After graduating with an English/film studies degree, Rachel Smith ’06 began working on her first screenplay, “My Own Private Myocardial Infarction.” In it, Smith tells the story of a man whose heart is broken after his mother’s death. It took a top prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2008. “I am drawn […]Continue reading "She’s drawn to tell stories"
100-150 word sidebar pieces featuring students and alums
The closest thing to living more than once
Kyle King ’12, filmmaker As a serviceman stationed in Afghanistan, Kyle King shot his documentary “Fatigued” in between 12-hour shifts. The U.S. Air Force member said he wanted to show his audience what life was like for troops serving in non-combat roles. A month after the film premiered, King left for Ecuador and a two-year […]Continue reading "The closest thing to living more than once"
More than an education, it’s an experience
Christian Castano (NEED GRADUATION YEAR) Communication Studies, Spanish Christian Castano’s summer internship in New York City with the CBS executive sales team threw him into the competitive game of television syndication sales. He knew he needed to go into every situation confident and informed, and research was key. Using role play, his supervisors helped him […]Continue reading "More than an education, it’s an experience"
She knows the power of everyday stories
Cherry Arnold ’87, media producer/filmmaker Documentary filmmaker Cherry Arnold won a New England Emmy for Best Documentary for her film “BUDDY: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor.” In choosing projects for her production company, Big Orange Films, Arnold credits her URI classes with showing her the power to be found in stories […]Continue reading "She knows the power of everyday stories"
He was a media mogul while still an undergraduate
Bennett Koffa ’15 (GRADUATION YEAR NEEDS VERIFICATION), Communication Growing up, Bennett Koffa was drawn to pop culture as a way of bringing together people of diverse backgrounds. At URI, he created his multi-platform digital blog and radio show, BennettKnows, that at one point received as many as 21,000 views in a single day. While many […]Continue reading "He was a media mogul while still an undergraduate"
Sometimes a journalism degree proves essential for a COO
Jonathan Herman, Journalism As a journalism undergraduate, Jonathan Herman dreamed of writing for the Wall Street Journal and penned a finance column for the Good 5¢ Cigar. He never imagined he would become the chief operating officer for a leading home health care provider, but he relies on the skills he developed at URI. “No […]Continue reading "Sometimes a journalism degree proves essential for a COO"
Her face lights up on camera
Nicole Lattarulo (GRADUATION YEAR & MAJOR NEEDED) Nicole Lattarulo has always been a sports fan. At URI, she is gaining hands-on experience reporting, producing, and anchoring newscasts. The best part: getting to cover the games at the Ryan Center. Someday, Lattarulo hopes to work as a sports reporter. Over the summer she interned with ABC […]Continue reading "Her face lights up on camera"
Making her mark on the small screen
Film and media have been part of Sammi Vogel’s life since her first internship on “The People’s Court” at the age of 17. Now she’s a Product Marketing Manager at CBS Interactive.Continue reading "Making her mark on the small screen"
Learning to write well made the difference
Adam Wiener, journalism Senior Vice President for Content, Community, and Operations for CBS Local; Harrington School Executive Advisory Board When a journalism student in the 1980’s, Adam Wiener was fascinated with Cold War politics. While he honed his writing skills, he also took courses in Russian language, history, and literature. During an internship with a […]Continue reading "Learning to write well made the difference"
The big thinker building Hollywood’s studios
Hal Katersky, Chairman and CEO, PacificaVentures Harrington School Executive Advisory Board Hollywood’s biggest action films — “The Avengers,” “The Book of Eli,” “Terminator 3: Salvation” — were made in studios built by Katersky’s PacificaVentures. Katersky’s advice for students looking to work in the film industry: Develop comprehensive analytical abilities alongside strong writing and speaking skills. […]Continue reading "The big thinker building Hollywood’s studios"