Journalism Director Sissel McCarthy lauds students for rising to the challenge of a difficult spring term and highlights some of the best of student coverage for the program-wide "Contagion Coverage 2020" page. Plus, a celebration of graduating seniors and more, in her spring 2020 farewell letter.
Journalism Program News
More than 70 student reports in text, video, audio and infographic form now grace a newly relaunched Contagion Coverage 2020 page on the Hunter Journalism web site. Learn more about the project and check out the latest new content.
One of the most important skills to master as a young journalist is the art of the interview, and students in Prof. Sissel McCarthy’s MEDPL 388 Studio News Production class were eager to hone their skills with tips from award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Hanson in early May.
CUNY TV's coverage of the coronavirus pandemic recently featured several Hunter Journalism and other students. Journalism students Emilia Nygren, Kalli Siringas and Shanel Thompson all appeared on the educational TV station's "Crisis in Motion" tv specials this past April and May, sharing their experience with distance learning and post-grad job hunting amidst a recession. Check out the videos.
Working as a freelancer during the COVID-19 pandemic can pay off — if you know the focus of your story. That was the advice for beginning freelancers in a Zoom webinar May 13 sponsored by the Hunter Journalism program and featuring Professor Susie Armitage and other professional journalists. Get their best tips and tricks, plus a guide to pitching.
Hunter Journalism alum Angely Mercado is paying it forward by writing about her experience freelancing, getting work published in the New York Times — and how it didn’t change her life. Learn how she views the freelancing lifestyle.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, data and numbers can tell powerful stories as a key part of the news. But crafting numbers into useful information or a coherent narrative is no easy task. So to help, Hunter’s journalism program next fall is offering a course to ensure that students are well-equipped with the necessary mastery over data-driven storytelling. Find out more or register.
Neighborhood News students recently learned how to be safe online in their roles as journalists, thanks to a recent virtual class visit from representatives from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Find out the one thing one visitor wished she had done from the beginning of her journalism career.
A short film that Media Studies major Colleen Digney saw as a sophomore inspired her winning grant proposal to report on land mines and land use in Vietnam. Find out more about the $3,000 Pulitzer Center fellowship and her reporting plans.
How graduating senior Colleen Digney gained skills, confidence and an international reporting grant. A profile of a Journalism Program success story.
Veteran news producer Phil Rosenbaum, who produces stories for more than 200 network affiliates of CBS News, met virtually with Studio News Production students, and shared editing tips, industry insight and internship advice. Find out more about his recent visit.
Fall journalism course registration is now open. Be sure to check out the wide range of nearly a dozen electives, including a new Media Ethics course and other electives like news video, podcasting, data journalism and magazine writing. And remember that some elective courses, such as Neighborhood News, may be taken more than once. Get the schedule and resources for fall registration.
Tune in for our upcoming Contagion Coverage live report, a joint project of the non-profit news organization City Limits and the students of the Hunter College Journalism Program. The news event begins Tuesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. EDT, with our team of a dozen reporters and editors providing up-to-the-minute snapshots of the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts from all five boroughs.
Alex Hoyt, articles editor at GQ magazine, joined David Alm's Magazine Writing class via Zoom on April 23 to share some insights and offer advice to aspiring magazine journalists. Student Natalie Rash recounts his visit and runs through his tips.
Hunter News Now students, short on visuals because they can't report outside their homes, got a crash course in copyright law from Student Press Law Center Staff Attorney Sommer Ingram Dean. She paid a virtual visit to Professor Sissel McCarthy's MEDPL 388 Studio News Production class to teach students the basics. Find out the key to avoiding copyright trouble and what images you can use for free.
The Journalism Program is accepting applications through May 31 for two intern positions starting either this summer or in the fall term. Find out more about the position, which allows for reporting, writing and publishing on the program's WordPress site and social media accounts. And apply here now.
Former CNN reporter Mary Snow, during a recent virtual visit, taught Hunter News Now Students an important lesson about a journalist’s job during an emergency. Find out what it was and learn more about her virtual class visit.
More than a month into Hunter College’s move to remote learning, the school’s journalism courses have dramatically shifted the way they now operate. Get more details on the changes and hear viewpoints of students and faculty.
As students settle into their online learning, where they are doing their work varies widely. Members of a Reporting and Writing I class shared these dispatches from their current study environments.
With face-to-face reporting still unsafe during the COVID-19 outbreak, remote video interviewing has become a “key tool in our arsenal," according to journalists and videographers during an April 6 Zoom training webinar. Get tips and tricks for conducting professional web video interviews.