Alumni Tale: Rebecca (Burke) Joyner ’96

What did you study at UNH?

English/Journalism

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was a features reporter at the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. That was the year I wrote a first-person account of my experience judging the casserole contest at the South Alabama State Fair — an honor that came to me after the food editor came down with a mysterious illness after judging the previous day’s Spam recipe contest. It was not the hard-hitting journalism I had envisioned as an undergrad, but it was fun.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I was a senior account executive at a public relations firm in Cambridge, Mass., that served high-tech, business-to-business companies.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I was teaching English, creative writing and journalism to high school students (and also wondering how 10 years had passed so quickly since I graduated from college).

What are you doing today?

I’m using the skills I learned in journalism, public relations and education to develop inbound content marketing programs that help companies be found online and establish themselves as voices of authority in their industries. I’m the director of content services at Metis Communications, a PR and marketing firm based in Boston’s South End with clients across the country and around the world.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

The full-semester internship I did at the The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph was a great first step into my career. Although I ultimately left journalism, that experience taught me a lot about how to craft a story that resonates with readers and why it’s important to take on professional challenges that push me beyond my comfort zone.