Jessica Chaloux is in her first year working towards a Masters in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production. After graduating with her Bachelors degree in Media Studies at Sacred Heart University in 2017, she has been working for The Taunton Press under Fine Homebuilding Magazine as an Assistant Video Editor. She also works with The Office of Volunteer Programs and Service-Learning as the Graphics and Social Media Graduate Assistant. Skills to succeed in these jobs came from opportunities outside of SHU such as interning at Fox News, as well as being a student leader in positions such as Managing Editor of The Spectrum Newspaper, Co-Captain of Division I Women's Equestrian, and completing 3 years with The Pulse TV News Magazine show. Jessica continues to work hard in the industry by co-owning her own photography business, J&R Clear Images, as well as freelance video editing on the side. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a senior producer for the 2019 Media Exchange and work alongside other great media professionals.
Michael Lotito is one of the SCMA Graduate Assistants as well as the live control room technical director for the SHU Media Exchange. He helps undergraduate and graduate students with production set up, editing, and equipment management. In 2016, Michael began producing digital content professionally when he decided to start his own media production company. During his time in graduate school, Michael completed a fall internship at NBC Sports where he joined their regional network graphic design team. His work primarily focused on creating digital content for their live events and social media platforms. Given his background producing content ranging from news stories to promotional videos for local businesses in the Westchester, NY area, Michael was selected to be the Senior Production Producer for the SHU Media Exchange.
Diana Lento graduated from Sacred Heart University in May of 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Media Arts with a concentration in Film and Television Production and a minor in Music. She is currently enrolled as a part time graduate student at Sacred Heart University in the masters of Broadcast Journalism and Media Production program. Most recently, Diana is working as a full-time media graduate assistant for Sacred Heart University’s Center of Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. She will also become the graduate assistant for the BJMP master’s program during the next year. She continues to work towards her goal of utilizing her skills from her education in a future career.
Khalil Alsakarnah is a student in Sacred Heart University’s Broadcast Journalism and Media Production master’s program, with anticipated graduation in August of 2019. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Translation from Al Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan, in August of 2005. His passion for journalism then inspired him to earn another bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Middle East University in Amman, Jordan in July of 2009. He started his career in journalism right away, as he worked for Alanbat Newspaper in Amman, Jordan. Because of his eagerness to learn all aspects of other journalism fields, he began working as a news producer and anchor for Seven Stars TV in Amman, Jordan. Since moving to the United States in 2011, he has worked for Aramica Radio in Staten Island, New York and as a columnist for many Arabic newspapers throughout New York and New Jersey.
Lindsay Grant graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Communication with a focus in Media Production and Performance and a minor in Music. She works full time as a Production Technician for the Connecticut Network and has also worked for Hartford Public Access Television producing popular shows such as "The Whaler Guys" and "Nuestro Pueblo con Margarita Cortavarria," as well being a member of the production team of the 2018 Latinas and Power Symposium which involved keynote speakers Ana Navarro and Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also has been freelancing for weddings, a variety of sports including NPSL team Hartford City FC, Univision show "El Show de Analeh", music events, and plays. As a part time graduate student in the Broadcast Journalism and Media Production program here at Sacred Heart, Lindsay believes her studies will lead her to higher opportunities.
Michael Howard is a graduate student in the Broadcast Journalism and Media Production program at Sacred Heart University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. He is also an experienced radio broadcaster, as he has been the creator and host of “The Mike Nice Show” since his senior year of high school. During that time, he has interviewed many famous people on his show, including Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, boxer Chad Dawson, Linda McMahon, and he was the last person to interview famous poet and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou. He will graduate with his master’s in August of 2019, and has aspirations to be a college professor and professional talk show host.
Rasha Ibrahim is a current graduate student in Sacred Heart University Broadcast Journalism and Media Production program. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She was a marketing manager for different companies in Dubai and Sudan. She is also a translator for projects that are concentrated in Middle Eastern political issues at the University of New Haven. She is an enthusiastic person with excellent knowledge of media production, and she is currently an intern at Citizens TV in New Haven, West Haven and Hamden, where she is working on projects that focus on the issues of refugees, immigrants and Middle Eastern politics. She is a quick learner who seeks any opportunity to utilize her knowledge in the field of media. She is working towards reaching her dream, which is to be a successful television host and reporter. Rasha will receive her master's degree this upcoming August of 2019.
Hannah O’Brien is currently enrolled in Sacred Heart University’s Broadcast Journalism and Media Production program. In 2018, she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Media Arts with a concentration in Film/TV and a minor in Advertising & PR. She most recently has accepted a full-time position with Cottages and Gardens Media Group as the Editorial Web Assistant. She hopes to continue combining her passion for media with professional opportunities.
Ashley Vargas has completed her third year as an undergraduate at Sacred Heart University majoring in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design, and is working towards graduating in May of 2020. During the spring semester of 2019, she began her internship with The Pulse TV and Magazine News show as a graphic design intern. This internship has helped her grow as designer and has taught her lessons that she can apply in her classes as she works on creating a well rounded and unique portfolio. She is looking forward to continuing this internship in the fall semester to become more immersed in the Communication and Media Arts department. She is excited to have the opportunity to work on graphics for The SHU Media Exchange and see all the hard work that goes into creating such great production first hand.