Category: Alumni

Posted on May 2nd, 2022 in Alumni, Blog, Internships, Public Relations Jobs, Social Media Jobs by Emily Turnier

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations has released the final Jim Brown Interview Series episode of the 2021-2022 academic year. In this sixth installment, senior Sarah Lounsbury interviewed alumna Niki Smithers, a corporate communications associate at Eli Lilly. Smithers, a 2019 graduate, had wanted to work at Lilly since before she started college. Listen …

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Posted on April 26th, 2022 by Emily Turnier

Brittany Marcus, BAJ ’16, recently landed a new job at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), but on evenings and weekends, she runs Snapsxstyles, a media company that provides event planning, marketing and branding services, and public relations. We asked Marcus about her busy work life and her success after graduation: 1. Why did you decide to …

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Posted on April 21st, 2022 by Emily Turnier

Jennifer Burnham, B.A.J. ’14, is the Managing Editor at the Rio Grande SUN, in Española, New Mexico. Burnham edits copy and creates layouts, manages reporters, and reports and writes stories. We asked Burnham about her cross-country move, and how she landed her job at a small-town newspaper with lots of action: 1. Why did you …

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Posted on March 18th, 2022 by Emily Turnier

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations has released the fifth installment of its Jim Brown Interview Series. This time, senior Jacob Keith, a public relations student, and alumna Shakkira Harris, a digital reporter at WRTV covering lifestyle and community, spoke about Harris’s love for journalism, her favorite classes and instructors at IUPUI, her top …

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Posted on March 8th, 2022 by Emily Turnier

Shayla Pinner, M.A. in Public Relations alumna, is the Director Of Marketing and Development at Dress For Success Indianapolis.   When Pinner was a master’s student at IUPUI, for a year she worked full-time while also completing an internship at Eli Lilly. We asked her about that experience as well as details about her current job. …

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Posted on February 16th, 2022 by Emily Turnier

Amanda Vela, M.A. in Public Relations ’13, spends her days creating social media content, press releases, multimedia narratives, fact sheets, public information materials, communications plans, and more for the Town of Zionsville, a suburb of Indianapolis with approximately 30,000 residents. As the Director of Communications and Community Relations and the Public Information Officer, she is …

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Posted on December 7th, 2021 by Emily Turnier

Two Department of Journalism and Public Relations alumnae have been named to Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hoosier Chapter Board of Directors for 2022. Deeksha Kapoor, M.A. ’12, director of communications at the Indiana Health Care Association, was elected president at the chapter’s annual meeting in November. Samantha Sandala, B.A.J. ’20, an account manager …

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Posted on November 24th, 2021 by Emily Turnier

Recent graduate Caleb Lynn, B.A.J. ’21, landed his first job out of college – a sports editor position at the Perry County News – this past September. Lynn looked for a job for about four months after graduation. “Searching for a journalism job is not easy,” he said. “It takes patience, trust, and confidence in …

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