What J/MS Alum are doing now: Spring 2012 Edition

By Victoria Natenzon —


Christine A. Scheller

Scheller runs her own writing business, Explorations Media, LLC at the Jersey Shore, with an accent on the fast growing topic of religious news. She is known nationally as the news and religion editor for UrbanFaith.com, a website geared toward a racially and ethnically diverse Christian audience. She is also leadership editor of TheHighCalling.org, a website supported by the H.E. Butt Foundation in Texas that focuses on integrating faith and work, collaborating on articles with research fellows from institutions like Princeton, Duke, and Rice University. Her most recent series is about Duke geriatric psychiatrist, Dan Blazer, MD.

A frequent contributor to HuffingtonPost.com, Scheller also wrote for Jersey Shore Patch as a faith and family columnist and general assignment reporter. Recently, she returned to Brookdale Community College to earn her webmaster certificate. “As an independent journalist,” she said, “I need to keep developing marketable skills. I’m truly a multimedia journalist. I report, analyze, take video and photos, load and manage articles, and nurture online community.”


Eric Vitner and family

Eric Vitner

Cablevision’s producer and director of commercials for New Jersey businesses, Vitner calls himself “a one-man creative army.” He writes, edits, animates and videotapes everything for the commercials that he makes, and is also a freelance director and editor for clients.

In the past he worked as a senior project director for Total Training. He edited for Metro TV and received two Emmy awards for his work with the show “Subway Q&A.” Vitner directed his first full-length, narrative feature film “Everything Fred Tells Me Is True,” and is currently working on distribution for it.



Jessica Wohl

Jessica Wohl

Wohl is a retail and consumer products correspondent at Reuters. Using her J/MS skills such as interviewing and editing, she writes about companies such as Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble, informing Reuters’ broad audience about things like quarterly earn­ings and the holi­day shopping season. Wohl remembers that Professor Steve Miller’s Introduction to Media Systems and Processes helped her decide that she wanted a career in journalism.



Laura Herrera

Herrera runs Full House Events, LLC with fellow Rutgers graduate Brandi Marks. Based in Morristown, Full House Events is a boutique consulting firm specializing in event production, fundraising and development, marketing and institutional growth.

Herrera assisted in the planning of The Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) Celebration, a day-long festival at Liberty State Park, this summer, presented by the Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting and its mission to empower girls.



Michael Jacobowitz

Michael Jacobowitz

As the associate news editor at the New York Post, Jacobowitz designs and edits pages of the newspaper. One of the most exciting experiences in his three years at the New York Post was the day Osama Bin Laden was killed. With the office in overdrive, everyone was scrambling to get the front-page news in order, he recalled. Jacobowitz remembers being in the newsroom until 3:30 in the morning working on the biggest story of his 10-year journalism career. “I was excited to have a hand in our coverage,” Jacobowitz said. Before working at the New York Post, he was the universal desk editor at the Home News Tribune. He currently lives in Hoboken and commutes to Manhattan for work.



Margaret-Ann Kavanagh

She is a television reporter for Central Florida News 13. She covers stories about crime, the beach and the space industry. She first worked as a news director at a small radio station in Pennsylvania, where she assigned stories and booked guests for shows. Before her current position, she was a reporter and an anchor at KNDU-TV in Kennewick, Washington.



Andrea White

Andrea White

As a news producer at News 12 Westchester, White produces nearly every show two and a half hours a day, one at 8 a.m. and one at noon. She was offered a position at News 12 right after graduation and was first an associate producer, then an assignment editor/producer. She wrote stories and teases and also worked on the assignment desk. White started with the weekend shows, then was promoted to the 10 p.m edition, followed by the Hudson Valley edition. She lives in Edgemont, New York with her husband and two children.



Graelyn Brashear Seiz

She is the news editor for the C-Ville Weekly, a newspaper in the city of Charlottesville, VA, where she grew up. Prior to her new post, Seiz lived in the Barnegat Bay-Ocean Acres area and was the editor of the Barnegat Patch news website, which she joined in December 2010. Seiz started her writing career at the Neptune Bureau of the Asbury Park Press.



Nicole Crapanzano

Nicole Crapanzano

Crapanzano is executive assistant to the vice president and publisher at Brides Magazine. She has been at Conde Nast for nearly two years, one and a half of which she spent in the same position but for Lucky Magazine. While at Lucky Magazine she got the chance to travel to Los Angeles, where and the staff transformed a simple studio space into a full-on shopping destination. Crapanzano also worked at MSNBC as a production assistant.



Walter Sarfo

Sarfo is working as a public relations and special events assistant at The Hip Event agency in Montclair, a full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm that specializes in fashion, beauty, retail, hospitality and entertainment. Sarfo also does social media marketing for Fly Society Entertainment, LLC, a New Jersey night life promoter aimed at reaching young professionals.



Ilya Hemlin

Hemlin is a fulltime reporter and fill-in anchor for 92.7 WOBM in Bayville. He also gets to write stories for New Jersey 101.5.


Joy Lee

After interning at MTV for three semesters, Lee was hired as a production management assistant immediately after graduation and was recently promoted to production management coordinator. She manages and facilitates all MTV World production, including MTV Iggy, MTV K, and MTV Desi.


Daria Fain


Daria Fain

Fain is the web producer and production manager for ELLE.com, ELLEDecor.com and ELLEGirl.com. She is also a contributing writer for ELLEGirl.com. This year she was invited to attend Paris Fashion Week to report on accessory brands. At her job she produces daily web content, including articles, slide shows, giveaways and runway shows.

As a writer she attends and reports on press events and other fashion events, especially during Fashion Week in Manhattan.


Eric Heyer

He has just started a blog called Sports, Dirt, Rock and Roll. It is about football, baseball music and, Heyer said, “whatever else comes to my mind.” You can find it at sportsdirtrockandroll.com. He started his blogging career at the Sports Fan Blog Network.


Marianne De Padua

Marianne De Padua

Following an internship with youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group in Philadelphia, De Padua was offered a permanent position this past summer. She is now the executive assistant to CEO Tina Wells. Her biggest assignment has been a business trip around the country filming and interviewing individuals for a research campaign. In almost two weeks, she went to eight different cities! “I’ve never earned so many frequent flyer miles in my life,” said De Padua.


Photo credits — All photos on this page, except for the one of Margaret-Ann Kavanagh, were supplied by the individuals pictured.