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Danielle Rivard

Danielle Rivard, ‘12
Danielle Rivard, ‘12

Class of 2012

BA Journalism

Danielle’s career in journalism actually began before school ended. As a student at Keene State College, she took advantage of opportunities on and off campus. For example, on campus Danielle was involved in student government and also worked for "The Equinox," Keene State’s student newspaper. During the summer, she was an intern at the Worcester District Court Probation Department and "The Worcester Telegram & Gazette."

"I started my first journalism job during my last semester of college," Danielle reports. "I worked as an editorial assistant and contributing reporter at "The Boston Herald." I worked there a year before I became a crime reporter for The Keene Sentinel. I’ve been at the newspaper for almost a year now, covering all things crime, courts, and Cheshire County government, and that includes a lot of breaking news!"

So how has Danielle’s KSC college experience enabled her professional success? "The Keene State Journalism program has braced me for the daily pressures and challenges of journalism," she says. "My professors told it like it was. They pushed me. They taught me the skills to survive in the new media world of journalism, whether it’s print, online, TV, or photography. They challenged me to come up with my own stories and to develop and produce them. Deadline always meant deadline. Now I continue to challenge myself as a working journalist, but I never stray far from the foundations my Keene State professors cemented."

Danielle’s advice to students pursuing a degree in journalism is to explore the major beyond the text book. "There are so many opportunities," she days. "Get out there, get your hands dirty, and build your resume."

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