Journalism students help The Day investigate evictions crisis in southeastern Connecticut

UConn student Jake Kelly, center, asks a question while he and his fellow students, Faith Greenberg, left, and Meredith Veilleux, right, interview a housing mediator Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in an empty courtroom in New London Superior Court. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Day has published a project that Prof. Mike Stanton's Fall 2022 Investigative Reporting class worked on all semester, looking at evictions in southeastern Connecticut. The students  — Wyatt Cote, Faith Greenberg, Hudson Kamphausen, Jake Kelly and Meredith Veilleux — did a tremendous job acquiring the evictions data as well as the human stories behind the numbers. 

Read "A Day in Eviction Court."

UConn Journalism students surround Jose Diaz, a local landlord they interviewed. The students from left are Faith Greenberg, Wyatt Cote, Hudson Kamphausen and Meredith Veilleux.

Crawford’s essay on truth featured on cover of UConn Magazine

“Can Truth Triumph: Journalism Professor Amanda Crawford on Sandy Hook, Alex Jones, and Our Culture of Disinformation" is featured on the cover of Spring '23 UConn Magazine.

The latest issue of UConn Magazine leads with a personal essay by Assistant Professor Amanda Crawford, who has spent the last few years digging into a many-chambered labyrinth  of modern society: the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy, gun violence and attitudes about gun control, online misinformation and conspiracy theories.

In the UConn Magazine piece,  “Can Truth Triumph: Journalism Professor Amanda Crawford on Sandy Hook, Alex Jones, and Our Culture of Disinformation,” Crawford describes how she got interested in mass shootings and conspiracy theories. Over the past few years, she has published pieces on the Sandy Hook aftermath and conspiracies and those who supported them in many outlets, including the Boston Globe, CNN, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Conversation. She is writing a book about Sandy Hook and its aftermath.

After UConn Magazine invited Crawford to contribute, she decided to write a more personal reflection. “I told them I had an essay I had been working on that described why I started focusing on conspiracy theories and mass shootings in my research,” she says. “I started writing it because I was really trying to explain and understand my own feelings around the marketplace of ideas.”

The piece begins with a dream she had while suffering influenza during a boating trip off the coast of Mexico. In the dream, the wind seemed to signify how wanton lies had taken over the public dialogue. “All the winds of misinformation,” she writes. “A tempest of fake news and propaganda. Winds of hate. Winds of willful and wanton ignorance.”

That dream was one way her mind was working out her thoughts on the problem. Crawford says, “I remain very torn over the solution to online misinformation. I’m not, as some have misread, advocating for censorship here but rather trying to parse out my own feelings about free speech in the digital era.”

One thread of Crawford’s research has been following how Sandy Hook father Lenny Pozner was trying to advocate for his son’s memory while receiving multiple threats to his safety. Crawford says that the conflict between free speech and the harm done by lies spread on the internet lie “really at the heart of the existential issues the U.S. faces.”

She asks, “Can we protect both truth and free expression?”

Pre-journalism students get glimpse into news industry through FYE course

Members of the Fall 2022 UConn Journalism First Year Experience (FYE) class, with instructor Lisa Caruso '90.

UConn Journalism introduces its newest students to the varied fields of journalism with its UNIV 1810 course: Introduction to Journalism Practice. 

The course is one of a wide range of First Year Experience courses (FYE) at UConn. FYE started in 1999 to help new students adjust to college and succeed here. Sarah Scheidel, who until recently was managing FYE through her work in the Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, has said that the small classes (capped at 19), caring instructors and peer mentors influence students’ decisions to remain in school after the first year. 

First-year retention rates at UConn were 85% in 1998, the year before the FYE program started. They are now at 92%, according to the latest report. 

UConn Journalism’s FYE course is taught by alumna Lisa Caruso '90, the department’s educational program coordinator. The one-credit course is open to first year pre-journalism students and first-year transfer students.

The course exposes students to the many ways journalism is practiced. “We also introduce them to the faculty and different media outlets on campus,” Caruso said. 

Students have taken tours of the newsrooms at the UConn student newspaper — the Daily Campus, UConn’s radio station WHUS-FM, and the student-run television station UCTV. 

Current and past students in Caruso’s class say the once-a-week 50-minute sessions help them get involved with campus outlets and see career choices. Journalism faculty members take turns visiting the class, speaking about their specialties in photojournalism, broadcasting, print, digital and environmental journalism, and documentary filmmaking. 

Freshman Alec Beane said he learned something new every week. “We learned about broadcasting, which I was interested in,” Beane said. “The guest speakers were really helpful because I didn’t know about different types of journalism like photojournalism.”

Beane said he plans to take broadcasting and sports journalism courses next semester. He already is working as an anchor in UCTV’s sports department thanks to Caruso’s help. He is thinking of double majoring in journalism and sports management. 

Sophomore Jalen Allen, a journalism and communications major, said the class helped him identify his interests in public relations and journalism last year. He working in advertising at UCTV. “I got connected with them after I toured the station,” he said. “I found the class helpful because I want to get into PR. This class introduced me to different people and got me familiar with the department.” 

Caruso requires that students create LinkedIn accounts. “Since they’re first-year students, a resume isn’t ideal since they are just starting to gain experience,” she said. 

Beane found this helpful. “I check in every week on Linkedin to see if there’s anything new like a connection or opportunity that is available,” he said. “Our instructor had us all connect with her.”

Caruso’s leadership has made a difference, Beane said. “She is really getting us to where we need to be.” 

by Crystal Elescano

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.




Journalism students’ environmental stories getting published on Planet Forward

STORRS — UConn journalism students are enjoying wider readership of their environmental stories by publishing on Planet Forward, an outlet for college students housed at George Washington University. It focuses on informing the public on innovative ideas to help improve the planet.

The UConn students’ stories covered a range of Connecticut climate-change stories and appear on Planet Forward along with work by students from across the United States who contribute written work, podcasts, videos, infographics, and more, focusing on telling stories “that would move the planet forward.”

Jonathan Kopeliovich reported on marine biologists at UConn Avery Point who are studying the effects of noise pollution on ocean life. 

Madeline Papcun, a junior Journalism major, talked to farmers in the Mansfield, Conn. area, asking them how they are adapting to wild swings in rain and drought from year to year.

Amanda McCard reported on UConn researchers who predict and study the movements of bobcats and mountain lions

UConn senior journalism major Samara Thacker’s piece examined a movement to reduce waste and emissions at UConn athletic events

Jet Windhorst interviewed farmers and UConn researchers for a story about climate’s effect on soil quality.  Zareen Riza’s piece looked at farmers and mental health.

Wallace’s student research assistant Claire Lee, a biology major, attended the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. She published a piece on discussions there about ocean acidification.

Associate Prof. Scott Wallace, an environmental journalist whose book “The Unconquered” is about the Amazon, has encouraged many of his students to cast their nets wider and submit to Planet Forward. “It’s a great opportunity for students to get published, especially from an honorable publication,” Wallace said.

McCard, a sophomore studying environmental science and journalism, said her story on wild cats began as an assignment for Wallace’s Newswriting I class. 

“I sent them an email and they got back to me the next day,” said McCard, who writes for the Daily Campus and contributes to HER Campus magazine. McCard said this was her first time being published outside a school publication. “I would love to do more environmental pieces,” she said. 

Kopeliovich, a junior majoring in digital media design and filmmaking, said Wallace told him about Planet Forward during the fall semester’s environmental journalism (JOUR 3046E) class.

 “I decided to submit my second story in his class,” Kopeliovich said, “because I didn’t like my first story.” Wallace “always gave us notes on how we could improve our stories, and after some editing I felt confident in turning it over to Planet Forward,” Kopeliovich said.

Students also can submit their stories to Planet Forward’s annual competition, Storyfest. Grand prize winners, announced in April, will travel to Iceland from July 15-20 with Lindblad Expedition aboard the National Geographic Resolution. The trip will include seminars and guidance to help shape the journalists’ careers.

Written By Crystal Elescano

Report for America Info Session on Nov. 15

Report for America (RFA) is a movement to strengthen communities, and our democracy, through local journalism that is truthful, fair, fearless and smart.

RFA is growing its journalism team. Applications open in December for 100+ journalism jobs.

Join the Report for America info session on November 15 at 9:30 am in OAK 408 to learn about the organization and job opportunities.

Report for America helps local newsrooms report on under-covered issues and communities by helping them find great emerging or experienced journalists and paying half their salary. Corps members are talented, service-oriented journalists who provide residents with the information they need to improve their communities and hold powerful institutions accountable. There are currently 300 RFA reporters and photographers in 200+ newsrooms serving communities across the U.S.


Spring 2023 Journalism Course Offerings


Introduction to Sports Journalism
JOUR1095: Special Topics
This course is open to all majors and will introduce students to the history of sports reporting, the evolution of sports media, the influence of sports on culture, and the fundamentals of sports journalism -- including sourcing, interviewing, writing and production of sports stories on various platforms. Instructor is Steve Buckheit, an award-winning features producer at ESPN.

 Journalism in the Movies
JOUR2010 (CA-1)
Open to all majors. Students will watch and discuss motion pictures with journalism themes. Many of the films are about important cases in journalism, U.S. and international history. The rest are fictional representations of journalistic stories and scenarios. Themes from the films that will be examined include: the nature of news, historical development of the press, journalism ethics and law, diversity in the news, newsroom dynamics and relationships, and the fields of broadcast and investigative journalism. The course satisfies a General Education requirement for history.

Art of the Interview in Documentary Film
JOUR2095: Special Topics
This production course will explore approaches to navigating the technical and ethical considerations of preparing for and conducting filmed interviews. Develop essential tools of documentary film production, such as research, interview aesthetics and formal approaches, and post-production uses of recorded interviews. Coursework will provide students with a range of long-form and short-form documentaries, from intimate direct to camera interviews to talking heads. Students will work independently and collaboratively on interview assignments and exercises that deepen their communication and understanding of how recorded interviews drive narratives forward.

TV & Video News Programming
JOUR2095: Special Topics
This course teaches students the steps required to build an online video or TV newscast. It is excellent preparation for students who plan to work in broadcast, cable or online news. Learning how a recurring news program is built, planned and executed is also important preparation for students who plan entrepreneurial endeavors or who may be called upon to produce video programming in a recurring format for social service organizations or commercial industry. This course may be of particular interest to students who plan to take advanced courses in audio and video journalism, podcasting, or to those who intend to participate in UCTV.

Feature Writing
Feature writing is the art of storytelling. It contains the elements of fiction writing vivid scenes, strong characters, a narrative arc but is grounded in dogged reporting and sharp observation. It can be off-beat or topical, funny or sad. Unlike a straight news story that simply presents the facts, a good feature goes beyond to put those facts into some larger context and provide deeper meaning. A good feature is imaginative, original and authentic. This class will teach you how to write features, from developing ideas to effective reporting and interviewing skills to organizing and writing stories. Students will explore different types of features, including profiles, trend stories and human-interest stories. Students will learn by doing, by writing and re-writing, by reading lots of features and dissecting one another’s work.

Design for Digital Journalists

This course introduces editorial design to journalism students. Learn the fundamentals of visual communication design as applied to modern media. Topics include design principles, aesthetics, social media, intuitive design, typography, layout, photo editing, color theory, motion graphics, and informational graphics.  Think critically and creatively about designing material for diverse audiences. Learn how to assess and critique visual journalism work.

Newswriting for Broadcast & Digital
JOUR3040: (formerly Audio & Video Reporting and Writing)
Application of newswriting and news reporting techniques for broadcast, digital video and digital audio. Practical use of digital media recording equipment and professional audio/video editing software.

Reporting & Editing TV News
This is an advanced broadcast journalism class that teaches students how to gather, edit and deliver accurate, newsworthy information for television newscasts. Students develop the skills needed to report news and organize newscasts through actual experience in and out of class.

Business Reporting
JOUR3045: Specialized Journalism
Learn the basics of the business and financial news beat.  Sharpen your skills telling stories about money, jobs, the economy, entrepreneurs, workers and labor unions, companies and consumers. 

Environmental Journalism
Explores specialized coverage of environmental issues by journalists, emphasizing news reporting with the opportunity to produce print, visual and multimedia news reports.

Visual Journalism
Examines current trends in visual digital journalism; develops skills in photojournalism, multimedia and video storytelling. Instructor approved digital camera required.

Black Documentary Film Archival Practices
Critical and historical examination of Black American archival usage through documentary films and media.

Video Storytelling
JOUR4065 (formerly Advanced Visual Journalism)
Explores journalistic storytelling techniques through video. Students will learn how to gather video and audio content and develop production and post-production techniques to create and publish extended narrative multimedia projects.

Supervised Field Internship

Introduction to Sports Journalism
JOUR2095 Documentary Interviewing
Business Reporting, Spring 2023


Press in America

Newswriting I

Newswriting II

Portfolio I: Multimedia Skills

Journalism Ethics

Media Law
Analyze First Amendment issues (speech and press) with clarity and accuracy. Navigate laws regulating newsgathering and publication. Create effective public records requests. Analyze and obtain court records. Develop strategies to avoid libel and defamation. Understand the history of U.S. statutes and legal precedents that have shaped modern media law. Evaluate how restrictions on free expression have historically targeted minority groups and dissidents
and the conundrum of regulating hate speech in the U.S. Understand the U.S. protections of a free press and freedom of expression in a global context.

Multiplatform Editing
JOUR3030 (formerly The Editor's Craft)

Portfolio II - Multimedia Production

Portfolio III - Professional Presentation

Journalism Internship and Involvement Fair on Oct. 12

Internship and Involvement Fair

Great turnout for our UConn Journalism Internship and Involvement Fair in Oak Hall. Thanks to all our presenters including The Connecticut Examiner, The Daily Campus, WHUS Radio, UConn Nutmeg Publishing, UCTV, The Connecticut Mirror, UConn Sports Business Association, Long River Review and The Writing Minor.

UConn Journalism Faculty

UConn Journalism faculty members Christine Woodside, Steven G. Smith and Amanda Crawford talked with students about memberships in professional organizations such as SEJ, NPPA and JAWS.

Internship and Involvement Fair

Grace McFadden of WHUS Radio recruited students to join UConn's student run radio station.

The UConn Journalism Department hosted a Journalism Involvement and Internship Fair on Wednesday October 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the 4th Floor of Oak Hall (outside Oak 439).

Students from any major could learn about paid and for-credit internships in TV, radio, digital & print news, multimedia production, social media and audience engagement.

Students discovered media-related experiential activities on and off campus, including opportunities in writing, reporting, photography, audio and video production, design and social media.

Participating organizations included: The Daily Campus, UCTV, WHUS, Nutmeg Publishing, Planet Forward, The Connecticut Mirror's Student Voices Project, Connecticut Public, The CT Examiner, The Writing Minor, UConn Sports Business Association, UConn Championship Labs and Society of Professional Journalists.

Sign up here:

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Internship and Involvement Fair, October 2022

UConn Journalism students chatted with Kyle Constable '16, membership director at The Connecticut Mirror, about Spring and Summer internships.

What We Did This Summer: Fellowships, Internships, Research

During summer 2022, UConn Journalism faculty and students were engaged with research, internships and more. Here's a sampling of what we accomplished.

Internship at WCVB Channel 5 in Boston

UConn junior Sophia Dover, center, completed a summer internship at WCVB News Center 5, the ABC News affiliate in Boston. She worked in the creative service department, which gave her the opportunity to experience every step of the production process. Sophia participated in daily newsroom meetings, attended live field shoots, wrote topical and promotional scripts, as well as edited numerous pieces that appeared on air. She also shadowed anchors and producers during live newscasts, learning the ins and outs of the broadcasting process in front and behind the camera. The two anchors pictured are Maria Stephanos and Ed Harding. 

Fulbright Fellowship, Leyte, Philippines

Department Head Marie K. Shanahan spent three months in the Philippines at Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City. Shanahan helped teach a summer course, presented twice on campus, mentored students interested in journalism careers and interviewed local journalists. She also toured the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Prof. Shanahan poses with Leyte Normal University students and faculty after giving a presentation on July 22, 2022.

Prof. Shanahan poses with Leyte Normal University students and faculty after giving a presentation on "News Attitudes and Pathways" on July 22, 2022.

Shanahan talks with veteran radio journalist Louie Quebec at the DYVL studio in Tacloban City, Philippines.

Prof. Marie K. Shanahan talks with veteran Filipina radio journalist Louie Quebec at the DYVL studio in Tacloban City, Philippines.

Posing in front of the oldest building on the Leyte Normal University campus in Tacloban City.

Posing in front of the oldest building on the Leyte Normal University campus in Tacloban City.

Fulbright Philippines office in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Fulbright Philippines office in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Production Operations Internship at ESPN

UConn senior Julia Gintof, a journalism and communications double major, spent her summer as a Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Production Operations intern at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol. She was trained and mentored as a cleared media playout operator. Julia operated on her own during the last month of her internship on shows such as SportsCenter, First Take, and NFL Live.

Julia Gintof at ESPN
Control room at ESPN

Internship at NBC Connecticut

UConn senior Kaitlin Patch '23 worked as a creative services summer intern at NBC Connecticut. Her role involved promoting news stories on social media. She selected the most important part of a news package and edited it down to a minute-long video post or reel for Instagram. She also photographed on location for Instagram stories, picture posts, and reels.

Kaitlin Patch at NBC Connecticut

Internship at Washington Post Creative Group

UConn senior Christie Wang worked as an editorial intern for the Washington Post Creative Group, the branded content team at the Washington Post. Working on the Creative Leads team, she experienced the full life-cycle of custom advertising from pre-sale to post-sale. She wrote proposal copy, article copy, headlines and promo copy for branded content stories. She also imagined and pitched creative partnerships to clients. Christie's internship was based out of New York, but she took a trip to the DC office to help out with and attend a WP Live event.

Washington Post office

Research into UConn’s land-grant heritage in Michigan

Profs. Mike Stanton and Steven G. Smith traveled to Native American land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of their research into UConn’s land-grant heritage. As a land-grant university, UConn benefited from thousands of acres of Native American land.

UConn journalism professor Mike Stanton talks with Tribal Council Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan.

UConn journalism professor Mike Stanton talks with Tribal Council Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan.

Kingsley Forcia and his brother await their opportunity to dance in the grand entry of the 44th annual Maawanji'ding or Powwow at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan.

Kingsley Forcia and his brother await their opportunity to dance in the grand entry of the 44th annual Maawanji'ding or Powwow at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan. The L'Anse Reservation is the oldest and largest reservation in Michigan and was established by the Chippewa treaty of 1854. The reservation is home to the federally recognized Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa. Photo by Steven G. Smith

Prof. Steve Smith is pictured here several hundred feet underground at the Quincy Mine, once the biggest copper mining company in America.

Prof. Steve Smith is pictured here several hundred feet underground at the Quincy Mine, once the biggest copper mining company in America. The two UConn Journalism professors got a private tour as part of their research into UConn’s land-grant heritage. As a land-grant university, UConn benefited from thousands of acres of Native American land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The biggest buyer was the president of the Quincy Mining Co.

Congressional Campaign Communications Internship

UConn senior Carson Swick worked as an intern for Lisa Scheller, a candidate in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district. Scheller faces Democrat Susan Wild in November. Carson is a journalism and political science double major who contributes to the Daily Campus as a copyeditor and opinion writer. He is pictured here at left with House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, center, and Scheller.



Corporate Communications Internship at Lockheed Martin

UConn senior Samara Thacker worked as an intern with Lockheed Martin for the second summer in a row.  She supported the company's Rotary and Mission Systems business, crafting newsletters and producing videos to educate and engage employees.  Samara said she enjoys “the great sense of community that the company provides for interns” including mentoring and networking opportunities. Previously, she produced and hosted seven episodes of The Lockheed Martin Intern Experience Podcast. Samara is a Journalism major with minors in Communications and Africana Studies


Opinion internship, Record Journal in Meriden

Madeline Papcun completed summer internship in the editorial department at the Meriden Record-Journal. The journalism and human development & family sciences double major helped craft and write weekly editorials, ran a weekly column and fact-checked op-eds. She also pitched in with interviewing, editing and some news coverage. She says she’s excited to bring the experience she gained in the field back to UConn.

Reporting and social media internship, Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Colleen Lucey, a journalism and political science double major, worked as a summer intern for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team. She reported and wrote health-related stories for a younger audience, ages 18-40, and created posts for the C-HIT the Instagram page. C-HIT is an online publication that focuses on Connecticut health, public safety and environmental news.