This week’s #MediaMonday comes from a college friend. If you were in the journalism program at University of Maryland anytime from 2012-2016, you probably met Amanda Eisenberg, or at least knew of her. Amanda and I had several classes together, worked on several projects and I even served under her when we both worked together at UMD’s entertainment magazine, Unwind…I’m excited to be able to share the story of a fellow Terp!
So, Amanda, time to share…
I want you to tell me about your health problems. Seriously. I’m a 23-year-old associate editor covering employer-sponsored health care, among other pressing HR and benefits issues, for the aptly titled Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication, in New York City.
But let’s back it up a little. I knew I always wanted to be a writer, with the content depending on whatever I was reading at the moment; I wanted to write novels from different perspectives when reading Jodi Picoult and chapter books when reading Lemony Snicket. By the time I was in high school, I regularly read The Record, my local paper, and journalism seemed like the perfect fit for someone who gets bored easily. I love the flexibility journalism offers to learn something new every day.
I just graduated last May from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, where I also studied history, gentrification and criminal justice, while ultimately obtaining my journalism degree. While there, I worked as a copy editor for the university’s independent student paper, The Diamondback, and ran the campus magazine, Unwind, as editor in chief. I also held several internships at a variety of companies, including Hearst, NJ.com and Bustle.
My journalism career truly kicked off though, when I became a Dow Jones News Fund intern covering health care IT for Health Data Management after graduation, another SourceMedia publication, which is what eventually lead me to EBN.
I’m a lifelong Bergen County, N.J. resident, hailing from Montvale. If you have a pitch you think would be a good fit for EBN, you can reach me at Amanda.Eisenberg@sourcemedia.com. And follow me on Twitter at @aeis17.