Award-winning Photojournalist Honored for 2009

It was only four years ago when Joe O’Neill (2005) was sitting in the audience at Communication/Journalism Day as a student. A 2005 graduate, Joe used his SUTV and internship experience to land a photojournalist position with WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His relatively short career at WHTM has brought Joe a long list of accomplishments. In 2009, the popular photographer website,, recognized Joe as the national Best of B-Roll Photographer of the Year for market sizes 31 to 212. He has been honored with six Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award. The Associated Press and the National Press Photographers Association have honored Joe with a number of awards, including three national NPPA awards.

According to Joe, his most honored accomplishment came this year when he helped WHTM win the 2009 National Press Photographers Association Medium Size Market Station of the Year. Two other Comm/Journ graduates, Mark Thompson and Eric Heisler, are also photojournalists on WHTM's award-winning staff.

For Joe, being a photojournalist is about much more than capturing pretty pictures. It’s all about telling quality stories. “My goal, day in and day out, is to help bring the viewer to the scene. You do that be capturing moments, compelling sound, and being right in the action,” says O’Neill. “Some people think being a photojournalist is about pointing a camera at the action and shooting video. They couldn’t be more inaccurate. This job is all about storytelling. It’s one of the most challenging positions in the news industry.”

Two Alumni Honored for 2008

Two Communication/Journalism alumni were selected as Alumni of the Year for 2008 during a ceremony April 10, 2008 in the Ceddia Union Building. The ceremony coincided with the annual Communication/Journalism Day activities held in the CUB.

Honored for their professional achievements as Comm/Journ graduates and for their commitment to the field of communications were Eduardo Mack (1987) and John Morgan (1986).

Since 2003, Eduardo Mack has served as the Corporate Communications Manager for Globo TV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eduardo is responsible for managing cross-platform corporate responsibility projects in Latin America’s largest media group, which comprises broadcast and cable TV, print, internet and radio companies. In addition, he serves as the Marketing Manager, International Division, where he is responsible for managing marketing teams in promoting Globo’s products overseas. Eduardo manages a team of marketing assistants and press officers in the creation of promotional materials and coordinates events overseas, such as Globo’s presence in trade fairs.

John Morgan is Regional Managing Director, greater China, of GolinHarris, where he has worked for 13 years. John is responsible for the firm’s 100-person operations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan. John brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing & brand strategy and issues/crisis management to the firm. His current clients include Hong Kong-listed companies VTech Holdings, Jardine Matheson, China Everbright Limited; and multi-nationals Dow Chemical, Bayer HealthCare, Cisco Systems, Marriott International and Starbucks.