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Sacred Heart Greenwich seniors Olivia Christensen, Lé-Anne Johnson, Eloise Moulton, Isabelle PipherSofia Pye, and Lilly Thompson will study film, journalism, and media at their respective universities next year.  These five seniors will utilize the skills they have learned in Sacred Heart’s media programs to pursue their passions in the news and communications industry.

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Alumnae share how Sacred Heart Greenwich shaped their success in the media industry

The Sacred Heart Greenwich Alumnae Media Network presented the “Mix and Mingle: Navigating the Media Industry” event on November 18. Panelists included five Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae, Ms. Kate Benjamin '11, Ms. Caroline Keller '13, Ms. Erica Jorgensen '04, Ms. Erin Manning '13, and the emcee of the event, Ms. Caroline Burch '15. 

 

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Broadcast journalist Grace Sutherland '16 gives advice to current Sacred Heart students 

Grace Sutherland '16 graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from USC. She said, “The Broadcast Journalism department was the greatest outlet for me. Yes, it was a class, but I always looked at it as the peak of my day. Because of the Broadcast department, I was able to find my loves of news, politics, and film. I learned the unpredictable nature of the news is what I love. I love that every day is different. I learned the basic ideals of patience, spontaneity and quick thinking.” 

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Broadcast journalist Grace Sutherland '16 gives advice to current Sacred Heart students 

Written by Erin Griffin '21

Grace Sutherland ‘16 reflected on her days in the Broadcast Journalism program and what those special opportunities taught her during her memorable years at Sacred Heart Greenwich. She demonstrates what it means to be a leader and role model for young girls aspiring to embark on the path towards the filmmaking world.

Grace said, “The Broadcast Journalism department was the greatest outlet for me. Yes, it was a class, but I always looked at it as the peak of my day. Because of the Broadcast department, I was able to find my loves of news, politics, and film. I learned the unpredictable nature of the news is what I love. I love that every day is different. I learned the basic ideals of patience, spontaneity and quick thinking.” 

Grace continued her education and passion for news at the University of Southern California. She graduated with a Journalism degree Magna Cum Laude honors. 

 “It was always a dream for me to go to USC and study my passion. The day I got in I was so thrilled, and knew it would advance my career that much more,” Grace said.

Grace participated in eight internships during her four years at USC. This on top of her already challenging course selection gave her a well-rounded education. Grace said she was eager to participate in every opportunity that came her way. 

“You name it -- I did it,” Grace said.

Grace discussed her favorite project that she worked on at USC that helped shape her into not only the filmmaker she is today, but the person as well.

“I decided to create a project about my parents' 9/11 experience. My father is a 9/11 survivor, and I wanted my mother's narration of the day to day as well," Grace said. "It was one of the most powerful pieces I have ever created, and I am so immensely proud of it.”

Grace is now working at NBC, specifically focused on the election. 

“For the election, I worked through the night creating on-air content. My goal is to continue to work in producing and to hopefully one day transition to management later on.”

Grace shared some final words of wisdom to the young filmmakers in the Sacred Heart community. 

“My biggest piece of advice moving forward to journalism students is to explore. Read and listen to everything. It has only increased my passion for the field and caused me to learn that much more.”

Grace credits the Broadcast Journalism program at Sacred Heart, run by Ms. Ellyn Stewart and Mr. David Pisani, for teaching her what filmmaking is truly all about.

Grace said, “I owe everything to the Broadcast Journalism department. It shaped my life forever.”