Student Work

Locked Out: American Dream in Jeopardy"

This documentary film was produced in 2020 by student journalists Alethea Kavarnos, Jacob Rodier, Judah Shingleton, Colm O'Reilly, Meg Williams, Kara Murray, Isaac Bilmes, Sophia Pelletier, Yuanyuan Cao, Daniela Luna, Yuhan Ma, and Jake Roberts. The crew was overseen by Profs. Steven G. Smith and Scott Wallace. The film tells the story of the undocumented immigrant community in Connecticut and the activists who are helping them adjust to life and navigate the legal system to find a path to citizenship.

The documentary won 9th place in the 2020-21 Hearst Journalism Awards, team multimedia category. It was also selected for the 2020 Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival.


Living Shorelines in Connecticut

“Living Shorelines” May Better Protect Connecticut Beaches From Extreme Weather

Living shorelines are erosion control projects that focus on safeguarding coastal habitats. Ben Crnic '21, a journalism and geoscience double major, explains the living shorelines being constructed at East Shore Park in New Haven and in other coastal areas in Connecticut. Learn about the cost, the policy around living shorelines, the alternatives, the critics and their relationship to climate change. The story features original and handout photos, as well as two original infographics.

This story was produced in Spring 2021 as part of an independent study project under the guidance of UConn Associate Journalism Prof. Marie K. Shanahan and published in July 2021 by The Connecticut Mirror.


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Spirit of the City"

Eight UConn Journalism students studying community news reporting produced this project about New London's diverse faith communities and the extensive outreach and social justice work they perform. The students  Kevin Arnold, Margaret Chafouleas, Olivia Hickey, Allison O'Donnell, Daniela Luna, George Penney, Maxine Philavong and Joseph Villanovabegan working in January 2020 with Professor in Residence Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald, a former Day reporter, as well as Prof. Maureen Croteau and editors at The Day

The coronavirus pandemic shut down houses of worship, along with most businesses and schools in March 2020, and severely impacted the students' ability to conduct face-to-face interviews, but they were able to finish these stories under adverse conditions. The stories were published online and in print by The Day in October 2020.


Hearst Journalism Awards: Broadcast Television Features Winner Luke Hajdasz

Congratulations to UConn Journalism graduate Luke Hajdasz '20, who placed 3rd in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's 2020-21 TV features competition. Luke was awarded a $1,500 Scholarship. He was also a semi-finalist in the overall student Broadcast TV competition.

Watch his winning entries: School Buses During COVID-19 and a feature on the UConn Fire Department.  


Jamiah Bennett

By a student, for students: A self-care podcast to help now and in the future

In Spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted college students' mental and emotional health in ways they never could have imagined. UConn Journalism senior Jamiah Bennett '20 partnered with Associate Prof. Marie K. Shanahan and Assistant Prof. Amanda Crawford, to create a podcast on self-care practices for college students, called “Expect the Unexpected.”

The podcast aimed to help college students process their experiences through conversations, building a community of individuals who can support each other today and in the future. Jamiah's podcast was featured in an 2021 exhibit at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis.


'Crash Course' Newsletter

In Fall 2020, as the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic collided, voters faced many challenges, including how to cast their vote and where to find reliable information. Under the guidance of Associate Prof. Marie K. Shanahan, journalism majors Ashley Anglisano, Fiona Brady, Ben Crnic, Mike Mavredakis, and Allison O'Donnell launched Crash Course: Election 2020, a 10-issue digital newsletter providing non-partisan information for voters about their choices come Election Day. It gave the students practical experience in producing a weekly newsletter on deadline. Some stories were republished by The Connecticut Mirror and Connecticut Health Investigative Team.

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'Behind the Stories Podcast'

An original, ongoing podcast series featuring interviews by UConn Journalism students and professional journalists. The students find out the stories behind the news stories. The podcast has tackled such topics as covering race and racism, politics and the pandemic, cannabis, guns and women in sports journalism. The podcast was launched in 2017 as part of a Publication Practice course taught by Associate Prof. Marie K. Shanahan.

Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.


Joseline: Undocumented

Joseline Tlacomulco is an undocumented student at the University of Connecticut and an activist for immigrant rights. She describes her family’s journey coming to the U.S. and the struggles of growing up as undocumented youth in this multimedia project by UConn Journalism major Neel Razdan '19.

Neel's project placed 18th in the Hearst Journalism Awards 2018-19 Multimedia One: Narrative Storytelling-Features Competition.


How to measure the success of a protest

Freedom of peaceful assembly is one of the rights Americans can exercise thanks to the First Amendment. Watch this animation by Adam Hushin '19 to understand the recipe for a successful protest or rally, and listen to his accompanying “Behind the Stories” podcast to understand what goes into organizing a protest or rally, and how news editors decide whether a particular event is worth covering.

The podcast features interviews with representatives from the Connecticut ACLU, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Women’s March, UConn PIRG and the New Britain Herald. This 2019 independent study project placed in the top 20 in the Hearst Journalism Awards for enterprise multimedia reporting.


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Food for Hartford

A mix of storytelling, art and video shares the story of Hartford’s food desert and government programs designed to help, such as SNAP and WIC. In 2017, student journalists Amar Batra, Kevin Bostiga, Claire Galvin, Frank Greenwood Jr., William Heyne, Makhala Huggins, Michelle Kalupski, PaulMichael Mullally, Annabelle Orlando, Steven Tucker, Jennifer Walsh, Julia Werth, and Bailey Wright spent several weeks interviewing residents, filming markets and neighborhoods, researching Hartford’s history and learning how people were affected.

The students devoted many more weeks to writing, rewriting, editing and fine-tuning their photos, video and written work, story layout and design, with input from faculty advisers Maureen Croteau, Steven G. Smith and Gail MacDonald.  The students earned credit for the project through our Publication Practice course.


Louisiana Underwater

Louisiana Underwater

In March 2016, five UConn Journalism students in Prof. Bob Wyss’ environmental journalism course traveled with him to Louisiana to report on the environmental challenges in Louisiana.

The students — Kimberly Armstrong, Diler Haji, Nicholas Shigo, Charlie Smart and Julia Werth — learned about the mechanics of environmental beat reporting on location. They spent the remainder of the semester producing a series of multimedia reports using a variety of online storytelling forms.


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Law Enforcement

Katherine Eastman, Caio Goncalves, Jonathan Moore and Wenyi Xu, Not Your Everyday Police Department, The Chronicle 1/16/2017

Megan Krementowski, Annabelle Orlando, Antonio Salazar, Jeanne St. Onge, Social media a mixed bag for law enforcers, The Chronicle 1/5/2017

Robert Quinn"Robber Steals Money, Scratch Tickets", NBC Connecticut, 1/25/2012

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Education

Joseph Adinolfi"Remedial College Classes Debated",  ctnewsjunkie.com, 2/12/12

Angie DeRosa"Viewpoint: Reflecting on the Disconnect Between UConn’s Commuter and Resident Students", College USA Today, 5/11/2014

Neyasha Howard"UConn Freshmen Give Advice to Incoming Freshmen", Newswriting II Blog, 5/1/2013

Jacqueline Wattles"Cost of UConn Has Changed With Student Preferences, State Support and New Technologies", CT News Junkie, 5/27/2014

Lauren Winer, "Storrs Center Project Transforming Area Near UConn", The Hartford Courant, 8/25/2013

Entertainment/Events

Robert Quinn"Horror Film Returns to Its Source for Screening", NBC Connecticut, 2/8/2012

Robert Quinn"Hartford Bar Celebrates Success of Manchester Moonshine Maker", NBC Connecticut, 2/9/2012

Jaimi Welch"Plenty of Fat Tuesday Parties", NBC Connecticut, 2/20/2012

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Health

Gillian Bromfield, "Stomach Pain? You're Not Alone", Connecticut Health I-Team, 8/20/2013

In Depth

Investigative Reporting Class"C-HIT Investigates Drunken Boating Deaths", Connecticut Health I-Team, 5/23/2012

Investigative Reporting Class"Boating Deaths Linked to Alcohol Exceed U.S. Rate", Connecticut Health I-Team, 5/23/2012

Investigative Reporting Class"Candlewood: #1 in Lake Boating Accidents", Connecticut Health I-Team, 5/23/2012

Investigative Reporting Class, "Alcohol-related boating deaths increase in Connecticut", The Hartford Courant, 5/23/2012

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News

Ashley Leifels, "Tanning bed ban for minors clears legislative panel", Norwich Bulletin, 4/6/2013

Robert Quinn"Hartford Restaurant Week Returns", NBC Connecticut, 1/25/12

Jaimi Welch"App Keeps Parents Informed", NBC Connecticut, 2/13/2012

Jaimi Welch"Gas Jumps to $3.90", NBC Connecticut, 2/27/2012

Politics

Elizabeth Bowling, "Voter registration mishap shuts out dozens of first-time voters", The CT Mirror, 11/12/2012

Jesse Rifkin, "Members of Congress haven't had a raise in years", USA Today, 8/15/2013

Giovanna Torres"Following A First Time Voter", Newswriting II Blog, 11/6/2012

Sports

Cody Milardo, "Good cheer spreads in Storrs", ESPNW, 4/7/2014

Robert Quinn"Super Send-off for Pat's Player's Mom", NBC Connecticut, 2/1/2012

Robert Quinn"Local Dogs Promote Puppy Bowl", NBC Connecticut, 2/1/2012

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