The Journalism Department at Southern Connecticut State University gives students opportunities to put their theory into practice through a variety of projects. We invite you to explore some of the work our students have produced.
In the fall 2014 inaugural capstone course for the Southern Connecticut State University Journalism Department, nine journalism students interviewed senior citizens to share the biggest change they have experienced or seen in their lifetime. Each student was required to interview three people over the age of 75. One of the persons could be a family member, and one at least one had to be someone of a different race. The oldest interviewee was 102. For the students, it was an eye-opening, emotional, thought-provoking and humbling experience that left an indelible mark on their lives. They produced 15 stories as part of the project.
The project was repeated in the fall of 2015. To see those stories, click here.
In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Capstone course tackled the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I, as part of a collaboration with the Connecticut State Library. The students interviewed Connecticut residents about their relatives who had somehow served the war effort, and produced video projects and text stories about their involvement. Capstone students also reported on war memorials around the state, and other topics related to Connecticut’s involvement in the war.
Click here to see all stories published as part of the “Remembering World War I” series.
All the projects will be published on the Connecticut State Library website, CTinWorldWarI.org, as well. The project was recognized nationally by the World War One Centennial Commission and locally by Connecticut Explored for its innovation in sharing Connecticut History.
In 2019 and 2020, the Capstone class paired with local non-profit agencies to help tell their stories. The agencies shared the stories on their social media accounts, websites, annual reports and newsletters. One of the projects, with the Ethnic Heritage Center, was recognized by Connecticut Explored on its “20 for 20: Innovation in Connecticut History,” list.
In 2021, 2022 and 2023, the Capstone class launched a project profiling SCSU Journalism alumni about their careers. The stories can be found here.
Students in other journalism courses routinely produce projects as part of their coursework. Their work can be viewed by clicking on the Student Projects drop-down menu at the top of the page.