Alumni to 'take over' Newhouse NYC Instagram this summer

by Marisa Bardach Ramel

June 12, 2019
Ten Newhouse NYC alumni will be taking over the Instagram page this summer. Follow @NewhouseNYC on Instagram to see!

What happens after students complete their Newhouse NYC semester?

This summer we’ll finally have a chance to see, as ten Newhouse NYC alumni will participate in Newhouse NYC’s Alumni Spotlights. Kicking off June 12, each week an alumnus will take over the @NewhouseNYC Instagram account, giving followers a behind-the-scenes peek into their media jobs and explaining how Newhouse NYC and the Newhouse School helped shape their careers.

The takeovers will follow the same format as Newhouse NYC’s Student Spotlights. Each fall and spring semester, current students take over the Instagram account to show followers a day in the life of a Newhouse NYC student. From interning at a prestigious media company during the day to taking classes in midtown’s Fisher Center in the evening, students often mention how much they grow professionally during the semester.

Now, for the first time, we’ll be able to see how Newhouse NYC alumni continue to grow post-graduation, as they land roles at NBC, BuzzFeed, Seventeen and more.

“I am so proud of our Newhouse NYC alumni because they are landing such impressive jobs after graduation,” says Cheryl Brody Franklin ‘04 (magazine), director of Newhouse NYC. “I love when they email me updates about their jobs (or I just live vicariously through them on their Instagram Stories), so I wanted to highlight what their lives are like now—working and living in NYC—so all of you can see, too.”

Each week, an alumnus will take over @NewhouseNYC Instagram stories, offering up videos and photos that tell the story of their lives today.

“I’m happy to do an Instagram takeover for Newhouse NYC because the program taught me a lot about working in the city and kick-starting my career, introduced me to a great group of friends and peers, and let me do a test run of ‘real life’ before I hit the ground running,” says Sara Zadrima ‘18 (television, radio and film), a production assistant at Sesame Workshop who works on their new show “Esme & Roy.” “I love how they care so much about what we’re up to even after the program is over!”

Students who are considering the Newhouse NYC program or wondering about life post-graduation, as well as alumni contemplating their next job move, may find inspiration in following these stories.

We invite you to follow along @NewhouseNYC. The tentative schedule is below (but, as always in the media, it’s subject to change):

June 12: Yerin Kim ‘18 (magazine), assistant editor, Snapchat Discover at Seventeen

June 19:Max Murphy ‘18 (advertising), East Coast page at NBCUniversal

June 25: Eric King ‘17 (magazine), editorial assistant at

July 9: Nicole Acevedo ‘16 (broadcast and digital journalism), staff reporter, NBC Latino at

July 18: Christy Fox ‘17 (advertising), account executive, Digital Brand Engagement at Marina Maher Communications

July 25: Maxine Williams ‘18 (television, radio and film), production assistant at BuzzFeed

July 29: Sarah Barth ‘16 (broadcast and digital journalism), associate producer at CBS News

August 6: Dan Denning ‘18 (advertising), marketing coordinator at Hachette Book Group

August 16: Kaileigh Woodruff ‘17 (advertising), account manager at Big Spaceship

August 21: Sara Zadrima ‘18 (television, radio and film), production assistant at Sesame Workshop

“I hope you’ll follow along all summer to learn first-hand how incredible our Newhouse NYC alumni are,” Franklin says. ”And if you’re interested in their career trajectory, send them a message. Because as proud as I am of them for being so successful, I’m even more elated that they want to give back to Newhouse and Newhouse NYC so soon after graduation.”

Marisa Bardach Ramel '04 is the program advisor for Newhouse NYC.