Check out these end-of-semester reports:
•The Class of 2012 teamed for a big multimedia vox pop for ToilTown, getting video and audio of scores of New Yorker talking about their holiday spending plans.
•Tuan Nguyen produced a holiday video vox pop of his own for DNAInfo.com. Jesse Leon and Colin Weatherby teamed on a video-and-print package about an aerial Santa rescue at the New York City Fire Museum.
•Carmel Delshad’s article about large numbers of Egyptian Americans failing to register to vote in historic homeland elections was featured on World Policy Journal’s blog.
•Our News Service has been busy: Nathan Frandino, Dan Rosenblum and Ashley Welch combined to produce a multimedia project about pigeon racing in New York (special thanks to Mitch Trinka. For best results, open the link in Safari). Malgorzata Wojtunik offered a video report on a tree-tracking program at the New York Botanical Garden. Alcione Gonzalez and Christina Diaz teamed on a video about this year’s Toys for Tots drive. Judy Le and Brendaliss Gonzalez offered a preview of the annual National Double Dutch Holiday Classic. Annais Morales and Elis Estrada covered a gift-wrapping competition. Alissa Ambrose revealed a call by local Russian activists to deface ballots cast in the recent parliamentary election.
•Lily Rothman defended adverbs – proudly – in The Atlantic.
•Zachary Kussin’s print story and video about the teen drag scene made Brooklyn Based.
•Jacob Hodes’ story about the slaying of a Brooklyn teen found a home in the Canarsie Courier. Check out the pdf here.
•Joanna Fantozzi’s story about a food pantry than offers cooking classes made The West Side Spirit.
•The latest from the Mott Haven Herald includes Claudia Bracholdt’s article about the possible closing of Samuel Gompers High School. Evan Buxbaum reported on the fight to save a South Bronx gym. The Times’s City Room blog showed Eli Chen’s story about Occupy the Bronx some link love. Gwen McClure reported on the controversy over a planned home for the mentally ill.
•The latest on The Local includes contributions by, among others, Roxana Asgarian, Celia Gorman, Menglin Huang, Martin Leung, Tierney McAfee, Rebecca Sesny, Mary Shell, Joe Stepansky, Christine Streich and Mitch Trinka.
A sampling from our Alumni Corner:
•Rima Abdelkader, writing for MSNBC’s World Blog, interviewed a Syrian activist living in exile.
•Emily Johnson reported on flood fears in Jakarta for The Jakarta Globe.
•Shane Dixon Kavanaugh profiled charter school leader Eva Moskowitz for Crain’s New York Business.
•Dmitry Kiper wrote about Tom Waits’ new album for Brooklyn Rail.
•Bobby Melok wrote about a Japanese steakhouse that’s legendary among pro wrestlers for WWE.com.
•Carla Murphy’s first-person account of getting arrested while covering an Occupy the Bronx protest was featured on The Daily Beast.
•Maya Pope-Chappell’s story about taxidermist making a killing during bear hunting season made Page One of The Wall Street Journal.
•Nadia Sussman worked on this Univision segment about new hope for identifying the remains of disappeared Guatemalans.
Speaking of our alumni… congrats to the Class of ’11!
To the Class of ’12: Kudos on completing the first semester!
To answer a frequently asked question: Yes, the News Service is open for business over the break. I’ll be out of the office from Dec. 23rd through Jan. 1, but feel free to email anytime, and I’ll do my best to get back to you soonest.
In the meantime, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season – and keep those stories coming!