Rider’s Journalism Major Gets Full Spin to Best Masters Program

Senior Journalism Major Sarah Siock earned a full scholarship to the University of Maryland to pursue her Masters in Journalism.

Siock is the editor of the student newspaper, Rider news, overseeing a team of nearly 20 student writers, editors, photographers and designers. Siock transferred to Rider as a junior during the pandemic and joined the newspaper while taking distance learning courses. She quickly stepped into the role of Arts and Entertainment Editor during the 2020-21 school year.

“It was very intimidating to change schools, and I could easily have chosen to go into the background,” she says.

Instead, Siock, who maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his college career, thrived. She rose to the position of editor of the newspaper during her senior year.

“I pushed myself to get involved in Rider news“, said Siock. “Making this leap was the most important decision I have ever made and brought me so many opportunities.

Siock began her journalism career as a student at Bucks County Community College. She was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Centurion, for three semesters. His experience at Rider news solidified her passion for journalism and prepared her for her next steps at the University of Maryland.

“I’ve grown so much as a student journalist,” says Siock. “Work for Rider news gave me work experience that will help me in my career in the future.

Siock interned for three summers at his local newspaper, the Bucks County Mail Schedules in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, working as a general assignment reporter. She will do an internship there again this summer.

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland is consistently ranked among the top journalism schools in the world. Alumni and faculty members are proud to have won multiple Pulitzer Prizes, Peabody Awards, and Emmy Awards. The college has produced a number of notable alumni including television presenter and correspondent Connie Chung and SportCenter’s Scott Van Pelt. The school is also home to the student-run news organization, Capital News Service, which provides award-winning coverage on Maryland and Washington, D.C.

“Sarah served as Rider news‘Editor with Distinction,’ says Rider’s News faculty advisor Dr. Jackie Incollingo. “Sarah will succeed in graduate school because she brings together a trio of important qualities: passion for journalism, lightning-fast adaptability and academic excellence.”

Earnest L. Veasey