Montclair State University will be partnering with WNBC NY and WNJU/Telemundo 47 to provide even more opportunities for students as of Jan. 23.
In an email from Keith Strudler, the director of the School of Communication and Media (SCM), he explained employees from the networks will have a regular “residency” in the school. Specifically, a small group from the networks plan to spend one day a month in the SCM, holding regular “office hours” for students who wish to drop in for career advice, to discuss the industry, share story ideas and more.
The residency officially started with a visit from Vice President for Community and Communications at WNBC/WNJU, John Durso, and Director for Community and Communications at WNBC/WNJU, Alexandra Trochanowski.
Students are excited about this opportunity.
Jeena Morelli, a sophomore journalism and digital media major, thinks this will help with internships.
“I think it’s a really good thing,” Morelli said. “Especially with internships, especially being in the School of [Communication] and Media, it’s something we all want to do right away. It will be really good for connections.”
Hichem Boualdja, a junior journalism and digital media major, said this will help many students, including himself.
“I would love a roadmap on how to get into journalism,” Boualdja said. “I know what I want to do, but no idea how to get there. I will for sure be taking [part in] the office hours.”
Henry Tighe, a junior sports communications major, was shocked by the turnout of the first office hours.
“I heard there was a line outside of the door,” Tighe said. “It’s nice because it is very applicable to what you [want to] do if you want to go into journalism and it seems everyone is interested.”
Tighe was told by his professor of an exciting opportunity being given by this residency.
“For our class, they are picking a piece that will go up on their channel,” Tighe said. “That is awesome, I will definitely be trying for that.”