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Cedar Crest Graduate Completes Entertaining Writing Gig at Morning Call
Elizabeth Kern ’10 with Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
For aspiring journalist Elizabeth Kern ’10, working over the summer as a lifestyles/entertainment reporter at The Morning Call was an exciting audition she hopes will help her land a fulltime gig. She got the opportunity through her connections with Christine Schiavo, a Morning Call editor who served as co-advisor of the Cedar Crest student newspaper, The Crestiad, in the fall of 2009.
“My job this summer was an amazing hands-on experience. Who wouldn’t like to wake up and blog about celebrities, interview them or go on fun adventures all for research on a story?” Kern asked rhetorically. “Being a journalist is definitely what I would like to do as a career. It’s a great job but your heart has to be in it because it’s not an easy career, especially with the decline of newspapers and magazines.”
Among Kern’s most memorable experiences was her interview with Teresa Giudice from the reality television program, The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
“I was assigned the story to talk to her about Skinny Italian (her cookbook) and her doing a local book signing. She was my first celebrity interview and she couldn’t have been any sweeter,” said Kern. “No publicist was on the phone to butt in and say that I couldn’t ask her something. She was real and at times over-shared, but I loved every minute of it.”
In addition to fascinating interviews, Kern enjoyed plenty of additional perks while honing a craft that began with undergraduate studies at Penn State’s University Park campus, prior to her earning a bachelor’s degree in communication at Cedar Crest.
“The whole newsroom is open so you get to hear all the breaking news, police scanners and sports on the TVs. I got to know about local events and concerts way before the public knew,” she said. “It was strange to go onto Google News and see my story in the top three on the first page, but flattering at the same time. I think since my name is out there now it would be a shame to walk away and not continue to build exposure.”
While Kern said she took most of her journalism classes before arriving at Cedar Crest, she credits her alma mater with providing her with the confidence to follow her dream.
“I think The Crestiad really helped me prepare for the job. Before I transferred to Cedar Crest, I was too intimidated to try out for the college newspaper,” she said.
“When I got the extra boost of confidence from (Communication) Professor Liz Ortiz, I was able let my guard down and have people read my stories. At, Cedar Crest, I got to explore and build on my studies since my major was open and not as specific. It made me a well-rounded individual.”
In addition to seeking full-time employment, Kern plans to do some freelance writing and is in the process of creating a blog she hopes to have up and running soon.