Rowan journalism students cover Kavanaugh vote in DC

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Photos and Article By Amanda Palma

On Oct. 5, Rowan journalism students traveled to Washington D.C. and covered one of the fiercest political debates of this generation – the Senate vote on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Near the Capitol, students covered protests and rallies both against and in favor of Kavanaugh alongside professional journalists from around the world.

Akenda Steward, a broadcast journalism student, said talking to people in person gave her a deeper understanding of the news.

“I mean I’m watching it from a T.V., [but] this is my first time ever coming to D.C., covering a story like this,” said Steward. “So to hear other women share their experience, it was very chilling.”

The students conducted dozens of interviews, shot photos and video, and recorded stand-ups with the iconic building in the background, all of which they can add to their professional portfolios and resume reels.

“My first favorite part was probably doing the actual stand-up, because in that moment I felt like it was so professional, and it felt right, said student Jaryd Leady. “It felt like that’s what I was supposed to be doing.”

Student newspapers at Rowan and Montclair State University team up to cover college sports

How can student journalists cover more away games?

That is the question Jaiden Campana, sports editor at The Whit, and Anthony Gabianelli, sports editor at The Montclarion, are exploring in a new collaboration between the two campus news outlets.

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.”

Read more about the collaboration and the New Jersey College News Commons that sparked it.

Journalism Students at 2018 CCCA Student Awards and Showcase

The 2018 Rowan University Journalism Department medallion and scholarship recipients: Nicole Mingo, Jaiden Campana, and Ashleigh Albert.                          Photo by Amanda Palma.

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

The Whit Wins Three New Jersey Collegiate Press Awards

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.

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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.

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.

Read the full article here.

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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