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Herbert School Launches Hofstra in NYC

Participants in the inaugural Hofstra in NYC program.

Ten students are exploring career opportunities this week in the media capital of the world, as part of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication’s inaugural Hofstra in NYC program.

Modeled after the school’s popular Hofstra in LA program, the new program connects students with alumni and other industry leaders in fields such as public relations, television, film, radio, and arts, entertainment, and news journalism. 

“Hofstra’s proximity to New York City and the hundreds of alumni who work there gives our students a unique opportunity to meet top professionals and visit many of the world’s leading PR agencies, news media, music companies, and artistic centers,” said Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Jeff Morosoff, who is accompanying the group, along with Associate Professor Emeritus of Radio, Television, Film Peter Gershon. “Hofstra in NYC is a week of total immersion in all things communication.”

A packed schedule of events includes meetings with working professionals and alumni including Jay Wallace (president and executive editor, FOX News and Herbert School Dean’s Advisory Board member), Shannan Ferry (reporter, NY1), Joe Carrozza (executive vice president, Republic Records), Sarah Travaglini (communications manager, Google), Sophie Krall (assistant manager, field publicity and targeted marketing, Viacom/Paramount), Eric Blankenbaker (senior vice president, global corporate issues, Weber Shandwick), Kara Koch (producer, international social impact, Sesame Place), Stephen Nichols (sports newsroom director, SiriusXM), Emily Walsh (public relations coordinator, Carnegie Hall), Jessica Braveman (communications coordinator, Madison Square Garden), and account executives from Sunshine Sachs including Annik Spencer, Kirsten McKenna, Sinead Conlon and Jen Lentol. 

Students will also meet with executives at the offices of NBC News, Bloomberg, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal, WPIX, and the Museum of Public Relations, and attend a networking event with graduates representing companies such as CBS Interactive, MSNBC, The Hatch Agency, FerenComm, Haitian Times, and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.

The 10 undergraduates were selected on the basis of good academic standing, faculty references, and an application.  They are:

Thomas Arnow ’21, communication

Melanie Clark ’20, public relations

Amanda Coyne ’20, public relations

Danielle Feldman ’21, public relations

Eleni Kothesakis ’21, public relations

Annemarie LePard ’22, journalism

Annalisa Pena ’22, public relations

Maximilian Sacco ’22, journalism

Tulsi Shyamsundar Jipp ’21, public relations

Olivia Sottile’21, public relations

The cost of the program is offset in part by donors to the Herbert School’s Student Experience Fund, who help make it possible for students to pursue a variety of activities that foster personal and professional development.

Hofstra in NYC expands upon the many opportunities Hofstra students already have to engage with alumni and industry leaders on campus, around the country, and abroad, and allows students to make valuable connections and gain insights that can help them succeed in a very competitive market.

Follow the students’ experiences this week on their blog, and see photos:


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