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NYC business journalism trip opens doors to major media companies

by Robert Stewart, Director

This past week, JSchool students visiting New York met with business journalists at Bloomberg, the New York Times, Fox Business News, CNBC, and the Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal. And just for kicks they spent Friday afternoon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The “Journalism on Wall Street” trip, also available for course credit, was organized with the help of alumnus Marc Rosenweig (BSJ ’71), one of the creators of CNBC.

Seven JSchool undergrads traveled to New York — some by plane and some by Megabus. Rosenweig, who now teaches at Montclair State University in New Jersey, accompanied the students and me on several of the visits.

Alumnus Nick Baker arranged the Bloomberg visit; CNBC and Fox Business News visits were arranged by Rosenweig; the New York Times visit was made possible by alumna Meghan Louttit; and Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal doors were opend by alumni Mike Ramsey and Min Zeng, both reporters for the WSJ. Rosenweig also helped set up the NYSE visit, which included time on the floor talking to traders (thanks Frank Masiello!) about how they work.

At the conclusion of the week we had a social at the Life Cafe* on E. 10th Street and Avenue B in Manhattan. Ten of our alumni joined us for the evening. The alums represented a diverse set of professional backgrounds:

Ellie Behling (emediavitals.com)
Chris D’Amico (Burson-Marsteller)
Maria Gallucci (solveclimatenews.com)
Pat Henderson (NY 1 News)
Eric Hornbeck (Law360 Newswire)
Megan Leonhardt (Law360 Newswire)
Jill Mapes (Billboard)
Larry Neumeister (Associated Press)
Marc Rosenweig (Montclair State University)
Brian Xe (Bloomberg)

All in all it was a wonderful trip. Students made great contacts with alumni as well as business journalists. NYC-based alumni met other alums who are making it in the Big Apple. I got to do interviews with three of them (Tara Zimmerman at WABC, Eric Hornsbeck at Law360 and Ellie Behling at emdiavitals.com), to be posted in the coming days. Stay tuned.

*Life Cafe is where the musical “Rent” was written. Scenes from the motion picture version were shot in the cafe. Special note: the location was three blocks from where I lived (East 7th St. and Ave B) in New York City when I studied at Hunter College.

posted in: alumni
May 30, 2011

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