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.
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
Rowan University journalism professor Dr. Carl Hausman won an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for his book Write Like a Pro: Ten Techniques for Getting Your Point Across at Work (and in Life).
Write Like a Pro provides readers with the practical instruction and techniques needed to develop their writing skills. Hausman earned the top award in the Writing/Publishing category.
For more of Hausman’s work, check out his podcast Arsenal of the Articulate or visit his web site.
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.
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.”
Photo by Matthew Wright
Rowan University journalism instructor Nicholas DiUlio is a finalist for a City and Regional Magazine Association award for his article, “Lakewood, A City on the Edge.”
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.
Photo courtesy of CNN
Renée Ernst is a Producer of Social Publishing at CNN. Ernst graduated from Rowan University in 2008 with her B.A. in Journalism. Previously, she managed social media at the Huffington Post and The Record. Follow her on Twitter at @renee_ernst
Can you describe your role at CNN and what you do?
I am part of a large dynamic team that focuses on pulling key moments from CNN on TV, finding viral content that is being shared on every social media platform, running the accounts of the show pages (like AC360) and publishing the content to CNN’s main social media accounts. We also plan social strategy and look for new platforms to use. I help oversee what gets published to the main CNN social accounts.
I understand you took a break from journalism for a few years. What did you do? And what made you want to come back?
I begrudgingly left the media in the first place. Journalism has been running through my veins since I was in high school, so the decision to leave was not made lightly. I was young. I learned a hard life lesson at the first newspaper where I worked full-time as a breaking news reporter. The resulting takeaway was not to give up, especially when someone senior to you says you can’t hack it. During my two-year hiatus, I worked on my master’s degree and worked for the government, but I found myself missing journalism more and more every day. When the opportunity to return presented itself, I did not hesitate to come back.
Can you talk about the process of building the social media presence at The Record?
It was daunting at first. When you work at a company whose priority (at the time) was print then digital, it can be quite a mountain to climb. The Record was just starting to acknowledge how important the web site was when I took over the paltry social accounts that existed. So, I was not even on the radar of those running the newspaper at the time. I had an incredible boss, who believed in me and supported my campaign to make social media matter in the newsroom. I got reporters involved, and then we had the biggest story of the year: Governor Christie’s staff orchestrating traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge.