Journalism Student Lands Sixth Internship

Leon Purvis on set of his summer internship at GMA.

Leon Purvis, a double major in Journalism and Radio, Television and Film, recently landed his sixth internship. In Fall 2017, he will be at NBC’s Today Show.

Purvis, who was recently featured in a profile on the Rowan University website, has completed internships at 6ABC Action News and iHeart Media in Philadelphia, TownSquare Media in Atlantic City, The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles, and Good Morning America in New York City.

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The Whit Wins Five New Jersey Collegiate Press Awards

The Whit, Rowan University’s student newspaper and website, won five awards in the 2016-2017 New Jersey Collegiate Press Association college newspaper contest.

Congratulations to the following members of The Whit staff:

Third Place, News Writing – Kyle Sullender, Elevated lead levels found in Rowan water

First Place, Arts & Entertainment/Critical Writing – Dylan Maslowski, The return of Pokémon Go, and why it should matter; Walker Weekly

First Place, Photography – Amanda Palma

Third Place, Photography – Nicole Mingo

Third Place, Layout and Design – Nicole Mingo, Taylor Henry, Sarah Hockel, Jessica Mounce, Rowan aims to set Guinness World Record for most foam fingers waved; Love Shouldn’t Hurt Escalation of relationship violence addressed at ‘That’s Not Love’ workshop

Congratulations to the 2017 Rowan University Journalism Medallion Winners

The 2017 Rowan University Journalism Medallion recipients: Kelley Davis and Kyle Sullender

On April 1, the Journalism Department at Rowan University presented its highest student awards for academic excellence.

Kelley Davis, a dual major in Journalism and Public Relations, 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.

Kyle Sullender, 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.

Congratulations to Kelley and Kyle.

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Rowan Journalism students gain political reporting experience covering DNC

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This summer, Rowan University journalism students covered four days of protests, press conferences, speeches and media madness at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia.

For Matt Kass, a journalism major and political science minor, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“For almost my entire life I’ve been interested in politics,” said Kass. “Being involved in any way, shape or form with either major party convention was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

The event was the culmination of a three-week summer course taught by Rowan journalism professors Kathryn Quigley and Mark Berkey-Gerard, who both covered presidential conventions in the past.

In the weeks leading up to the event, students studied past conventions and honed their reporting, writing and multimedia skills.

From July 25-28, the students worked 12 hour days covering the DNC at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and at the Wells Fargo Center. Student reported via social media, shot photo and video footage, filed stories for their website RowanU DNC News, and learned by working side-by-side with professional reporters in the media tent.

“Part of the experience of covering a convention is seeing how reporters do their work,” said Berkey-Gerard. “It gives students a new perspective on what they study in class.”

A half-a-dozen student stories were also published in The Courier Post, a Gannett newspaper in southern New Jersey and part of the USA Today network, which gave the reporting wider exposure.

For Cierra Lewis, 21-year-old journalism major, the highlight was her 15 minutes of fame — or in today’s terms — her 50,000 views on Snapchat.

“It was pretty awesome having my video make it to the DNC Snapchat story,” said Lewis. “Over 50,000 people viewed my snap of protesters as they occupied the media tent after Bernie [Sanders] conceded.”

Lewis also covered several street protests and an impromptu press conference conducted by Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley and Susan Sarandon.

“It was so exciting, and I became more confident in my writing abilities,” said Lewis. “It helped me face my rejection fear because people would turn me down when I asked for an interview, but it just made me better.”