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Some 2017-2018 journalism highlights at SCCC
Carl Corry is a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College and freelance journalist who has held leading roles at Newsday, News 12 and Long Island Business News.
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Some 2017-2018 journalism highlights at SCCC

My first year as a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College is in the books, and what a year it was. The support from faculty and staff throughout the college — especially the English Department, which the journalism program is housed under — was amazing. And the students were inspirational. Most worked at least one job to help get through school; some worked overnight and slept only a few hours before coming to an early-morning class.

One of the things of which I’m particularly proud is the Suffolk Sentinel, a student-run online news source that was the foundation of our Journalism Practicum course this spring. It’s the capstone course of the journalism program. Students in the class broke news throughout the semester, telling stories in text, audio with Instagram Stories for the Sentinel’s account. The students also handled Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In part because of the work she did with the Sentinel, our own Erika Peters won the Press Club of Long Island‘s 2018 College Scholarship — a first for a Suffolk student. She also won a New York Press Association-sponsored summer internship with the Times Review Media Group in Riverhead.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from 2017-2018:

Magazine pro Liza Burby

Liza Burby, an author and educator who has owned and ran Long Island Parent magazine, shared her experiences with the ENG172-Magazine Writing class.

Cyndi Murray of LI Pulse

Cyndi Murray, formerly of Long Island Pulse magazine who is now associate content director at Times Review Newsgroup, told the magazine class what editors are seeking in story ideas.

Michael White of GreaterPatchogue.com

GreaterLongIsland.com founder and publisher Michael White visited an Introduction to Journalism class. Students wrote stories based on his visit.

Julianne Mosher, freelance writer and Showtime staffer

Julianne Mosher, an SCCC alum who now works for Showtime and is a freelance writer, spoke to an Introduction to Journalism class about her experience in school and in the field.

Practicum class on assignment

The Practicum group covered an anti-gun rally at the steps of the library.

Learning Slack with Angela Corry of TheCelebrityCafe.com

Angela Corry, managing editor of TheCelebrityCafe.com, gave the ENG175 – Journalism Practicum class some tips on how to use the messaging service Slack.

The aftermath of an assignment

Practicum students Kaitlin Crowley and Alexa LaRosa did an Instagram story on the spring Holi festival, during which colorful chalk was thrown in the air for the annual festival of colors.

Spring recruiting

English Department leaders Dr. Doug Howard, right, and Dr. Raymond DiSanza, at the SCCC spring open house.

Doling out the honors

The journalism program held its first annual recognition ceremony in May to honor the hard work of students journalists.

Winning big

Erika Peters was the first SCCC student to win the Press Club of Long Island college scholarship. She also won a New York Press Association-sponsored internship with the Times Review Newsgroup.

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