Dec 5. 2012 -"Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship" - Abe Schechter, a true pioneer of radio news, became the first vice president of news for NBC. He began his career in newspapers, then moved to radio. During World War II, he became senior public relations officer for General MacArthur. He eventually returned to NBC where he helped create the Today show. From there, he became part owner of the Mutual Broadcasting System. In the 1960s Schechter founded a PR firm that he and his business partner, former RTDNF Trustee George Glazer subsequently sold to Hill & Knowlton. Schechter and his wife died in a car accident in 1989, and this $2,000 scholarship was established in his memory.
2012 Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship Winner - Heather Martino
Heather Martino is a Health and Science Reporting major at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she works as the Digital Media Assistant. She also holds a B.S./M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, where she managed an award winning international news radio program on WSOU 89.5 FM.
Heather’s interest in global health studies stems from her work as the Web Design and Social Media Editor for the Journal of Global Health Governance. She is currently pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, and hopes to raise awareness of global and public health concerns in developing nations.”
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“It is an honor to receive the Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, as these funds will be of great asset to my studies at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
My previous studies in Diplomacy and International Relations may seem like a deviation from journalism, but throughout my time as a graduate and undergraduate student at Seton Hall University I actively pursued radio. As the Executive Producer for the Global Current, WSOU 89.5 FM’s award winning international news radio program, I used the power of broadcast to raise awareness of headlines making news around the world. Some of the topics I covered included the earthquake in Haiti, honor killings, diaspora terror networks and international child abduction, to name a few. In addition to performing all of the recording and editing in Protools, I also managed my own blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and podcast components for the show, illustrating my capacity for understanding the many elements of broadcast and interactive journalism.
At the CUNY J-School, I am honing those skills to further develop my reporting sensibilities and produce meaningful work. In just a few short weeks I’ve produced numerous clips, including an interview with a recently returned Marine Staff Sargent regarding the insider attacks in Afghanistan. Prior to the presidential election, I also interviewed Terrance Grado, the Director of National and State Policy at Generation Opportunity, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to educate, organize and mobilize 18 to 29 year olds on immediate and long-term economic challenges facing the nation. The ability to cover timely topics and the access to equipment and multimedia resources at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is vital to pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.
Abe Schecter’s work supervising radio and press communications for war correspondents during World War II is an inspiration to me. My cousin, Mark Martino, is currently serving overseas in Afghanistan, and I hope my work here in the states will help to raise awareness of the importance of those fighting for our freedom, as well as the war correspondents covering their plight. I recently covered New York City’s Veterans Day Parade, and hope to work more closely with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive the Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation to support my studies in broadcast journalism.”