Saturday, March 27, 2010

Julie Robenhymer revisits journalism roots at UMass

Julie Robenhymer, a University of Massachusetts 2003 graduate has not only fulfilled her dream to integrate sports and writing, but has also opened her own dress shop, Mullica Hill Bridal Shop, and was the winner of the Miss New Jersey contest in 2005.

A go-getter at heart, Robenhymer says she is always working, and that there is never an end to her day. While a student at UMass, she participated in sports management classes as well as journalism classes in an effort to mesh her two passions. After working at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian, Robenhymer discovered that she didn't have an interest in strictly print media, and went on to work for former UMass athletic director Bob Marcum.

After taking a hiatus to pursue her Miss New Jersey title, Robenhymer was given the opportunity to become a member of, a website for the above-average hockey fan, in 2007. She began blogging for the site, and has since broadened her spectrum of work to include audio and video podcasts, as well as maintaining her twitter account.

Robenhymer says she graduated from UMass with very little multimedia experience, and that these aspects have evolved over time with her job. She believes that these different genres appeal to difference audiences, and allows for story deadlines to be immediate, an essential part of sports journalism.

While Robenhymer still feels the struggle between maintaining all of the aspects of her job, it is clear from watching her and listening to her speak that there is nothing in the world she would rather be doing.

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