Breaking into the Field

A headshot of Phil Devitt
Phil Devitt '09

Phil Devitt, RWU Class of 2009

Major:  Communication & Media Studies

Many of our students find that getting involved on the Roger Williams campus often provides key experiences and skills they can use to build the skills employers want in order to secure future jobs. Phil Devitt, for example, who's now managing editor at Hathaway Publishing, cites his on-campus involvement as his entry point into journalism.

"My involvement with the student newspaper and radio station landed me my first job in journalism and subsequently opened a lot of doors after that."

Devitt says writing for The Hawks' Herald and hosting WQRI-FM 88.3 helped solidify his passion for journalism by removing the small doubts he had about pursuing career in the field. Most importantly, the experience exposed him to what life was like as a journalist. "Some of the real lessons I learned about doing the job came from the long nights at The Hawks' Herald and behind the mic at the station," he says.

As a bonus, joining two of the more than 75 clubs and organizations on campus helped Devitt, who commuted to campus, says he become more social at Roger Williams. "You gain exposure, but you also gain friends and find your own voice in the process," he says of campus involvement. It's these kinds of complete educational experiences, Devitt feels, that makes RWU special for all its students.