Julia Ferrante, director of media relations, oversees the College's external news outreach program, developing strategies and producing news content to facilitate media coverage of the College, especially of its academic, scholarly and intellectual life. As the College spokesperson, Julia manages inquiries about the College from the news media; cultivates international, national and local media relationships; produces and distributes news releases; and provides training and support to faculty and staff to appear in the media.
Prior to joining F&M, Julia worked in higher education communications for four years, first as a senior news writer and later as assistant director of news and recruitment communications for Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. Julia also served for three years as a board member and chair of the public relations committee for Union-Snyder Habitat for Humanity.
Previously, she worked as a newspaper reporter at The Tampa Tribune and The Lakeland Ledger in Florida; The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y.; and The Westerly Sun in Westerly, R.I. She covered beats including county and city government, criminal courts, higher education, hospitals, and Native American tribes and casinos.
Julia graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor's degree in history and minors in English and Spanish. There, she wrote for The New Hampshire, UNH's student-run newspaper, and completed an internship at The Telegraph of Hudson, N.H. A Rhode Island native, her interests include travel, reading, yoga, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities.