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.  

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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:

Assistant Professor Martine Granby awarded $35,000 ITVS grant

UConn Journalism Assistant Prof. Martine Granby has received a $35,000 grant from The Independent Television Service (ITVS). The funding will help Prof. Granby produce a documentary feature about intergenerational silence and the stigma shrouding Black women's mental health. 

The film is a personal essayistic documentary feature examining three generations of Black women as they deconstruct the binary of their own mental health, illness and wellness. The film reimagines the past a form of trauma recovery.

ITVS was mandated by Congress in 1988 “to encourage the development of programming that involves creative risks and that addresses the needs of unserved and underserved audiences, particularly children and minorities.” It partners with filmmakers to bring untold stories to public broadcasting.

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Scenes from our March 2023 Local News Job & Internship Fair

Here are some scenes from our local news job and internship fair on Saturday, March 25. Our students met many editors, shared resumes, and learned about opportunities in southern New England. Local news is alive, well, and necessary. Thanks to all the newsroom representatives who came out to Storrs, including WFSB News, WTNH News, FOX 61 News, Western Mass News, CT Public, Lakeville Journal, CT Examiner, Record-Journal, Connecticut Mirror and Lakeville Journal. 

UConn's student Society of Professional Journalists chapter and UConn's student-run news organizations were also recruiting at the event: The Daily Campus, UCTV News and WHUS News.

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.




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.

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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.