I met Sal last fall at the corner of Tryon and E. Trade Streets in uptown Charlotte. Sal said he was in his early sixties and looked every second of it. As we conversed, I noticed the smell of vodka seeping from his water bottle. It was still morning, and he was already slurring his speech. While I sketched him, Sal would randomly announce that he was NOT homeless. Homeless or not, irregardless of his circumstances, Sal just needed someone to offer a set of ears instead of judge.
Rob Bates, UNC Charlotte Art Major
Click here to peruse our journalism website on Covering Poverty in America — student stories, photography and video, which in March, won the Society of Professional Journalists Regional 2014 Mark of Excellence Award “Best Independent Online Student Publication.” Click here to read more about it!
Online Extra: Click here to watch John Williams’ interview by Chelsea Tubridy and Julia Staley, filmed by Tyla Marvelle and Chris Mizerak.
Read Russell Burton’s (’14 alum ) recent C5 Charlotte Observer column — “Stop mangling UNC Charlotte’s name” – http://www.charlottefive.com/stop-mangling-unc-charlottes-name/
Check out Jackie Wu’s (’14 alum) zine, Riot Grrrl — they are looking for writers, poets, photographers, artists and more! Contact Jackie or Genevieve Cordery (’15)
Click here to read Chelsea Tubridy’s (’15) piece on Yadkin Valley wineries in Open Country Magazine. And you can check out her feature in the Elkin Tribune about a mechanic who grows food with hydroponics for his family …
How to Keep Your Property Safe: College Edition
By Abby Maxim
It’s 10:30 p.m. You’ve just gotten back from your friend’s room down the hall. You open the door. Unlocked. Everybody leaves the doors unlocked. All your friends do when they’re only going down the hall. No one thinks about it. Nothing has ever happened. You assume the campus police were overstating the amount of crime on campus during orientation day. Eh, whatever. They have to. But there’s something off when you look inside. It’s almost like something’s mission, but you can’t place it with the lights off. You turn them on, nervous. You’re paranoid, that’s all. You flip the switch. The light flickers, illuminating the room and illuminating the fact that your brand new 40-inch TV is missing. It’s always been on the dresser and for some reason it’s gone.
Click here to read the rest of Abby Maxim’s “How to Keep Your Property Safe: College Edition” …
Former journalism student Rhiannon Fionn shared this link to New York Times reporter David Carr’s “Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students” Carr, 58, died Feb. 12 from cancer.
Want to network with great local journalists and keep up with the field? Journalism students can join SPJ’s Greater Charlotte Chapter for half-price annual dues! Learn more about monthly meetings featuring professional journalists at https://charlottespj.wordpress.com/ Check out this SPJ blog on freelance writing: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/freelance/2014/11/05/freelancers-need-to-make-a-living-too/
Alum Spotlight: Click here to read Gwendolyn Shearman’s (’12) story on travel to Cuba … Gwen is finishing up her master’s degree in journalism at Georgetown University and has accepted a job as Travel Editor/Analyst at U.S. News & World Report. Read more about Gwen and our other journalism alum by clicking on our alum tab at the top of the page.
Read Haley Twist’s news feature story Who Will Tell the People? (pg. 46 in the magazine/ pg. 24 on the pdf) in The Waterkeeper Alliance’s magazine that stems from a grassroots movement.
Check out journalism student Caitlin McMahon’s music website at http://theencoremedia.com/
Journalism Internships available for fall, spring and summer — email Staci Kuntzman at email@example.com, the Department’s Internship Director, or Cheryl Spainhour at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Get field experience while you’re in school!