As the field of communication continues to grow, so do the opportunities presented by the College of Communication and the Arts. This year, the College proudly announces four additions to its Professionals-in-Residence Program: B.J. Schecter, Bryan Meszaros, Nancy Solomon and Glenn Schuck.
The Professionals-in-Residence Program is a distinguished element of the College's programming, furthering the focus on experiential learning and applied theory. The courses to be taught by this year's group of Professionals-in-Residence focus on topics such as sports media, visual and interactive design, podcasting and radio newscasting.
Dean Deirdre Yates is enthusiastic about this incoming group of professionals, stating, "These professionals have proven track records in their careers and are recognized as leaders in their respective specializations. They uniquely bring their own expertise and skillset to the College's undergraduate students and will provide an additional dimension to the students’ theoretical and experiential learning." For the full listing of the College's Professionals-in-Residence, please see below.
B.J. Schecter, Former Sports Illustrated Editor, Sports Media Focus
Schecter is a veteran journalist who brings his 20 years of experience at Sports Illustrated directly to the classroom. He is at the helm of developing a collaborative and innovative Sports Media program within the College. Sports Media will be available as a minor beginning Spring 2018 and offered as a major soon afterward.
"The sports media field is on the move, and the College of Communication and the Arts is in a perfect position to create a one-of-a-kind program for our students," Schecter said.
Bryan Meszaros, Founder and CEO of OpenEye Global, Visual and Interactive Design
Meszaros '00 has stepped beyond the boundaries of mere design; instead, he and OpenEye Global (his firm that specializes in digital development, innovation and analytics) have created a fuller digital experience for his clients. Meszaros brings his immersive experience to the program, and looks forward to meeting students with similar passion-drive goals.
"I want students to develop a different perception on how interactive and visual media can be used in physical spaces as a storytelling platform," said Meszaros. "We often don't think of digital media as physical design element. My goal is to change that thinking and provide students with the understanding of how to apply their design skills to create these unique experiences."
Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor for New York Public Radio (WNYC), 2-time Peabody Award Winner, Podcasting
Solomon is known for her exceptional coverage of politics in the New Jersey area. In 2014, Solomon won a Peabody Award for her podcasting series on NJ Governor Chris Christie and his administration, titled, "Chris Christie, White House Ambitions, and the Abuse of Power." She has produced over 100 stories for WNYC, and distinctively brings expertise grounded in professional radio and journalism to our media communication programs. Solomon will be teaching a class on podcasting and exploring the skills needed to create something worth listening to.
"The best podcasts have, at their core, good journalism skills," Solomon. "Whether that’s interviewing technique, research skills or storytelling and writing for the ear, these are the foundational skills required to make a good podcast."
Glenn Schuck, 1010 Wins, CBS New York, Radio Newscaster
Schuck '85 began his radio career with Seton Hall's WSOU in 1981. Since then, he has risen in the field, actively covering key events such as the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Super Bowls, and various elements of Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Working exclusively with WSOU news students, Schuck will provide professional mentorship and work one-on-one with students to help reach their career goals in radio broadcasting.
"Each student I work with will be able to write, produce and voice a conversational newscast," said Schuck. "I will stress how critical it is to make quality writing a top priority for each student, since it is the key to success in journalism and electronic media."
For more information about these classes or the Professionals-in-Residence program, please contact Associate Dean Thomas Rondinella.