SOC Journo Update

IRW summer interns help The Post cover elections

Once again, the Investigative Reporting Workshop sent summer interns to interview people at the polls for The Washington Post, this time for the Washington, D.C., primary. Students Samuel Northrop, Victoria Knight and Dariya Tsyrenzhapova received credit on the story, which was co-authored by SOC alum Fenit Nirappil.

Keep reading.

Journalism students cover the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on the ground

Eight students in Professor Terry Bryant’s advanced television production class went to Puerto Rico in April to gain more hands-on experience in broadcast journalism covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Students reported on how Puerto Rico has been affected by the hurricane and what problems people still face, eight months later.​

Students covered an array of issues. They produced pieces on the only operational dialysis unit on the island; the continued lack of electricity in some parts of the island; and protests against the Department of Education’s decision to close 283 schools due to a drop in enrollment. ​

Keep reading and watch their work.

Addressing homophobia at HBCUs and the cost of campus activism

Journalism Professor Sherri Williams and alumna Lauren Lumpkin ('18 SOC) published stories as part of the Black on Campus program, which documents black students' experiences on college campuses. Williams is a co-director at Black on Campus and Lumpkin is a fellow.

Read Williams' article: It’s Time for HBCUs to Address Homophobia and Transphobia on Their Campuses

Read Lumpkin's article: The Costs of Campus Activism

POLITICO, policy and politics

SOC, POLITICO and the Maynard Institute partnered for the fifth year on a unique summer training program that brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C., to report and produce stories about policy and politics.

The program's success rests a great deal on the vision and energy of Journalist-in-Residence Lynne Perri, a key designer of the Politico Journalism Institute (PJI).

See the published work of this year's cohort.

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  • Professor Margot Susca appeared on RT Boom Bust to talk about how the media landscape faces massive shakeups after a federal judge greenlit the AT&T and Time Warner deal.
  • Professor Sherri Williams appeared on Al Jazeera's The Stream to discuss why white Americans call the police on people for #livingwhileblack.
  • Professor Jane Hall was quoted in a Huffington Post piece about whether Rush Limbaugh "matters anymore," despite being one of the most popular radio hosts.
  • After more than a decade in D.C., including stints as a Washington Post reporter and the director of digital strategy at President Obama's Department of Energy, Marissa Newhall (SOC '07) is moving westward to work at Google. As a content strategist in Google's human resources division, she will lead an international team that's using data to make the company's job candidate-facing content more resonant and effective.

Across our Screens

  • SOC alum and CNN Politics Reporter Dan Merica reporting on an Obama speech.
  • SOC alum and USA TODAY Editor Cara Kelly discussing her latest story on harassment in Hollywood on HLN.

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