Communications students and faculty in the spotlight

Our students and faculty are accomplishing great things. Below, you'll find some of their work and achievements. This page will be updated frequently as their accomplishments continue to roll in.

Featured Work

work on The Chronicle in Carl Hansen Student Center room 203 on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Attention to detail

Sarah Doiron ’17, editor-in-chief, works with copy editor Caroline Millin ’18 to make final changes to the Oct. 26 edition of The Quinnipiac Chronicle.

Featured Work

Telling global stories — and changing world views

Sarah Doiron ’17 is well-prepared to cover the world.

As part of an advanced international journalism course, she traveled across Nicaragua to meet with locals and tell their stories using a variety of multimedia resources.

“It was one of the most interesting experiences I ever had,” she said.

One of the most eye-opening experiences she had was when she visited a nursing home and witnessed how differently the elderly are treated there.

“There was a blind man there talking with us about how he didn’t get much help,” she recalled. “He told us about how other people made fun of him and guide him into walls.”

It changed her world-view — and helped her to utilize the many skills she developed during the three investigative journalism internships she completed at Quinnipiac. Coupled with her time as editor of our student-run newspaper, The Quinnipiac Chronicle, she has built an eclectic toolbox of skills and talents.

“I have so many skills I’ve developed over my years at Quinnipiac,” she said. “I have loved everything about my experience at Quinnipiac. The Chronicle has given me plenty of learning opportunities to grow as a journalist, and being editor-in-chief has helped me grow as a person.”

Faculty Work

Ready for launch

Kent Golden, senior instructor of interactive media and design, teaches Kelly Ledwith '17 how to fly a drone.

Ahead of the curve

Our professors are able to teach our students industry-leading tools and techniques because they use them regularly.

Kent Golden, senior instructor of interactive media and design, has made dozens of interactive displays for museums, places of worship and institutes across the Northeast — including many at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Through his company, he also creates games, graphic designs, photography, video production, app development and animation.

As the museum prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, they called Golden to create an interactive story booth kiosk — and it’s no surprise given his engaging designs. The very same techniques he teaches our undergraduate and graduate students each semester.

“Being creative is one of the most enjoyable things about the work that I do,” he said. “I love working with clients to discuss their goals and to explore options to achieve those goals with technology and media. It's a great blend of artistry, technology, and education — plus I get to fly drones and make video games. What's better than that?”

However, like so many other professors at Quinnipiac, the one thing he loves more than doing is teaching — and that’s why he returned to his alma mater.

“It is always my hope that my students learn how to leverage their own creativity in a productive way that fulfills a need for the client as well as for themselves,” he said. “I am proud to teach at Quinnipiac for many reasons, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the sense of community and support that I've found here. As a student, I was honored to have such great professors helping me with my own goals, and now I get to return the favor in a way. The people in the School of Communications have provided the support and resources to make that happen in a great working environment.”

Student Work

Quinnipiac University alumnus Giovanni Mio works as an Editor at FOX 61 in Hartford, Connecticut Friday, May 6, 2016.

Prepared for success

Giovanni Mio '15 used the skills he acquired while working in student media at Quinnipiac to succeed as a news editor at Fox 61 News.

Gio Mio Story

Prepared for success

Transitioning into his position at Fox 61 News was easy thanks to the all the technology and resources he was exposed to as an undergraduate in our School of Communications.

Breaking news at the break of dawn

When news breaks in the morning, Giovanni Mio ’15 lets viewers across Connecticut know about it.

As a news editor at Fox 61 News, he is responsible for selecting and editing video that appears on air throughout the channel’s morning newscast — and attributes his success to the hands-on training he received at Quinnipiac.

“I was given multiple opportunities to be an on-air talent or produce a newscast,” he said. “I wouldn’t be working in the news industry if Quinnipiac didn’t present me with the opportunity to become an executive producer or news director as a student.”

He said his communications courses and work in student media taught him the importance of timing and accuracy.

However, his proudest moment came when he was recognized with a national award.

“One of my goals when I was promoted to executive producer of ‘Sports Paws’ was to craft the best collegiate sportscast in the United States,” he recalls. “With a great staff by my side, we were able to make that a possibility.”

The experiences in our Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center demonstrated that hard work pays off — and not to allow any bumps in the road to cause you to veer off course.

Student Work

Award-winning investigative reporting

Students in Professor Amy Walker’s class earned the prestigious 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard-news reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association when they created a report on the effects of rising seawater levels on Connecticut communities.

Over two months, 29 Quinnipiac School of Communications students worked with David Iversen, chief investigator for WTNH-TV of New Haven, Connecticut. They conducted interviews and research, and then designed a website to publish their reports.

"​This was an exciting opportunity for our students to get out of the classroom and off campus, and to feel the pressure of professional deadlines," said Professor Walker. "They were able to experience first-hand the challenges and successes of reporting and producing a big, complex story."

Raising awareness

Professor Amy Walker’s class conducts interviews and research for a documentary on the effects of rising sea waters on Connecticut communities.

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