Graduates of the Journalism Program at LIU Brooklyn have found success across a broad range of media platforms and professions. A few examples:
Debra Lewis-Boothman worked as a reporter and writer for People magazine for over a decade. She has interviewed many celebrities and important politicians, including Bill Clinton. She recently covered the music beat for People, including pop, reggae, rock and country. Lewis previously worked as an executive assistant at Time Inc. She currently teaches a course in Entertainment Journalism at LIU Brooklyn.
Scott Engel is a nationally-recognized expert on fantasy sports. He is currently a popular radio host on SiriusXM Radio. He previously worked as a fantasy writer/analyst and associate editor at ESPN and as a fantasy senior writer/managing editor at CBS Sportsline. His classmate Andrew Tenn’s career in sports journalism includesreporting on baseball for the website of Major League Baseball. At LIU Andrew won a Freedom Forum—NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship, and served as co-captain of LIU Brooklyn’s men’s soccer team.
Danny Calarusso, a distinguished business journalist, is currently executive editor of Reuters Digital, where he heads global programming. He previously held the position of managing editor at Bloomberg TV, managing editor at CondeNast’s Portfolio.com, and business editor at the NY Post. His classmate Rocco Parascondola, the police bureau chief at the New York Daily News, is one of New York City’s top crime reporters.
Alexandra Gratereaux was a web entertainment editor and writer at Fox News Latino and host of “What’s Buzzing.” She works as a reporter and on-air talent with celebrities such as Gloria Estefan and Thalia and Andy Garcia. Alexandra previously worked as an assistant news director and contributing producer at WOR Radio. As a student at LIU, the journalism department helped her get an internship with the Brian Ross Investigative Unit at ABC-TV. Her classmate Julia Talanova, works as an associate producer at CNN. As a journalism major, Julia received an all-expenses-paid internship at the Moscow bureau of The New York Times.
Curtis Stephen, a graduate of LIU Brooklyn, currently teaches in the journalism program and advises the campus newspaper. He is a regular contributor to the urban affairs magazine City Limits and has written for newspapers (Newsday) and magazines (Newsweek). Stephen also worked at CNN in Atlanta and WNBC-TV in New York.
The study of journalism opens many professional doors. Alumna Norma Stanley is an Atlanta-based public relations and advertising executive. Donna Hazel’s journalism training enabled her to pursue a career in marketing and advertising with major agencies such as BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather.
Some of our majors have successfully used the journalism major to prepare for law school. These include Joanna Sorocki, who received a Doctor of Law degree from Brooklyn Law School and works as a housing and public interest lawyer. Benil Abraham also studied journalism at LIU beforeattending Rutgers University School of Law; he has worked as a deputy attorney general in the New Jersey Division of Law.
Lindsey Walker, a double major in Journalism and Biology at LIU Brooklyn, won a Kruglak Fellowship in International Reporting this year that took her overseas to work and travel for the summer. Walker lived for a month in New Delhi, India, where she wrote about environmental issues for Inside Climate News and Down to Earth magazine.
“The trip enabled me to push my limits and my comfort zone in ways that I would never have believed possible,” said Walker, who wrote about science topics such as genetic mutation in wheat crops and interviewed NASA researchers about the Mars mission. “It led me to become a stronger journalist and a better person. Since I got home, I’ve realized how amazing the experience was, and I’ve been missing it a lot.”
Walker, a 21-year-old senior who worked at the United Nations as an intern at Inter Press Service, also spent a week in Stockholm, Sweden, covering the international World Water Week conference. A native of Littleton, Colo., she is the daughter of Sue Ann and Wallace Walker. A well-rounded honors student and scholar-athlete, she played for four years on LIU’s softball team.
The Kruglak Fellowship in International News Reporting, unique in the field of journalism education, is administered by LIU Brooklyn’s Journalism department. It funds foreign internships, with on-site supervision by professional journalists, for journalism students of unusual promise. Other previous winners have worked in the foreign news bureaus of CNN, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations in countries such as India, Egypt, Cambodia and South Africa.
Michelle Lawton, of Bronx, N.Y., and Mabel Martinez, also of Bronx, N.Y., were initiated on May 14 as members of Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national journalism & mass communication honor society. In recognition of their achievement, the two journalism majors were presented with KTA medals at a campus reception for new graduates and their families.
Both of these KTA initiates sustained a busy schedule as journalists and interns, as well as students. Lawton, who had a double major in Media Arts, interned for NBCUniversal and LXTV, as well as Atlantic Records. Martinez, who won a prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors internship to work at People magazine, writes her own lifestyle column for El Diario La Prensa. She also was editor-in-chief of Seawanhaka, the student newspaper at LIU Brooklyn.
Only two students are initiated into the LIU Brooklyn chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha each year, so joining this society represents a special honor. Lawton also earned the distinction of “KTA Top Scholar,” bestowed upon the graduating senior in Journalism with the highest grade point average, for which she received an engraved plaque.
KTA was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 by a group of men and women who sought to form a bond among students of unusual achievement in the leading schools and departments of journalism and communication. The Greek letters Kappa Tau Alpha stand for a phrase meaning “The Truth Will Prevail” and suggest three English words – knowledge, truth, accuracy – which indicate the society’s purpose.
The sports industry is a multi-billion-dollar global business with a job market that continues to expand. Students at LIU Brookyln can now prepare themselves to enter the fast-paced field of Sports Journalism, PR and Marketing. Students enrolled in this program gain real-world experience through exciting and relevant coursework, combined with invaluable internships.
The program includes courses such as News Writing, Sports Information & Public Relations, Sociology of Sports, Introduction to Sports Management, Social History of Sports, Sports Reporting, Sports Marketing, and additional courses to be announced.
LIU Brooklyn has partnered with Barclays Center, along with other influential sports organizations and media outlets, to provide internship for students. Located a few blocks from campus, Barclays Center is home of the NBA’s Nets and future home of the NHL’s New York Islanders. Journalism students with an interest in sports have interned or worked at the following:
• Barclays Center • CBS Sports • Fox Sports • WFAN • Sports Illustrated • ESPN Radio • FIFA World Cup • Madison Square Gardens • Local pro teams
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