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
Take a behind the scenes look at the 2018 digital media residency: