Teens Come Out, Special Reports and a Gathering of Geeks

  • By CUNY J-School Staff

There’s much to report, so let’s get right to it:

•Samantha Stark helped put together a New York Times multi-media package called, “Coming Out: Stories of Gay Teens,” and contributed to this piece, among others. Geoffrey Decker’s story about a controversial plan to expand a Brooklyn charter school made the paper’s New York section.

•Speaking of The Times, the latest on The Local includes contributions from, among others, Roxanna Asgarian, Jose Bayona, Annesofie Brochstedt, Jonathan Camhi, Shannon Carlin, Tamy Cozier, Brendaliss Gonzalez, Celia Gorman, Kyle McGovern, Rochana Rapkins, Nicholas Rizzi, Ian Thomas, Mitch Trinka, Vincent Trivett and Ichi Vazquez.

•If you haven’t already, check out these team projects: Changing New York: Census 2010; ECO: NYC; Distant Relatives: Stories of Families Separated by Immigration; and Children of 9/11: Ten Years Later.

•Daniel Prendergast reported on opposition to plans to build a driveway near a gas vent. His story appeared in The Queens Courier.

•Thomas Chan’s feature about some Brooklyn gamers who pitched in to turn a storefront into a geek gathering place made The L Magazine.

•The death of Osama bin Laden spurred some J-Schoolers to head to Ground Zero, including Lea Baron and Edouard De Mareschal, whose audio slideshow was featured on Liberation’s website; Rasmus Westh, who reported live for Danish radio; and Laura Ratliff, who contributed pictures to Good.Is.

•Check out the latest issue of the Mott Haven Herald, which includes contributions from Felipe Cabrera, Cheryl Chan, Daniel Rosenblum, Stuart White and alum Joe Hirsch.

•Matt Draper’s story about the healthful new lunch menu at an East Harlem school made the Daily News.

•Alva French’s video about the 5Pointz graffiti center in Long Island City found a home on the News Service. Elis Estrada-Simpson contributed a video about a can and bottle redemption center in Brooklyn. Frans Koster and Rasmus Westh teamed on an interactive audio map that featured interviews with New Yorkers originally from the Middle East.

•In case you missed the latest edition of 219 West TV Magazine, check out the online version here to see the work of Thomas Chan, Jessica Courtemanche, Alcione Gonzalez, Michael McCutcheon, Annais Morales, Sherrina Navani, Margaret Teich and Malgorzata Wojtunik.

To answer a commonly asked question: Yes, the News Service is open for business during the summer. I’m basically around, and am available to help with editing, pitching and placement. Just shoot me an email or call.

And be sure to send me links as you compile clips during your internships. This note is one way for all of us to keep up with one another during what’s going to be a very busy – and productive – summer.

So congrats to all on a great semester – and keep those clips coming!