Gabriel Pietrorazio ’20 represented HWS at the prestigious Excellence in Journalism [EIJ] Conference in September. Held in San Antonio, Texas, the EIJ Conference is professional journalism’s largest educational and networking event.
Pietrorazio was awarded one of two travel grants to attend the conference by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He writes for FingerLakes1.com news and is the news director for WHWS, the Colleges’ radio station.
“As a member of the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists pro chapter, it was a unique opportunity to not only connect with fellow state chapter members but simultaneously represent the Colleges as well as FL1 News, where I cover the Finger Lakes region,” says Pietrorazio.
Pietrorazio took advantage of numerous educational opportunities at the conference. “I attended workshops and sessions about CSS and HTML coding, managing trauma and stress within newsrooms, safety training, finance reporting and storytelling techniques as well as the role and responsibility of multidimensional immigration narrative reporting,” says the media and society/political science dual major.
A pivotal event was a public media professionals’ reception held at the Alamo, where Pietrorazio connected with some of the nation’s top NPR affiliate reporters and broadcasters. “I expressed to them my aspirations to become a reporter and radio broadcaster for NPR and ultimately help guide the next generation of public media journalists,” he says.
He also participated in recruiting meetings and informational interviews with some of the major news organizations attending, which included the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
This summer, Pietrorazio worked full-time as the Thomaston town reporter for the Town Times in Watertown, Conn. In addition to beat reporting, he produced a weekly video podcast “Talk of the Town,” scheduling sit-down conversations with community activists as well as state and local elected officials. He also previously interned for the Finger Lakes Times in Geneva.
Pietrorazio says the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education events, such as Day on the Hill and Behind the Scenes, played a major role in preparing him for the conference.