Our Students

Bridget Conway

Bridget has been committed to mission-driven work her whole life, and has worn many hats in the nonprofit sector over the years. Currently working in advancement communications at a Boston-based organization, Bridget is excited to take what she learns in the classroom to work every day, and, ultimately better drive the mission of her employer. In the future, she hopes to apply what she learns about the dynamic between legal systems and social movements to empower grassroots voices all over the world to advance the change they wish to see in their communities.

Hometown:

Bethel, Connecticut

Undergrad:

B.A. in Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts, Saint Michael’s College

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

I feel like so many different life experiences lead me to this program. But, I think long story short is I fell out of love with traditional journalism just as I was discovering the world. And, that concurrence made me reevaluate how I wanted to use my skill set in communication moving forward. I see this program as a fresh start; an opportunity to learn to use communication as a way to truly change circumstance, rather than simply capture it. By learning to effectively tell the stories of powerful organizations – who are at the forefront of understanding today’s global issues, and probing for their solutions – I am playing my small role in progressing our world to better, every day.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

I expect this program to teach me about the complexities of what it means to stand as an advocate, as well as how to navigate those complexities. I expect to be continuously challenged in my approach to storytelling and encouraged to, always, think critically both as a creator and consumer of a message. And, I expect to gain the hard skills necessary to both ethically and effectively communicate mission-driven initiatives.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Cause Communications; Purpose-Driven PR.

Describe the program in one word:

Important

Tyler Stitt

A New Hampshire native, avid skier and politically motivated, Tyler moved to Montana in search of better snow and higher education and pursued his interests in law and technology interning with three local businesses. He graduated with Poli Sci and Philosophy degrees and ventured north to Vancouver where he led a sales and marketing team in the software industry. He crossed the continent once more to work as a field organizer in the 2018 midterm elections. After a hard fought victory, I hopped the Pacific pond and worked in Japan as a ski instructor. Currently, he is working with the ACLU of New Hampshire as a development associate, optimizing the office’s use of computer systems, database management tools and a whole lot of Salesforce. He’s a big fan of the podcasts Revision History, The Daily, and Reply All.

Hometown:

Bedford, NH

Undergrad:

Political Science & Philosophy, Montana State University

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

To further investigate the relationships between emerging technology, communications, and public policy.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

A comprehensive knowledge of the connections binding media and law to societal change.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Politics.

Describe the program in one word:

Agile

Yushu Tian

Yushu graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a major in Advertising.

Hometown:

China

Undergrad:

Advertising in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

Since it’s an interdisciplinary degree, Media Advocacy is the perfect chance to make me think in multiple ways.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Project Manager.

Describe the program in one word:

Challenging

Madeline Olsen

Born in North Carolina but raised mostly in Florida, I’ve called many places home over the years! During my time as an undergrad at Northeastern, I was able to take advantage of many amazing opportunities like the coop program as well as studying abroad in Florence, Italy. After graduating in 2015 with a BA in Communication Studies, I spent the next 3 years mainly working at Walt Disney World Resort as well as participating in a one-month long language immersion program in Malaga, Spain. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family (back in the Sunshine State), baking, traveling, and reading.

Hometown:

Greensboro, NC

Undergrad:

B.A. in Communication Studies, Northeastern University

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

Because I wanted to help people who need and not just people who want.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

A better understanding of how to effectively advocate for the things I’m passionate about.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Advocacy communications or health law in the not-for-profit sector

Describe the program in one word:

Integrative

Bethany Basile

Bethany Basile is the Advancement Officer leading Foundation and Corporate fundraising for the College of Social Science and Humanities and the School of Law at Northeastern University. She was previously in New York City for over a decade most recently as Director of Foundation Relations at Roundabout Theatre Company, the nation’s largest not-for-profit theater where she built a flagship funding cohort for the Arts sector’s first technical theater workforce development initiative in collaboration with JobsFirstNYC, IATSE, The Door, and leading not-for-profit theaters across the city. Prior to joining Roundabout, she led landmark fundraising initiatives at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), including securing a three-year funding contract for 1.2 miles of free public WiFi in downtown Brooklyn, support for collaborative exchanges with three cities in upstate New York as an expansion of the community’s celebrated DanceAfrica Festival, and multiple contracts with the US Department of State. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an alum Coro Leadership New York (LNY28).

Hometown:

Greater Boston Area, MA

Undergraduate:

BFA in Drama and Producing, New York University

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

I selected this program to leverage my knowledge in the not-for-profit and cultural sectors to help organize movements of progressive change.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

I want to gain stronger communications and legal skills with a deeper contextual understanding of the social systems determining and reinforcing inequality.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

I am hoping to continue in the not-for-profit sector in a strategy role either as a consultant, lobbyist, convener, or executive director.

Terrence Johnson

The only place to call home is Mississippi. Terrence Johnson graduated from my home state’s flagship institution, The University of Mississippi with a degree in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies. At the university, Johnson engaged with the students, faculty, and community in a variety of leadership positions as well as media and professional positions through the  Student Media Center. Like many of his fellow classmates, Johnson left the classroom prepared to begin a career as a fresh, full-time journalist focusing on issues that revolved around marginalized communities. However, he chose to continue his education before beginning his professional career. In his free time, Johnson enjoys good vibes, good food, good music, and good wine. 

Hometown:

Shuqualak, MS

Undergrad:

B.A. in Journalism, emphasis on broadcast. The University of Mississippi

Why?

I felt it was necessary to develop a relatively innovative and new skill set while still telling the important stories that mattered to me. 

What?

The academic stamina to challenge systemic norms that social sector work challenges daily while also obtaining a new level of understanding and empathy for other communities. 

Career:

Anchor/Reporter/Host. On air talent. 

Describe the program in one word:

Layered

Ziqi Gao

I like playing the piano and drums. I like traveling. I also like to cook and try to cook different countries’ cuisines. I want to make healthy cuisine with good-looking and tasty food. I am also interested in making media related to healthy food. I had internship in CCTV in the summer of 2017 and have worked as a director and producer group for several shows. There, I was in charge of organizing the actors’ stage performance, writing the hosts’ script, and organizing the shows’ process list. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at Temple University.

Hometown:

China

Undergraduate:

B.A. in Communication Studies, Temple University

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

I plan to pursue a Ph.D.

Describe the program in one word:

Intellectual

Crystal Haynes

At the center of every good story is a person with the courage to share it, and it has been Crystal Haynes’ passion to tell that story well.

Starting from humble beginnings in her hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts as a teen reporter for The Republican newspaper, Crystal has been a journalist for more than 20 years and has worked for over a decade in television.

Crystal graduated with Honors from Emerson College, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in History and Political Communication.

From field reporting during the chaos and fear of the Marathon bombings, to the streets of Boston with Black Lives Matter protesters, Crystal has strived to tell the stories that matter with a focus on objectivity. She is the founder and executive producer of  Boston 25 News’ four week, Boston’s Black History: Inspiring our Future. The first of its kind for the large-market station, the series led to a joint collaboration with the City of Boston for its first ever Black History Month Art contest.

Crystal is a two time Emmy nominated reporter and had earned several awards including an Associated Press award for Excellence in Journalism.

Crystal’s passion for telling stories in under-reported communities has led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Media Advocacy at Northeastern University.

Hometown:

Springfield, MA

Undergrad:

B.S. Broadcast Journalism, Emerson College

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

To effect the way local news covers stories in communities of disproportionate impact.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

Better knowledge in media studies and strategy while concentrating on how to apply thus in television newsrooms.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Senior producer and reporter. Part-time professor.

Describe the program in one word:

Timely

“Now more than ever the world needs journalists who are not only invested in telling good stories but stories that actually impact the lives of their viewers. To gather the news with that representation in mind is to be an advocate and that’s why this program is so important.”

Savannah Weinstock

I currently work in domestic violence advocacy as well as the Food Coordinator for the Cambridge Women’s Center. I have a background in bar management, whisk(e)y reviewing, and Environmental Studies. Through Media Advocacy I aim to investigate the social, resource, and benefit inequities in American society and to write about them with empathy. My diverse background and breadth of experience has lent me a unique lens to do just that.

Hometown:

Winona, MN

Undergrad:

B.S. Environmental Studies, Lewis & Clark

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

Media Advocacy seemed like a great way to study a little bit of everything. The focus on social justice was what really sold me.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Resource access, and illuminating the stories of those not usually seen in the news media.


Collyn Stephens

I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University in 2012.  After working for state government for a year I decided to travel to work with children, to learn another language and to find out what I wanted out of life.  My work with children has fueled my concern of our education system in the U.S., minority rights in the legal system and how laws affect these populations.

Hometown:

Jacksonville, FL

Undergrad:

B.S. in Business Management, Florida State University

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

I chose this program because I wanted to study and learn audio/video production and, at the same time, expand my understanding of the legal system.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

I hope to create thoughtful audio/video content that reports on communities that have been pushed out of our news feeds.  Masses of people are organizing for the betterment of the country and communication is key to their success. I hope to be knowledgeable about our legal system, so that I can incorporate it into my work.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

I want to work for a media company or freelance where I can tell stories in a social and legal context, so that people can understand there are many apparatuses in our society and how they connect.

Describe the program in one word:

Engaging

“Media Advocacy will teach you the strategies used by social movements, the legal systems that they have to navigate and the skills of journalism to present a story/message in an impactful way.  It is a game changer.”

Rishya Narayanan

BA bird mom, video game fanatic, and environmental advocate, Rishya specializes in environmental science communications. Before beginning graduate school, Rishya worked as an Educator for the New England Aquarium and the Communications & Public Relations Coordinator at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Her current areas of focus include marine science, climate change, and conservation.

Hometown:

West Windsor, NJ

Undergrad:

B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, Clark University

Why did you choose Media Advocacy?

Graduate school was important to me, because I felt as if I reached a block in my professional career– like I couldn’t progress further than I had. Most science communications programs focused only on journalism, and I most definitely did not want to only be a journalist. I decided on the Media Advocacy program because it was intersectional: it would provide me with a holistic tool-kit of communications skills as well as integral law and policy knowledge to legitimate my work. I wouldn’t just be a journalist, I would be a dynamic communicator and creator well-equipped to  help organizations push for the change they (and I) desired.

What are you hoping to get out of the program?

Build on the skills that I already have and gain new ones (photography and videography, for example, or proficiency in certain Adobe programs). Additionally, more knowledge and insight into policy and law so that I know where to push for change and how to navigate an (in my opinion) overlooked area of advocacy.

What career/field are you hoping to pursue post-grad?

Content creation and communications (and even informal education) in an environmental & conservation based organization, like National Geographic or the Smithsonian National Zoo. I aim to have a healthy mix of 9-5, back-end work with on the floor, in the field work as well.

Describe the program in one word:

Customizable