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MEET THE TEAM
Maria Russo, Co-Founder, Editor
Maria is a writer, an editor and the co-founder of Humanity Unified Int’l, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty through education, food security programs and economic opportunities. She has worked in television, print and broadcast media companies such as: MTV Networks, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Warner Bros. and WOR News Talk Radio and is currently a contributing writer at Inc.com. Her work with The Culture-ist has been featured by Architectural Digest, National Geographic, BBC America, The Huffington Post, FATHOM, StyleList and Men’s Health among others. Russo is a humanitarian and avid traveler who loves nature, slow food, yoga and good conversation over a cup of matcha tea. Follow Maria on Twitter @MariaCultureist
Anthony Russo, Co-founder, Chief Dreamer
Anthony is an active philanthropist involved in organizations focusing on microfinance and providing rural communities access to clean water. Anthony is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing and Global Business Strategy at Rutgers University. Follow Anthony on Twitter @AJCultureist & @TheCultureist
Angelica Bamundo, Graphic Designer
Angelica is an illustrator and designer from New York who is responsible for The Culture-ist’s branding and promotional imagery. Legend has it that on clear nights when Saturn is aligned with Alpha Centauri, she can be found studying illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Although this is a subject of great speculation, leading paranormal experts agree: “Those among us who are more sensitive to psychic energies can clearly see her drawing many otherworldly things, logos and graphic novel concepts included. When the dark spirits are feeling particularly benevolent, she might even be seen smacking at buttons on an iMac, according to an eyewitness account from 1892.” The most convincing piece of evidence comes in the form of her purported email address, [email protected], and her final resting place/website, abamundo.carbonmade.com, both of which should be cautiously used to contact her at a seance.
Partnership with Emerson College
Emerson College and The Culture-ist formed a new partnership for an experiential learning class titled “Topics in Writing and Publishing: Writing and Editing for TheCultureist.com.” The class is designed to give students (senior undergraduates and graduate students) practical experience by serving as the primary content creators for the online travel and culture magazine that focuses on social good and Millennials.
The course, which runs during the Spring semester, 2016, is offered through Emerson’s Writing, Literature and Publishing (WLP) Department, but students in any major across the College who have an interest in publishing can apply to participate in the course. Interim Dean of the School of the Arts Robert Sabal believes the partnership provides invaluable experience for students. “Emerson students are passionate storytellers, so it’s deeply gratifying to offer them the opportunity to manage the editorial process of an online magazine like The Culture-ist and serve as its editors and writers. This new course will build students’ portfolios as well as their confidence as writers, digital publishers, and valued contributors,” said Sabal.
During the 14-week semester, the students will pitch and critique story ideas; create assignments; report, write, and edit articles; and manage the editorial workflow. Additionally, they will examine best practices for web publishing and learn how to monitor and analyze web traffic, developing an understanding of what stories get the most traction online.
Emerson is the first higher education institution The Culture-ist has partnered with for content. “Topics in Writing and Publishing: Writing and Editing for TheCultureist.com” will be taught by Assistant Professor in WLP and former editor-in-chief at the Boston Globe Magazine Susanne Althoff.