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Steve Maugeri

Major: Electronic Media, renamed to Cinema, Television, and Media Production, Class of 2015.Steve Maugeri

Steve Maugeri is working diligently to be the best he can be in the field of news and entertainment.

At the dawn of Maugeri's college career, he wasted no time diving headfirst into the pool of KU's extracurricular life. His freshman mentor introduced him to KU-TV, a student-produced television station which airs on three local cable systems and via the web. When the sports anchor position on Newsbreak became available, Maugeri seized the opportunity to take a seat in front of the camera to give reporting a try. Through this initial experience with KU-TV, his love for broadcasting solidified, and Maugeri became an active participant in all things Electronic Media.

"It is a very reputable program. The best thing is we get hands-on experience immediately. In your first semester, you're shooting and editing right away. You also get to work with a small group of great, dedicated people." He adds that one of many reasons Electronic Media (now Cinema, Television, and Media Production) at KU is so noteworthy is that the students play a substantial role in local media.

After settling in as the new sports anchor, doors opened like falling dominos. In addition to the anchor position, Maugeri hosted Between the Lines for three semesters, a program through KU-TV which provides the university and local communities with student and coach interviews, recaps and game highlights of KU sports. He also hosted KULive, which airs on the campus radio station KUR. The program covers campus and community issues, featuring interviews with local political figures as well as some of the university's top administrators. He served as a sports editor for the university newspaper, The Keystone, and was a member of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society.

Maugeri emphasizes the benefits of extracurricular activities and proclaims they were one of the most valuable experiences in his time as an undergraduate.

"That's the beauty of this major as a whole, you can get involved. The classes teach you requisite skills. The clubs teach you the nature of the business."

March of 2014 brought enormous recognition and success for Kutztown University's Electronic Media Department. Some students from the department got to venture to Los Angeles for the National Broadcasting Society convention. KU came home with the "Chapter of the Year" award and also was deemed a co-winner in the Video Promotion Category for the 2013 football season promo. Students representing The Keystone traveled to San Diego for the ACP National College Journalism convention, and students representing KUR traveled to New York City for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Society (IBS) convention.

While mingling at the National Broadcasting Society convention, Maugeri crossed paths with the general manager of The two clicked upon meeting, and he began writing professionally for the sports site about the NFL and Philadelphia Eagles football team. Networking, says Maugeri, is essential.

"It's about getting your foot in the door. It's not so much what you have, it's who you know and who knows you. It's about developing a following."

Maugeri landed an internship with 101.1 MORE FM in Philadelphia working in promotions. The accumulation of invaluable experience gained through hard work and tireless involvement is building a sturdy foundation for Maugeri, one which he confidently stands upon. 

"Television is a work of art and you can paint it any way you want. The camera is your paintbrush and the world is your canvas."

Reflecting back on his time at KU, Maugeri says the entire experience of being an Electronic Media student in Kutztown was an all-around positive and unforgettable endeavor.

"I got college credits to make TV shows and talk about sports. You have all the equipment you need at your fingertips. We bring the university alive. If you are graduating from Kutztown in Electronic Media, you are prepared."

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