The Power of Student Journalism

January 11, 2020 — Leave a comment

Check out the work Newhouse students can do when they come together under faculty supervision to focus their talents on a single topic. I am particularly proud of the stories featured under the channel heading “The First” as the stories focus on the Mohawks, an under-covered Native American tribe whose nation straddles the U.S. and Canadian borders.

I worked with those students and the others who reported along the Saint Lawrence River, while my amazing colleague Jon Glass worked with students who reported from the Niagara Falls area. Credit for the project’s success also goes to Seth Gitner, who focused on site design and development.

Another story in this package I edited that I think turned out particular well is this piece on a unique border crossing in northeastern New York where people from around the world come to claim asylum in Canada.

As these stories win awards like the David Teeuen Student Journalism Award and the National Scholastic Press Association Pinnacle Award for Best News Package, I grow more and more confident that this experience will empower our students to tell meaningful stories as soon as they enter the profession.

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