Opening Doors: Internships to Jobs | Journalism – UMass News and Media Relations


Join the Journalism Department for a Young Alums Panel Discussion moderated by Lecturer Greeley Kyle, featuring five journalism alums who will talk about their current jobs and the internships that helped get them there. Then get tips for landing internships and answers to questions in small Zoom breakout rooms following the discussion.

Register here to receive the Zoom link!

Meet The Panelists:
Stephanie Murray ’18
Author of the POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook and co-host of The Horse Race podcast

Murray interned at The Lowell Sun, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the State House News Service, and POLITICO. She covered the 2020 New Hampshire primary and presidential race, as well as breaking news in Washington, D.C. She is now based in Boston and covers local, state and national political news.

Ethan Bakuli ’19
Vermont Identity Reporter at the Burlington Free Press

Bakuli relies on data and on-the-ground reporting to tell the stories of Vermonters. He covered protests in the city in which protestors occupied a local park and called for the firing of three police officers involved in ecessive force incidents. He interned at New England Radio’s Media Lab program and was in ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters program.

Serena McMahon ’18
Digital Producer for NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now

McMahon started as a news intern at MassLive and a social media intern at NPR. McMahon worked as a social media producer for NPR in Washington, D.C., for a little over a year while also freelancing as a digital producer for WBUR and Here & Now. She now manages the website and social media platforms, as well as writes and edits articles daily.

Jonathan Kermah ’20
Production Assistant at The Ringer

Kermah started as an intern at The Ringer, which led to a job there. He now produces podcasts and does engineering for several shows, including “Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air,” “The Wire’: Way Down in the Hole,” “NFL Show” and “Winging It with Vince Carter.”

Liz Strzepa ’15
Anchor/Reporter at NBC5 News

Strzepa anchors news programs at 6, 10 and 11 p.m. on weekends and reports three days during the week. She had internships at WGGB in Springfield, WPRI in Providence and WCVB in Boston. She worked out of the station’s Plattsburgh bureau for several years where she covered the aftermath of the 2015 prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility.

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