Careers

Your master’s degree in advertising at the Newhouse School teaches you how to think creatively and work strategically, all while connecting you speakers and alumni who are where you want to be.

Advertising is a dynamic industry, requiring people who can quickly adapt to changing landscapes while using the momentum of that change to create new opportunities for their clients.

Here are what some recent advertising master’s graduates are doing now:

Grace Lee G’20

Junior Strategist
Doremus

Meaghanne O’Connell G’19

Media Activation Coordinator
Essence

Logan Paul G’19

Assistant Account Executive
FCB New York

Neema Amadala G’17

Director Marketing Communications
Women in Capital Markets (WCM)

Jakob Bocianski G’17

Account Executive
Ogilvy

Alexandra Szelewski G’17

Associate Brand Project Manager
INNOCEAN

Komal Dilshad G’16

Courtney Binkert G’16

Senior Consultant SEA | Expert for English and German Markets
Webrepublic

Stephanie Hernandez G’16

Account Group Supervisor
DDB Health

Samantha Spellman G’19

Junior Art Director
BBDO New York

Meet the 20-21 Arts Journalists

Natasha Breu

Natasha Breu—Art/Contemporary Art

Natasha is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where majored in journalism with a minor in art history. She was involved with the university newspaper as a reporter and editor. She studied abroad in Italy and later reported on art and culture for the study abroad website. Natasha plans to continue pursuing her passion for art, specifically contemporary art, in the Goldring program.

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor—Music

Sarah Connor is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied English and communication. Although her most recent gig was writing for Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering Magazine, her passion as a journalist lies with music, specifically rock n’ roll. Sarah’s love for music journalism began while she was the culture editor at the student paper, Pitt News. From there, she earned arts and entertainment writing internships at Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh CityPaper. Her ultimate goal as an arts journalist is to improve the visibility of women in the music industry.

Emily Ehle

Emily Ehle—Film

Emily graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in marketing. During her time at Georgetown, she played lacrosse and worked various jobs but eventually found her passion while working for Fine Films, an Academy Award-winning film production company based in Washington, D.C. It was during this experience that she realized storytelling is one of the most powerful tools in the pursuit of forming connections. She is driven to immerse herself in the world of cinema and plans to do so through pen and paper.

Patrick Henkels

Patrick Henkels—Music

Patrick Henkels graduated from Newhouse with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper and online journalism. As an undergraduate, he served as the entertainment lead producer for TheNewsHouse.com, contributing 14 stories. He specializes in music journalism, with stories ranging from event coverage to artist profiles. Outside Newhouse, Patrick gained professional experience as an intern for Zumic Entertainment, a music journalism website based in Brooklyn, where he published several reviews on new music and trending artists.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson—Theater

Emily Johnson is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in English and journalism. Her academic success during her final semester—despite the pandemic—led her to discover how well she works under pressure, a necessary trait for any journalist. In the summer of 2019, she was an intern at The Palladium-Times in Oswego, where she learned more about herself as a journalist in a real-world setting.

Cydney Lee

Cydney Lee—Music and Culture

Hailing from Philadelphia, Cydney is an emerging culture writer and journalist. A freelancer, she has written for Nylon, VICE and Okayplayer. During her undergraduate career at Syracuse University, she took on roles as a music columnist and staff writer for The Daily Orange. Last summer, she interned at Nylon in New York City, where she was able to network and grow both professionally and personally. Cydney is fully immersed in Black popular culture, and while her passion is music, she is looking forward to diversifying her writing portfolio to include TV, film, fashion and sports.

Veronica Maldonado

Veronica Maldonado—Music

A classically trained violinist, metalhead, occasional music teacher and Lincoln Center regular, Veronica is also a contributor to Dwell Magazine and writes about music for Salon Du Mal, a culture blog she runs with friends and former classmates. Her arts background fuels her passion for cultural criticism, specifically applying it to classical music, opera and avant-garde metal. Veronica earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College and holds a master’s degree in design history and theory from Parsons School of Art.

Matthew Nerber

Matthew Nerber—Film

Matthew is a freelance arts writer and a 2019 fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, with bylines in the Buffalo News, Berkshire Fine Arts and Third Coast Review. He earned a B.F.A. in theatre performance from the University at Buffalo, is a graduate of Shattered Globe Theatre Company’s Protege Program and was a proud ensemble member of Interrobang Theatre Project in Chicago. At Newhouse, Matthew concentrates on film writing, and hopes to bring the perspective of an artist to the craft of arts journalism. 

Samantha Savery

Samantha Savery—Film and Television

Samantha graduated from the University of North Carolina – Asheville with a degree in mass communication. She served as a copy editor and opinion editor for The Blue Banner, the university’s student-led newspaper, where she improved her editorial, interview and leadership skills. As a reporter with aspirations to cover film and television, Samantha plans to hone her craft during her time in the Goldring program. She ultimately hopes to showcase the voices and visions of those who are often unheard, while inspiring herself and others with their stories.

JD Scribner

JD Scribner—Music and Culture

JD is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied business and global politics. Upon graduation, he began working in the music industry, both as an event specialist, managing traffic and camping at music festivals, and as a marketing intern at a radio station. JD is also a DJ, releasing monthly mixes that allow him to share his music taste while also constantly digging for new music. At Newhouse he hopes to sharpen his writing skills and deepen his knowledge of digital media.

Mackenzie Snell

Mackenzie Snell—Art and Theater

Mackenzie is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with degrees in art history and history. Recently, Mackenzie was the social media coordinator for the university’s Festival of Dance. Her community work also includes theater and performance, both behind the scenes and on stage. Spending a semester at the University of Glasgow inspired her to explore and embrace a more global perspective on cultural and societal issues within the arts. She has a particular interest in the areas of art repatriation, equal access and technological innovation.

Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities

The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities is a highly competitive 18-month program that provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. It is supported by the Newhouse Foundation, a private foundation established by Samuel I. Newhouse.

The winners study in the magazine, newspaper and digital journalism master’s program at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Additionally, students receive professional, on-the-job training. While attending classes, students work as part-time reporting interns at Advance Media New York.

Advance Media New York—with two major brands, Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard newspaper—provides 24/7 digitally-focused news and information to Central New York.

Fellows receive full tuition scholarships, $1,400-per-month stipends, health insurance coverage, up to $1,500 to cover moving expenses to Syracuse, up to $800 for travel to professional conferences and up to $1,000 for books, equipment, fees and other academic expenses.

Learn more about the program from past Newhouse fellows:

Fall Workshop

Founded by the Visual Communications faculty in 1999, the Fall Workshop gives photography students the opportunity to tell visual stories about the world around them.

The Fall Workshop brings top professionals from around the world to join our professors as we push students to identify, observe and artfully communicate the core of who we are and the issues we face in everyday life.In the process, students learn to better use still photography, audio, video, motion graphics, design and words to become exceptional storytellers who engage the community.

Fall Workshop

Founded by the visual communications faculty in 1999, the Fall Workshop gives photography students the opportunity to tell visual stories about the world around them.

The Fall Workshop brings top professionals from around the world to join our professors as we push students to identify, observe and artfully communicate the core of who we are and the issues we face in everyday life. In the process, students learn to better use still photography, audio, video, motion graphics, design and words to become exceptional storytellers who engage the community.

Pan ePortfolio

At Newhouse, professional connections are everywhere. In a partnership with PAN Communications, a national integrated marketing and public relations agency, graduating students work with PAN public relations professionals to showcase their experiences through the PAN Portal ePortfolio Review.

A portal to a career in public relations

The Newhouse public relations experience culminates with a capstone project: an online portfolio of student work, reviewed by real-world professionals to help students become job-ready by graduation.

Inside the Portal

Newhouse partners with PAN Communications, founded by alumnus Philip A. Nardone Jr. ’82. An adjunct professor in the public relations department for more than 15 years, Nardone leads a team of PAN professionals—including several Newhouse graduates—that guide students to pursue their desired public relations career.

The PAN Portal team visits students on-campus each semester, speaks to classes about their portfolio work and advises students on how to present experience in the public relations job market. Students begin collecting experiences starting their freshman year, as final portfolios are ultimately comprised of student’s writing, research, design and digital media materials

Grading

Undergraduate

Students submit their ePortfolios in PRL497 Public Relations Management, their capstone course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  Students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work that demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through courses, co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Graduate (residential)

In the fall semester of their second year Public Relations/international Relations Joint Master’s students submit their ePortfolios in PRL725 Public Relations Management, one course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  With a heavy focus on international relations, diversity and global issues and context, students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work to demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through Maxwell and Newhouse courses and co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, the Public Diplomacy Student Association, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Public Diplomacy and Global Communications Master’s students

In the fall semester of their second year Public Relations/international Relations Joint Master’s students submit their ePortfolios in PRL725 Public Relations Management, one course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  With a heavy focus on international relations, diversity and global issues and context, students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work to demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through Maxwell and Newhouse courses and co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, the Public Diplomacy Student Association, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Pan ePortfolio

The PAN Portal

At Newhouse, professional connections are everywhere. In a partnership with PAN Communications, a national integrated marketing and public relations agency, graduating students work with PAN public relations professionals to showcase their experiences through the PAN Portal ePortfolio Review.

A portal to a career in public relations

The Newhouse public relations experience culminates with a capstone project: an online portfolio of student work, reviewed by real-world professionals to help students become job-ready by graduation.

Inside the Portal

Newhouse partners with PAN Communications, founded by alumnus Philip A. Nardone Jr. ’82. An adjunct professor in the public relations department for more than 15 years, Nardone leads a team of PAN professionals—including several Newhouse graduates—that guide students to pursue their desired public relations career.

The PAN Portal team visits students on-campus each semester, speaks to classes about their portfolio work and advises students on how to present experience in the public relations job market. Students begin collecting experiences starting their freshman year, as final portfolios are ultimately comprised of student’s writing, research, design and digital media materials

Grading

Undergraduate

Students submit their ePortfolios in PRL497 Public Relations Management, their capstone course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  Students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work that demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through courses, co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Graduate (residential)

In the fall semester of their second year Public Relations/international Relations Joint Master’s students submit their ePortfolios in PRL725 Public Relations Management, one course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  With a heavy focus on international relations, diversity and global issues and context, students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work to demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through Maxwell and Newhouse courses and co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, the Public Diplomacy Student Association, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Public Diplomacy and Global Communications Master’s students

In the fall semester of their second year Public Relations/international Relations Joint Master’s students submit their ePortfolios in PRL725 Public Relations Management, one course that aims to prepare students for their careers while learning applied management principles for public relations and the organizations in which public relations operates.  With a heavy focus on international relations, diversity and global issues and context, students’ ePortfolios showcase their best work to demonstrates the knowledge and skills acquired through Maxwell and Newhouse courses and co-curricular programs like Hill Communications, PRSSA, the Public Diplomacy Student Association, and internships.  This assignment is worth at least 15% of their course grade.

Distinguished Goldring Scholarships

Thanks to a generous gift from program founder and Syracuse University Trustee Lola Goldring and her husband, Allen, financial aid is available for highly qualified students.

Above: Goldring students at the Glimmerglass festival in 2010.

This includes five competitive Distinguished Goldring Scholarships, comprising $20,000 awards for talented emerging journalists in the fields of:

Who is eligible for the Distiguished Goldring Scholarships?

All Goldring program applicants are eligible upon completion of the application process. Be sure to indicate your wish to be considered for financial aid, and remember that you must submit a special scholarship application essay in order to be considered.

How are applicants chosen for the scholarships?

The Goldring Scholarship Committee will read all applications, including the required scholarship application essay. The director will interview the candidates and make recommendations to the committee. The program reserves the right to not award all five Distinguished Scholarships in a given year.

When will I be notified if I’ve received the Distinguished Goldring Scholarship or other financial aid?

Admittance notification is sent to applicants on March 1. Financial aid offers and scholarship notifications are sent on April 1.

How do I apply for the Distinguished Goldring Scholarship?

Please write a 1,000-word essay about the state of your field of cultural concentration (film/television; theater; visual arts/architecture; music/dance; or the politics of culture) and analyze the writers and publications that have informed your perspective. Tell us your career goals and what you will bring to your field of endeavor in the future.

Goldring Advisory Board

Dante Ciampaglia ’07, director, digital editorial strategy, College Board

Nick DeSantis ’13, editorial graphics producer, Forbes

Lola Goldring ’51, founder of the Goldring program

Logan Hill, film and pop culture writer

Patrick Hosken ’15, music editor, MTV News

PennyMaria Jackson ’09, marketing director, Apollo Theatre

Raquel Laneri ’07, contributing writer, New York Post

Arielle Tepper Madover ’94, broadway producer

Jack Myers ’69, media ecologist and chairman, MyersBixNet

Howard Polskin ’73, president, Polskin Media

Joyce Tudryn ’81, president and CEO, International Radio & Television Society Foundation

Tamara Vallejos ’10, director of marketing and communications, Ars Nova

Rob Weinert-Kendt, editor-in-chief, American Theatre

Stephen Wilkes ’80, photographer, Stephen Wilkes Photography

Laurie Wolfert ’76, travel manager, Overseas Military Sales Corporation

Funding

As a Newhouse media studies student, you can rely on various options for funding your education.

You may work as an instructional associate, helping faculty in the classroom. We also hire students as research assistants, giving you the opportunity to aid faculty with their research and creative projects. These types of positions can help you gain and apply the skills you need in the classroom and in conducting your own research.

In addition, we help you find scholarships and fellowships.  Here is a list of funding opportunities:

Program funding

Travel funding

At Newhouse, we encourage our academic master’s students to present at national and international conferences. To that end, we offer you generous financial support to travel and present at conferences.

Thesis funding

As a media studies student, you’ll be eligible for funding as you research and write your thesis.