Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
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Malena Carollo '14 "The journalism concentration program at Eckerd fostered my love for journalism. The skills I've learned at The Current prepared and qualified me for an internship at the Institute on Political Journalism with The Fund for American Studies, as well as a freelancing position at the Tampa Bay Times. I've had the opportunity to integrate my other major, International Relations, with journalism by submitting articles to The Current as a foreign correspondent during my study abroad semester in Morocco." (Malena is this year's first place winner in feature writing for the entire Southeast region of schools with enrollments less than 5,000, judged by the Society of Professional Journalists.)
Ashley Daniels '12 "Never did I think I would be lucky enough to use the management and leadership skills I acquired while being the editor-in-chief of The Current so early after graduation! I started working at Ultimate Staffing Services in June in an administrative role—taking calls, fixing resumes, organizing the office—typical admin duties. In February, my boss set me up for an interview for a managerial role with our new on-site client. During the interview, I was asked about management experience, and I described my experience with The Current. I got the job, and over a former vice president of a staffing company. Today, I'm managing more than 45 people on a daily basis." (Under Ashley's leadership, The Current was named Best College Newspaper by the Florida College Press.)
David Font '13 "Working for Eckerd on The Current was and always will have been a phenomenal opportunity. It helped me fine tune my skills as a writer and succeed in acquiring my present job as a Movie Critic for Examiner.com. The Current will hold a special place in my soul forever, and it is my hope that our new Journalism minor will encourage new students and generations of students to come, to seek out new opportunities and join the staff of our revered newspaper. The world needs to be seen from multiple perspectives and told from a credible voice. The Current is that voice!"
Sean Lawlor '12 "As a political science student, The Current served as a great extracurricular activity for me to express my ideas outside the classroom. By working for the newspaper, I was introduced to another avenue into the world of politics, an avenue based on truth and expression as opposed to political rhetoric and bland bureaucratic language. While working at The Current, I discovered a new passion for editorial writing that inspired me to pursue political journalism after college—leading to my recent acceptance to American University's International Media MA program. I encourage all political science and international relations majors to write for The Current. The editorial staff provides a fun and stress- free work environment and an opportunity to work with some of the most talented young professionals in the fields of journalism and media design. You certainly will not regret the experience."
Greg Reilly '14 "The Journalism courses allowed me the opportunity to publish my work in The Current, and I was able to use those articles to show an editor in Connecticut who offered me an internship at a weekly newspaper. The skills I acquired during that internship led me to a promotion of Web Editor for The Current the following semester." (Under Greg's leadership, The Online Current was recently judged Best College Website in the Southeast—in the category of school enrollments less than 5,000—by the Society of Professional Journalists.)
Alexandra Roberts '14 "The classes and internships I've taken for my Journalism minor have been an integral part of my education at Eckerd. Although I majored in international business, pursuing a minor in Journalism developed my communication skills, enhanced my management capabilities, and improved my critical thinking. For these reasons, I became a better candidate for internships, graduate school, and post-college employment. For example, I was told during a recent job interview how appealing a Journalism minor is when employers are searching for candidates with strong writing and presentation skills, and it helped position me in my chosen career of international hospitality management."