PHOENIX—A team of 20 Dow Jones News Fund digital media interns created Unsheltered, a multimedia project, which examines the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix.
The project probes four main segments – people with special medical needs, people with substance-use disorder, youth and families, and veterans. The project also looks into shelters and people who have found possible solutions.
With 48 hours in the field reporting and using state-of-the-art equipment from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, the team produced a series of videos, articles, graphics, photo galleries, an audio gallery and a social media campaign.
Nearly 800,000 Spanish speakers live in Phoenix. In order to better reach the city’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the group has made its content – from the website to social media – available in Spanish.
Check out Unsheltered now.
The 2018 digital media interns are:
Elizabeth Backo, Ohio University, The Arizona Republic
Neetish Basnet, University of Texas, Arlington, Dallas Business Journal
Elizabeth Castillo, California State University, Chico, CALmatters
Brooke Fisher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American City Business Journals
Samantha Gebers, Arizona State University, Hawaii News Now
Angela Gervasi, Temple University, Lexington Herald-Leader
Kathryn Hardison, University of Missouri, Storyful
Justin Hicks, New York University, San Angelo Standard-Times
Sierra Juarez, University of Texas, Austin, The Arizona Republic
Lauren Lee, Pennsylvania State University, Centre Daily Times
Christian Marquez, University of New Mexico, Searchlight New Mexico
Cecilia Mazanec, University of Florida, The Palm Beach Post
Narda Perez, University of Texas, Arlington, Austin American-Statesman
Cristobal Reyes-Rios, University of Central Florida, Miami Herald
Charlene Santiago, Arizona State University, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Eric Schmid, Stony Brook University, AccuWeather
Divya Thirunagari, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, International Center for Journalists
Tess Vrbin, University of Missouri, The Kansas City Star
Austin Westfall, Arizona State University, Hawaii News Now
Paolo Zialcita, University of Nevada, Reno, Connecticut Public Radio
Residency director: Mike Wong, Director of Career Services, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication