Five outstanding college journalists have handled the lion’s share of reporting for this year’s edition of Conference Daily Online, AASA’s multimedia publication covering various corners of the 2021 virtual national conference.
The student journalists, who attend Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, supplemented the work of a handful of AASA staff members who served as editors, digital producers, video producers and reporters over the past few days.
The collegians each handled news story assignments for four conference sessions, and three of them doubled up by producing short video clips of those sessions. The students worked under pressure as they faced some tight deadlines to generate their reports during the two days of the national conference.
Serving as interns were Kaitlyn Francis, an undergraduate, and Molly Castle Work, a graduate student, both at University of Maryland; and Adriana Rozas Rivera, a graduate student at Syracuse University, where Morgaine McIlhargey and Amanda Paule are undergraduates.
Syracuse and Maryland were sought out by editor Jay P. Goldman because of his personal connection to both universities’ journalism schools. He is a master’s graduate of SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communication and has served for 30 years as an adjunct professor at Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.
Other AASA staffers serving principal roles on the conference publication were Gayane Minasyan and Juli Valentine, who served as co-managing editors; Jimmy Minichello, who oversaw all videography; and Liz Griffin and Jacqueline Hyman, who worked as reporters.