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PMMA Newsletter

June 16, 2021

Reflection Time
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Today's Inspiration
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." -Maya Angelou

Fordham University Updates:

Happy June to our PMMA Cohort!

Capstone Projects: By now, every PMMA student doing their capstones in the summer of 2021 should have met with their capstone advisor to lay out a plan for the project.  If anyone has failed to reach out to their mentor, then please do so immediately.
Capstones must be finished before Summer Session II ends: Friday, August 6

SAVE THE DATES - Graduation Week Events
Capstone Presentations
Monday, July 26th, 2021, 6-8pm
Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, 6-8pm

Each student will have 5 minutes to present the list of his/her/their capstone. Half of the cohort will present each night. More information coming soon.
Graduation Part for MA Classes of 2020 & 2021:
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, (Likely) 6-9pm
Details to follow.

Graduation ceremony for PMMA Classes of 2020 & 2021:
Friday, July 31st, 4pm EST
LocationL Leonard Theater, Fordham Preparatory School, Rose Hill Campus
Details to come shortly on number of tickets per graduate, speakers, etc. Thank you for patience, situation on campus is still fluid.

2020 & 2021 Graduates, Please order cap & gown at your earliest convenience to allow for shipping time: You should have received an email about the graduation ceremony with a link to order your cap & gown. While it is not obligatory that you order a cap and gown, we suggest that you do. Please be sure to order the Masters robe if you do order. It doesn't matter which campus you pick.

For those of you with outstanding grades of INCOMPLETE, please contact your professors this week if you haven't already to lay out a plan for finishing your work.  GSAS will not permit students with Incompletes to graduate, and may not permit such students to participate in our July 31st graduation ceremony.

Make sure to join the Fordham CMS LinkedIn group to stay up to date on job opportunities, networking, and more! 

COVID testing precautions for the Spring semester require students to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to being allowed on campus.
  • if you are in New York or in a state contiguous to New York (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont), you must have negative test results within seven days prior to your arrival at Fordham
  • if you are in a state that is NOT contiguous to New York (including if outside of the United States), you must have a test 3 days prior to your departure AND a test on day 4 to opt out of the 10-day New York state travel quarantine; you must also complete the Fordham Quarantine Form
To make an appointment to get tested on campus click here!

Celebrating 2 of our PMMA Alumni!

New York Times' Modern Love Column: He Made Affection Feel Simple
Written by PMMA Alumni Denny

Denny's essay for The New York Times' Modern Love column was recently published.
Read the full article here!

WFUV News Presents: Staying Safe and Sane
Gracie Award: Digital Media Student Honorees

By PMMA Alumni Carmen Collins, Online Producer at WFUV
Carmen Collins PMMA '20, who was last year's WFUV fellow, just won a Gracie Award for her work at the station!
See here!
The Nation Fund: Student Journalism Conference 
11:00am to 6:00pm EST, Thursday, June 17, 2021

The virtual conference produced and hosted by The Nation will be free for all accepted applicants. The day will feature interactive workshops, panel discussions, breakout sessions, video screenings, professional advice, and a subscription to The Nation. 

In a cover letter of not-more-than 250 words, tell us where you’re from, where you go to school and why you want to attend this student journalism conference. Please include one published piece of journalism. (A reported piece from a class is also eligible.) All material should be in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) format. 

All applications will be acknowledged and considered on a rolling basis until Wednesday, June 9. Email applications to: 

Fordham Community Virtual Faculty Panel and Q&A: The History & Contemporary Significance of Juneteenth
Thursday, June 17, 12-1pm EST

In honor of the Juneteenth Holiday, we are excited to share this campus event. Dr. Tyesha Maddox. Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies, Dr. Michele Prettyman, Assistant Professor of Communications & Media Studies, and Dr. Tyler Stovall, Professor of History & Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will be speaking on the history and contemporary significance of Juneteenth.

Registration required here
More information on upcoming events here
Graduate Students and Recent Alumni: Submit Your Achievements Today! 
Deadline for Submissions: June 17, 2021

GSAS invites students and recent alumni to report their achievements for recognition in a University-wide report. Students are invited to think broadly and creatively about their recent accomplishments, which may have taken place in virtual and in-person spaces alike. Academic and professional achievements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and professional conference participation 
  • Professional publications (including original articles in peer reviewed journals, book reviews, literary pieces, and encyclopedia articles)
  • Scholarships, grants and fellowships that support research and professional development
  • Professional occupations (e.g., an internship, externship, part- or full-time position that enhances one’s skills and fulfills career goals)
Submission form here
American Resilience Project presents: Faces of American Resilience - What does resilience mean to you?
Apply by July 16, 2021 at 11:59 EST

For the first-ever student storytelling contest, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business and the American Resilience Project present an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to answer this question by telling a story on-camera. 

Winners will receive career mentoring, opportunities, and participation in the productions through ARP. They will also be featured in placement on ARP's website and other marketing/fundraising materials as an American Resilience Project Student Fellow. 

Fill out the Entry Form here
Every participant must have a faculty sponsor, who fills out the Faculty Form here
"Changing the Conversation/Conversations about Change": NY State Communication Association's call for Journalism Stories
Annual conference in October 2021
Deadline for submissions: July 7

This year's theme is "Changing the Conversation/Conversations about Change" and out keynote speakers are Dr. Whitney Phillips (Syracuse University) and Dr. Brenda Hoffman (Stony Brook University).

Student paper submissions will be considered for top paper awards. We are also accepting student poster submissions, panel proposals, works-in-progress, and audio/visual shorts.Undergraduate submissions are also welcome and eligible for top paper awards. And, we, of course, welcome faculty submissions.

The NYSCA conference is a welcoming environment for students, including those new to conferencing. And, for 79 years it has served to encourage human communication scholarship and education in the greater New York State area, making it a robust forum for established scholars, as well. 

Information and submissions here
Join ViaComCBS Office Hours
Thursday, June 17, at 4pm EST

Through television, streaming and digital content, studio production, and more, ViacomCBS is a global, premium content company that includes BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Showtime.

Meet company representatives at our virtual office hours session with different professionals speaking about developing skills and building your network.

Register here
American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Boston public media producer GBH to coordinate a national effort to preserve public media content and provide a central web portal for access to the unique programming that public stations have aired over the past 70+ years.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is now added to the library's Database list. It can be found in the A alpha tab, Communications subject box and Open Access tab under the multimedia heading. 

Half of the collection is accessible for streaming in the AAPB Online Reading Room
Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga
Mondays & Tuesdays at 7PM

Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga offers a quiet and reflective opportunity to pray with your body in a most holy and sacred space. It weaves the art and practice of movement, reflection and meditation, and spiritual exercise. Weather permitted, Ignatian Spirituality and Yoga will sometimes be held on the Church Lawn or the Lincoln Center Plaza.  It will be available weekly, however, through Zoom.

Zoom link here (meeting ID: 649 961 650)
BronxNet Summer Workshop Opportunity

BronxNet is offering a summer workshop and awesome opportunity for aspiring reporters and journalists. The workshop is open to anyone including those who have already graduated from a university. There are 10 slots to fill by June 28, 2021. 

Overview: BronxNet is looking for 10 enthusiastic and committed individuals to undergo the workshop conducted by Pix11 Reporter Nicole Johnson for 6 weeks.

The internship begins Tuesday, June 29, 2021 and ends on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. 
To apply, please submit your resume to Intern Coordinator Shanell Reyes at: 
Fordham's CMS Department is Seeking Instructors!

The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University is currently seeking experienced instructors to teach one or more of the following undergraduate and postgraduate courses at its Lincoln Center campus in the Fall Semester 2021. 

Course list and more information here

To apply to teach one or more of the above courses please send a curriculum vitae and covering letter indicating your experience, qualifications and preferred classes to Professor Sharif Mowlabocus at: 
Fordham GSAS Job Opportunity: Student Professional Development GA Position
Summer 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022 Hours: 19 hours/week

The Office of Student Professional Development seeks a Graduate Assistant with a passion for exploring issues and trends in higher education and the graduate school experience alongside a desire to support the successful implementation of several special events throughout summer 2021 and the 2021 - 2022 academic year. The role requires excellent communications skills, meticulous attention to detail, good organization and project management skills, and comfort with prioritizing and re-prioritizing long- and short-term goals on a regular basis. 

Email a resume/CV and a 1-page cover letter with subject headline as title of job position to: 
Institute of General Semantics Paid Internship for PMMA Student
Academic Year 2021-2022 

This internship opportunity is for the 2021-2022 school year, extending into the summer. The commitment is 19 hours a week, and student will have to aid in person event October 1-3.

To assist the IGS president, student will be given variety of tasks and initiative, and should be responsible, have strong organizational skills and good communication skills.  

Students from both PMMA tracks welcome to apply. Please send brief cover letter in an email along with your resume to Dr. Lance Strate, IGS President & full-time Fordham faculty at , copying PMMA program director Dr. Beth Knobel at 

More information at 
GSAS Hourly Worker for Professional Development
Academic Year 2021-2022 

We are looking for one graduate student to work with our project during the AY 2021-2022. The
graduate student will help manage the continued curation of the archive and WordPress sites, will
make specific video and audio edit requests for the clips and interviews in our collection, and will implement findings in helping to manage and run the social media feeds that are the main public outreach arm for the BIAHI project. The worker will have the ability to do their own creative products with the archive if they so choose.

Applications can be directed to Kathleen LaPenta at copying Beth Knobel at
States Newsroom in NJ: Hiring

States Newsroom is opening a New Jersey bureau and reporter Terrence T. McDonald will be running it. He is hiring, so this is a great job opportunity for a PMMA student interested in assisting!

Contact Terrence T. McDonald, who is reporting at a news bureau in New Jersey:
Success Academy: Hiring Teachers for 2021-2022 Academic Year
Beginning July 2021 for Academic Year 2021-2022,
Full Time

Success Academy, New York City's largest charter school network, is hiring teachers for the 2021-22 academic year and is very interested in hiring graduating Fordham students,  They recently hired one of our CMS graduates, and now they are looking for other Fordham students to join their classrooms.  No teaching experience required.

Success Academy Charter Schools is the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City. Admission is open to all New York State children, including those with special needs and English language learners. Students are admitted by a random lottery held each April. Success Academy operates 47 schools serving 20,000 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Across the network, 78% of students are from low-income households; 8.5% are current and former English Language Learners, and 15% are current and former special needs students. 

Learn more here
Dr. Knobel has a contact there and would be happy to send in the resumes of interested students so that Fordham students don't get lost in the shuffle. 
Please send resume to 
Parkinson's Foundation Opportunity: Communications Intern
Summer Internship: June 2021- August 2021


The Parkinson’s Foundation is looking for an exceptional undergraduate/graduate student to work directly with the communications team on an array of marketing and public relations projects. You will work with passionate professionals, learn first-hand how to apply best practices in communications and enjoy a real opportunity to make an impact on a debilitating disease.

Please commit to 20-25 hours a week. Start and end dates are flexible, but we ask that you commit to a 3 to 4-month internship timeframe for a summer internship. This position is paid and remote. 

Email your cover letter and resume by June 4 to Kristy Pomes, Content Strategy Associate Director, at 

Our very own PMMA student/graduate, Kindred St. Germain, is currently in this role at the Foundation, and would be happy to connect anyone who is interested in applying!
Partnerships Manager, DoSomething 

 We’re looking for an awesomely personable, detailed, and solutions-oriented Partnership Manager to join our team! This manager will be tasked with cultivating, building, and stewarding relationships with brands to create impactful campaigns that resonate with and activate our members. They’ll need to be passionate about social change and DoSomething’s mission in particular, but also have a killer instinct and deep ambition for cultivating, building, and closing corporate partnerships.

Application here
If applying, let Valeria Villarroel (PMMA '19), at know as she will make a note to Hiring Manager. 

Project Manager, DoSomething Strategic

The Special Projects Assistant will support a variety of activities to support the VP of Business Development with a series of projects and processes critical to our external relations and programming

The position will run from June 14, 2021, to July 15, 2021, with possibility to extend. This will be 20 hours/week and fully remote. 

Application here
If applying, let Valeria Villarroel (PMMA '19), at know as she will make a note to Hiring Manager. 

Account Manager, DoSomething Strategic

DoSomething Strategic (DSS) is the consultancy-arm of, focused on young people and purpose.  We leverage what DoSomething knows about young people to help brands and not-for-profit organizations engage them for good.  Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with clients such Spotify, Nike, NRDC, Human Rights Campaign, and many others.

Reporting to the Senior Strategist,  the Account Manager will add value to the overall client experience through high-touch client services,  and our strategic team with comprehensive project management and research. The position will be completely remote, however, New York metro area candidate is preferable. 

Application here
If applying, let Valeria Villarroel (PMMA '19), at know as she will make a note to Hiring Manager. 

MKA Communications: Junior Associate (Entry Level) Financial Communications

MKA Communications is looking to expand its team with an entry-level Junior Associate. MKA is a leading strategic communications and media management boutique that represents many of the world's top asset managers, financial institutions, FinTech entities, and public and private companies. 

If you are interested in a high-growth opportunity with a firm that is involved with many of Wall Street's most newsworthy developments and situations, we want to hear from you.

Please email a PDF version of your cover letter and resume to 
Integral Summer Internship 2021
Internship runs: June 15th- August 31st

We’re looking for a smart, passionate and curious thinker to join the quickly-growing team at Integral. This position is full time and paid. 

Integral is an employee activations agency with a particular strength in helping both large organizations and startups motivate employees to achieve business results. We work at all levels of an organization to design better employee digital experience, improve the content and communications, and activate employees’ on social media to create a more connected and thriving workplace experience.

Information and application here
Avalon Television Development Internship
Internship runs September to mid-December

Avalon Television Inc is offering a unique internship opportunity. The successful candidate will gain an in-depth understanding of the role of a development producer and the skills needed to assist in development. The program will provide an exposure and give experience in various deal structures, formats and packaging processes. At the end of the program, the candidate will have a good understanding of the different parts of the company and how these fit in to the work of the development department.

Application should be sent to Elizabeth Mustapha at 

Poynter Internship Database

Poynter has launched its Internship Database, designed to be the go-to place for students seeking paid summer, fall and spring internships. The goal is to create the nation’s premier collection of journalism and communications internships.

Students can browse our listings and employers can add their own. The database is updated and refreshed weekly.

Don't forget to check out Handshake for job & internship opportunities throughout the semester!

If you're looking for more personalized career guidance, please contact Megan
McDonald with Fordham Career Services at

That's it for now. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful rest of your week!

Miranda Stuck
PMMA '21
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