Category: Journalist Profiles

How social media editors help news organizations engage audiences

How social media editors help news organizations engage audiences

By Bri­an­ny Aybar, UConn Jour­nal­ism May 6, 2019 Social media has become an essen­tial part of many Amer­i­cans dai­ly lives. What once was wak­ing up and read­ing the dai­ly news­pa­per or watch­ing TV has now become wak­ing up and imme­di­ate­ly check­ing Twit­ter, Insta­gram or Face­book. Social media has changed the way read­ers find and con­sume news,…

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How Hayley Tafuro ’16 turned her passion into an ascending career at NBC Sports

How Hayley Tafuro ’16 turned her passion into an ascending career at NBC Sports

By Sean Boyle | UConn Jour­nal­ism | May 3, 2019 A self-pro­­claimed “email nerd,” Hay­ley Tafuro (UConn Jour­nal­ism ’16) is paving the way for aspir­ing jour­nal­ists to break into the indus­try and rise at a major sports sta­tion. While Tafuro always knew she want­ed a career cov­er­ing sports, she nev­er could have imag­ined report­ing to NBC

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Multimedia triple threat Stan Simpson marries branding and storytelling

Multimedia triple threat Stan Simpson marries branding and storytelling

By Maya A. Moore, UConn Jour­nal­ism | April 26, 2019 Vet­er­an jour­nal­ist Stan Simp­son is skilled in the art of peo­ple, a char­ac­ter­is­tic that undoubt­ed­ly rings true when watch­ing the host of Fox 61’s Real Peo­ple with Stan Simp­son on Sun­day morn­ings. He wel­comes view­ers with his sig­na­ture “Alright folks,” in a resound­ing voice and wide smile…

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How The Day’s Carlos Virgen fell forward into digital journalism and an award-winning podcast

How The Day’s Carlos Virgen fell forward into digital journalism and an award-winning podcast

By Syd­ney Mazur, UConn Jour­nal­ism April 19, 2019 Meet Car­los Vir­gen, the dig­i­tal news direc­tor at The Day in New Lon­don, Con­necti­cut. He is not your tra­di­tion­al jour­nal­ist. Orig­i­nal­ly from Cal­i­for­nia, Vir­gen stud­ied graph­ic design and worked in a law firm until one day a friend who pub­lished a Los Ange­les inde­pen­dent alt-week­­ly hired him as…

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Capturing news behind the camera with Fox 61 videographer Tom Maroney 

Capturing news behind the camera with Fox 61 videographer Tom Maroney 

By Abi­gail Brone, UConn Jour­nal­ism April 12, 2019 Tom Maroney nev­er planned to work as a jour­nal­ist, he just liked telling sto­ries and using a cam­era to do so. Maroney, a New York native, has worked as a cam­era­man at Fox 61 news for a decade. “As col­lege stu­dents tend to do, I took a left…

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Why WNPR’s Frankie Graziano ’11 looks for the human interest angle in every story 

Why WNPR’s Frankie Graziano ’11 looks for the human interest angle in every story 

By Sean Boyle | UConn Jour­nal­ism | April 5, 2019 Grow­ing up, WNPR’s Frankie Graziano always dreamed of cov­er­ing sports and nev­er wavered in his deter­mi­na­tion to become a reporter. Along the way, Graziano real­ized that his pas­sion for cov­er­ing sport­ing events was root­ed in the per­son­al sto­ries he got to share and the rela­tion­ships forged with sources and listeners…

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How sports journalism pioneer Claire Smith of ESPN gets into ‘the marrow of a story’

How sports journalism pioneer Claire Smith of ESPN gets into ‘the marrow of a story’

By Maya A. Moore | UConn Jour­nal­ism | March 29, 2019 Claire Smith cred­its her mother’s infec­tious love of the base­ball and the endur­ing sto­ry of Jack­ie and Rachel Robin­son with inspir­ing her 37-year-long career as a sports jour­nal­ist. “I always knew that base­ball was a pas­sion, from child­hood,” she said. “I just fell in love with…

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Hearst Connecticut VP Matt DeRienzo talks online news, local versus corporate ownership

Hearst Connecticut VP Matt DeRienzo talks online news, local versus corporate ownership

By Abi­gail Brone |  March 8, 2019 Matt DeRien­zo began work­ing as a jour­nal­ist the day after his eigh­teenth birth­day. “I wrote a let­ter to the edi­tor of my local news­pa­per in Maine about a drunk dri­ver that hit and killed a friend of mine’s moth­er. I argued the bar that served the dri­ver should get…

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How ‘mistrust’ of the news motivates Hearst Journalism Fellow Tatiana Flowers

How ‘mistrust’ of the news motivates Hearst Journalism Fellow Tatiana Flowers

As a jour­nal­ist, some sto­ries will be more chal­leng­ing than oth­ers, but that nev­er stops Tatiana Flow­ers, a young reporter and Hearst Jour­nal­ism Fel­low at The Hour in Nor­walk. Flow­ers found her pas­sion for jour­nal­ism dur­ing col­lege despite her ini­tial desire to become a vet­eri­nar­i­an. Writ­ing came nat­u­ral­ly, and even­tu­al­ly, she per­fect­ed her mul­ti­me­dia skills, includ­ing in video…

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