Student Spotlight: Lauren Kubiak Discovers Passion for Journalism at Rowan

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.

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