multimedia journalism. Samantha is now a production assistant for Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJYAAAAJDEyZDA2MmYzLTcwMjEtNGM3Mi05YmNmLTE4MmZiMGM1ZGM2OQAshlee Schuppius ’15, an economics major, joined the staff of The Campus as business manager and immediately cleaned up the books and put the publication in good financial shape. She interned at The Amsterdam News and Harlem One Stop as an advertising and digital marketing assistant. Crain’s just hired her as a events coordinator.

Find an Internship–14 Resources to Explore (updated)

IMG_2559If you’re ready to get some hands-on, professional media experience, now’s the time to look for an internship. A paid, summer internship OF COURSE is ideal. You should pursue those opportunities, but also keep in mind that at the best media companies, those spots can be highly competitive. And small companies generally don’t have money to offer their interns.

So it may be easier to look for a spring or fall internship instead. At CCNY, interns generally receive academic credit. (For more information, reach out to Professor Lynn Appelbaum,

How do you find an internship? You look–hard! CCNY students have interned at large media companies like NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NY1, Univision, Hearst, Time Inc., Conde Nast, The New York Observer, the Daily News, WNYC and many more. Most students did the work to find positions and apply for them. You need to be relentless.

There are plenty of resources and opportunities out there. To get started, follow these tips:

1. Go directly to the website of the media outlet you’d like to work for and see what’s offered. For instance, click here for information about internships offered by NBC Universal. Or here for NY1. Or here for Time Inc. Or here for Buzzfeed. Cast a wide net.

2. MEOjobs is an AMAZING aggregation of media internships. It’s pretty much one stop shop!

3. Try Ed2010, a site organized by students interested in publishing. Companies post openings, mainly at magazines–print and digital. When I looked over the opportunities 5 minutes before writing this,  I noticed openings at The Food Network,, Oprah and Time Out for budding writers, photographers, designers and editors.

4. Join linked in, the free social media network for careers.  Create a profile and sign up for the jobs email alert. Most posts are for job-jobs, but today I received notice of a copy writing internship at the NY Institute of Management. Make sure you post a photo. It’s best to look friendly and approachable.

5. Check in on Mediabistro and indeed. Media Bistro’s Media Jobs Daily offers listings as well as helpful information, like this article about how to score a sports PR internship.

6. Recruiters like Indeed, a no-fuss search engine for jobs that has become increasingly popular with employers. When I searched media internships, I saw several in fashion.

7. Try Findspark, a membership organization that offers support, information, meet-ups and listings to college students and recent grads interested in creative industries. Read this Find Spark story: 20 + Career Tips From Creatives Who Were in Your Shoes.

8. Looking for sports internships specifically? Click here for guidance.

9. Quieres Spanish speaking media? Try these opportunities.

10. Brush up on professional social media skills. Take a class or volunteer to be the social media manager for a nonprofit, church or campus organization. This is the hot media job, so make sure you’ve got the skills.

11. Do you know about This group posts jobs and articles — and industry gossip — and also offers workshops and training courses. You can receive a daily newsletter with industry tidbits and “job of the day” postings.

Make sure you have a linked in page that includes a professional photo. Your resume should be clean, up to date, and slanted toward your media experience/studies. For info, read this article.

12. New resources! The career center on campus recommends: journalism jobs, media industry newsletter (sign up for job alerts) and journalism next.

13: If you’re techie, try news nerd jobs.

14. FINAL THOUGHT: Don’t just apply to one or two internships. Instead, go for broke. Isn’t it better if you have lots of offers to choose from? Good luck!

dot-me-logo 4 Easy Ways to Launch Your Presence Online

Screen Shot 2013-12-14 at 1.46.04 PMReady to look for an internship or even a job? Before you even think of beginning the search, make sure you’ve got an online presence. If you don’t, most employers looking to fill positions in journalism, PR, advertising and other media-communications jobs won’t consider you. Period.

What do you need? Here’s the bare minimum:

1. A well-designed digital resume. You’ll be applying for most jobs online, so the paper resume has become obsolete. Make sure your resume looks good, reads well and has no typos or grammatical errors. Click here for resume dos and don’ts–and for an example of how your resume should look and feel.

2. A linked-in profile. More and more recruiters and HR managers are using linked-in to find interns and other employees. You can also network with employers, business and media connections and other enterprising students on linked in. And site’s job feature can help you find a position. Sign up today; creating a profile is free and easy. One tip: be clear that your linked-in profile should reflect the kind of position you want, not necessarily the type you have now. So if you’re working in a bar or as a grocery store clerk–but you want to be a journalist–fashion your profile to highlight your journalism skills, experience and even classes at that top. Downplay the clerk or bar jobs or leave them off altogether.

3. Create an page. With the rise of social media, employers want to see what you look like. At this point, many assume that if you don’t have a photograph somewhere, you’re hiding something. is a platform that allows you to post a photo of yourself, create a short bio, post links to other social media if appropriate and published writing and photography. It’s best to include a link to your page in your email signature, like mine, below. Click here to see an example of a clean, straightforward page. Screen Shot 2013-12-14 at 1.38.05 PM

4. Last thing: make sure any photo of you on linked in and looks professional. Like the photo on the top, umm, not the bottom! No hats, sunglasses, crazy hair, unprofessional clothing, weird expressions/gestures or revealing body parts.


Write the Perfect Cover Letter

Screen Shot 2015-05-06 at 1.17.42 PMWhether for a job or internship, a cover letter introduces you to a potential employer and offer a first impression. Your letter MUST make a connection and be concise, grammatically perfect, well written and professional in tone. This letter tells your prospective employer what YOU can do for THEM, not what they can do for you. So don’t bother writing about how much you’d like to work for the company because it will help you in the future. What do they care?

Show YOUR value. Explain why they should bring you on. Here’s a sample:

Dear, ______________________________________________

I am writing to apply for an internship in AREA OF INTEREST with NAME OF COMPANY. I’m a senior at The City College of New York, where I am majoring in XX.

As my resume indicates, I have completed major coursework including INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM, SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES, AND PROSE WRITING WORKSHOP, among others. These hands-on classes provide me with a strong understanding of the demands of the profession, and the knowledge and skills to make a valuable contribution as an intern.

I have prior work experience having been a JOB TITLE for COMPANY. In this capacity, I brought my strong work ethic and professionalism to my employer. OR SAY SOMETHING THAT DEMONSTRATES YOUR PROFESSIONALISM.

In addition to my abilities and passion for this profession, I am hard working, ADD MORE PERSONAL QUALITIES HERE THAT DEFINE YOU.

I am especially interested in this internship because of NAME OF COMPANY’S excellent reputation for SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE COMPANY THAT BRANDS THEM, BASED ON THEIR WEBSITE COPY OR WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM

I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Please contact me via e-mail or by phone at YOUR NUMBER.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Your Name


The Right Resume

Now’s the time to work on your resume. Here’s a template to download: Resume Sample Format 8 13

Here’s a good resume courtesy of my student Daniel Friedman. (Thanks Daniel!!!!)

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Why do I like this resume so much:

1. Clean, straightforward, easy-to-read format. The red is a nice extra. Makes it pop.

2. Has the good stuff at the top. He had me with the qualifications. Always start with a list of the skills and talents you bring to the party. They can be listed under “Qualifications,” “Summary,” or “Skills.” Be sure to list any social media proficiency–Twitter, Facebook, WordPress–as well as computer, audio and video skills if you have them.

3. Doesn’t have an “Objective.” Hate that. Don’t ever list an “Objective”–even if you’ve been told to do that. Objectives tell employers what you’re looking to gain from them. What do they care? Tell them what you have to offer.

4. Is specific. Have a resume tailored for each job or each industry. Daniel’s makes him look journalistic. He has another one that is shifted around and tweaked to make him seem more techie. I have one for academic jobs, another for book writing, one for health, one for LGBT, one for newspaper gigs etc.

5. His classwork is listed out. Daniel doesn’t have a ton of experience, but he has taken some journalism and communications courses. Those add weight to his resume.

6. “Media and Work experience are two separate entries. Daniel hasn’t had a job in media, but he has (unpaid) experience with the Campus and as a blogger–which is great. He also listed his CCNY web job…which is how he pays the bills. This shows that he’s held down a job, which HR may want to know.

Good luck! Daniel got an internship, that turned into a paying gig at a sports magazine using this resume!!! Now he’s working at Sports Illustrated as the NBA editor.

Welcome Back!

Earlier this month, a group of City College alumni visited our campus to talk about their experiences working on The Paper “back in the day.” Albert De Leon, Jerry Mondesire, Charles Powell, Greg Holder, and Jeff Morgan covered events, wrote about issues, shot photographs and edited articles during the turbulent 70s. Here, journalism student Jalesa Tucker discusses their homecoming:


Left to right: Jeff Morgan, Greg Holder, Charles Powell, Jerry Mondesire and Albert De Leon with adjunct professor Janus Adams.


Some of the original members of The Paper stopped by Shepard Hall on April 16 to talk to current students about the significance and legacy of CCNY’s only campus publication run by students of color. City College in the late 60s – early 70s was a very different place, wrestling with race, politics, social justice and other issues of the day.  Working at The Paper offered refuge. “We didn’t feel like we belonged here but The Paper was a place that created our belonging and camaraderie,” said Charles Powell, who is now a lawyer. “The fellowship and the friendship and the commitment to each other was what we felt was necessary for our own survival.”

The publication began as a supplement to Tech News in 1970. “Tech News was the paper that was run by the architecture engineering students that were on the north side; of course the African-American students were on the south side,” recalled Jerry Mondesire, now a Philadelphia newspaper publisher. “We never came up here. There was hostility on campus toward African Americans and non-white.”

By joining forces with staff members of Utambuzi, a newsletter for Black students, their advisor the late Louis Reyes Rivera was successfully able to establish a black student voice within Tech News.

“Louis had the idea to go after the Tech News,” said Mondesire. “I had started Utambuzi but that didn’t have the campus distribution that we wanted. So Louie said let’s take that and meld it into Tech News.”

With a staff of eager journalists and a desire to have the issues they cared about heard, members of The Paper went on to break some of the biggest stories of the day. In 1970, The Paper broke the story of the student takeover of the CCNY campus in protest against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. Student journalist David Friedlander wrote the Attica prison uprising in 1970. several weeks before the New York Times. 

These days, Mondesire, Powell, Albert De Leon, Greg Holder, and Jeff Morgan still look back fondly on the early days of The Paper as the start of their respective careers and a lifelong friendship. “Being handed The Paper felt like we had literally been handed lemons with which we made some beautiful rich sweet lemonade every week,” said Powell. “We savored that to the point that all these years later we still get chills when we mention that word or the saying from Langston Hughes and all the rest.“






Congratulations to The Campus [update 4/20/2015]

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 4.28.45 PMThe Campus, our student-run newsmagazine online and in print, received a runner-up honor in the Northeast region’s Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. Our entry, The Silent Scream, looks at the underground epidemic of depression and suicide among college students recently highlighted in the New York Times. A team of journalism students told the story through a reported article, infographic, video and photographs. This special report was anchored by a package of deeply-felt first-person essays.
[On March 15, 2015, at the College Media Association conference in Manhattan, A Silent Scream was also the runner-up for a prestigious Big Apple Award in the multimedia category!]
In a sea of Harvard, Yale and Columbia, Aurea Gonzalez picked up our Mark of Excellence award. She managed our project, wrote two parts of it and appears in the photo. Other contributors: Marla Sanchez, Taylor Coleman, Anne Jean-Paul, Janis Jimenez and Dominique Dajer along with several photographers.