Staff

Editorial Board and Production Office

Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Zakaim
zakaime1@tcnj.edu

Elizabeth is a senior journalism and psychology double major. She started writing for the paper her first semester of freshman year and hasn’t stopped since. She is the proud recipient of two merit scholarships (one awarded to her by the New Jersey Press Association and the other the journalism department) that acknowledge her passionate dedication to writing and news gathering. 

When she is not writing, Elizabeth can be found in the International House on campus where she serves as the community adviser to students attending the College from all over the world. Although she graduates this spring, she hopes to continue to put her journalistic skills to work for many more years to come. 

Managing Editor — Emmy Liederman
liedere1@tcnj.edu

Emmy is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a minor in Spanish. She has been writing for The Signal since the beginning of her freshman year, working as Opinions Editor last spring and Features Editor in the fall. Emmy is also a research assistant at the College’s development office, as well as a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is passionate about journalism and its potential to shine a light on social issues.

Managing EditorGarrett Cecere
cecereg1@tcnj.edu

Garrett is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communication studies. He joined The Signal as a staff writer in September 2018 after transferring from Raritan Valley Community College, where he earned his associate’s in communication studies and helped revamp the campus’s online newspaper, the Record.

During his spare time, Garrett enjoys listening to rock music and watching films (especially Tarantino and Scorsese). He is a fan of the New York Giants and New York Mets.

News Editor — Camille Furst
furstc1@tcnj.edu

Camille Furst is a freshman journalism and professional writing major with a double minor in international studies and religion. She began writing for The Signal in the beginning of the year and is thrilled to be co-News Editor with Nicole Viviano! Outside of the office, she enjoys reading and writing non-fiction and being involved with the New Jersey Christian Fellowship on campus.

She is very excited to continue her work with The Signal team this upcoming semester!

News Editor — Nicole Viviano
viviann1@tcnj.edu

Nicole is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communication studies.  She transferred to the College in the fall of 2018 and began writing for The Signal the same semester.  Previously writing for her community college’s online newspaper, Nicole knew involvement with The Signal meant involvement with the college community firsthand.  Through her writing for the paper and current editing position she thoroughly enjoys the interactive and individual elements to working at The Signal.

Interviewing, writing and editing are interests that have developed into a career path.  Outside of school, Nicole is a movie and food-loving, poetry-writing, camping, fishing, beach-lounging, creative soul.  She is always looking and willing to hear someone’s story.

Sports Editor — Christine Houghton
houghtc1@tcnj.edu

Christine is a freshman studying journalism and hoping to declare a communication studies second major this fall. She began writing for The Signal this past fall and moved up the ranks from correspondent to staff writer, finally taking on the role of Sports Editor to start her second semester. Apart from serving on the Editorial Board, Christine is also a sports announcer/commentator for the campus radio station 91.3 WTSR.

When she isn’t working on the sports section, Christine can be found either playing or watching sports, her favorite team being the Philadelphia Eagles. She also enjoys watching crime documentaries, hanging out with friends, playing the guitar and enjoying any down time she can get.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Nicole Zamlout
zamloun1@tcnj.edu

Nicole Zamlout is a sophomore English major with minors in Journalism and Creative Writing. She is passionate about theater and film, which she expresses by being a member of TMT, the musical theater club on campus.

She is also a member of TWLOHA (mental health awareness club), INK (creative writing club), and ONBT (Harry Potter club) as well as being a member of Tri Sigma Sorority. Her love of the arts will push her to deliver the best news in the category for all of The Signals loyal readers.

Reviews Editor Lara Becker
beckerl3@tcnj.edu

Lara Becker is a sophomore communication studies and a journalism and professional writing double major, and is joining The Signal as the Reviews Editor. Interested in film and theater arts, she is excited to be a part of her first news organization covering stories and writing about an area in which she enjoys.

Features Editor — Jane Bowden
bowdenj1@tcnj.edu

Jane Bowden is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in interactive multimedia. She has been writing for The Signal since transferring to the College in the fall of 2018 but previously worked as her community college’s editor for two years. Jane is passionate about reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health, posting biweekly for her blog, Your Friend Jane, and hopes that her writing will someday make a difference.

 

Opinions Editor — Isabel Vega
vegai1@tcnj.edu

Isabel Vega is freshman journalism and professional writing major at the College. She is so excited to be this semester’s Opinions Editor for The Signal. Isabel has aspirations of becoming a broadcast journalist, as she enjoys catching up on current events in her free time.
In high school, she worked as Opinions and Reviews Editor for her school’s paper, RamPageIsabel can’t wait to further her involvement with The Signal this semester, and looks forward to learning more about the journalism field, and improve her skills as a writer, reporter and editor.

Nation & World Editor — James Wright
wrightj17@tcnj.edu

James is currently a junior political science major here at the College. Prior to becoming a member of the editorial board, he has been writing articles for Nation & World for the past two semesters. He enjoys covering major political events and aspires to pursue a career in the legal field.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports (his favorites being football and baseball) with his friends and reading for pleasure.

Production Manager  — Kalli Colacino
colacik1@tcnj.edu

Kalli is a freshman journalism and professional writing major with a double major in marketing. She has been involved with The Signal since the beginning of her freshman year, writing various articles for the paper. Kalli loves to write, and loves how journalism can be used to share information with a variety of people.

Web Editor Muhammad Suddiqui
siddiqm4@tcnj.edu

Muhammad is a sophomore biology major who has been writing for The Signal since his freshman year. After starting off as a contributor for Nation & World, he has decided to continue his involvement this year by serving alongside the staff as Web Editor.

In addition to his duties for The Signal, Muhammad is also a tutor on campus for math and science and is an associate member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, reading about history and, of course, reading the news!

Social Media Editor — Lily Firth
firthl1@tcnj.edu

Lily is a senior English major with minors in creative writing and marketing. She began writing for The Signal her freshman year at the College, mostly for the reviews section. She then held the positions of Reviews Editor, Features Editor and News Editor before becoming one of the Social Media Editors this semester. Lily hopes to gain practical experience at The Signal, as she is interested in becoming a novel or magazine editor when she graduates. She loves to be involved, as she is in the English Honor Society, INK club, an editor for the Lion’s Eye Magazine and in Delta Zeta. She loves sitcoms, Tarantino movies, biking, music of all genres and reading realistic fiction. Lily would die for any Philly sports team, except the 76ers. Although she is committed to editing, she would love to become the next J.K. Rowling or Jodi Picoult, as she loves to write in her free time.

Social Media Editor Alexandra Parado
paradoa1@tcnj.edu

Alex is a senior studying anthropology and journalism. She began writing for The Signal the fall of her junior year and after being a correspondent, Sports Assistant and Sports Editor, she currently serves as this semester’s Social Media Editor. Other than serving on the editorial board, she is involved with Student Government as a Senator of The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Student Manager at Res Ed and Housing.

When she isn’t working on the newspaper, she is most likely rushing to her other job as a waitress or traveling up and down the East Coast. Alex spends her very little free time writing in her journal while listening to Kanye West. She also enjoys writing posts for her blog and watching cooking shows.

Photo Editor —Miguel Gonzalez
gonzam23@tcnj.edu

Miguel Gonzalez is a senior journalism and professional writing major and political science double major. As a former editor in News and Sports, Miguel has written over 150 articles for The Signal. From the sidelines at Lions Stadium to the seats at Kendall Hall, Miguel is always ready to jolt a new story. But his primary interest lies behind the lens. Miguel can’t wait to capture the moment at the College as the Photo Editor.
Aside from the Signal, Miguel is currently a senior representative at the Student Finance Board and a mentor for the Lions Leadership Institute. He is also a member of Men of Excellence. Miguel is a fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and Manchester United. Miguel hopes to go into a career in sports journalism or photojournalism. Wherever he goes, he’s glad that his passion in journalism and photography started at The Signal. He is currently interning at Community News Service in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

Business Manager — Derek Falci
falcid1@tcnj.edu

Derek is a junior finance major and the business manager for The Signal.  He has minors in marketing and law, politics and philosophy. This is his second semester working for The Signal.
On campus, he is a member of Beta Theta Pi and Pi Sigma Epsilon. He is an avid New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoys spouting off all of the useless knowledge in his head while watching “Jeopardy!,” playing with his dog Simon and eating Chipotle burritos.

Distribution Manager — Kevin Shaw
shawk3@tcnj.edu

Kevin is a senior communication studies major with a specialization in Radio, TV & Film. He’s been a contributor to The Signal since the fall of 2015 and has been distributing the paper since the spring of 2016.
You can find him on Wednesday afternoons zipping around campus in his golf cart listening to anything from classic rock, or indie folk, to Hamilton: An American Musical.
The Signal is also created with the help of its editorial and photo assistants, as well as many staff writers, columnists, staff photographers and correspondents who work every week to deliver the news to The College of New Jersey community.

If you have any questions, email signal@tcnj.edu.

For any business or ad inquiries, email signalad@tcnj.edu.

Looking for somebody? Check out our previous staff lists: Fall 2018Spring 2018Fall 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016Spring 2016Fall 2015Spring 2015Spring 2014, Fall 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Spring 2012 and Fall 2011.

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