Alumni Q&A with Emily Kostic, Director of Marketing for Canvs AI

Emily Kostic portraits_SOCIAL_25Emily Kostic is Director of Marketing for Canvs AI. She graduated from Rowan University in 2010 with her B.A. in Journalism and a specialization in Women’s Studies. 

Briefly describe your job. What do you do on a daily basis?

I work for a tech startup focused on AI-powered topical and emotional analysis of social media content. In short, some of the biggest media and entertainment companies in the world (e.g. HBO, NBCU, Viacom, et al) pay for access to our data so they can better understand how people feel about the content they’re putting out into the world.

As Director of Marketing, I’m in charge of the overall branding, positioning, and lead gen for the company. Essentially, one of my core responsibilities is to incentivize and encourage adoption of our products among relevant key stakeholders throughout the media and entertainment industry.

What is one thing you love about your current job?

I thoroughly enjoy working in tech. It’s extremely interesting to me to work for a company that’s working hard to redefine how companies tell stories and develop new revenue opportunities using our data.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your current job?

Explaining what I do for a living when I come home to visit family. Ha, kidding! But seriously, in general, I think working in tech can be a bit of a challenge. You’re essentially raising your hand to say that you want to push forward the “traditional” way of thinking for any given industry. That can often lead to a lot of head scratching from the people around you. Don’t get me wrong — that can certainly be fun — but often times, constantly having to explain (and re-explain) your position on an entire industry can be a bit exhausting.

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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.”

Welcome to Dr. Emil Steiner, Assistant Professor of Sports Journalism

We’re excited to welcome Dr. Emil Steiner as the newest full-time member of Journalism Department. Steiner teaches Sports Journalism and Online Journalism courses and serves as the coordinator of the new Sports Communication and Media program at Rowan University.

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 was also a member of the newsroom awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

Steiner 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.

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

Dr. Hausman Wins Independent Publisher Book Award

Write-Like-a-Pro-CoverRowan 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.

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.

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.”