About us

Welcome to CNJ 515, “Reporting and the Internet.” This is a university class Web site for the work of student journalists at the University of Miami during fall 2012, spring 2011, and fall 2010.

On this site, you will find our blog posts about resources we have found on the Net, our news and feature stories, photographs, slide shows and other multimedia.

We focus on ways to use the resources of the Internet to improve newsgathering and story preparation. We are part of the Journalism and Media Management Department of the School of Communication (http://com.miami.edu) at UM (http://www.miami.edu). The course is taught by Dr. Bruce Garrison (bruce@miami.edu).

Our group members who have contributed to the site from our current semester:

Melissa Castillo (m.castillo16@umiami.edu) was born in Miami in 1991. She developed a passion for writing at a young age and had been pursuing a future as a non-fiction author and journalist ever since. She began writing a book in high school and has written several short stories along the way. Castillo honed her skills through her studies at the University of Miami and internships at The Miami Herald and an online news networking site, Open Media Miami. She continues to write and study journalism but has recently come across a new passion and career path. After taking international studies courses, Castillo became interested in ethnic wars and the effects they have on its people. She has been exploring the possibility of being an international lawyer focused on humanitarian issues around the world.

Andres Correa (a.correa2@umiami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in journalism and political science.  He was born and raised in Miami.  In his time at UM, he has reported several stories published in The Miami Hurricane and has covered live events on twitter for Miami.com.  His current plans for after graduation include going to graduate school in communication and eventually finding a career in the media.

Spencer Dandes (s.dandes@umiami.edu) is a junior print journalism major with a minor in visual journalism. Born and raised in Miami, he is a rabid Hurricanes fan and former intern in the UM Sports Media Relations Department. Spencer spent three semesters as a copy editor for The Miami Hurricane and is now copy chief. He hopes to work at a sports or entertainment magazine in a position that incorporates both editing and writing.

Elizabeth de Armas (e.dearmas@umiami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami, born and raised in the Sunshine State. Majoring in journalism and minoring in sociology, de Armas is the opinion editor of UM’s award-winning newspaper, The Miami Hurricane. She is also a contributing writer for the university’s yearbook, The Ibis, and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In the summer between her junior and senior year, de Armas interned for an online publication in Washington, D.C., Hispanic Link News Service. In Washington, she covered the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Capitol Hill, and various other political events. de Armas describes herself as  dedicated, tenacious and motivated. She plans on attending Columbia University for her Master’s degree in journalism and hopes to become a political or investigative reporter for The New York Times.

Nicky Diaz (ndiaz@themiamihurricane.com) is a junior at the University of Miami. She is majoring in print journalism and mathematics as well as minoring in education. Her passion for writing has led her to a job at The Miami Hurricane as Edge editor and an internship at The Miami Herald. Nicky, who was born and raised in Miami, hopes to work for a magazine as a music journalist.

Connie Fossi (c.fossi@umiami.edu) is a 22-year-old journalism and political science student of the University of Miami. She was born and raised in Venezuela, a country that she left five years ago in a search for new opportunities. She has recently worked and interned in diverse Hispanic news organizations including Terra Network, Azteca America, Gentv and Telemundo/NBC Universal in Washington, D.C. Since she started at UM, she has anchored, produced, and reported in the newscast in Spanish of the university’s TV station, Uni-Miami. Fossi describes herself as an ambitious and committed young woman who follows her dreams and never gives up.

Rachel Janosec (r.janosec@umiami.edu) is a senior in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. She is from New Jersey and is majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology. She has a passion for editing, writing, and everything fashion and hopes, after graduating, to write for a fashion magazine and to attend graduate school in journalism in California.

Bolton Lancaster (b.lancaster1@umiami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in journalism and international studies. Originally from Seattle, he is currently the sports section editor for the Ibis Yearbook and has also had his work published by the Knight Center for International Media, The Miami Hurricane, and Distraction magazine. He has a passion for telling stories with words, photographs, and video. In addition to his interest in sports publications, he also likes to focus on stories that have an international scope. After school, he hopes to join a documentary production company and have the opportunity to travel and cover such stories.

Nicholas Moore (n.moore@umiami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami studying journalism and creative writing. He was raised in Davie, Fla., for most of his life. Nicholas has a passion for storytelling and the English language and looks forward to using his skills learned in those areas as an undergraduate for the rest of his life. He has written for The Miami Hurricane and Distraction Magazine. As he graduates this year, he looks forward to spending time on staff with an international Christian ministry called Cru. In the future, he could see himself using his writing and communication skills within a human services organization.

Rob Pursell (r.pursell@umiami.edu) is a senior creative writing / print journalism major at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He has written for The Miami Hurricane as well as for The Miami Herald and other freelance work.  During his junior year of college, Robert lived in Australia and worked on a widely read international blog regarding his travels. After graduation he plans to pursue a graduate degree within the journalism field. Robert hopes to one day procure a job writing for a national magazine.

Emma Melissa Reyes (e.reyes7@umiami.edu) suffered a tragic accident at the age of 2 that left her paralyzed from the waist down and with one semi-functional right arm. Her disability has been the catalyst of her personal and emotional growth. It has helped her define who she is as an individual and who she is yet to become. She is currently enrolled at UM to pursue a Bachelor in Science degree in print journalism and a minor in English. She volunteers her time as a committee member of The Miami Chapter of The Buoniconti Fund, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She hopes to go in into the area of sports writing for an established news media.

Daniela Rodriguez (cdaniela8107@gmail.com) was born in Colombia and raised in Miami and has a great eye for detail and fashion. Even though she is interested in politics, her passion lies in the world of fashion. With internships at Haute Living magazine, Antenna magazine in New York, and MTV Tr3s, she has learned a great amount of fashion journalism. She also has experience as a stylist, working as a fashion assistant. She is currently a blogger for The305 website. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in print journalism and a minor in international studies, she hopes to move to move to New York and work her way up to be an editor for a major fashion magazine.

Miraisy Rodriguez (miraisyr@gmail.com) is a third-year law student at the University of Miami who is also enrolled in a joint master’s degree program in the School of Communication. Her stories have also appeared in The Miami Herald. Rodriguez, who was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, and grew up in Miami, was graduated from Duke University in 2009 , where she majored in philosophy and minored in political science. She has been involved with non-profit organizations, focused on empowering youth who have had their rights violated, including the Children and Youth Law Clinic and Roots of Hope, Inc. Rodriguez, a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, was part of the first class of interns at the Human Rights Clinic at Miami Law.

Saira Sumbal (s.sumbal@umiami.edu) is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. Originally from the state of Michigan, she now lives in Miami and will be graduating in December 2012. Saira originally began her career with an interest in public advocacy, which allowed her to work in a diverse range of communities. She served as a tutor at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition and also as a site supervisor for its Summer Migrant Program where she managed tutors and students in an effort to increase literacy among migrant farm workers. Her experience in public advocacy has led her to discover her passion in the field of communications, specifically in broadcast journalism. Last summer, she pursued a public service opportunity working at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. And this past summer, she worked at Obama for America’s Michigan headquarters in the communications department. Today, she is an executive producer of UMTV’s “We the Students,” a political debate talk show that attempts to educate the university community about issues that are pertinent to their interests.

 

And our group members who formerly contributed to the site during previous semesters:

Alison Agudo (a.agudo@umiami.edu) is a graduate student at the University of Miami in the print journalism program. She received her B.A. in psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Alison has been published in numerous magazines in the U.S. and in Europe. She currently works at Ocean Drive magazine in Miami and is the daily site manager and content developer for The Miami Herald’s community site for Coconut Grove. After completing her M.A. in August 2011, Alison plans to move from Miami to continue her career with magazines. Alison was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and has lived in Holland, France, Canada and Switzerland.

Alex Bryant (alexhbryant@gmail.com) is a senior at the University of Miami, born and raised in Durham, N.C.  He is majoring in journalism and sport administration, with the hopes of going into sports communication.  Alex has a passion for sports as well as a hobby for researching and exploring politics.  Alex currently works in the Media Relations Department of the University of Miami Athletic Department and spent this past summer as the Communications Associate for Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kelly Burns (k.burns3@umiami.edu) was born and raised in Detroit. She is a senior at the University of Miami. Kelly is majoring in both print journalism and sociology. Kelly has a passion for foster kids and loves working with people. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in social work or in the non-profit sector.

Joe Cervone (j.cervone1@gmail.com) is a junior studying print journalism and political science at the University of Miami. Originally from New York, he has found a second home in Miami during his time as an undergraduate. On campus, he is a member of the President’s 100 organization and is an active member of his fraternity Sigma Chi. After graduation, he aspires to pursue a career in law while also maintaining his passion for writing.

Sandy Florez (s.florez2@umiami.edu) is a journalism and English literature senior at the University of Miami. Currently interning at Univision 23, Sandy enjoys all aspects of journalism — print, broadcast and well, blogging. After graduation, Sandy hopes to actively pursue a career in travel writing. If all goes as planned, one day Anthony Bourdain won’t just be awesome, but her colleague, too.

Sharon Frajlich (s.frajlich@umiami.edu) is a journalism and French sophomore at the University of Miami. While born and raised in Miami, Sharon hopes to move to New York City to write for a fashion magazine, such as Nylon, or maybe even put her French degree to use and work for Numero in Paris. But for now, she enjoys eating out, doodling, finding a good deal and taking a bike ride on a windy afternoon to relax and remind herself she’s not an adult just yet.

Alex Fruin (a.fruin@umiami.edu) is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science.  Originally from Baltimore, she has loved making Miami her new home over the last few years. On campus, she is actively involved in a number of organizations including UMTV and the National Broadcasting Society. She spent the summer of 2010 in New York City interning for “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.”  Alex hopes to become an international correspondent in the future.

David Fruones (d.furones@umiami.edu) is junior at the University of Miami majoring in journalism and sport administration. He was born and raised in Miami-Dade County and has always considered UM to be his dream school (minus the hefty tuition price). He was born to Cuban parents who immigrated to the United States (legally, of course) about a year and a half before his birth. He holds aspirations for a career in sports journalism upon graduation. Fruones, who loved reading the sports section and watching ESPN as a child, knew that’s what he wanted to do with his life at an early age.

Abigail L. Garner (a.garner1@umiami.edu) is a senior majoring in print journalism and religious studies with a minor in anthropology. She is from Birmingham, Ala.; and although is she a southern girl at heart, she has enjoyed living and learning in Miami these past few years. With college coming to a close, she is hoping to get a job in the magazine industry.

Camron Ghorbi (c.ghorbi@umiami.edu) a senior majoring in print journalism and sports administration. He is from Boston and comes from an interesting clash of backgrounds; the son of an Irish-Catholic mother from Boston and an Iranian immigrant whose family owns the best Jewish bakery in the city of Boston. Having worked at Dime Magazine covering street basketball in Harlem and for the Boston Globe covering the Boston Red Sox, he holds aspirations of becoming a sports writer in the future.

Nina Green (c.green8@umiami.edu) is a junior majoring in print journalism and international studies at the University of Miami. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Nina chose to come to Miami for its highly rated School of Communication and its palm trees. She is an intern with the Miami Music Festival and is an active member of her sorority, Delta Gamma.

Austen Gregerson (s.gregerson@umiami.edu) is a junior print journalism and political science double major at the University of Miami. While partially attending and graduating high school in Nashville, he was born and raised in Los Angeles. When not feigning interest in soccer, he enjoys rooting for the Angels and Hurricanes.

Sarah Hartnig (sarahhartnig2008@aol.com) is a junior majoring in print journalism and English literature. Originally from Atlanta, Sarah has enjoyed making Miami her home away from home. On campus, Sarah serves on the University of Miami Undergraduate Honor Council, rides for the Equestrian Team and helps with Shabbat Unplugged services at Hillel. Sarah also teaches fifth grade Religious School at Temple Judea, where she is also the advisor the high school youth group JTY.

Marisa Hivner (m.hivner@umiami.edu) is a senior double-majoring in journalism and sociology at the University of Miami. Marisa was born and raised on various military installations around the country, and is currently residing in Tampa, Fla., when not in Miami. One of Marisa’s biggest passions is music, so she spends much of her free time surrounding herself with music-related activities and eating cupcakes. After graduation, Marisa hopes to land a dream job that combines her two passions.

Iku Kawachi (speedbird4100@gmail.com) is a junior majoring in journalism and sport administration. He was born in Tottori, Japan, and has lived in Chiba, Los Angeles, Osaka, and Kyoto, completing the IB Diploma Program at an international school in Japan before attending the University of Miami. Iku has worked for the Ibis Yearbook and has a broad knowledge of Web design (HTML, CSS) and graphics programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. His interests include baseball, basketball, aviation, automobiles, and physical fitness, and he is the current president of the Aikido Club. He hopes to become a sports journalist.

Rebecca Lattanzio (beachykeen522@aol.com) is a junior at the University of Miami. She has a double major in print journalism and political science with a theater minor. She one day hopes to do magazine work. She has written for The Miami Hurricane and recently became a staff member of Distraction magazine at UM. She is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., but has spent most of her life in West Palm Beach and Miami.

Alex Pearce (loredostreets@comcast.net) is a senior at the University of Miami, born and raised in Newark, Del. He is majoring in journalism and international studies. After college, he intends on working in law enforcement, first as a police officer and eventually as a special agent in the FBI.

Kelsey Pinault (k.pinault@umiami.edu) is a junior majoring in print journalism and sociology. Born and raised in Florida, Kelsey has been interested in journalism since high school, and chose the University of Miami after the James Ansin and Peace Sullivan Journalism and New Media Workshop of 2007 she participated in on campus. Kelsey is interested in writing and designing for a fashion magazine and is currently an editor for Distraction magazine and contributing writing to The Campus Socialite.

Debora Rubi (d.rubi@umiami.edu) is a senior majoring in print journalism and political science. Originally from Mexico, Debora has lived in Florida for more than 10 years. She is involved in many publications on campus. She writes for The Miami Hurricane and is an editor for The Ibis yearbook and Distraction magazine. She spent the summer working for Terra Inc, helping with its World Cup and general sports coverage. Debora hopes to move on to a career in sports journalism in a major metropolitan area of the United States.

Robbie Shiver (ershiver@gmail.com) is a senior at the University of Miami with a major in journalism and sports administration.  He was born and raised in Washington, D.C.  Before coming to UM, Robbie attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where he played varsity baseball.  He attended high school at The Potomac School in McLean, Va.  After graduation from UM, Robbie will look to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in public relations in hopes of working in public relations or media relations for a company.

Kyli Singh (kyli.singh@gmail.com) is a junior in the School of Communication from Tampa, Fla. She is double majoring in print journalism and English literature and minoring in international studies. After participating in University of Miami’s High School Journalism and New Media Workshop in 2007, Kyli was sure she wanted to pursue a career in journalism and reporting. Last year Kyli served as a copyeditor for The Miami Hurricane and is now the opinion editor. Some of her favorite hobbies include photography, reading, poetry, traveling, and art.

Jamie Nichol Stephens (jstephens@umiami.edu) is a senior at the University of Miami, born in Atlanta and raised in Miami.  She is double-majoring in print journalism and psychology in hopes of moving to New York to pursue entertainment/music journalism. Jamie is passionate about the arts, writing, sports, music and traveling. Her hobbies include exercise, poetry and dance. She currently works as an America Reads Tutor at South Miami Community Center as well as a contributing writer for her campus newspaper The Miami Hurricane. Jamie has visual journalism experience as well, including photography and graphic design. Additionally, Jamie is a former student-athlete for the UM Varsity Women’s Track/Field and Cross Country teams.

 

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