Student Work

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.

Adrian Ma, ’16 M.S., found for Uptown Radio, that while participation in youth football has dropped as a result of concussions one part of the industry might benefit from the concussion crisis. He produced this report for Marketplace.

Tourists hoping to get an aerial view of NYC’s skyline can take a helicopter tour, which were barred on Sundays. It’s a compromise between residents and tour operators. In his original piece for Uptown Radio Adrian Ma, ’16 M.S., explains no one is buzzing with enthusiasm.

Superstorm Sandy was years ago but New York City is still dealing with the storm’s aftermath. Repairs to the L train connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan will leave riders with few options. Stephan Bisaha, ’16 M.S., spoke with Brooklynites about their challenges.

Immediate gratification is now possible for baseball card collectors thanks to the Topps Company. As Elizabeth Brockway, ’16 M.S. reports, it’s given an update to the old-school classics for this year's season.

During the 1980s, New York City’s garment district employed around 30,000 workers. Today that number is closer to 5,000. As Melissa Caceres, '18 M.S., reports the region known by many as the creative hub of the fashion industry is facing a new hurdle – rezoning.

Nothing says summer in NYC like the iconic audio jingle from Mr. Softee ice cream trucks. But, as Isabella Kulkarni, ‘16 M.S., reported for Columbia’s Uptown Radio, that famous tune represents both a treat and a torment. She produced this report for Marketplace.

Two students from a Harlem public middle school attempt to succeed in the privileged world of debate. A film by Doc ‘17 students Sushana Dubreil and Genesis Tuyuc. Harlem Legacy.

Reuniting with their children is one of the most underappreciated challenges facing formerly incarcerated mothers. This is the story of one woman who will do anything to prove that she is worthy of a second chance. A film by Doc ‘17 students Tala Hadavi and Yeong-Ung Yang. Love, Mommy