Student Work

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.

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.

Bevertone Kipchumba Some's, '17 M.A., Master's Project about Kenya's response to al-Shabaab terrorist attacks was published in New Africa. His report concludes how innocent Kenyans have withstood the worst of the fight between the Kenyan military and al-Shabaab.

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.


Roads & Kingdoms published an account of journeying to the former Islamic Caliphate in Bangladesh, a story that began as a '17 M.A. Master’s Thesis by Siddharthya Roy.

A rail trip through Kashmir took Maddy Crowell, '17 M.A., into the heart of one of the world’s most troublesome regional conflicts. Harper’s published her Letter from Kashmir about the conflict and the controversy surrounding completion of the rail line.

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.

For 77 years, the elevated 3rd Avenue El train rattled the windows of tenement buildings. Almost nothing remains of it today, except for the memories of New Yorkers who were there to see it come down. Camila Kerwin, ’17 M.S., reports.

Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag became the banner of the Pride movement from coast to coast. Kristin Schwab, ‘17 M.S., first reported this piece for Columbia’s Uptown Radio on how the colorful stripes contributed to a social and political movement.

The Statue of Liberty is an international symbol of freedom and democracy. But how the country defines those ideas now is in flux. When political rhetoric changes, so does the symbolism attached to historical icons like the Statue of Liberty. Kristin Schwab, ‘17 M.S., reports.