The South Jersey Times
Hello, my name is Kristina and I am currently a local beat reporter for the South Jersey Times, a daily newspaper in Woodbury, N.J. As a reporter I cover municipals, school boards, elections, crime and feature stories. I also shoot videos and take photos during some of my assignments, and upload and edit them for the website, nj.com. As a reporter I often use social media to get my stories out to a wider audience across Facebook and Twitter, and sometimes post on our paper's social media accounts.
In May 2013, I was hired at the Times as a copy editor. As a copy editor I was in charge of reading the stories before they went into the paper and edited photos for print. After editing, I would then design the local inside pages and create headlines for the stories.
In May 2013 I graduated with a BA in journalism from Rowan University, in Glassboro, N.J. I graduated with 122 credits and a Cum Laude from the College of Communications and Creative Arts. While attending Rowan, I was Editor-in-Chief of the school's paper, The Whit, for two years. I was a staff member for four years and worked on every section of the paper. My sophomore year I was News Editor, and a month into school my freshman year I become the Assistant News Editor.
During Hurricane Sandy I freelanced for a daily paper The Courier Post in Cherry HIll N.J. and live tweeted the weekend. I posted tweets, pictures and videos and updated people of what was happening in the area I was staying in.
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There may not have been as much snow as some were predicting in South Jersey, but school officials are backing up their decision to close schools on Tuesday. In Gloucester County, Troy Walton, Franklin Township Superintendent said this closing was a "tough one to call," but it all comes down to the student's safety.
Camden County Department of Health and Human Services announced the county will be under a "Code Blue" severe weather advisory tonight and Thursday night. The advisory will be from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. for both Wednesday and Thursday.
HAMILTON TWP. - A Monroe Township man has been issued traffic violations after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a school bus Wednesday morning, police said. Police identified Corey Briscoe, 41, of Williamstown, as the driver who struck the school bus and has been issued summonses for careless driving and failure to maintain a lane.
WASHINGTON TWP. - A Gloucester County man was struck and killed when he attempted to cross the Black Horse Pike on Tuesday night, police say. Police identify the victim as John M. Thurwanger, 34, of Washington Township, as the pedestrian who was attempting to cross the Black Horse Pike.
NEWFIELD - Borough police are seeking information on a suspect who allegedly removed pipes from a vacant home early Thursday morning. Police were dispatched to the home on the 100 block of Woodlawn Avenue for a report of burglary, theft and criminal mischief around 7:30 a.m.
CLAYTON -- A recent survey conducted by SmartAsset ranked the borough as the most affordable place to live in the state. The study was based on average costs, annual property taxes, annual homeowner's insurance and average annual mortgage payment in relation to the local median income, according to SmartAsset.
The story of how one Gloucester County woman who gave up her coat to a mother and her newborn child on a New York City sidewalk will air tonight on Discovery Life.
CAMDEN - A Palmyra man was sentenced to 9 years in prison Thursday for using his home to distribute images of child sex abuse, according to federal officials. Donald Kivel, 38, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography.
CLAYTON - The borough's skate park in Autumn Pasquale Memorial Park could see some new ramps and other additions courtesy of a local township. Recently, borough officials have been in touch with Washington Township to discuss ways to utilize the township's unused equipment to fix up the skate park that's located off East Avenue.
HADDONFIELD - A man's body was found before 5 p.m. Monday that appears to be a victim of a suspicious death due to the evidence in the area, according to a press release. Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Haddonfield Acting Police Chief Ted Stuessey reported the body that was found by joggers in a wooded area near Merion.
WILLIAMSTOWN - Singing, dancing, acting, a stage mother and a burlesque club are all common things one will see when they go to see "Gyspy." The Tony Award-winning musical, based on true memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, will be at the Grand Theatre in Williamstown this weekend.
Summer is right around the corner and a recent poll by AAA surveyed 600 New Jersey residents, Jersey Shore visitors will be returning to the beaches rather than visit out of state locations. According to the survey over 75 percent of those respondents said the storm did not alter their plans.
Reports say one child and one adult is in critical condition when seven people were ejected from a white minivan on the Atlantic City Expressway westbound before around 7:38 p.m. The accident took place between mile markers 39 and 41 in Winslow Township.
FRANKLIN TWP. - A 16 year-old girl, from Newfield, was flown by helicopter to Cooper Trauma after the vehicle she was in crashed into a utility pole on West Boulevard Tuesday at 11:54 a.m.
UPDATE: Police investigating NASCAR driver Jason Leffler's fatal crash LOGAN TWP.- NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was reported dead after a crash during "A Night of Wings" at Bridgeport Speedway in Gloucester County, according to the New Jersey State Police. Emergency crews were called to the racetrack around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Gloucester County Police Academy held its 25th annual Special Officer II Class graduation ceremony.
HARRISON TOWNSHIP - Around 9:15 p.m. a motorcyclist was reported to hit a tree on Woodland Avenue. According to a broadcast report a medevac helicopter was requested and landed at Clearview Regional High School. At this time the condition of the motorcyclist is unknown. Woodland Avenue is currently closed.
GLASSBORO - Three subjects were arrested on Friday and unable to post bail on account of endangering the welfare of a child after the child tested positive for opiates, police said. Ashley Cooper, 25, Kenneth Cromartie II, 27 and Jennifer Preston, 39, were arrested, according to a press release posted on the Glassboro Police Facebook page.
On Wednesday a nurse from Cooper University Hospital was approached from behind. A woman grabbed the nurses' cellphone and attempted to grab her purse. According to a press release by the Camden County Police, Courtney R. Baldi, 25 of Braddock, N.J., threw the victim's cellphone and fled down Mickle boulevard.
The Whit - Sports
Sitting in the men's basketball Head Coach Joe Cassidy's office, Kendall White, a senior from Lumberton, NJ, had his practice jersey slung around his neck. Just one week ago, the 6'4" 22-year-old Rowan University student had scored his 1,000th point for the Profs. White is only the 25th player in school history to reach the milestone.
The Whit- Features
By Kristina Pritchett and Ashley Chiaradio The past several months of discussing a merger between three universities was settled over the summer. Gov. Chris Christie finalized a bill, known as the "New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act," which states Rowan University is gaining the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, as well as creating a new college in Camden with Rutgers-Camden, which is effective July 1, 2013.
I have been with The Whit for four years now. I started with the news section, covering Student Government Association and Board of Trustees meetings, to covering the Rowan-Rutgers merger and more. I have written for the features section by attending a masquerade ball, the Philadelphia Flower Show and other events.
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The Whit - Arts & Entertainment
No werewolves and vampires this time, but you can bet there is romance, drama and action in Stephenie Meyer's newest novel-turned-movie. In "The Host," Earth is where people's bodies are taken over by "souls" which transform the entire population. In a life where humans are brutal and violent, these souls turn the world around with their politeness and bright, blue-rimmed pupils.
Profstock had its third annual show featuring artsists No Such Noise!, DJ Kalkutta, Cobra Starship and All American Rejects. Over 600 tickets were sold to the show that was held on Saturday in Esby gym.
The Whit - News
Sweeney, who represents the third district, was elected in 2001 to the state senate and has served as its president since 2010. The process of choosing the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony began with a group of administrators.
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