Boyd Staff

Director – Karyn D. Collins

Karyn D. Collins is an award-winning professional journalist who specializes in feature writing including arts and fashion. Her work has been published in a range of newspapers, magazines and websites including the Associated Press, the Asbury Park Press, the Camden Courier-Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Essence magazine, Dance magazine, Jet magazine and In addition to her work as a journalist she is an educator and serves as an adjunct at Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Seton Hall University and Bloomfield College.

Co-Director for Digital Education – Melissa Cornick


Melissa Cornick is an award-winning investigative journalist and television producer whose work has been seen on “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “Nightline,” “Dateline,” “NBC News Now” and “CBS Reports with Walter Cronkite.” She is also an expert in strategic communications, working with organizations and programs with a focus on history, human rights and social justice issues. She is an adjunct at Adelphi University, and serves on the advisory board for Fordham University’s Department of Communications and Media Studies.

Intern – Alanna Doherty


Alanna Doherty is a graduate of Rutgers University, Class of 2017. She studied Journalism and Media Studies, Digital Communication, Information and Media and completed a senior honors thesis focusing on the influence of social media platforms on the fast-fashion industry. She is also the recipient of the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award. Alanna started her career as style and hair blogger during her sophomore year and is working towards being a full-time blogger.


2017 Volunteer Instructors and Coaches:

  • Dr. Susan Keith, Rutgers University
  • Esther Dillard, Bloomfield College
  • Mike Warren,
  • Chris Franklin,
  • Steve Stirling,
  • Jane Primerano, Society of Professional Journalists
  • Miriam Ascarelli, Society of Professional Journalists
  • John Oudens, New York Times
  • Colleen O’Dea, NJ Spotlight
  • Chanta Jackson, Asbury Park School District