GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs’ Online Journalism class of Fall 2015 presents their multimedia website. We’ve had four projects this year on topics in the Northwest D.C. area—a photo slide show, an infographic, a video and a final project combining a video and infographic—which are all presented on this site. In addition, you can get to know the 12 students who make up this class from around the country.
So, keep your eyes peeled and allow us to give you a local’s take on what’s going on in our favorite quadrant of the Nation’s Capital.
Matthew is a senior from San Antonio, Texas majoring in International Affairs. He enjoys learning about current events around the world and finds Journalism to be a great way to learn how to better understand those events. Matthew was born in Okinawa, Japan. His favorite media persona is Gay Talese.
Drew is a junior from Duxbury, Massachusetts majoring in Journalism. He wants to be a foreign correspondent covering conflict, ensuring that stories are being told truthfully and also understood. Drew plays the ukulele and harmonica. His favorite media persona is Michael Herr.
Ariana is a senior from Haddonfield, NJ majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She plans to pursue a career in digital strategy and social media management. Outside of studying and classes, she enjoys going to concerts and traveling. Her favorite media persona is Jon Stewart.
Melyssa is a senior from Long Island, NY majoring in Journalism and Dance. She equally loves to write and dance. She started dancing after being inspired by her mom who was a former professional ballerina in New York City. Her favorite media persona is her mentor Amy Levin who is the CEO and founder of a fashion blog called College Fashionista. Melyssa has been writing for the blog since her freshman year.
Eric is a senior from Atlanta, GA majoring in Political Communications with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication. He’s interested in going into marketing for brands that are disrupters in the media industry, making them unique and effective in their storytelling. Eric has two selfies with Hilary Clinton and also enjoys traveling. His favorite media persona is Christiane Amanpour.
Sydney is a senior from New York, NY majoring in Journalism. She plans to combine fashion editorial and entertainment on-air hosting after the graduates from GW. Sydney has had her own fashion blog since the 11th grade of high school: stylesolutionsnyc.com. Her favorite media persona is Chris Cuomo.
Jessica is a senior from Concord, MA majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She studies journalism because it’s hands-on and she particularly likes the digital aspects of journalism such as the various editing programs we’ve learned in this Online Journalism Workshop course. Jessica once tore her ACL windsurfing. She is a “foodie” and enjoys exploring Northwest DC and trying various coffee shops. Her favorite media persona is Barbara Walters.
Rachel is a senior from Gaithersburg, MD majoring in Journalism. She plans to go into research and study Journalism as a text for her research. She makes very good scones. Her favorite media persona is Susan Faludi.
Clare is a junior from Scarsdale, NY majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She wants to be a news-broadcasting producer and feels that by taking classes like this Online Journalism Workshop course, she’s able to not only work on her storytelling skills, but also learn different multi-media aspects that are crucial for working on a competitive network today. Clare once touched Bruce Springsteen and fainted. Her favorite media persona is Charlie Rose.
Imani M. Cheers is an award-winning multimedia producer and Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Prior to GW, Imani was the director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for PBS NewsHour. She was also a writer and producer at Howard University Television and a multimedia producer at Newsweek.com. Currently, she works as a faculty advisor for the inaugural Emerging Leaders for Food Security program with Land O’Lakes, Inc. She has her personal blog, The Cheers Report, and has recently launched her media production company, Cheers Media Group. This is currently her third year at the university.
Miriam is a senior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. She likes the story-telling aspect of Journalism and figuring out the best way to communicate these stories. Miriam spent her last summer in Australia. Her favorite media persona is Savannah Guthrie.
Bryana is a senior from Toronto, Canada majoring in Journalism. She likes to travel and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. She feels that Journalism is a way to tell people’s story and also relay a truthful message about important events that are occurring around us. Bryana started playing the drums and percussion instruments when she was 10 years old. Her favorite media persona is Bryant Gumbel.
Ben is a junior from Whippany, NJ majoring in Journalism. He wants to be involved in the mix of news, current events and storytelling in a way to make an impact in society. In his free time, as a big sports fan he particularly enjoys frisbee and soccer. He also plays trumpet in the pep band. His favorite media persona is Matt Lee with the AP Press.
Teniola is a junior from Bowie, MD and Lagos, Nigeria majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is interested in the Arts, International Reporting, and hopes to work in print and travel journalism. She also enjoys photography and videography. Her favorite journalists are Oprah Winfrey and Jill Abramson.
Ashlyn is a senior from Reading, PA majoring in Journalism. She’s always enjoyed writing and is hoping to turn it into a career. Ashlyn runs a blog where she cooks different animal organs: offallysweet.blogspot.com. Her favorite media persona is Anthony Bourdain.