Eric Weitz, the dean of Humanities and Arts — CCNY’s largest division — resigned suddenly in late January. We wish him well. Read more about his resignation and what it means in this Campus story.
This semester, the journalism program welcomes two new faculty members!
Rajul Punjabi will teach Reporting and Writing, with an eye on arts and activism. She is a New York based journalist and educator who taught a course on “New Journalism” a couple of summer ago. Ms. Punjabi’s beat is hip hop, but she also writes about race, gender, social justice, and fashion, beauty, and pop culture. Her byline has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Village Voice, Playboy, VIBE, Jamrock, Urbanology, Rap-Up, and on TheBoombox and Billboard.com. Her greatest inspirations are Toni Morrison, Killer Mike, Harshada Rajani, and Santiago from The Alchemist.
A graduate of Kean University in New Jersey with a BA in English, she received her master’s degree in English from Long Island University where she also taught.
Nick Charles will teach Introduction to Journalism. He bring, up-to-the minute, real world experience via his position as Communications Director for Rock The Vote. A long-time journalist who also served as Vice President for digital content at BET and Editor in Chief for AOL Black Voices.
Mr. Charles earned his B.A. in Journalism from New York University and M.S. in International Affairs from the New School University. He serves on the Quinnipiac University School of Communications Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Iris House, a Harlem-based non-profit organization that provides services to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Here’s a sneak peak at Beaver Beat, a special all sports, all the time edition of The Campus. It was conceived, edited and designed by Jeff Weisinger, The Campus sports editor. He handles sports content in the print issues, keeps our website up to date and has also launched an online site devoted to what else — CCNY sports. Jeff lead a team of sports enthusiasts — Curtis Ashley, Demi Rodriguez, Christian Hernandez, Don Gutierrez and Diana Perea to take a deep dive into athletics. Keep an eye out for it on CCNY newsstands as the Spring semester kicks off!
To learn more about Jeff’s path to sports reporting, watch this video by Demi Rodriguez.
If 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, email@example.com.)
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, Latina.com, 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.
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 mediabistro.com. 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.
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!
Yes, there is life –and success — after CCNY. Here, meet several recent graduates from the journalism program:
While 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.
Lourdes 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.
Josy 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.
Shakira 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.
Chloe 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.
Yan 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.
Daniel 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.
Ryan 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.
Emily 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.
Natalie 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.
In 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.
Ashlee 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.
Ready 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 about.me 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. About.me 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 about.me page in your email signature, like mine, below. Click here to see an example of a clean, straightforward page.
4. Last thing: make sure any photo of you on linked in and about.me 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.
Whether 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:
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.