QUINN’teresting to you (we hope)… Careers and the City

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A group of students from across the School of Communications’ departments hopped the train to the city to meet with industry professionals and possible mentors this week. First stop: CNN/Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle where daytime anchor Brooke Baldwin told it like it is while perched at her Lucite news anchor desk. Wired for air, Brooke was on standby for most of her 2pm to 4pm anchor shift while her network broadcast live coverage of political events happening in North Carolina. That gave the QU crew great opportunity to ask her about her career, media trends and the specifics of covering the 2016 presidential election.

Certainly being tweeted at is a sign of field trip success, no?

Certainly being tweeted at is a sign of field trip success, no?

Also giving time to our communications students was Ed O’Keefe, Senior Vice President of CNN Premium Content.  He was full of excitement for the opportunities that our students face in the digital and online worlds of news gathering and delivery.

Also giving time to our communications students was Ed O’Keefe, Senior Vice President of CNN Premium Content. He was full of excitement for the opportunities that our students face in the digital and online worlds of information gathering and delivery.

Senior journalism major Clare Dignan described meeting Brooke Baldwin and Ed O’Keefe at CNN, invigorating. “They had so much to share about working in the industry that I can apply to my life as I work toward my goals,” she wrote in a review email the next morning.

Not to leave any SoC students out of the discussion, CNN Senior Publicist Pamela Gomez joined Brooke to talk specifically about strategic communications careers and opportunities, both for QUINN’terns and entry-level professionals.

Not to leave any SoC students out of the discussion, CNN Senior Publicist Pamela Gomez joined Brooke to talk specifically about strategic communications careers and opportunities, both for QUINN’terns and entry-level professionals.

From CNN it was a quick dinner with ABC News producer Katie den Daas, where more inside newsroom conversations ran wild, then a quick subway ride to the School of Communications Alumni Advisory Board meeting at NBC’s headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Center. There the students were introduced to the Board members who were eager to talk them up and ponder matching them up with connections and opportunities.

It didn't take a minute for the advisory board members to engage the students in conversation about careers and goals.

It didn’t take a minute for the advisory board members to engage the students in conversation about careers and goals.

Clare reflected on this part of the day as very valuable. “I was able to meet people working in places that I want to work who I didn’t know I had a tie to already. I have a mentor now as a result,” she reported.

Senior journalism major  Rouky Diallo is all business with Jamie McCarty, QU '04/B.A.-Media Studies & '10 M.S.-Interactive Communications, who is now a supervising producer at The Huffington Post.

Senior journalism major Rouky Diallo is all business with Jamie McCarty, QU ’04/B.A.-Media Studies & ’10 M.S.-Interactive Communications, who is now a supervising producer at The Huffington Post.

Said junior public relations major Claire Millerick about the trip, “You guys really are making it hard for us to not be successful.” That is of course the entire idea!


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