April 17, 2013
April 16, 2013
Hannah McGoldrick graduated from the UMass Journalism program last May and quickly landed her dream job as an associate multimedia editor for Runner’s World. When the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, she was inside the press room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
“We were on lockdown from the moment the blasts went off until about 7 p.m. and were prohibited from leaving the building. The eerie part of this photo (right) is the race clock was still running throughout everything, a constant reminder of how long the disaster was unfolding.”
Hannah was kind enough to take time out of her reporting today to do a Q&A with me:
4. What are your thoughts today?
Today has been tough. I’m still trying to process everything that happened but I also have a job to do. As a journalist, my job right now is to stay calm and report as many facts as I can confirm. I’m working mostly on the local angle, what local running clubs are doing to help, how people can show support, as well as providing back up and ledes for our news editor. But as a Bostonian and a runner, I feel as though my family has been attacked. I can attest that both the Boston community and the running communities are full of strong, resilient people and we will get through this, but it’s not going to be easy. I am grateful no one from my team was hurt as a result of this tragedy but my heart just breaks for those who were.
April 9, 2012
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Mark Stencel, NPR’s managing editor for digital news, will be joining UMass journalism students and faculty during the week of April 16 as the program’s first Howard Ziff Journalist-in-Residence.
Stencel’s visit will be highlighted by a public discussion on Wednesday, entitled “This Just In: News and Context in Digital Time,” where he will analyze the rapid changes occurring in the news business and how these changes affect the future of the business of journalism. The talk will be in Room 227 in Herter Hall and will begin at 7 p.m.
“Journalism is looking forward to having Mark with us for a week,” said Program Director Karen List.
“The depth and diversity of Mark’s experience will allow him to add significantly to our continuing conversation on Journalism and its place in society. And that conversation is a perfect tribute to Howard and the legacy he’s left this program. We’ll make sure it continues in the years ahead as we bring in a wide variety of journalists, including many of our own distinguished alums.”
Stencel’s bio is extensive and his career has spanned both the digital and print worlds. His bio reads in part: “Since Stencel joined NPR in 2009, the network has been recognized as one of industry’s leading digital news services, honored with the 2011 Eppy award for best journalism website from Editor & Publisher, a 2010 National Press Foundation award for excellence in online journalism, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Peabody award, and the 2011 Webby and People’s Voice awards for news from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.”
Stencel’s visit is being made possible by funds from the Journalism Program’s Howard Ziff Lecture Series, created upon Ziff’s retirement from UMass in the Fall of 1998. In the early 1970s, Ziff facilitated the move of journalism into a separate degree program called Journalistic Studies (later called the Journalism Department) in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
During his visit, the digital pioneer will visit a number of different beginning and upper-level journalism classes. Most professors are opening up their classes for visitors but you should check beforehand if you want to sit in. Mark’s schedule:
9:30-11 a.m. Newswriting with George Forcier (DuBois 720)
12:30-2:30 p.m. All Faculty Lunch to discuss Journalism’s Future (107 Bartlett)
3:35-6 p.m. Business of Media with Marc Berman (Bartlett 312)
9:05-10:30 a.m. Introduction to Multimedia with BJ Roche (DuBois 767)
11:30-1 p.m. Lunch at Faculty Club with students
1:25-3:20 p.m. Magazine Writing with BJ Roche (767 Dubois)
3:35-5:30 p.m. Newswriting with Mary Carey (767 Dubois)
7-9 p.m. Public Talk, “Instanews: Depth and Context in Motion” (227 Herter)
9:30-10:45 a.m. Introduction to Journalism withDavid Perkins and Journalism Ethics with Karen List (301 Bartlett)
11:15-12:30 p.m. Multimedia Journalism with Steve Fox (107 Bartlett)
2:30-3:45 a.m. Investigative Journalism & the Web with Steve Fox (107 Bartlett)
June 4, 2011
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Adjunct instructor Nancy Eve Cohen teaches Reporting and Writing for Radio and Podcasting at UMass.
Nancy is also the environmental reporter for WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio and the Managing Editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub, a collaboration of 20 public radio stations.
She’s been covering the aftermath of the Springfield tornado, producing several pieces including:
* This report on tornado survivors for WBUR
I recently caught up with her to get her thoughts on covering the tornado and its aftermath.
1. Where were you when the tornado hit Springfield? What did you do?
I drove into Springfield the night of the tornado, a few hours later. There was a torrential rainstorm… every exit off the highway to Springfield was blocked so i wasn’t able to see much, but it prepared me for the next morning. I knew it might be difficult to get where I needed to be when daylight came…
2. Were you surprised by the amount of devastation in Springfield?
Shocked. I’ve been working in this business for a long time…even worked in a war zone… Sarajevo in 1992, but to see my own community ripped apart stunned me. The sheer force of the tornado was humbling
3. Describe what you did during coverage on Wednesday and Thursday?
I managed to be in the right place at the right time on Thursday. Some of that was planning, some was assertiveness, some was dumb luck.
I got to one of the Red Cross shelters at 5:00 AM and snagged the last legal parking place. You couldn’t drive anywhere so it was key to stage oneself as close as possible.
When I walked into the shelter people were sleeping. I heard snoring, a few people were crying quietly. A baby was whimpering. A few people walked around wrapped in blankets, smoking.
One young woman said she had just paid her landlord before the tornado hit. Now she had no money and no place to live. A man in a wheelchair described waking up that morning in the shelter and realizing where he was and what had happened. His building was destroyed and he was worried his apartment would be looted. But he had no way to get there and little hope of finding another accessible apartment.
Many of the people had little to begin with and now they had even less.
After interviewing several of the survivors I went outside and walked south until I hit a police block. I talked to the police and they pointed out a man getting out of the car who turned out to be Senator Scott Brown. I had the chance to talk with him for a while. Then Governor Deval Patrick showed up along with Senator Kerry and the mayors of Springfield and Westfield. I interviewed each of them and then, along with a gaggle of press, followed the politicians as they surveyed the damage on foot.
After the officials left a photographer friend and I talked our way past the police to some of the worst hit places.
I got some incredible interviews with two people who lived through the tornado…one took shelter in a closet inside, but the wind was blowing so hard the door almost blew away. Another saw a roof flying through the air “like the Wizard of Oz” A building inspector examining the damage said it was a miracle not more people were killed “God Looked over the city and protected the people.”
Today, Friday I went to a new shelter that had been set up. I spoke with a family who were from Somalia. They had come to Springfield a year ago after spending 12 years in a refugee camp. The 25 year old mother of four told me her new situation– homeless after the tornado— reminded her of being in the camp. “It’s like when we fled from our country … We feeling like refugee all over again. We don’t have nothing now.”
One woman told me she had broke down crying the night before. ” I finally realized. like this is serious. I can’t go back to my home. Like this is it for us.”
I left the shelter and drove to a suburban neighborhood that was also hit. There was an army of utility trucks installing new telephone poles that had been snapped in half. There were damaged trees everywhere. Big ones. One house had several huge trees broken and splayed across the roof.
4. Describe the role of social media in your reporting.
None. This was old fashioned, on foot, on-the-ground from early morning until my deadline loomed.
5. What has surprised you most about the coverage of the tornadoes?
I haven’t had time to see a lot of other people’s work yet. I haven’t really stopped, but I’m about to.