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ONA11 Student Newsroom

The ONA11 Student Newsroom is sponsored by Google. For more about the Student Newsroom, check out the Student Newsroom announcement and read about the Google scholarship.

Scott Allison
Senior, Miami University of Ohio

I love taking photos. Photography is a huge passion of mine. When I can correlate that with telling a story that effects people, I love it even more. I want to change the world through my images, but I also want to ensure that there’s a good platform to display those images. Print is so limited by space, which makes the Internet far superior. As the Online Editor of The Miami Student for a year and a half, I ran the entire website. I redesigned the site, more than doubling viewer traffic, and laid the groundwork for the creation of an Online Staff, which currently has three members, including myself. I plan to enter the online journalism field after graduation as a content producer or as an editor. I see myself as an innovator in the newsroom. There’s always room for improvement in the way things are done.

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Junior, Towson University

My name is Jeremy Bauer-Wolf and I am the Arts and Life Editor at Towson University’s twice-weekly independent newspaper, The Towerlight. As Arts and Life Editor, I write feature stories which are relevant to Towson’s campus and the community, as well as assign and edit similar stories of my staff writers. I have background in breaking news and news features as Assistant News Editor for the same publication, as well as experience in photography, as well as image and sound editing from college-level multimedia courses. The Towerlight itself carries a certain prestige; we have links to the Huffington Post and acknowledgment by the Society of Professional Journalists as having skilled reporters and multimedia and online staff.

Andy Colwell
Senior, Penn State University

Andy Colwell hails from State College, Pa., and is a senior at Penn State University studying visual journalism and art photography. He is an Eagle Scout, plays trombone in the Penn State Blue Band, and has been active in mission work with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. His visual journalism work focuses on telling the stories of the people he meets. Andy works as photographer for Penn State University’s Department of Public Information, providing content for live.psu.edu, the University’s official news source. Outside of Penn State, he works as a freelance sports and event photographer, and has significant experience with wedding and portraiture. In his work as a student and a professional photographer, he has photographed in South Africa as well as across the United States, including for the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the University of South Florida, the Penn State Alumni Association and State College Magazine.

Carmel Delshad
Graduate, City University of New York

Carmel Delshad is an Arab American multimedia journalist based in New York. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism at the City University of New York, where she is studying International Reporting. She is focusing in broadcast media, with an emphasis on radio and videos for the web. She has conducted research on the effects of social media in the university setting and is very interested in pursuing further research on how social media is affecting the news landscape. Her post-graduation goal is to either work with an international news agency as a multimedia reporter and eventually conduct research on the Internet culture of youth in the Middle East.

Lauren Furniss
Senior, University of Southern California

My name is Lauren Furniss and I am a junior at the University of Southern California, where I am a double-major in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations with a minor in Spanish. Currently, I work at Annenberg Television News as a producer and executive producer trainee. I have also volunteered as a reporter, video journalist, web producer and camera operator. Last summer, I interned at The Japan Times in Tokyo. In addition to sampling horse sushi (on accident), trying to pick up Japanese and soaking in as much culture as possible, I wrote several articles published in print and online, filmed and edited videos to supplement feature articles, managed the newspaper’s Facebook and Twitter presence. On campus, I serve as a mentor for local elementary school students as a Troy Camp counselor and interact with USC alumni through Society 53, the student outreach program for the USC Alumni Association.

Daniel Gamberg
Senior, San Francisco State University

Daniel Gamberg is a senior journalism and political science student at San Francisco State University, a news reporter at Patch.com and is the first social media editor at the Golden Gate Xpress, the student-run news publication at SFSU. He has reported on a wide range of issues in several Bay Area cities, covering higher education in Cupertino and San Francisco, local government in Campbell and social media technology at SFSU. He produces stories across multiple platforms at Campbell.Patch.com and integrates the latest Internet tools as social media editor for the Golden Gate Xpress. His San Francisco college experience has given him the opportunity to blog about health, politics and social media in a culturally diverse atmosphere. Recently, he has redesigned the Golden Gate Xpress Facebook page (Facebook.com/GoXpress), by developing/coding new tabs to encourage more interactivity with viewers on Facebook, Twitter (@XpressNews), YouTube and GoldenGateXpress.org.

Anum Hussain
Junior, Emerson College

Over the past two years at Emerson, I have immersed myself in the journalism environment. I have been working in all platforms of the field: radio, TV, print, and multimedia. These efforts lean towards the creation of a well-rounded journalist. My family background has ignited a natural interest in foreign reporting. While I was born and raised in New Hampshire, my family hails from Pakistan. On the weekends I enjoy visiting them in the good ole Granite State, as well as working at the Boston Globe city desk every Sunday. Depending on how many stories erupt that day, I gain experience writing stories on deadline and having one of the weekend editors vet my copy. But what defines me most of all is my unusual and constant craving for white fudge covered Oreo cookies. These little delectables are only around during the winter season — which is why you’ll see a natural smile on my face on any given day while others complain about the cold. That’s me in a nutshell. Or more appropriately, a cookie sandwich.

Michael Jimenez
Senior, Texas A&M University, San Antonio

My name is Michael Joseph Jimenez. I report for www.mesquite-news.com in Spanish and English. My goal is to obtain a career in broadcast journalism as an investigative reporter. I have worked diligently to prepare for a competitive career, but wish to further my training. My internships include News 4 WOAI/Univision KWEX, both local San Antonio affiliates. I have helped produce crime stories, breaking news, sweeps packages, sports and investigative reporting. While an intern with News 4, I received a news tip about possible voter fraud in Frio County and produced a story that led to the launch of a DA investigation of the county clerk. KWEX reporter Brenda Jimenez, a mentor, once told me, la suerte es el resultado de tu preparacion, se te preparas te va ir bien. I agree that there is no such thing as luck; your luck is the result of your preparation.

Bo Kim
Graduate, University of California, Berkeley

Bo Hee Kim is currently a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, as well as an intern for Storify, a platform that allows users to tell stories using elements from the social web. She worked for two years as an online editor of Newzwag, a subsidiary of Agence France-Presse (AFP), helping develop ways for people to engage with the news. Before that, Bo was an intern for New America Media and Washington Post Newsweek Interactive (WPNI). In 2009, she was a California Health Journalism Fellow, writing about Korean Americans with cancer in the California Bay Area. Though she is a writer at heart, Bo loves experimenting with new ways to tell a story online.

Ashley Lisenby
Junior, Boston University

Ashley A. Lisenby, a student in the College of Communication at Boston University, is currently a DJ for a radio music show, Redefined, and a news commentator on WTBU News on B.U.’s campus radio station WTBU. In addition to being a participant in campus broadcast radio, she has been a writer for a campus blog, BU Culture Shock, since November of 2010. Ashley’s Chicago roots have given her a passion for culture and diversity. Therefore, she hopes that the experiences she gains from attending B.U. and living in Boston will give her a greater desire to see the world. Aside from being a broadcast news enthusiast, Ashley enjoys learning from spirituality, literature, music and art.

Chelsia Marcius
Graduate, New York University

I am a graduate student at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of Pavement Pieces, the online graduate publication featuring work by Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation students. I was recently named one of the six 2011 summer interns at The New York Times blog, The Local East Village. During undergraduate studies at Loyola University Chicago, I held reporting internships at the Chicago Sun-Times and Fox Chicago News, where I earned bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and international studies and minored in Italian. My work has been appeared in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Observer Magazine and The Local East Village.

Jeremy Merrill
Senior, Claremont McKenna College

Jeremy B. Merrill is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, where he writes and edits for the web edition of the Claremont Port Side and where he majors in philosophy and linguistics. He loves the thrill of chasing a story and is addicted to the satisfaction of overhearing discussions of it. Jeremy also loves the opportunities that web publishing present for journalism. Social media helps build buzz around a story and spread a stellar piece to ever more people in minutes or hours. The potential is mindblowing for video, slideshows, timelines, interactive infographics and other innovative reporting techniques that haven’t even been thought of yet. Jeremy looks forward to inventing some of them…. Writing, reading, building cool computer tools, going to meetings and drinking copious amounts of coffee are some of Jeremy’s hobbies. He is a native of North Carolina and a huge language nerd.

Sarah Moomaw
Junior Northeastern University

Sarah Moomaw is a journalism student at Northeastern University in Boston. Lately, she has found the evolving journalism field fascinating as technologies and techniques have emerged. In Spring 2011, Sarah was an intern at the Boston Globe, working with Boston.com’s Your Town pages in addition to the print regional sections. She spread her social media and Twitter obsession to her closest friends. On campus, she writes for HerCampus.com’s campus branch, is a correspondent for the Huntington News and sits on the executive board for Northeastern University’s Public Relations Student Society of America. When not writing, in class, tweeting or eating, Sarah can be found catching up on the latest news, hanging out with friends, running or playing tennis. Originally from St. Louis, she is a diehard Cardinals fan.

Matthew Nelson
Senior, Drake University

Matt Nelson is an aspiring science journalist at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The college junior became interested in science journalism in high school after he won a national scholarship for a paper on the laws of thermodynamics. He enjoys writing articles that are compelling, factual and accessible. Nelson has designed educational materials in digital, video, social media and print formats for a Fermilab-partnered laboratory. He has extensive reporting experience, including an internship with the crime and courts section of the Des Moines Register. At Drake, Nelson has functioned as a writer, section-design editor and chief editor of a 56-page special edition of the Times-Delphic newspaper. He has a strong creative streak, and in 2010 he received awards for fiction and poetry published in Drake University’s literary journal, Periphery. He is originally from a small farm in Minnesota, and is majoring in journalism with a minor in physics.

Ugonna Okpalaoka
Senior, Ohio University

I was born in Nigeria, raised on the East Coast, in the South, and now live in the Midwest. My creative outlets are as diverse as my background. I spend my time honing my skills in hopes of becoming a master Jill of All (or at least most) Trades. I attend Ohio University and will graduate in 2012 with a degree in broadcast journalism. I’ve worked as a reporter, writer, and TV producer, but my most enjoyable experience has been with digital media. I love working with audio, video, graphics, and the web. This field keeps me on my toes. And while some are wary of this developing form of journalism, the uncertainty guarantees that I’ll always be learning new skills. I’m in the business of storytelling, and I’m always on the look out for the best way to share what I learn about people and places.

Adam Perez
Senior, University of Southern California

I am a senior at the University of Southern California majoring in journalism with a minor in photography. As a self-diagnosed news junkie it seem natural that I would be a journalist. My fascination with news is what led me to journalism, but it was the discovery of its ability for a call to action that hooked me in. I aspire to be a multimedia journalist that tell the stories of people neglected by the mainstream media.

Kathleen Raven
Graduate, University of Georgia

Kathleen M. Raven is an independent blogger, writer and photographer who worked in daily newspapers before enrolling in two graduate programs in conservation ecology (M.S.) and health and medical journalism (M.A.). She will graduate with both degrees from the University of Georgia in May 2012. With her strong interest in ecosystem and human health, Kathleen applied for and was awarded a President’s Venture Fund grant in 2008 by the University of Georgia to create online instructional video modules to help small-scale farmers learn how to grow crops more sustainably. She contributes video footage to “The Med School Project,” a documentary sponsored by the Knight Health journalism program that chronicles the first years of a new medical school in Athens, Georgia. An experienced photographer, she snaps still photos and moving images using her Canon 7D D-SLR. Kathleen blogs on topics related to ecology and health at http://sci2morrow.com.

Daniel Sircar
Senior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Daniel is a visual communicator who’s passionate about connecting people and getting things done. In the spring of 2010, he led and organized PhotoTEACH, a photography class that mentors at-risk youth in Durham, N.C. The following summer, he helped produce the award-winning group documentary “Now What, Argentina?” which was a finalist in Pictures of the Year International, competing alongside The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Now, he works as a multimedia journalist at reesenews, a student-run digital newsroom at UNC Chapel Hill. Most recently, he’s investigated the university Honor Court, helped pull off a crowd-sourced footage project of the annual Dance Marathon, and is leading a student team testing new business models for digital journalism.

Frank Yonkof
Senior, Kent State University

My name is Frank Yonkof, and I’m a junior newspaper journalism major at Kent State University. As editor of KentWired.com, I have gained the experience of telling stories through a variety of different mediums, whether it be video, photos, interactives or the written word. I often use social media for both site promotion and crowd sourcing. Every semester, I see the latest trends change and I scramble to learn about the newest thing for online journalism. Currently, I am planning our newsroom’s mobile platform, which we hope to launch later this semester. I am also working with our business office to come up with innovative ways to grow our online revenue. My internship at The Columbus Dispatch last summer helped me gain insight into a 24-hour news operation, and I’m looking forward to my internship at The Washington Post this upcoming summer.

Katie Zhu
Junior, Northwestern University

Quick facts: Born and raised in the United States, spent middle school years in Switzerland and Singapore, graduated from high school in Beijing. I’m a sophomore at Northwestern University, studying journalism and computer science. I also work in a lab on campus that does social network analysis. I’m particularly interested in human-computer interaction, data visualization and interaction design — one of the many reasons why I’m drawn to the intersection of media, technology and society. I’ve worked for various campus publications and have solid experience in producing interactive packages, print design (magazine) and reporting and writing. I’ve previously interned at ABC News in Beijing, and this summer, I will be working for GOOD in Los Angeles. That’s just what I do. Things I enjoy in my spare time include: cooking, traveling, “aww-ing” at cute animal blogs, running my own cute animal blog and watching excessive television.

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