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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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Bridget Scaturro '14 speaks to filmmaking students about sports broadcasting 

ESPN Production Assistant and Sacred Heart Greenwich alumna Bridget Scaturro '14 spoke to the Introduction to Filmmaking class via Zoom on October 29. 

"Sports broadcasting is a scary industry to go into. It's really competitive, and women are often put down in the industry just because it's a male-dominated industry. Sacred Heart definitely gave me the confidence to decide that that's what I wanted to do and pursue it and not just blow it off because I heard that it could be hard," Bridget said.

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25 Sacred Heart films selected for world's largest student film festival

The eighth annual All-American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF) features 25 Sacred Heart Greenwich student films. This is nearly twice the number of Sacred Heart films that were accepted last year!

Co-Founder and Executive Director Tom Oliva said, "This year, our organization received 2500 submissions from the top student film programs and independent student filmmakers from all over the world. Most programs are thrilled to have one film selected for a screening at our annual festival... Sacred Heart's 25 Official Selections is an outstanding achievement and further proof of both the quality and dedication of their students and overall program."

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

Written by Dylan Drury '22

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. 

The event was open to Sacred Heart Broadcast Journalism students in the classes of 2021 and 2022, and all Sacred Heart Greenwich alumnae. More than 50 members of the Sacred Heart community attended. The event took place over Zoom Video Communications, November 18, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event began at 7:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, and shifted to breakout rooms at 8:00 p.m. 

Ms. Caroline Keller graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2013, and continued her education at Tulane University. She now works as franchise production coordinator at Lucasfilm in San Francisco, California. 

"There are so many opportunities at Sacred Heart that so many people don't get, and if you take advantage of them, you have a good chance of knowing what you want to do, even before college," Ms. Keller said. 

Ms. Erin Manning ‘13 currently works at Sesame Workshop as an International Social Impact manager. Ms. Manning graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2013, and went on to graduate from Northwestern University in 2017. 

"Sacred Heart gave me not only the access to media, and being able to produce and develop my own content, but also giving a good plug to the Goals and Criteria, I work in the impact space and in community development, and I think that was something that was really engraved in me since my first day of eighth grade at Sacred Heart," Ms. Manning said.

Ms. Caroline Burch '15 graduated from the Annenberg school of Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2019, and went on to work as a Digital Production Assistant at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

Ms. Kate Benjamin ‘11 works as a Product Strategy Manager at Warner Media. She has worked there since October 2019. Ms. Benjamin graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2015. 

Ms. Erica Jorgensen ‘04 works as an Executive Producer of Investigations and Special Projects at NBCUniversal Media in West Hartford, CT. Ms. Jorgensen graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich in 2004 prior to completing her education at Brown University. 

“To have the experience of writing scripts and going out to shoot is some of the training I learned while at Sacred Heart, and to go into college with that background, I felt set up for success,” Ms. Jorgensen said.