Student Spotlight: Miguel Martinez, a student – and teacher – of photography

On Tuesday afternoons, Miguel Martinez, a junior at Rowan University, drives from Glassboro to Northwestern Philadelphia to teach photography to high school students. He shows them camera settings, how to frame shots, and sends them out to document the surrounding area.

“Philadelphia is a fun neighborhood,” said Martinez. “There’s a lot to see, so I just take them outside sometimes.”

Martinez, a Radio, Television and Film major with minors in Journalism and Advertising, is also a photographer for The Whit. He hopes to pass on some of his love of photojournalism to his students and teach them “how to compose stories through photos.”

His passion for photography started while in high school when he joined an WHYY after-school program. He was later accepted as an intern in their photojournalism department, where he met freelance photographer Jessica Kourkounis. With the help of Kourkounis, he participated in the apprentice program for The New York Times and is also currently freelancing for WHYY.

He recently published his first article, which involved not only shooting photos, but writing in English, which is not his first language.

“I was really happy that I accepted the challenge,” he said. “By the end of article, I was really excited I have actually accomplished my first publication.”

Photos by Miguel Martinez

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Student Spotlight: Senior Cody Decker Ends Run as Voice of Rowan Sports

By Stephen Huff

Over the last four years, senior journalism major Cody Decker has spent hundreds of honing his skills as a sports broadcaster.

Decker has called hockey games for four years and football for three years. He is the president of the Rowan Television Network, where he anchored shows like All Access. And he has specialized in broadcast journalism and will graduate with an undergraduate certificate in sports media.

Decker said he thrives on the pace of calling a live sporting event, but also broadcasting in general.

“I love mostly talking about sports,” said Decker. “But just broadcast news in general, I just feel it’s a fun field. Every day is very different in the news business.”

Eventually, Decker hopes to land a job with a sports network such as ESPN, Fox Sports or Comcast Sportsnet.

“The dream is to hit those major markets in New York or maybe Los Angeles and who knows, maybe covering Olympics,” Decker said. “If I get to travel and call some sports that I love or maybe just some sports that I’d have to learn about, I’d take every opportunity that I can get.”

Student Spotlight: Lauren Kubiak Discovers Passion for Journalism at Rowan

By Stephen Huff

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetWhen she first transferred from community college to Rowan University, Lauren Kubiak saw herself as a fiction writer. But after a few journalism courses, she discovered a new passion.

“I was initially a Writing Arts major when I transferred to Rowan, but quickly changed to Journalism because of my interest in the different career options,” said Kubiak. “I’ve really just fallen in love with the field.”

Kubiak, a 23-year-old senior from Mantua, NJ, quickly translated what she was learning in the journalism classroom into freelancing and internships. Kubiak currently freelances for The Retrospect and writes a commuter column for The Whit. She interned for the Delaware River Port Authority and Del Val Media and recently landed an internship at Philadelphia Magazine.

“I love the city so much so it’s been really fun for me to go in and meet all of these people with great ideas that want to see the interns succeed,” said Kubiak.

At Philadelphia Magazine, Kubiak has contributed to the publication by reporting at Philadelphia University and requesting records from the courthouse.

“I feel like it’s definitely broken me out of my shell because there’s a lot of fact checking, talking on the phone with a lot of different people, and pitching my own story ideas to editors,” she said.

Kubiak admits it’s a challenge to balance all of activities, but says that doing what she loves makes it worthwhile.

“I wasn’t sure about balancing my time between freelancing, having an internship, classes and writing for the school paper, but I made it work because I knew it would only help in the future,” she said.

Student Spotlight: Mavish Khan – From Biology to Broadcasting

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Mavish Kahn outside of the White House for her On-Camera Field Reporting course.

By Lauren Kubiak

Mavish Khan spent her first few years at Rowan University exploring different career paths. She started as a biology major, but quickly realized it wasn’t for her. Next, she followed the influence of her father and switched to accounting.

But it was through extracurricular activities like The Whit, Rowan Television Network, and Rowan Radio, that Khan found her real passion: journalism.

Khan, a 21-year-old senior from Cherry Hill, will graduate in May with a major in journalism, a minor in political science, and a specialization in international studies. Khan said that the journalism courses have taught her to work across different media platforms, but also challenged her to take risks.

“This is a changing field and if anything, we should experiment with telling stories using technology we have never used,” she said.

She has also built an impressive resume of internships in production at SNJ Today, in communications at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and as a junior reporter for Fox 29. After graduating, Khan hopes to work for an online media company, behind the scenes on a TV set, or any job that will allow her to travel.

“In the end I want to be telling stories that really make people think and bring awareness to things going on in the world,” said Khan.