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.
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.
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.
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.
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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