ED2010 and Hofstra’s PRSSA Turn the Page on the Future of Magazines

ED 2010/Hofstra PRSSA Event

On Wednesday, November 10th during common hour, Ed2010 and PRSSA are co-sponsoring the panel of a lifetime in Dempster Hall Studio A. “Turning The Page: The Future of Magazines” will be moderated by the school of communications very own Dean Cornog.

“This event was created to help student journalists at Hofstra University gain a perspective on what is really going on in the magazine industry,” said Dara Adeevo, President of Ed2010 at Hofstra University. In a world that is turning its back on print media three prominent speakers from the magazine industry will be on hand to discuss the future of magazines.

Representing Hearst Corporation will be Eve Burton, vice president and general counsel. Hearst Corporation is one of the nation’s largest communications companies.  Their extensive list of published magazines includes Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Food Network Magazine and many more.

Jeannie Mullen, global executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Zinio will be in attendance. Zinio creates digital editions of magazines and provides customers with exclusive features such as video, audio and live links. The company offers U.S. Weekly, Esquire, Rolling Stone and Elle just to name a few.

Philip Whitney, vice president and online marketing and product development at American Express Publishing will be in attendance as well. Whitney oversees the company’s websites such as TravelandLeisure.com, FoodandWine.com and Departures.com.

Whether you are interested in public relations, publishing, editing or just love magazines “Turning The Page: The Future of Magazines” is an event you will not want to miss!

For more information, please contact PRSSA.Hofstra@gmail.com or hofstra.eoc@ed2010.com.

Kimberly Caro, VP of Fundraising and Philanthropy, PRSSA

PRestige All-Star: Kaitlin Cubria

Kaitlin Cubria

Whether Kaitlin is at her internship in the city or building community in Colonial Square, she is always pushing herself to try new things! Her internship experience is truly remarkable!

Where are you from?
Staten Island, NY

Public relations, minoring in Journalism and Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies

What made you interested in your major?
I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up (and I still don’t know), but I knew I wanted a career in the field of communications. I barely knew what public relations was when I entered college, but I saw that the classes involved media, writing, creativity and communication – everything I would look for in a potential career.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus, I am on the e-board for the Ed2010 magazine networking club, the founder of Hofstra’s branch of HerCampus.com and the vice president of the newly founded Hofstra branch of nonprofit, She’s the First. I am also an RA in Colonial Square for the only first-year house, and I work on campus for the Radio, Television and Film department. Off campus, I currently have my dream internship at Seventeen Magazine in the web department!

Please describe your past/current internships.
As previously mentioned, I currently intern for Seventeen Magazine, Web Editorial; double interned this summer for New York magazine Social Media/Public Relations and WPIX11 Public Relations, and last spring I interned for Hearst Magazines Public Relations.

Can you please elaborate on your Seventeen internship for us?
Since it has always been my dream to be a part of Seventeen, I had high expectations for the internship… and it exceeded them! A majority of Seventeen interns will tell you, they treat each intern like a member of their staff. I get first-hand experience in Content Management System, attend exclusive events, interview celebrities and “real people,” write original content for their Style Blog and CosmoGirl’s “Daily Kiss” blog, and even manage and edit the entire blog for their college reality program “Freshman 15!” Ultimately, no day is ever the same. It’s fast paced, and an incredible environment to learn from and work in.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Definitely living in the city – home is already close, but I still would love to wake up in NYC every morning. I can definitely see myself doing one of two things: entertainment/lifestyle public relations or magazine editorial (print or online). These are extremely competitive industries, but I can’t help what I love.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Make the most out of your time – even if you cannot intern, join as many clubs on/off campus that are relevant to your career path, write for as many publications as possible to get bylines, network at events and in your classes, and just do whatever it takes to get your name out there in this big competitive industry. If you’re unsure of what you want to do for the rest of your life, don’t be afraid to dip your feet into different forms of communications once you start interning. I’ve dabbled in web, print, television and in-house PR, and I’m still unsure, but I’m definitely learning something from each experience I delve into in the industry.

Do you have a Twitter page or blog? If so, what are their URLs?
Yes, you can follow me at @KCubes. I don’t have my own personal blog anymore, but you can look at Hofstra’s branch of HerCampus, and Seventeen.com’s Style blog and College Blog for my entries.

PRestige All-Star: Gennifer Delman

Gennifer Delman

I had the pleasure of working with Genn over the summer when she was a Welcome Week Coordinator and I was an Orientation Leader. We are now train buddies and go into the city together for our internships.

What does Genn have to offer? Check out her story below! And yes, she does intern for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Journalism (focusing on print) with a minor in graphic arts.

What got you into your major?
Well, I’ve been into magazines ever since I was younger. I used to beg my Mom to take me to the closest bookstore just so I could read anything that I could get my hands on. It wasn’t until I was 14 or so that I realized my passion for magazines could become a career (thanks, “13 Going on 30”). Soon after this I wrote a letter to former Seventeen editor-in-chief Atoosa Rubenstein who took the time to reply to me. This only confirmed my passion and I’ve stuck with it ever since. Now I’m more of a NYLON and Glamour kind of girl.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus I am the Vice President of magazine networking club Ed2010 and am in the process of founding one of the first campus branches of nonprofit She’s the First. I’ve worked for Student Leadership and Activities as a Welcome Week Coordinator (check out the brochure I helped write/design here) and Public Safety as a Resident Safety Team Leader. In my free time I also write for online women’s magazine hercampus.com, which three Harvard students founded.

What internship do you have/have you had in the past?
I currently intern for O, The Oprah Magazine. As a sophomore I interned for Hearst Magazines Digital Media’s Teen Network, where I contributed to seventeen.com,  seventeen.com/cosmogirl, and donatemydress.org.

Can you describe your internship for us a little?
Sure! As an editorial intern at O I assist all of the junior level editors. Whether it’s transcribing interviews with celebrities, attending meetings on behalf of the food editor, or doing research for stories, each day is totally different, which I love. It’s a dream to be immersed in the magazine environment, especially with such a group of friendly and talented people like at O. My favorite part of it all is getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into how editorial content is put together before it goes to print. And in case you’re wondering… no, I haven’t seen Oprah in the office… yet!

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Great question. I hope to be exploring my interests in magazine journalism, digital media, or publishing in the city by the time I graduate. All three of these are intertwined, so being a part of any of them would be mentally stimulating and satisfying.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Pursue your passions! Whatever they are, it’s possible for you to make a career out of it. Your path doesn’t have to carved out for you, today’s technology allows you to design your own. I recently attended a conference hosted by Donna Karan, Arianna Huffington, and Sarah Brown where powerful women shared their stories and words of advice. Beauty guru Bobbi brown advised: “Do what you love, love what you do, and you’ll be successful.” Consider her advice and apply it to your own life.

Also, I must advise any upcoming all stars to utilize social media (blogging, Twitter, LinkedIn) and all of the wonderful resources Hofstra offers us. All of HU’s departments are filled with administrators that are experienced and ready to help you grow and learn (Career Center, OSLA, etc.). Don’t sit idly by!

Follow me! (@GenniferDelman)

Nick Schweers
Digital Media Chair

PRestige All-Star: Homecoming 2010 Edition!

We could not pick just one all-star this week after the incredible experiences the two new PRestige All-Stars had during Hofstra’s Diamond Weekend, which consisted of this year’s homecoming and a massive celebration for Hofstra’s 75th birthday.

Last week, Charm City Cakes kicked off the festivities when they visited campus to deliver the cake they baked for the university’s birthday. During the weekend, we had two major events. First was the Live at 75 concert featuring Sha Na Na, Blue Oyster Cult, Lisa Lisa, Public Enemy, Fountains of Wayne, and Trey Songz. Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon hosted the event. After the all-day concert, there were fireworks which were then followed by a special stand-up comedy show with Jimmy Fallon. He brought lots of laughs in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Center in his Hofstra sweatshirt. As soon as the show finished, he flew back to the city in a helicopter to attend the Saturday Night Live season premiere.

So where do the PRestige All-Stars come into play during this eventful weekend? When people weren’t swooning over celebrities, all eyes were on these two. Bri Gays, a senior at Hofstra University, became royalty when Adrienne Bailon crowned her as Homecoming Queen. Ryan Broderick, also a senior, won a contest held by HaHa Hofstra to open for Jimmy Fallon the night of his show. Needless to say, the student body represented the School of Communications well this past weekend!

Bri Gays

Homecoming Queen 2010

Not only is it a sort of civic duty to give back, but it provides you with a chance to really understand what Pride and Purpose is all about.

Bri had some tough competition on Homecoming Court, but we are so proud a communications major took the crown! Her road to royalty has been an experience the past three years at Hofstra. Check out what Bri has to offer.

Where are you from?
Springfield, Virginia

Broadcast Journalism

What made you interested in your major?
When I was 9 years old my Mother took me to see Regis & Kathy Lee in New York City. It was the first time I had ever been on the set of a television show. I immediately fell in love with the fast pace excitement of the production. After the show Kathy Lee came up to me and introduced herself, apparently she liked my hat. And who would ever thought that Gilman liked kids…he liked me. So I was sold.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
For the last three years I have worked as Resident Assistant in The Netherlands, a complex for first-year students. I have been a member of WRHU for the last two years and am currently the Producer of Hofstra’s Morning Wake-Up Call. I am a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and a Producer for Hofstra Today (NewsWatch35). I also am a member of Lambda Pi Eta and Phi Sigma Alpha. In addition, I am a Teacher’s Assistant in the RTVF department and a Peer Teacher in the journalism department.

What’s your role at WRHU?
Not only am I a member of the station, but I am the Producer of Hofstra’s Morning Wake-Up Call. The show runs Monday through Friday from 7 to 9AM. We feature national news, international issues, and Long Island Life.

What internship do you have/have you had in the past? If any?
Over the summer I worked at WTTG FOX 5 in the News Department as an intern.

Can you describe your internship for us a little?
At FOX I got the chance to shadow reporters, cover stories with photographers conducting interviews and writing stories. In addition, I had the chance to work with the web department publishing stories for the website. I would attend daily editorial meetings and work with the assignment desk uncovering stories of the day.

Why did you want to be Homecoming Queen?
I applied for Hofstra’s 2010 Homecoming Queen because I had the desire to give back to the University two-fold what it has provided for me. Being so involved in an array of clubs and organizations of campus, I felt I was a good representative of the Hofstra student body and I wanted the chance to serve my peers in a new way.

What were your first thoughts/reactions when you found out you won the title?
You know the whole thing is pretty surreal. I look back on all of the wonderful pictures and I still can’t really grasp the idea that my peers voted me as their 2010 Homecoming Queen. What I remember was Adrienne looking right at me…as I was looking around at the other ladies on stage…then there was my name…I was absolutely shocked. I served alongside an amazing, successful, and dedicated group of Hofstra students, by no means did I think I was getting the crown. If you go on the website there are pictures of me…and I legitimately look confused. When I walked off the stage, it hit me, I was smiling and teary eyed.

What do you hope to do as Homecoming Queen?
As Hofstra’s Homecoming Queen I hope I will be able to unite the senior class under the senior class challenge to raise money for the alumni association. Hofstra has given our class an immense array of opportunities and donating $20.11 to the University is the least we can do.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Three years ago I saw myself anchoring the evening news. Today I see my self producing the evening news or working on Capital Hill in Media Relations. Politics is a passion of mine and if producing does not work out, there are other things out there that I enjoy as well.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Something that I have come to learn in my last few years at Hofstra is a balance. Yes, balancing your time is important, but I’m not referring to that sort of balancing. As a member of the Hofstra community you have to realize it is not all about you. Helping others in whatever facet it might be at the University should be balanced with personal focus. Not only is it a sort of civic duty to give back, but it provides you with a chance to really understand what Pride and Purpose is all about.

Ryan Broderick

Opened for Fallon!

When I heard I stood up and turned to my partner Marc and was like “We did it baby!” and kissed him (I thought it’d be funny).

Ryan and his friend Marc Butcavage were one of two acts that opened for Jimmy Fallon. The initial competition to open for Fallon was not easy. 19 people auditioned and then the final 6 acts performed at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade show at Hofstra where the two winning acts were chosen. Ryan and Marc were the only duo, but they were definitely on top of the competition! Check out how Ryan incorporates his comical side into his major.

Where are you from?
Marblehead, Massachusetts

Print Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing

What made you interested in your major?
I came to Hofstra as an English major, but I didn’t really like the idea that the English department wasn’t worried about people reading their stuff. But what I really liked about journalism was that they teach you how to sell your writing and write for an audience that might not necessarily want to read, so you have to know how to kind of trick readers. Also, I always wanted to be in and around people work in TV and film on the small hope that I could work with them.

What are you involved in on/off campus?
On campus I’m the head writer for Nonsense Humor Magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of The Hofstra Chronicle. I also play music in a band called Shark Jumper when I’m not racing a deadline.

What’s your role at The Hofstra Chronicle?
As the Editor-in-Chief I pretty much oversee all the sections and departments and make sure everything goes smoothly.

What internship do you have/have you had in the past? If any?
I’ve had some strange ones, my first one was for a women’s sexual health and fashion blog, collecting links. I’ve also reviewed bands for a company based in the Village which was pretty alright until I got sick of indie rock. Most recently I worked for The Awl as a “LOL news intern” finding funny stuff online and writing about it.

Have you always been interested in stand-up? Have you performed comedy anywhere else before?
I’ve always been telling jokes, or trying to, since I can remember. In high school I did improv for four years and I do a bunch of stuff on the web when I get a free moment. I like stand-up though because it’s just a really great way to connect with an audience without worrying about scripts and costumes and whatever else. It’s kind of frightening at the same time, though.

What were your first thoughts/reactions when you found out you were going to open for Jimmy?
It was completely and totally surreal. When I heard I stood up and turned to my partner Marc and was like “We did it baby!” and kissed him (I thought it’d be funny).

What inspired the comedy act you performed?
Our original idea was to just do stand-up as a duo but it was really, really risqué. And my girlfriend heard our material was like “uh, I think this is a family show,” and I was like “oh man.” I wasn’t even thinking about it. So we retooled it and tried to think of the best way to be clean comics and still be a little provocative. Doing a fake orientation seminar seemed like the easiest way to do that.

Did you get to meet Jimmy? If so, how was that?
Meeting Jimmy Fallon was pretty cool, as I was walking away I tripped and fell over a sign.

Want to tell us about your blog?
Haha well, it’s called Student Loans For Beer Money and it’s a Tumblr full of pictures of animals, funny things I make, random thoughts, gross things I find on the internet and just general stuff to waste your time with. It’s also very NSFW so uh keep that in mind if you look at it. Student Loans For Beer Money is also the name of the comedy troupe me and Marc put together this summer.

Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
I’ve already started freelancing here and there and I could really see myself doing that full-time. It’s exciting and a cool to write and not just sit at home. In the end though I can’t really picture myself not doing something with comedy in some respect. Which probably doesn’t excite my parents too much.

What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
I wouldn’t call myself an all-star haha, but I guess you should just do what makes you happy and take a risk or two every once in a while.

Check out Ryan’s website here & blog here!

Follow Ryan on Twitter!

Do you have what it takes to be a PRestige All-Star? Email us prestigeagency.hu@gmail.com or direct message us on our Twitter!

Nick Schweers
Digital Media Chair