FYS Student Work Featured in New 'Weave News' Podcast
A new podcast from Weave News features the citizen journalism work of students in a 2019 First-Year Seminar (FYS) who researched the work of independent media organizations based in the United States and the Gaza Strip.
Students who took the “Grassroots Media for the Next Generation” FYS with Professor of Global Studies John Collins conducted research on three independent media organizations (War News Radio, Project Censored, and We Are Not Numbers) as part of the course. In addition to contextual research on the organizations’ missions and challenges, the students’ work included one-on-one audio interviews with members of each organization. Groups of students in the seminar then pooled their work and collaborated to produce original audio reports profiling one of the three organizations.
Weave News, a St. Lawrence-based citizen journalism platform focusing on underreported stories, launched the Interweaving podcast in March 2019 to “highlight the role of grassroots journalists, activists, and authors who are working to create a better information ecosystem and a more just world.” The podcast is edited by Collins and Terry DuBray, Production Manager and Sound Specialist for the Department of Music.
The most recent episode of the podcast, published on June 21, features a profile of We Are Not Numbers, the only youth-led media organization in Gaza, produced by Frank Faiola ’22, Jonathan Seymour ’22, and Molly Thompson ‘22. The student report on California-based Project Censored, produced by Katie Caffrey ’22, Iman Maani ’22, Ayla Schnier ’22, and Bruce Wang ’22, appeared in Episode 6, and the student report on Swarthmore College-based War News Radio, produced by Skylar Bergeron ’22, Ade Karera ’22, and Lily Philip ’22, appeared in Episode 3.
All three of the student groups also presented their podcast episodes at the annual FYS Research Exchange on April 26.
“This research provided first-year students with a unique opportunity to take part in a real-world process of investigative journalism and to learn from other independent media practitioners in the process,” said Collins. “The students in the seminar really embraced the challenge of preparing for and conducting interviews, and they produced some very impressive results. We’re happy that we were able to feature this work as part of the new podcast.”
Other episodes of Interweaving have featured interviews conducted by Shanice Arlow ’20 and Savannah Crowley ’14. Topics have included climate crisis, mass incarceration, media representations of Africa, and women’s art and activism in Latin America. Listeners can subscribe to Interweaving via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher. Episodes are also available to stream at www.weavenews.org/interweaving.
For more information, visit the Department of Global Studies.