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Communication Students Hit the Big Apple


Communication Students Hit the Big Apple

For the third straight year, a group of 11 Communication/Journalism students ditched traditional Spring Break travel plans and opted for a professional development and networking weekend in New York City instead.

Amanda Whalen, Katie Chase, Katie Steelman, Katie Meyer, Nicholette Simonelli, Liz Morris, Aimee Schenck, Phil Martello, Chris Skovira, Julie Moslow, and Kaeley Malone made the trip, which was organized by Dr. Todd Sodano, Assistant Professor, Communication/Journalism.

Sodano arranged a private tour of the NBC Page Program for the group’s first day in New York, a program that trains individuals in various departments of the television network for a one-year period in an effort to prepare them for a career in television broadcasting and entertainment. The students met with two current Pages, who showed them the studios where they film “Saturday Night Live,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Following the tour, the Pages led a discussion with the students, answering questions about living, working, and networking in New York City. Students were also introduced to other Pages in the program, and NBC Universal employees.

The group also had an opportunity to visit Viacom Inc., where they participated in a panel discussion with MTV producers, along with Comedy Central and VH1 research analysts.

When the sun went down, Fisher alumnus Kevin McKenna, owner of Houndstooth Pub, hosted a networking event for the students in collaboration with the College’s Alumni Department. Over 20 Fisher alumni and other media professionals attended to share their insights and advice on life in New York. By the end of the event, students had the chance to network with people who work at NBC, Showtime, Nickelodeon, ABC News, Fox Business Channel, Syfy, The Hollywood Reporter, Tribeca Film Institute, New York City Ballet, HTN Communications, and more.

On Saturday, March 10, the students once again coordinated media for the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians Conference. They were responsible for shooting video and photographs, conducting interviews, and tweeting live updates from the conference.

Sodano also served as a presenter at the conference, and gave a presentation on an article he is writing called, "Nine Innings and 9/11: The Passage of Time and America's Pastime." The article looks at the 2004 HBO documentary “Nine Innings from Ground Zero,” a film that examines how baseball helped to heal New York City following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

CJ Students in NYC

Students participating in the panel discussion at Viacom, Inc.

CJ Students in NYC

The group representing Fisher at the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians Conference.

Sodano at Conference

Dr. Sodano presenting at the Joint Journalism and Communication Historians Conference.

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