Alumnus Makes Game-Changing Gift to Journalism Program

As an Emmy Award–winning executive producer at ABC News, David Sloan (NCAS ’76) has worked side-by-side with some of the biggest names in broadcast journalism, including Barbara Walters and John Stossel.

Collaborating daily with industry heavyweights like these under constant deadline pressure requires confidence and assertiveness, qualities that Sloan struggled with early in life. He found them in college, however, and it opened up a world for him.

“Rutgers-Newark changed me. I became the kind of person I wanted to be: outgoing, present, a force in the room,” says Sloan. “It didn’t so much teach you that as it unlocked it. It taught you who you were, and that’s why it’s so special.”

Last spring, Sloan decided to give back to his alma mater, unlocking the potential of Rutgers-Newark journalism students in the process. His donation: $10,000 to create a new digital-journalism lab.

The gift is a game-changer for the Journalism Program.

“Now, because of the lab and the new multimedia journalism courses Rutgers-Newark can offer, students will have a solid knowledge of video, audio, podcasting, blogging, website building, and all of the other multimedia skills that are critical to succeeding in their field,” says Robin Fisher, director of the Journalism Program.

Sloan is grateful that he’s in a position to help. In a way, he’s come full-circle, given that his journey to the top of the broadcast media world started in Newark, when he was a reporter, then editor, of The Observer, the school newspaper.

Sloan’s gift to the journalism department was born of his appreciation for Rutgers-Newark. He also liked that the money was going to provide skills and education to students he could actually meet, and that he could actually go to the new lab and see it.

“The campus meant so much to me, and I really wanted to give back,” says Sloan. “So, when I was approached with the idea, I thought, ‘I’m in. Funding a lab and a course for journalism at Rutgers-Newark? There’s nothing better than that.’”

 

To read the original story this was exerpted from, see the NCAS Spring 2012 Newsletter.