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Campus Tumult Sparked Love of Journalism for G. Claude Albert ‘72

Claude Albert '72, a former managing editor of The Daily Campus, is now editor-in-chief of The Connecticut Mirror.

G. Claude Albert ’72, a former managing editor of The Daily Campus, is now editor-in-chief of The Connecticut Mirror. (Photo courtesy of CT Mirror)

By Ethan Linder ’15

It was November 1968 and anti-war protesters had stormed into Gulley Hall at the University of Connecticut and refused to leave the building. UConn’s Storrs campus was in turmoil.

G. Claude Albert was an undergraduate student and news editor for The Daily Campus. Albert ran to Gulley Hall as soon as he heard what was going on. After observing the scene and gathering all the facts he could, he began writing a news story about the hostile takeover while his friend drove him to the printer. Albert was determined to have his breaking news story run in the next morning’s paper. (more…)

Ability to ‘Create Campus Dialogue’ Lured HuffPo Editor Curtis M. Wong ’01 into Journalism

Curtis Wong '01 is a senior editor at The Huffington Post. (Photo by Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post)

Curtis M. Wong’s journalism career path led him from The Daily Campus to Hartford Courant to The Prague Post, and now to The Huffington Post. (Photo by Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post)

By Ylenia Elvy-Panton ’16

It was short walk from Buckley residential hall to Arjona on the campus of the University of Connecticut. For Curtis M. Wong, though, the commute has taken him a long way.

Wong, a Journalism and English major from Coventry, Connecticut, graduated from UConn in 2001 and is now senior editor of Queer Voices at the Huffington Post.

The first time Wong saw Connecticut’s flagship university during a tour, he said he found himself immediately drawn to the school. The large campus in Storrs could make a student feel like a little fish in a big pond, but the journalism department was small and made him feel comfortable, he said.

When Wong began working at The Daily Campus in his sophomore year, he got to practice the lessons from his journalism classes hands on, while nurturing some lifelong friendships.

“I loved working for the Daily Campus,” he said. (more…)

CT Mirror Budget Reporter Keith Phaneuf ’88 Still Keeps a Copy of His ‘Sudden Death’ Story

Keith Phaneuf

Connecticut Mirror state budget reporter Keith Phaneuf  “fell backwards” into his good ‘sudden death’ story, and into his career as a journalist. (Photo courtesy of WNPR/Chion Wolf)

By Shannon Hearn ’16

Three semesters into his college career at the University of Connecticut in 1983, Keith Phaneuf dropped out.

Deciding he had no business majoring in engineering, Phaneuf nabbed a job as a reporter at a local radio station, WINY in Putnam.

“I wasn’t entirely interested in working for the radio industry, but I really liked the reporting aspect to my job,” Phaneuf said.

After a full year of covering municipal meetings for the radio station, Phaneuf decided to re-enroll at UConn, this time majoring in journalism. (more…)

How Elizabeth Crowley ’13 Found Her Passion & Career Path Via UConn Journalism

By Chloe Vincente ’16

Elizabeth Crowley

Elizabeth Crowley, a 2013 UConn Journalism graduate and former editor in chief of The Daily Campus, now works at NBC Universal as a Creative Coordinator. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Crowley)

Elizabeth Crowley credits her University of Connecticut journalism classes and professors for helping her discover two important things: her passion for media and a path toward achieving her career goals.

Three years after graduating with her UConn journalism degree, Crowley is now working in Manhattan for NBC Universal as a creative coordinator.

A native of Fairfield, Connecticut, Crowley said she always aspired to make it in New York City.

She transferred to UConn from Northeastern University in her sophomore year, picking journalism as her major. During her very first week in Storrs, she began writing for UConn’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus.

Crowley said she loved her journalism classes, and reporting and editing for The Daily Campus. When she wasn’t practicing her print journalism skills in Storrs, Crowley interned at her local newspaper, the Stamford Advocate, writing mostly feature stories. She worked at the Advocate full-time during every break; winter, spring and summer.

Crowley said she focused all her efforts on print news when she first arrived at UConn. But after studying broadcast journalism in a class taught by adjunct Prof. Steve Kalb, she said became much more interested in television news production. (more…)

Ryan Gilbert’s Journey from UConn Journalism to Broadway.com

By Laura Costello ’15

Ryan Gilbert '12, national editor at Broadway.com.

Ryan Gilbert graduated from UConn with a degree in journalism in 2012 and now works as national editor at Broadway.com. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Gilbert)

Growing up a train ride away from New York City, Ryan Gilbert always wanted to see Broadway shows.

Now, seeing them is his job.

As national editor of Broadway.com, a website devoted to news and editorial coverage of New York City’s theater scene, Gilbert sees every Broadway show at least once and brushes shoulders with some of the biggest names in theater.

He also curates web content for the 43 cities that host tours of Broadway shows through Broadway Across America, Broadway.com’s parent company. Recently, he spent several days immersed in the “Phantom of the Opera” production in Orlando, Fla.

He’s basically living his dream.

Fifteen years ago, though, his dream was very different. (more…)