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Journalism Students, Faculty Gather at Pizza Party

Two dozen students at an Oct. 23 Journalism Program event heard from Director Sissel McCarthy, learned about spring course offerings and met new and returning faculty members. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas
Two dozen students at the Oct. 23 event heard from Director Sissel McCarthy, learned about spring course offerings and met new and returning faculty. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas

It was a full house at the Oct. 23 Journalism Program party, where more than three dozen faculty and students discussed the future of the journalism program at Hunter College. 

Director Sissel McCarthy started the conversation off on a positive, noting that “journalism is experiencing a resurgence throughout the country.” She added that the Hunter journalism program itself has seen a rise from 45 students two years ago to 88 this year.

As the more than two-dozen students were digging into pizza and sushi, they were able to meet nearly a dozen journalism professors, some of whom previewed new spring courses such as investigative journalism and urban health and environment reporting, as well as popular existing courses like Neighborhood News, magazine writing and studio news production.

At the Oct. 23 journalism pizza party, Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy (far right) chats with students (clockwise from front) Gabriella Vetrano, Audrey Henson, Rebecca West and Emilia Nygren. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas
At the Oct. 23 journalism pizza party, Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy (far right) chats with students (clockwise from front) Gabriella Vetrano, Audrey Henson, Rebecca West and Emilia Nygren. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas

New adjunct faculty were introduced to students, including Buzzfeed investigative journalist Emmanuel Felton, CBS News writer Khristopher Brooks, and independent journalists Sabrina Artel and Bianca Silva. Other adjunct faculty on hand included Douglas Alden, David Alm, Coralie Carlson and Katina Paron.

McCarthy spotlighted how the studio news production class, which produces the Hunter News Now newscast, provides students with experience on a live set and gives them an opportunity to create a reel that she said would be extremely helpful when applying to internship and job opportunities. 

Professor A. Adam Glenn also described a new advanced experimental course this spring for Urban Health and Environmental Reporting that he said would ground students in covering the intersecting issues around pollution, public health, urban policy and environmental justice. 

New adjunct faculty members (from right) Khristopher Brooks, Bianca Silva and Emmanuel Felton, speak with students Afia Eama, Rebecca Lent and Richard Mendez.
New adjunct faculty members (from right) Khristopher Brooks, Bianca Silva and Emmanuel Felton, speak with students Afia Eama, Rebecca Lent and Richard Mendez. PHOTO: Kalli Siringas

In addition, students heard from fellow journalism concentrator Audrey Henson, back this fall from a prestigious Pulitzer Center summer fellowship that funded her travels to Japan to report on treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. McCarthy noted that another Hunter student will be selected for the summer 2020 program this spring and encouraged students to apply, pitching under-reported international stories.

If you’d like to find out more, visit the journalism program course offerings page and faculty page.

Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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