Congratulations to our 2023 UConn Journalism Award Winners and Scholarship Recipients

Two UConn Journalism majors hold up scholarship certificates after the 2023 awards ceremony.

Our UConn Journalism students work hard and achieve much. Tanajah Fryer, left, and Amaree Love were two of our distinguished scholarship recipients at the department’s 2023 annual award ceremony.

John Breen Scholarship
Sara Bedegian

Sheehan Family Memorial Scholarship
Jalen Allen

Donald and Jewell Friedman Award
Colleen Lucey and Marissa Kaika

Dave Solomon Scholarship
Jia Stolfi and Amaree Love

Charles Litsky Memorial Scholarship
Tanajah Fryer, Skyler Kim, Hallie Letendre, Colleen Lucey and Kaily Martinez

The Barbara K. Hill Journalism Award
Madeline Papcun

T.C. Karmel Award for Sports Journalism
Julianna Bravo

Michael Whalen Award
Madeline Papcun

Phi Beta Kappa
Wyatt Cote, Julia Gintof, John Leahy, Colleen Lucey, Laura Mason, Madeline Papcun, Carson Swick and Meredith Veilleux

Prof. Mike Stanton drapes a honor cord around the neck of senior journalism major Hudson Kamphausen as Department Head Marie Shanahan looks on.

Members of the Class of 2023, such as Hudson Kamphausen, also received their black & white journalism honor cords for commencement on May 7.

The ceremony on April 27 featured UConn Journalism-branded chocolate-covered Oreos and inspirational words from Assistant Professor Amanda J. Crawford:

“You have no obligation to report something just because someone says it or believes it or because the other side says it is so. Your primary obligation as a journalist is to seek the truth and report it.” 

Read the full text of her remarks, Seeking Truth in an Age of Lies.”

Congratulations to all our winners and graduates in the Class of 2023!

UConn Journalism offering summer multimedia journalism camp for high school students

This July, the University of Connecticut’s Department of Journalism will offer a one-week residential high school journalism summer camp, continuing an initiative started by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT) 12 years ago. 

Students between ages 15 and 18 from across the U.S. are eligible to participate and urged to apply. This year’s camp runs from July 9-15, 2023 on UConn’s Storrs campus in partnership with the UConn Pre-College Summer program. The multimedia journalism workshop will provide students with a foundation in news reporting, interviewing, newswriting, photography, video storytelling and podcasting. 

“Basically, we give the students a crash course in multimedia journalism,” said Lynne DeLucia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former assistant managing editor at the Hartford Courant who co-founded C-HIT and the high school journalism camp with the late Lisa Chedekel. Chedekel was an award-winning investigative journalist who passed away in 2018 at the age of 57. The two set up C-HIT as a non-profit independent news site dedicated to in-depth public service journalism and funded by foundation grants and individual donors.

“When we launched C-HIT in December of 2010, we knew we wanted to start a program that would get high school students a good introduction to this craft,” DeLucia said. “Our mission has always been to train this younger group to just be empowered, and give them some skills and maybe instill a little bit of confidence in them.”

C-HIT garnered many journalism awards for its deep-dive stories on health, safety, and medical issues, which were regularly published by Connecticut media outlets. The non profit news organization ended its 12-year run at the end of 2022. Its stories, including a wide selection of student work completed at the camps, remain online and will be archived.

The summer journalism camp, which took place on UConn’s Storrs campus numerous times, will continue here. In the past dozen years, the summer workshop has trained 330 high school students in multimedia journalism skills. This year’s program will be taught by Julie Serkosky, associate professor-in-residence in UConn’s Department of Journalism. 

Serkosky said her aim is to lay a foundation of good practices. “Journalism is the best job I’ve ever had, and everything’s different every day,” she said. “We want to get high school students interested in that and excited about it, so that if it’s what they choose to do, they’ll be responsible and ethical journalists.”

Working journalists teach sessions. Teachers and speakers during the 2022 workshop included Kate Farrish ‘83, an award-winning reporter and editor and assistant professor at Central Connecticut State University; Ayah Galal, Hartford Bureau Chief at WFSB News; Patrick Raycraft, a former Hartford Courant photojournalist, Sabrina Herrera ‘14, community engagement and social media editor at Connecticut Public; and Bonnie Phillips, editor of ecoRI News and an adjunct journalism instructor at UConn.

Stories produced by the high school students covered a wide range of news and personalities. New Haven student Trinity Ford interviewed the coordinator of UConn’s Rainbow Center. Bowie, Maryland student Sydnee Assan investigated what’s changed 10 years after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Milford student Melissa Santos reported on abortion laws in Connecticut and Oregon since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Other stories covered sexual assault threats, climate change, music programs and more.

DeLucia said the camp’s aim has always been “to embolden students to challenge authority, ask questions, get answers, and translate complex subjects into compelling multimedia stories.”

The students also meet and work with others from economic and racial backgrounds different from their own. “That interaction provides for meaningful discussions about current events and the role of the media — as well as friendships,” DeLucia said.

Kate Ariano is a 2022 UConn Journalism grad who attended the C-HIT camp as a high school student in 2017.

"Had it not been for the opportunity to be fully immersed in all facets of news writing, reporting, and making connections with peers and professors at UConn, I may not have realized the potential I had as a young writer," Ariano said. "My confidence in my ability to tell stories is founded on the lessons I learned in just one week with professors that would go on to be mentors for my next four years of college. Prepared is an understatement to how ready I was to start at UConn after the camp."

She added, "If you want to learn how to become a master storyteller; if you want to learn how to connect with your community to make a difference through your words; if you want to succeed as a writer, UConn Journalism is where you do it. And it all starts with the high school summer camp." 

The total cost of the seven-day program is discounted at 50% for students who take the 2023 multimedia journalism course. The cost is $1175.  If accepted, the final payment for the program is due by June 5. Thanks to a generous donation from C-HIT and supporters of the high school summer journalism program, eligible campers with financial need can receive free tuition. DeLucia said that a majority of the 330 students the camp has trained so far had received full or partial scholarships. Students should contact the UConn Pre-College Summer Program at for more information. 

The application fee of $45 will also be waived for applicants of the multimedia journalism course. Use Waiver code: UCJOURNALISM.  

Register here:

In keeping with C-HIT’s long-standing mission to make the workshop accessible to all students, a special fund for donations has been established by the UConn Foundation. Please consider donating so that all who apply can participate. Donate here:

A Conversation With Political Journalist & Entrepreneur Jake Sherman on 4/11

In today's media landscape, the connectivity between entrepreneurship and journalism is undeniable.

Empowering journalists to create and sustain independent news organizations and produce innovative and high-quality journalism is crucial to driving innovation, experimentation, and the development of sustainable business models in the rapidly evolving ecosystem.

Join us on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 3:30 p.m. for a conversation with Jake Sherman, Founder of Punchbowl Media, about entrepreneurship, journalism and future of news.

Sherman is the co-founder of - an online political news daily and membership-based news community which focuses on the individuals who power the U.S. legislature.

Sherman is a regular contributor to NBC News and appears almost daily across all of the network’s platforms.

He was previously POLITICO's top congressional reporter on Capitol Hill and co-author of POLITICO Playbook. He chronicled all of the major legislative battles of the Obama and Trump presidencies, and has traveled the country and the world, reporting on power and politics.

The event will be held in the Blue Line Club of the Toscano Family Ice Forum, UConn's brand-new indoor ice rink facility. It will be moderated by UConn Journalism major Sophia Dover.

Register to attend here:

War in Ukraine: Hear from region’s journalists during virtual panel March 2

Ukraine, Russian journalists share struggles of wartime reporting

UConn students are invited to attend a free virtual discussion at 11 a.m. ET on March 2 with Russian and Ukrainian journalists to discuss the ongoing challenges to their work. The journalists will discuss their daily struggles under fire, threats from the Russian government, and efforts to seek asylum abroad and maintain a journalism practice.

The online event is hosted by the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

One year into Russia’s full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine, journalists in both countries have responded valiantly in insisting on their right to provide independent, accurate, and piercing news coverage that serves the public’s interests.

As so many of the region’s journalists have pushed themselves to the limit in covering the war and its many ramifications, the physical, mental, and emotional toll is growing. Ukrainian journalists have worked to provide coverage of the war’s ruinous impacts on their communities despite risks to their personal safety, emotional trauma, and uncertain financial prospects. And Russian journalists have made the difficult decision to leave their families, flee Russia, and make a new life abroad rather than submit to the Kremlin’s propaganda machine demands.

Speakers include:

Elizaveta Kirpanova, who worked as a special reporter of the Russian independent newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” for the past five years. In her articles, she covered problems in health care, education system, charity, and immigration. The Russian government recently revoked the newspaper’s media license for its position on the war in Ukraine.

Olga Rudenko, the editor in chief of The Kyiv Independent. Prior to 2022, she was the Managing Editor of The Kyiv Post.

Anastasia Tishchenko, a human rights reporter and news presenter with Radio Svoboda, RFE/RL’s Russian Service based in Prague since 2021. She joined RFE/RL in Moscow in 2017 as a reporter covering the deteriorating rights situation in Russia. She also has spent significant time in Ukraine.

Jessica Jerreat, who leads Voice of America’s award-winning press freedom coverage, will moderate the discussion. With a background in press freedom and international news, Jerreat has worked for organizations including the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and The Times of London. She has a master’s degree in War, Media, and Society from the University of Kent at Canterbury, with a focus on propaganda, the press, and conflict.

Event: Fireside Chat with ESPN’s Molly Qerim on March 7

espn anchor molly qerim

Molly Qerim is the familiar female face and voice who hosts the number one sports morning show, ESPN’s First Take. The Emmy Award-winning Qerim is at the helm, working alongside Stephen A. Smith and a rotating team of guests to moderate very strong personalities with both warmth and authority.

Join us as Molly shares insight into how her experience at UConn opened the door to a career in sports broadcasting.

She is a 2006 graduate from the College of Liberal Arts in Sciences with a major in Communications and a minor in Business Administration.

She will speak on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 from 6-8:00 pm in Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Center for Human Rights.

UConn Journalism major Samara Thacker '23 will moderate the discussion.




‘Landfall’ documentary screening and Q&A event on Oct. 13

The Department of Journalism will host an in-person screening and Q&A for the documentary LANDFALL, on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Screening Time: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Filmmaker Q&A, moderated by Assistant Professor Martine Granby: 2:00 pm - 3:15pm

Location: Gant North 020

About the Film: Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, LANDFALL is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance.

While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. LANDFALL examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery.

Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, LANDFALL reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

This event is cosponsored by: Department of Journalism, Humanities Institute, el Instituto: Institute of Latina/o. Caribbean and Latin American Studies, the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Africana Studies Institute

Register for the event:

'Landfall' Movie Poster

'Landfall' Poster

Director Cecilia Aldarondo

Director Cecilia Aldarondo

Associate Producer Lale Namerrow Pastor

Associate Producer Lale Namerrow Pastor

Scenes from ‘Landfall’

Scenes from ‘Landfall’
Water bottles in a pile
Crowd in the streets of Puerto Rico

Join the 2022 Planet Forward Storytelling Summit on April 7

At a moment of urgency and crisis, stories can motivate and mobilize, inform, and engage. 

The University of Connecticut, through UConn Journalism, is now a member of the Planet Forward Consortium, a network based at George Washington University in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing solutions-oriented storytelling from students reporting about the climate, food, water, sustainability, conservation, and environmental justice. 

On Thursday, April 7 from 1-3pm, Planet Forward will host the 2022 Summit, “The Storyteller's Journey: Navigating Crisis, Seeking Solutions. The event will gather experts, media leaders, and young people from around the world to offer solutions and share narratives that address the planet’s most pressing problems.

Special guests include celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés; National Geographic Explorer Arati Kumar-Rao; Adobe Creative Cloud’s Mala Sharma; director of FAO North America Jocelyn Brown Hall; and manager of storytelling and engagement at Project Drawdown Matt Scott

 Additionally, winners will be announced from this year’s Storyfest competition, featuring the best of student environmental journalism from around the country. UConn Journalism student Zoey England is in the running for the grand prize —a trip to Alaska in June with Lindblad Expeditions to report on climate change.

Students, faculty and staff from all UConn departments are invited to cheer on Zoey and join a stellar gathering of experts and students.

Attend from your own computer or drop by Oak 439 anytime from 1-3 p.m. to be a part of this exciting event! 

We hope you will join us at the Summit for this exceptional learning and networking opportunity.  Discover how you can amplify stories and communicate strategies to help move the planet forward.

To register and learn more about Planet Forward, visit:

Register for our Local News Job & Internship Fair on March 26

UConn Journalism will host a Local News Job & Internship Fair on Saturday, March 26.

WHERE: UConn Journalism Department, Storrs Campus, Oak Hall, Fourth Floor South.

WHEN: Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

WHY: UConn Journalism is committed to strengthening the local news landscape in Connecticut and the region. We want to help connect local newsrooms with aspiring, well-trained young journalists.

We know that strong local journalism builds social cohesion, encourages political participation, educates and empowers people. Local journalists inform and guard the public they serve. Local news helps us see, know, care about and understand our communities. It drives conversations and serves as the public record.

CONFIRMED NEWS ORGANIZATIONS: NBC Connecticut News, FOX 61 News, Hearst Connecticut, The Connecticut Mirror, WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News, Connecticut Health Investigative Team, The Day, Journal Inquirer, Republican-American, Willimantic Chronicle, New Britain Herald, CT Examiner, Turley Publications and Patch.

WHO: This event is co-hosted by our new UConn student SPJ chapter. It is open to all college journalism students in Connecticut, especially members of other SPJ student chapters and seniors graduating in May 2022.

PARKING: Parking is available for a fee in the South Garage at the UConn Bookstore, next to Gampel Pavilion. Lot and street parking on the Storrs Campus is free on weekends. Closest parking lots to Oak Hall are located behind the Dodd Center, Manchester Hall and Arjona Building. There is street parking available along Whitney Road.

Registration for this event has ended.