Loyola University Maryland

Emerging Media

Close

New Students

image divider

Meet some of the new Emerging Media students who started classes during the Fall 2016 semester as they discuss their academic interests, what drew them to the program, and what they hope to accomplish with their master’s degree.

Jess Mayhugh

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Interests within the Emerging Media program:
I've been in the journalism industry for more than 10 years and, while I've followed emerging media trends within my career, I am interested in studying how things have changed.

What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program:
I want to gain knowledge about trends in the industry, but also eager to gain a post-grad degree and increase my career options down the line.

Why you chose the Emerging Media program: I was really attracted to the flexibility of the program, how so many things can be done online and on your own time. I also like how it picked up exactly where my undergrad journalism degree left off.

Additional details: I am currently the digital editor for Baltimore magazine, where I curate all of our website's editorial content. I'm in charge of editing and writing stories, as well as implementing how they're shared on social media. I currently live in Upper Fells Point with my husband Danny and our two cats Ruby and Ralph.


Matt Achhammer

Hometown: Sugar Notch, PA

Interests within the Emerging Media program:
Using emerging media for good causes. Applying emerging media to communicate a message or a cause of an organization. Crossroads of emerging media in advertising and philanthropy.  Emerging media as used in driving business and retaining customers.

What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program:
I hope to gain a foundation for expertise in the field of emerging media, learning to apply it effectively within various contexts, both for and non-profit.

Why you chose the Emerging Media program:
This program is cutting edge, and I like that the program will grow as we grow with it. The subject matter speaks to work I have done in various areas, and allows me to continue on the path I have been on, or to forge ahead in a new direction.

Additional details: I have had two different career paths, one in the non-profit world in policy and advocacy work on housing and homelessness issue, and the other in the bar and restaurant world. I am also a photographer.

Lauren Boenau

Hometown: Fairfax Station, VA

Interests within the Emerging Media program: I am interested in continuing my Loyola journey and education. I am intrigued by the various learning aims and diversity of courses, specifically the ethics, social media, and creative aspects of the program.

What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program:
I hope to apply everything that I am learning to my current job to better market ASCO's various Meetings and Symposiums. I want to improve the way that we market and bring new ideas to the table.

Why you chose the Emerging Media program: As an undergraduate student at Loyola, I learned so much and met many amazing professors. My undergraduate experience helped me get my first job, and set me up for success the company (after just two years, I was promoted to Coordinator). I want to continue my Loyola experience as a graduate student in the Emerging Media Program, knowing that there will be a return on the investment.

Additional details: I am currently a Marketing Coordinator at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I began working at ASCO in June of 2014 as a Marketing Associate. I currently live in Centreville, VA and enjoy playing volleyball and soccer, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and fostering kittens.

Megan Hitchens

Hometown: Baldwin, MD

Interests within the Emerging Media program: Content Creation and Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Communications, Hootsuite

What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program:
Being able to identify new technologies and assess how they can be leveraged is such an important, crucial skill for any marketing and communications professional as the industry continues to change rapidly.  While I learn what I can from copious reading and case studies or simply by following my favorite brands on social media, I do not currently have the foundational knowledge I need to truly utilize these new technologies that are shaping the way businesses reach consumers, which is what I am hoping to gain from this program.

Why you chose the Emerging Media program: I've heard great things, and I love Loyola! Plus the flexibility of an online format is perfect for a busy lifestyle.

Additional Details: Currently serve as a Marketing Assistant at KIMCO Realty Corporation in Timonium, MD. Proud Gettysburg College alumna and former collegiate swimmer.

Emily Brown

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland.

Interests within the Emerging Media program:
To learn more about social media management and the impact of social media and communications on our world.
What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program: To enhance my ability to create new media and understand the changing world around us as I pursue a degree in sports communications.

Why you chose the Emerging Media program:
It really applied to the career path I want to pursue, and was a good way to get my bachelors and masters degrees in four years. The classes also immediately appealed to me as being interesting and useful.

Additional details:
I graduated from the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2016. I am currently a full-time graduate student, a Graduate Assistant at the Loyola Athletics Communications Department, and a Public Relations Intern with the Washington Redskins. I formerly worked with the University of Kentucky Athletics Media Relations Department, the Southeastern Conference, IMG College, and the University of Kentucky Student Activities Board.

Todd Sanft

Interests within the Emerging Media program: Determining how to appropriately leverage social media

What you hope to gain from the Emerging Media program:
Looking to broaden my skill set and insights on new and evolving media outlets

Why you chose the Emerging Media program:
Loyola's reputation and my desire for continual learning