The Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio is operated by the School of Communications to tell the stories of those who share our corner of Connecticut. Along with the support of the director of community programming, the podcasts are conceived and produced by students as part of their academic and professional development for the careers of the 21st century. The podcasts feature faculty members, staff and students as well as municipal officials, religious leaders, nonprofit workers and other community members.
The conversations are thoughtful, provocative and compelling. The episodes provide a local look into some of today’s most pressing issues, including health care, climate change and the innovative ways Hamden officials, the United Way and other groups have come together to address hunger and food insecurity.
Podcasts are not limited by a signal’s reach or a station’s daily programming schedule. When the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio is fully operational in the spring of 2020, listeners can download the studio’s content at any time through applications such as Apple, Google, Spotify and Stitcher.
The following episodes were produced by Professor Ben Bogardus as a special initiative to kick-off the first of many community-focused podcasts. A more extensive calendar of episodes will follow.
“Hunger in Hamden” series:
Food insecurity — the lack of reliable access to food — isn’t just a problem in America’s cities. Hunger is a concern everywhere, including Hamden. According to a 2019 study commissioned by the United Way, nearly 1-in-8 adults and 1-in-6 children in Hamden suffer from food insecurity. For School of Communications students studying community-based journalism with professors Amy Walker and Courtney Marchese, a class assignment became a social awakening, a platform to tell stories with meaningful data, authentic voices and humanity. The following three podcast episodes focus on this important issue, and the project.