Peer Advisors

Journalism has a peer advising program. Each year, several juniors and seniors with a broad array of experience in coursework, campus media, internships and studying abroad make themselves available to their fellow students as well as high school and transfer students. Here are 2014 peer advisors.

Brittney Figueira

Brittney is a senior journalism major, pursuing the film study certificate. She is from Peabody, Massachusetts and has high hopes for working in Boston news. Brittney has been involved with all forms of campus media and has interned with WGBH-TV, WGGB-TV and WHDH-TV. She also has contributed to the Huffington Post college blog in collaboration with the investigative journalism class. Recently, she was selected among the top twenty percent of student applicants in the country to cover the Online News Association conference on a Google scholarship.

Kerry O'Connor

Kerry is a junior journalism major, with a double major in English. She has been involved in campus media since entering the major her sophomore year. Kerry currently writes for the Lifestyle section of Amherst Wire and has taken photos for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. Her journalism interests include photojournalism, ethics and international news. She can assist students with choosing journalism classes as well as advice on GenEd Requirements.

Aviva Luttrell

Aviva is a senior double major in Journalism and Communication and a Spanish minor. She’s the News Editor at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and also works for the University’s online Certificate of Journalism program. During her time at the Collegian, she’s covered topics ranging from student debt to sustainability to breaking news. In addition to newswriting, she enjoys photojournalism and producing multimedia content. After college, she plans to pursue a career in print or online journalism.


Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez is a senior Journalism major and political science minor in the UMass Journalism Department. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Daniel decided to pursue his undergraduate degree on the east coast to experience a different area of the country. As an aspiring television news producer, Daniel has been a member of UVC-TV 19 since his freshman year and has interned with ABC 40 in Springfield and with NBC Network News in New York. His work has also been published in the Huffington Post and in the Boston Globe. During the spring of 2014, Daniel studied abroad in London and was a digital media intern for The Independent, a national British newspaper. While overseas, he traveled to 8 different countries and has since been inspired to work as a journalist covering politics and international news.

Veronica Stracqualursi

Veronica is a senior Journalism major, double majoring in Communication and minoring in Sociology. She is currently the News Producer at UVC-TV 19 and a contributing writer for Amherst Wire. The fall semester of her junior year, Veronica studied abroad and interned in London. Veronica has interned for WCVB in Boston and is currently interning with WGGB in Springfield.

Journalism Department
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University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376