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A&S grad applies liberal arts education at global tech company

October 1, 2021

One might not think that degrees in history and journalism would lead to a successful career in the Silicon Valley. But they certainly have for University of Cincinnati alumnus Chad Reid, who is vice president of marketing and communications for a San Francisco tech company. Reid, who attended UC from 2005 to 2010, is an executive for Jotform, which has developed a platform for creating and sharing online forms. The skills Reid acquired in the College of Arts & Sciences at UC have translated well to a career in marketing, he said. “Companies need people who can write, especially who can write on a deadline,” he said. “They also need people who can research.” Becoming a journalism major at UC was “a no brainer” for him, Reid said, because he had been editor of his high school newspaper. But UC didn’t have the major when he first arrived at the university. It announced it was starting a journalism program after Reid’s freshman year.

Journalism alum attributes career success to UC experience

September 20, 2021

Saleha Mohsin, the first student to graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s journalism program, knew from a young age that she wanted to do for a career. “My mom actually told me when I was 15, ‘I think you're going to be a journalist’,” she said. But when she enrolled at UC, the university did not have a journalism program – just a handful of journalism courses housed in the university’s English program. So she enrolled in 2001 first as an undecided student and then as an English major in the College of Arts and Sciences. It was during that first year when Mohsin became involved in the campus newspaper, The News Record.

UC alumna kicks off new career at The Cincinnati Enquirer

September 16, 2021

When Kelsey Conway came to visit UC’s campus before her freshman year, she had no clue that she would be returning to the same city seven years after her graduation to work for The Enquirer, and as the first female lead reporter for the Bengals. “The fact that I am now back in the same city where it all started for me essentially in my journey to being a sports reporter is just incredible on so many levels,” Conway said. Conway’s interest in sports coverage, along with her own skills as a lacrosse player, guided her to UC and into the Arts and Sciences Journalism Department. Conway graduated from the College of A&S with her degree in journalism and minor in electronic media in 2014.

UC journalism prof and alumni inspire young students of color

September 15, 2021

A group of young students of color, educators and local media personalities came together on June 26 this year in a Zoom meeting room. The goal? Encourage young students to consider journalism as a career. The result? A day of learning and enthusiasm for the students and organizers alike. The virtual workshop called “Tools to Succeed,” which is in its third year, was hosted by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJC) and the Greater Association of Black Journalists (GCABJ). UC College of Arts & Sciences professor and SPJC Vice President Jenny Wohlfarth helped start the workshop in 2018 along with Kyle Inskeep, Local 12 news anchor and president of GCABJ.

UC liberal arts alums share their journeys to success

September 13, 2021

As a first-year student moving into your transformative college days, you might find yourself wondering what the finish line looks like. Alumni from UC’s College of Arts and Sciences have stories to share—and prove through their own experiences that earning a liberal arts degree from A&S degree can unlock doors to countless, and sometimes unexpected, career paths. Here, discover some of the creative paths they carved to success.

Former UC student fulfills her love of journalism at local news...

July 26, 2021

By Nailah Edwards From the age of 15, Meghan Goth knew she wanted to pursue a career in journalism. She was inspired by the creative writing and journalism classes she took during middle school and high school in Denver, Colorado with teacher Elektra Greer. “(She) did a fantastic job of fostering my love of writing,” Goth said. Goth is now the senior manager of the enterprise/investigative team of WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, where she manages the I-Team and enterprise reporters. Goth and her family moved to Cincinnati when she was 16. She returned to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder, but she decided to finish her degree at the University of Cincinnati, where she studied journalism and minored in French in the College of Arts & Sciences.

UC photojournalism grad receives regional recognition

July 19, 2021

During Emily Maxwell’s fourth year studying English at the University of Cincinnati, she had an epiphany. After taking a course in journalism, she changed her major and didn’t look back, becoming the first student to graduate from UC with a concentration in photojournalism. Now an award-winning visual journalist with multiple Emmys to her credit, Maxwell is known for her documentary work on poverty, public housing, environmental issues and wildlife conservation. Maxwell credits the journalism program in the College of Arts and Sciences for teaching students how to do a little bit of everything in a journalism career. Students enrolled in the program were strongly encouraged to land internships at local news outlets and to contribute to UC’s student-run publication, The News Record, a training ground for UC journalists for more than 100 years.

Former athlete, UC alum determined to make lasting impact in...

July 2, 2021

By Jason Szelest From a young age, Keith Jenkins loved to write. He remembers in kindergarten, while other children would play with blocks and Legos, he would sit at a writing table, working on his penmanship. Before his teenage years, Jenkins had already begun to stand out as a writer, winning an essay contest in the sixth grade. “The first-, second- and third-place winners got to read their essays in front of the whole school,” Jenkins said. “I was hyped to read mine when the other two winners were so nervous. That’s when I really knew I loved to write, and I loved to speak.” Jenkins went on to major in journalism in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and become editor in chief of The News Record, UC’s student-run media organization. Today, he is a sports reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, where he covers UC athletics. But journalism was not the first career choice for Jenkins. His father played professional football, and his own accomplishments on the gridiron at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati led to a football scholarship at the University of Toledo.

UC alumna rises from intern to editor of CityBeat

June 16, 2021

By Olive Collins Niesz Maija Zummo has lived the dream of every journalism student: She rose in the ranks of the publication that gave her a start as an intern to become its editor-in-chief. Since she graduated in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in journalism, Zummo has become one of the best-known voices in Cincinnati journalism as editor-in-chief of Cincinnati’s alt-weekly publication, CityBeat. “Maija arrived at UC with a virtual suitcase full of skills, the creativity of polished poet, and the gumption and confidence to go after her dreams,” says Jenny Wohlfarth, UC educator journalism professor. Studying journalism wasn’t part of Zummo’s plans when she enrolled at UC. She intended to study Classics for her undergraduate degree and attend veterinary school for her graduate degree. Then she took a newswriting and reporting course and promptly fell in love with journalism.

 UC grad finds niche in data journalism at Fortune magazine

May 26, 2021

 By Rebecca Schweitzer    [COPY] “I love new challenges,” said Lance Lambert, a 2014 Arts & Sciences Journalism and Economics graduate from the University of Cincinnati. From his time at A&S, Lambert has held positions at five companies in the fast-growing field of data journalism. As of February, Lambert had risen through the ranks at Fortune Magazine to be named Analytics Editor and Editorial Director of Fortune Magazine. Data journalism is an ever-growing sector of journalism that focuses on the collection of reader data and the use of infographics to convey story topics to these readers. By the use of data journalism, writers can include more factual and statistical information in stories. Lambert began working for Fortune Magazine in 2019 as an Associate Data Editor. He has since earned two promotions, first to Analytics Editor after founding Fortune Analytics, a data newsletter. His second and most recent promotion has been to Editorial Director of Fortune Education.

Senior reporter at Cincinnati Business Courier credits A&S for...

May 14, 2021

By Haley Parnell [INTERIOR CAPTION AND PHOTO CREDIT] Description of image here. Photo/Credit goes here. “I think the biggest thing that I learned at the University of Cincinnati was, it’s really important to go do,” says Tom Demeropolis, a 2007 graduate of UC’s journalism program and a senior reporter with the Cincinnati Business Courier. “You’ve got to be able to show potential employers that you can do the work,” he says. The journalism program encourages students like Demeropolis to apply classroom learning to hands-on experience like writing for The News Record (TNR), UC’s student-run media organization. This kind of training helps prepare students for internships, professional networking and later, career success.

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