One version of the 2018 Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” cover shows newsroom survivors from the June 28 shootings at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where Rowan alumnus Phil Davis, a reporter, was on duty but not injured. The attack left five employees dead.
In Fall 2018, Dr. Emil Steiner joined the Journalism Department at Rowan University to serve as the coordinator of the new Sports Communication and Media program and teach Sports and Online Journalism courses.
Steiner is a former editor and reporter at The Washington Post where he was a founder of The League, an NFL-focused news and discussion platform. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s in journalism and Ph.D in media and communication studies from Temple University. His research focuses on media rituals and techno-cultural convergence.
Recently he sat down with the Rowan Blog to discuss his passion for sports writing, teaching, and his research. The following is a excerpt from the Q & A:
“One of the things I noticed while teaching journalism, was that the training undergraduates got didn’t seem to match the skills I knew they would need for contemporary news reporting.
To explore that apparent disparity, I conducted numerous interviews with sports reporters and editors at media companies like ESPN, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports. I asked them all a simple question: What skills do you look for when you hire new reporters out of college?
I then conducted a content analysis of the sports journalism curricula being taught at American universities. Based on my findings I created a curriculum to ‘bridge the gap’ between what was being taught in schools and what was being sought by employers.
That curriculum is now the basis of my Sports Journalism II class here at Rowan, and it informs my philosophy for our Sports Communication & Media Program. Our researched balance of knowledge, professionalism, and practical training in contemporary media tools is what makes Rowan’s Bachelor of Sports degree unique.”
How can student journalists cover more away games?
After meeting at a recent event designed to create a stronger network of college news media in New Jersey, Gabianelli and Campana agreed to try out a co-publishing arrangement. Reporters for The Montclarion cover home games at Montclair State and reporters for The Whit do the same for home games at Rowan.
“I think it’s important to be able to get out of your comfort zone and collaborate or work with people you aren’t familiar with,” said Campana. “It’s definitely something that I hope happens more in the future.”
Rowan University journalism students presented their work and were honored at 6th annual College of Communication and Creative Arts Student Awards and Showcase on April 21, 2018.
Nicole Mingo was awarded the Claudia Cuddy Medallion for Excellence in Editing and Publishing. This award honors a student who excels in editing and/or page layout.
Ashleigh Albert, the Editor-in-Chief of The Whit, was awarded the Jack Gillespie Award for Excellence in Journalism. This medallion is given to a student who demonstrates journalism skills, commitment to quality campus publications, and dedication to the art and craft of writing.
Jaiden Campana received a Tom Stathakes Sports Media Scholarship, which recognizes the academic achievements of students with a demonstrated interest in a media career covering sports.
Also students from The Whit and the On-Camera Field Reporting class presented articles, photography, layout and design projects, and TV packages at the event.
Gallery photos by Amanda Palma
Rowan University’s student-run newspaper The Whit took home three awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association.
In the “Layout and Design” category, Justin Decker, Amanda Palma, Nicole Mingo, and Jessica Mounce won third place for the features and front cover spread.
Photo editor Nicole Mingo placed third in the “Photography” category.
Features editor Justin Decker won second place in the “Online Video” category for his video profile of Dr. Ira Fine, a Rowan University math professor and origami artist.
The article, which was published in New Jersey Monthly, is nominated in the “Best Reporting” category alongside pieces from Philadelphia Magazine, Texas Monthly, and Seattle Met. The winner will be announced in June.
DiUlio teaches Magazine Article Writing and Online Journalism I and II.