Carron J. Phillips G'11

November 28, 2016

"No matter what area you go into, you need to be a good journalist first. And that foundation was created at Newhouse."

Carron J. Phillips works as the engagement editor for the News Journal/Delaware Online, and was recently named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He graduated from the magazine, newspaper and online journalism program in 2011.

How did you obtain your position?

After working on the sports desk as an enterprise sports reporter for six months, I was promoted to my current position after writing a column about a situation here that dealt with a video of police brutality. The head of the newsroom and our publisher/president felt that my voice and talents would be better suited for the position I have now.

What are your job responsibilities?

I oversee the editorial and op-ed pages, serve on the editorial board, write editorials for our paper and write columns that deal with race, politics, education, sports and pop culture.

How do you feel Newhouse prepared you for your job?

The groundwork was laid for me to be a good journalist. No matter what area you go into, you need to be a good journalist first. And that foundation was created at Newhouse.

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Carron J. Phillips is a 2011 graduate of the Newhouse School.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

I was 26 when I decided to go to graduate school, so I had a business mindset about returning. I looked at the program like a one-year business trip, and viewed professors as colleagues and potential bosses. Newhouse was a job to me, and I went about it that way, trying to prove myself daily.

What was unique about your graduate program?

Being older, I felt like it was easier to connect with professors. They realized why I was there, and understood that there was a purpose for everything I did, all the way down to choosing my classes. So having that connection with them was a plus.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse.

During bootcamp, we had to make these short videos that told a story. The entire program voted on them, and mine was selected as the best one. It was early on, but that was the day that I knew I belonged there and could handle anything that was going to come my way while at Newhouse.

Is there a professor or class that you would recommend?

Anything that professor Steve Masiclat or professor Aileen Gallagher teaches… take it. Also, take media law with professor Roy Gutterman.

What advice do you have for current or incoming students?

Don’t treat this like school. Treat it like a REALLY expensive internship. Learn. Do the Work. Don’t complain. Get better every day.