About Us

StorySquare was created to connect media outlets to high-quality stories written by graduate journalism students from top schools. The platform also allows media publications to see and interact with the next generation of recruitable talent.

At a time when publications might not have the time or resources to cover all the stories that are of interest to their readers, StorySquare serves as a media platform that brings the best stories written by graduate journalism students to their attention.

The stories have been edited by world-class editors who are professors at the schools, and are additionally curated by experienced industry editors who work as StorySquare selectors.

The success of StorySquare is a success for everyone. Journalists receive a byline and pay. Media outlets acquire great articles. Universities see their students’ work published. Readers are exposed to stories they care about.

Founder - Igor Bosilkovski

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The idea to start StorySquare was born while I was a student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. I realized that a lot of great stories, instead of making it onto the pages of newspapers and websites, ended up collecting dust, simply because the students didn’t know industry editors to whom to pitch their work. Meanwhile, publishers were always looking for quality stories and fresh talent, but there wasn’t an organized, systemic way for them to get them.

Prior to going to journalism school, I interned for Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way Productions, The Orange County Register, and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. Since graduation, I worked at Forbes on the wealth and innovation teams, and served as an editor of its European and U.S. 30 Under 30 lists.

Editiorial Team

Mary Ann Giordano

Mary Ann Giordano has been a journalist ever since she watched the Watergate hearings as a teenager and began writing letters to the editor about the national scandal. She was lucky enough to be able to work at her passion for the next four decades, first as a reporter, then as an editor. Her most recent position was at The New York Times, where she was assigned to nine news desks over two continents, including Metro, National Politics, Education, Styles, Science and Foreign. Before The Times, she worked at eight newspapers, including The Miami Herald, The Record in Hackensack, The Daily News, Manhattan Lawyer and The New York Observer. She also taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as an adjunct for several years, then for three years as a member of the full-time faculty.

Jim Pensiero

James (Jim) Pensiero is an editor and news executive with 42 years of newsroom experience. He retired as deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal in November 2015, after 31 years of service there in a variety of editing and management roles including night news editor, copy chief, managing editor/SmartMoney, associate publisher and vice president of news operations. After retiring from the Journal, Jim worked for 15 months as a consultant at Gannett Co., reporting to Gannett’s chief content officer. He began his news career in 1975 at the Burlington County Herald in Mt. Holly, NJ, later working at the Passaic (NJ) Herald-News, the Evening Bulletin of Philadelphia, Time Inc. and The Associated Press.

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