Professor Jennifer Mauro begins her first day teaching students at the Rutgers Communiversity program. However, this is not an entirely new experience for her.Mauro, a graduate of the university of has had quite a diverse career in the field. Her first job was as primary reporter/editor for the Times Herald-Record in upstate New York. She was active there during September 11th, an experience that drastically changed her journalistic perspective. She spent much time covering the aftermath along with many funerals. She’s gone on to describe the experience as having an unexpected emotional toll and intimidating. In one such instance she feared someone in her personal life had been lost to the tragedy. However, this experience taught her how to keep composure in the workplace and persevere through difficult tasks.
From there, her career took off as she relocated to the Home News Tribune and Courier News in New Jersey for the next 10 years. She performed reporting and copy desk duties and eventually website duties for breaking news. In 2010, she accompanied her husband, a member of the U.S. Army to Germany. While overseas she became a part of the U.S. Public Affairs Office. Being in Germany allowed her to pursue her love of traveling. In a matter of two years, she was back in New Jersey freelance writing for local papers such as the Asbury Park Press.
Mauro has stated that much has changed since she first began pursuing journalism, such as how the influence of social media and importance of breaking news have altered the field. She advised how a willingness to adapt is essential to being a successful journalist.
When she’s not actively writing, she’s traveling and enjoys reading. Mauro cites Elmore Leonard as one of her biggest influences. Despite this being her first day teaching, she’s previously taught journalism courses and is still currently a writing coach.