Behind the Stories Podcast: Reporting on Race and Racism as a Journalist

The news media is fac­ing a reck­on­ing over diver­si­ty, equi­ty and inclu­sion. UConn Jour­nal­ism stu­dents Sama­ra Thack­er, Court­ney Gavitt and Jor­dana Castel­li go behind the sto­ries to find out how jour­nal­ists should cov­er race and racism, and how to avoid prac­tices and reflex­es that mar­gin­al­ize peo­ple.  Fea­tur­ing inter­views with SNY sports anchor Chris Williamson, NextShark headCon­tin­ue read­ing “Behind the Sto­ries Pod­cast: Report­ing on Race and Racism as a Journalist”

Tipping Point Podcast: ‘Audacious Moments’ spur movement to upend racism at UConn

By MAYA MOORE, UConn Jour­nal­ism Decem­ber 14, 2019 Not all inci­dents of racism that have occurred at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut are as bold as scream­ing the N‑word in a park­ing lot. Although the lat­ter inspired an impas­sioned response from the UConn stu­dent body, the “auda­cious moments” that take place behind the scenes were equal­ly asCon­tin­ue read­ing “Tip­ping Point Pod­cast: ‘Auda­cious Moments’ spur move­ment to upend racism at UConn”

One Hand Wonder: A Podcast About Celebrating Differences

By Katie Moloney, UConn Jour­nal­ism Decem­ber 14, 2019 Every­one is dif­fer­ent. Every­one has things about them that make them unique and see the world dif­fer­ent­ly. My dif­fer­ence is a lit­tle more obvi­ous. I was born with­out my left hand. To this day, doc­tors still aren’t quite sure why. Grow­ing up, I was very self-con­s­cious about my hand.Con­tin­ue read­ing “One Hand Won­der: A Pod­cast About Cel­e­brat­ing Differences”

Behind the Stories: How To Cover Cannabis

There’s momen­tum in Con­necti­cut to legal­ize mar­i­jua­na for recre­ation­al use. Con­necti­cut’s brand new gov­er­nor, Ned Lam­ont, has made legal­iza­tion a pri­or­i­ty for his admin­is­tra­tion. It’s far from a done deal though. The change requires leg­isla­tive approval. And there are plen­ty of groups in Con­necti­cut opposed to the idea, cit­ing con­cerns about peo­ple dri­ving under the influ­ence, youth sub­stanceCon­tin­ue read­ing “Behind the Sto­ries: How To Cov­er Cannabis”

Q&A with WTNH News 8’s Teresa (LaBarbera) Dufour ’01

Tere­sa (LaBar­bera) Dufour has held most jobs in a broad­cast news­room: reporter, pro­duc­er, anchor and host. Dufour says each of her job expe­ri­ences, begin­ning from when she was still a jour­nal­ism stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut, were invalu­able steps lead­ing her to the next opportunity.

Catching up with Award-Winning NYC Broadcast Journalist David Ushery ’89

By Melisa Fink, UConn Jour­nal­ism Feb­ru­ary 12, 2014 After land­ing com­pet­i­tive intern­ships at both The Hart­ford Courant and Los Ange­les Times while still a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut, David Ush­ery rec­og­nized his call­ing in the news busi­ness. Ush­ery is now an Emmy-award win­ning news anchor at one of the lead­ing news sta­tions in NewCon­tin­ue read­ing “Catch­ing up with Award-Win­ning NYC Broad­cast Jour­nal­ist David Ush­ery ’89″

CT Law Tribune Web Editor Karen Ali (’88) Recalls Her ‘Sudden Death’ Lucky Break

Karen Ali, a 1988 Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut grad­u­ate, dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for jour­nal­ism while writ­ing for The Dai­ly Cam­pus. Ever since, she has immersed her­self in the jour­nal­ism world. After stints at the Water­bury Repub­­li­­can-Amer­i­­can, The (Dan­bury) News-Times and, Ali now works for the Con­necti­cut Law Tri­bune in Hart­ford.  As the CT Law Tri­bune’sCon­tin­ue read­ing CT Law Tri­bune Web Edi­tor Karen Ali (’88) Recalls Her ‘Sud­den Death’ Lucky Break”’s Justin Verrier ’09: ‘You’ll never be more valuable than you are right now’

Justin Ver­ri­er grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut in 2009 with a dou­ble major in Jour­nal­ism and Eng­lish. He cur­rent­ly serves as the con­tribut­ing NBA edi­tor for Ver­ri­er is respon­si­ble for orga­niz­ing the Nation­al Bas­ket­ball Asso­ci­a­tion edi­to­r­i­al con­tent on the sports web­site while also con­tribut­ing to blogs, columns and fea­tures. In the Q&A below, he talks about hisCon­tin­ue read­ing’s Justin Ver­ri­er ’09: ‘You’ll nev­er be more valu­able than you are right now’”

An Interview with Talent Booker, Writer and UConn Alumna Ashley Papa ’05

Ash­ley Papa works as the guest seg­ment pro­duc­er for “The Real Sto­ry with Gretchen Carl­son.” The live news show on at Fox News Chan­nel cov­ers top­ics rang­ing from gen­er­al news to inves­tiga­tive report­ing to pol­i­tics. Papa books the var­i­ous tal­ents for on air com­men­tary and does all the pre-inter­views with the guests. Papa also writes aboutCon­tin­ue read­ing “An Inter­view with Tal­ent Book­er, Writer and UConn Alum­na Ash­ley Papa ’05”