Student Work

Since the Covering Religion class began in 2001, classes have gone to Russia, India, Jordan and Palestine, Italy, Israel, and Ireland and Northern Ireland. The trips build on reporting students have done in New York. Multimedia work done by the class of 2017 appears at Sangam: Reporting on the religions of India. The Covering Religion class of 2018 traveled to Israel, and its reporting can be found at Godland.

For Prof. Howard French’s China Seminar, Kelsey Ables, '18 M.S., wrote about the rising tech costs for Chinese who want to jump the Great Firewall that their government uses to restrict Internet access. The Diplomat published her story.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, some celebrities and ordinary citizens vowed to move to Canada if Trump were elected. Three months after Trump took office, The Guardian published Kristin Schwab’s, '17 M.S., Master’s Project on Canada's history as a political and social haven for Americans.

The students in the 2017 City Newsroom class were awarded an Eppy for their reporting on "Killing Rikers" which set out to shine a light on the Rikers Island Correctional Facility by talking to people who knew the jail intimately such as former prisoners and guards, historians, and experts.

Students in Prof. Judith Matloff's Covering Conflict class learn how to prepare for reporting trips into conflict zones - and how to write news analyses that explain the roots of conflict to audiences abroad. Santiago J. Arnaiz, '17 M.S., wrote this analysis for Rappler, an independent online site in the Philippines. Using sources reached in New York, Arnaiz put together a story explaining how President Duterte’s drug war was distracting attention and resources from fighting terrorism.

In Australia, the government financed YouTube videos actively warning migrants in Indonesia to stay away from Australia. “Don’t waste your money or risk your life,” warns a stern-faced military general in one message. Kevin Sun, '17 M.S., analyzed Australia’s hard-nosed, multimedia effort  in a story for Quartz.

Courtney Vinopal, '17 M.S., visited a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, CT as part of the Reporting Refugees class. After the visit, Courtney published a story on on how the U.S. system’s emphasis on self-reliance gives refugees just a few months to resettle, learn English and find a job.


Students in the Human Rights Reporting class taught by Prof. Lonnie Isabel learn the basic tenets of human rights law and international enforcement bodies. Global Citizens Press, their website, features stories on child brides, gender violence, workplace equality and a wide range of other global human rights issues.

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Wendy Lu, '16 M.S., wrote her Master's Project, published by The New York Times, on dating with disabilities. 

Rolling Stone published Andrea Marks’ M.S. ’16 master’s project about feminist pornography.

Andrea Marks, '16 M.S., wrote her Master’s Project on feminist pornography, which was published in Rolling Stone.