SHSJC Alum Produces Shows/Co-Founds Online Magazine
Stephanie Sutton, Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
(SHSJC) Class of ’08, fondly recalls spending many
late evenings at the school working on projects for hours
with "amazingly creative people." She laughs, "Nowadays,
[the projects] would take me only an hour or so to finish."
Sutton, a former Broadcast Journalism major, is now a Reporter/Producer
for Cox Communications Channel 11 as well as Co-Founder & Executive
Editor of OliveCocoMag.com. Attending SHSJC, she says, really inspired her
and opened her eyes to endless possibilities. “I always knew I wanted
to work in television and attending SHSJC definitely taught me that in this
field, anything can happen.”
Sutton was proactive in defining her future and took the steps necessary
to position herself as the perfect new hire when she began looking for work
after graduation. She completed internships in NASA Langley’s PR department,
Entertainment Tonight in New York City and VBTV in Virginia Beach where she
acquired solid camera reporting and producing experience. Sutton later contacted
the station manager at Cox after seeing a show that sparked her interest.
Though she was well prepared for the interview, a positive recommendation
from her mentor, Prof. Chris Leonard, made an impact, and she was soon offered
a position as a producer.
Helping to start OliveCoco - an online magazine for women of
color - is just another vehicle in which Sutton displays the production
skills learned at SHSJC. “I think programs like CBE (Center for Broadcast
Excellence) … helped me explore
my creativity and challenge myself.” She enjoys reporting and doing
live streams of celebrity events, conducting interviews and producing her
own segments. "Everything has been a journey!" she says, adding, "Wouldn't
trade it for the world!" Sutton's advises students who share her passion
and are considering following her path to never "give up on something
you can't go a day without thinking about!"
According to its website, OliveCoco is "the fastest growing online
magazine for every tone of woman" and is the "definitive online
magazine for women of color between the ages of 18-49." The magazine
reports on topics related to women of every heritage, including "African,
European, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Latina and Pacific
Island heritage." OliveCoco launched September, 2010.