Who We Are

American University’s Writing for Convergent Media Class, Spring 2015

Candice Norwood

Managing Editor

Candice Norwood is a first-year master's student studying international media with a focus in journalism and human rights. She has covered education for NPR, reported breaking news for Newsday and written about delicious food for U-T San Diego. An avid traveler with a major fear of flying, she really hopes scientists break ground on teleportation technology.

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Candice Norwood

Candice Norwood

Managing Editor

Moriah Balingit

Webmaster

Moriah Balingit is a master's student studying investigative reporting and a graduate fellow at The Washington Post, where she covers education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Oregon and spent six years covering crime, breaking news and city hall at the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Post-Gazette. She's also worked at The Sacramento Bee, The Oregonian and reported on labor and immigration issues out of South Asia.

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Moriah Balingit

Moriah Balingit

Webmaster

Heather Mongilio

Deputy Web Chief
heathermongilio@gmail.com

Heather Mongilio is a senior studying journalism and psychology. She was the editor-in-chief of The Eagle for the 2014-2015 academic year and is looking to go into health reporting.

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Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Deputy Web Chief

Eleanor Greene

Deputy Web Chief

Eleanor Greene is a senior studying journalism and creative writing. She is the editor-in-chief of AWOL Magazine and the digital media intern at WAMU 88.5.

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Eleanor Greene

Eleanor Greene

Deputy Web Chief

Jessica Perry

Copy Chief

Jessica Perry is an undergraduate studying journalism and Spanish language. Her creative writing and journalism pieces have been published at home and abroad. Instead of listing her accomplishments, she prefers to thank her family and the founders of Netflix.

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Jessica Perry

Jessica Perry

Copy Chief

Ali Follman

Copy Editor

Ali Follman is a junior studying journalism, marketing and psychology. She’s from Glen Rock, NJ, is currently on the American University Division I swim team, interning for the Washingtonian and interested in the fashion journalism world.

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Ali Follman

Ali Follman

Copy Editor

Alison Shapiro

Copy Editor

Alison Shapiro is an undergraduate senior studying journalism and environmental science. She works at American University’s Office of Sustainability as a peer educator and hopes to use her communications skills post-graduation to advance progressive causes, especially relating to the environment.

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Alison Shapiro

Alison Shapiro

Copy Editor

Haleigh Francis

Copy Editor

Haleigh Francis is an undergraduate senior majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. After graduation, she wants to focus on editing and publishing. She is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts; she misses the beach, but loves living in the District.

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Haleigh Francis

Haleigh Francis

Copy Editor

Brandon Latham

Photo Editor

Brandon Latham is an undergraduate student studying journalism, cinema and foreign affairs. He has written freelance arts criticism and is a hardcore Red Sox fan. Brandon hails from Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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Brandon Latham

Brandon Latham

Photo Editor

Kierstyn Schneck

Video Editor

Kierstyn Schneck is an undergraduate senior studying journalism with a minor in marketing. She is currently a multimedia intern at the National Science Foundation and has reported on science education, government and environmental issues.

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Kierstyn Schneck

Kierstyn Schneck

Video Editor

Marissa Lorusso

Survey Chief

Marissa Lorusso is a Master’s candidate in international communication at American University’s School of International Service. Trained in anthropology as an undergraduate at Vassar College, she is currently focusing on intercultural relations, gender and communications.

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Marissa Lorusso

Marissa Lorusso

Survey Chief

Nathan Strauss

Video Editor

Nathan Strauss is a senior undergraduate studying journalism with a minor in environmental science. He currently interns at Green Seal as a communications and marketing professional. Nathan hopes to take advantage of his communications skills while pursuing a career in sustainability coordination. He is originally from Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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Nathan Strauss

Nathan Strauss

Video Editor

Sophia Barnes

Data Chief

Sophia Barnes is an undergraduate studying journalism and economics. She loves beautified data and visiting her hometown near Chicago. Sophia interns for Current.org and previously worked for the J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism.

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Sophia Barnes

Sophia Barnes

Data Chief

Trevor Smith

Assignment Editor

Trevor Smith is an undergraduate senior studying journalism with a minor in justice, law and society. He is from Germantown, Maryland, but spent the majority of his life in New Delhi, India. He currently interns for Habitat for Humanity International and hopes to continue to advocate for affordable housing upon graduation.

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Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Assignment Editor

Jordan-Marie Smith

Assignment Editor

Jordan-Marie Smith is a senior studying journalism at American University's School of Communication. She is from Greenville, North Carolina and currently serves as the following: lifestyle section editor for The Eagle, freelancer for the Washington City Paper and All Things Go, and production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition.

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Jordan-Marie Smith

Jordan-Marie Smith

Assignment Editor

Abigail Spriggs

Social Media Director

Abigail Spriggs is a senior undergraduate studying print journalism and English literature. She is from Hackettstown, New Jersey. She loves well-written satire and podcasting. She co-hosts the podcast called Just Shut Up. After graduation, she aims to pursue creative writing with a focus on satire.

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Abigail Spriggs

Abigail Spriggs

Social Media Director

Sean Meehan

Reporter
sdmeehan1@gmail.com

Sean Meehan is a senior from Southlake, Texas, studying journalism and literature. He is currently the digital director for American University's student newspaper, The Eagle.

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Sean Meehan

Sean Meehan

Reporter

Ben Gregson

Reporter

Ben Gregson is a senior studying the self-designed interdisciplinary major multimedia journalism and storytelling. He endeavors to explore storytelling in every medium.

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Ben Gregson

Ben Gregson

Reporter

Thank You

The staff of the Matters of the Mind project would like to thank the following people for helping us with deep advice and guidance this semester:

Wendy Warren, Editorial Manager, Digital, NBCWashington.com, who, as our media partner, visited class multiple times, edited copy and spoke to student reporters individually on stories and visuals;

Adjunct Associate Professor Maria Ivancin, who worked directly, on her own time, with students Sophia Barnes and Marissa Lorusso on the millennial survey that drew nearly 900 responses;

Director of the AU Counseling Center Traci Callandrillo, who, in all transparency, served as a source and a resource when we asked her to review the millennial survey from a professional perspective before it was distributed;

SOC journalism faculty Lynne Perri and Angie Chuang, who tailored a class lecture around interviewing subjects on sensitive topics such as mental health. Perri also advised us on how to find visuals for a difficult subject;

SOC Journalism Division Director John Watson for lending invaluable guidance about legal and ethical issues involved in reporting, writing and producing content for this intimate topic;

Rose Ann Robertson, SOC associate dean and long-time Associated Press editor for her classroom lecture on how to copy edit articles about mental health issues and fact-check complicated subjects;

Professor Terry Bryant and graduate students Mariam Baksh, Merissa Thomas and Christina Animashaun for helping us produce videos and photos;

Investigative Reporting Workshop graphic design intern Sydney Ling for helping us produce beautiful graphics;

Lauren Orsini, Jeremiah Patterson and Cara Kelly for their invaluable technical support, pep talks and free ice teas.