Browsing: School of Journalism

Being arrested is not something most people would list on a résumé. Yet doing just that yielded a positive result for Paula Pecorella ’18. As the managing editor of her West Islip High School newspaper, Paw Prints, she and feature editor Nicholas Krauss spent time in the slammer, and in court, in 2013 while trying to conduct an investigative journalism piece for an article on school security following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Their plight was covered by The New York Times. When Bruce Stasiuk, a workshop leader for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University,…

NASA recently joined forces with Stony Brook University students and researchers to venture onto other-worldly terrain in the New Mexico desert as part of a program designed to prepare future astronauts for their potential journeys into space — to the moon and even Mars. A small group of Stony Brook journalism students, research faculty and NASA experts collaborated on this mission through a program called RIS4E (Remote, In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration). RIS4E is a five-year, $5.5-million project led by Stony Brook faculty and packed with out-of-this-world lab and field research, including the exploration of environments…

Big dreams often begin as little actions. When she was a child, Irene (Rena) Thomas ’17 and her sisters would stage “pretend” newscasts just for fun. As the Syosset, New York native got older, she became obsessed with reading Seventeen magazine cover to cover. “After that, I wanted to work for a magazine,” she said. “Then that dream kind of faded out and I entered college undecided.” Thinking she was attending a general orientation, Rena stumbled upon the orientation for the School of Journalism, and by the spring semester of her freshman year she decided to make journalism her major.…

Expert voices are needed more than ever in conversations of national and global importance. Scientists can help people understand the many ways that science shapes our lives and our understanding of the world — and, critically, their evidence-based findings and perspective can help in creating sound, scientifically informed public policy. Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University are teaming on an online workshop aimed at helping scientists and engineers write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets. Presented in partnership with The Kavli Foundation, two dozen scientists will receive mentoring…

Stony Brook journalism student Mike Adams ’19 and his classmates put their journalistic principles to the test when they traveled to report on issues confronting in the jungles of Ecuador. The 500 remaining members of the once-populous Sápara nation live in the Amazon rain forest atop land believed to be rich in petroleum. The Ecuadorean government wants to let foreign oil companies explore those potential reserves. But exploratory drilling generally leads to deforestation, which would threaten the Sápara’s way of life. It would be easy to see this issue as a war of good versus evil, but journalists are trained…

Stony Brook’s video series “5 Questions With …” has released three new interviews with leaders in the field of journalism. Speaking to the importance of journalism in a rapidly changing world are Dean Baquet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Executive Editor of The New York Times; Corey Flintoff, recently retired international correspondent for National Public Radio; and Dan Slepian, an award-winning investigative producer for Dateline NBC and a Stony Brook alumnus. They are featured in thoughtful, compelling interviews, available on a browsable website as well as a YouTube playlist. The ongoing series, part of the “In The Know” offerings created by SBU’s Office…

Expanding the university’s global reach, Stony Brook’s School of Journalism has concluded a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding to support the development and spread of its News Literacy curriculum in Vietnam. Under the agreement, the School’s Center for News Literacy (Center) will provide funding to Vietnam National University’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) in Ho Chi Minh City for four initiatives: Organizing, hosting and conducting annual News Literacy training courses for university-level academics from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian nations; Further development of a pioneering effort to provide a grounding in News Literacy principles to all incoming Vietnam National…

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, along with the Office of the Provost and Office of Research, hosted colleagues and partners in STEM education and research on April 20 at the Charles B. Wang Center for a collaborative discussion with Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner of Research, Science, and Innovation. Commissioner Moedas presented opportunities for Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory to engage more directly with European Union research institutions. Actor Alan Alda, a visiting professor in Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and founder of the Center for Communicating Science,…

The New York Press Association recognized several Stony Brook University School of Journalism alumni through its Better Newspaper Contest, presented to journalists who have gone “above and beyond, and for their outstanding achievements.” Since 1930, these prestigious awards have been judged on a statewide basis with thousands of entries each year. 1st Place Winners Jen Nuzzo, Coverage of Crime/Politics/Court and Coverage of Education, The News-Review, Riverhead, 2009 Michelle Trauring, Feature Story, The Southampton Press-Eastern Edition, 2010 Rachel Young, In-Depth Reporting, The Suffolk Times, 2009 2nd Place Winners Desiree Keegan, Sports Feature, The Village Times Herald, Setauket 2012 Rachel Young, Feature Story,…

Abigail Wolfenberger ’17 prepares for a career in videography When she first came to Stony Brook University, Abigail Wolfenberger identified the pre-pharmacology program as her area of interest. But she struggled with her courses, and by sophomore year had fallen so far behind in her studies that she ended up on academic probation and had to apply for a conditional reinstatement. Because she always loved to write, she decided to rethink her career path and apply to the School of Journalism. When she got her first “A” in a multimedia course, she knew she had made the right choice. After…

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