About the Project
In March 2011, 17 student journalists from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University traveled to the Dominican Republic to report on immigration and border policies and their impact on the country’s large Haitian population.
The students, all members of a depth reporting class, spent eight days reporting in Santo Domingo and nearby bateyes as well in communities along the border with Haiti. They conducted dozens of interviews, shot more than 30 hours of video footage and took thousands of photographs.
The student journalists were Joshua Armstrong, Serena Del Mundo, Michel Duarte, Lauren Gilger, Carie Gladding, Joanne Ingram, Bastien Inzaurralde, Brandon Quester, Erin Lough, Tarryn Mento, Nick Newman, Nathan O’Neal, Whitney Phillips, Cristina Rayas, Lisa Ruhl, Stephanie Snyder and Dustin Volz.
The students worked under the direction of Cronkite faculty members Rick Rodriguez and Jason Manning. Rodriguez, former executive editor of the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, is the Carnegie Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, where he teaches a seminar on Latino issues and a depth reporting class. Manning, former political editor for washingtonpost.com, is the director of student media at ASU and teaches a freshman seminar as well as assisting with the depth reporting class. The two have guided students in previous in-depth reporting projects on immigration and border issues in the U.S. and Mexico.
Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger and Steve Crane, chief of the school’s Washington bureau, copy edited the project. Cronkite technologist Nic Lindh built the website, and Cronkite graduates Lisa Ruhl and Grant Martin served as webmaster and fact-checker, respectively.
“Stateless in the Dominican Republic” was made possible by a grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Illinois-based nonprofit organization founded by the international photojournalist, author and philanthropist.
Armstrong is a graduate student at the Cronkite School and a former reporter and copy editor at the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner. A native of Bradenton, Fla., he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Florida before entering ASU in fall 2010.
Serena Del Mundo
Originally from the tiny island of Guam, Del Mundo is one of the first participants of a joint program that brings students from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., to Cronkite for a condensed one-year master’s program in journalism. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in marketing from San Jose State University. She hopes to use her training at the Cronkite School to report on international human rights issues.
Born and raised in Brazil, Duarte has lived and worked in countries such as Wales, Turkey and Morocco. He is currently a photo intern at The Arizona Republic and plans to graduate from the Cronkite School in December 2012 with a degree in journalism. His specialties are visual media and multimedia production.
A graduate of Fordham University, Gilger completed the Cronkite master’s program earlier this year. She studied broadcast and multimedia journalism and was a fellow in the national News21 program last summer. Her internships include CBSNews.com, ABCNews.com and CNN. She is a Carnegie Fellow with ABC News’ Investigative Unit in New York this summer.
Gladding moved to Arizona from Santa Cruz, Calif., last year to enter Cronkite’s graduate program. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in film. She has professional experience working in both television and film.
A Cronkite graduate student, Ingram holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico. She is interested in print journalism, and her articles have been published in a number of newspapers, including the East Valley Tribune and the Tucson Sentinel. She is reporting on food safety issues this summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow.
Inzaurralde is a Fulbright Scholar in the Cronkite School’s graduate program. A native of France, he earned a master’s in journalism with a broadcast focus in Grenoble, France, and interned for several print and broadcast organizations in Paris. His reporting interests include international, immigration and social issues.
Lindsay Erin Lough
Lough is a Mayo Medical Student studying for her master’s degree at Cronkite. She graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology and two minors in Hellenic studies and environmental studies. She volunteered on the Los Amigos Research Station in the Amazon Rain Forest of Peru and is an avid photographer and photojournalist.
An aspiring multimedia journalist, Mento holds a degree in journalism from the University at Albany in New York. She was a staff writer for the student newspaper and an editorial intern for the Times Union newspaper. She is reporting on food safety this summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow.
A native of Utah, Newman holds a degree in print journalism from Brigham Young University. He interned for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City in sports and online and social media and worked for the paper as a religion reporter. He is reporting this summer in Washington, D.C., for the new Cronkite News Service Washington bureau.
O’Neal is pursuing a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism. At Cronkite, he was bureau chief for the ABC News on Campus bureau. His work has appeared on “ABC World News” and “World News Now,” and he co-produced a live election town hall with ABC News and Facebook in 2010. He has interned at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix and attended the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University while interning at a digital media company in Washington.
Phillips received a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Dixie State College of Utah before entering the Cronkite School’s graduate program last year. She worked as a section editor and staff writer for her college newspaper. She is reporting on food safety this summer as a News 21 Carnegie-Knight fellow.
After earning his undergraduate degree from the Cronkite School, Quester worked for five years as a photographer and reporter, a backcountry wilderness guide, wild land firefighter and volunteer backcountry ranger with the National Park Service and Student Conservation Association. He returned to Cronkite last year to pursue a master’s degree and study multimedia journalism.
Rayas is pursuing a dual bachelor’s and master’s program at Cronkite. She also completed a minor in urban and metropolitan studies at the ASU College of Public Programs. She was a News21 fellow last summer, reporting on the relationship between violent crime and immigration and was co-director, producer and writer for the 2009 student documentary “Voices Behind the Veils.” She has interned at KCNC-TV in Denver — her hometown.
Ruhl completed her undergraduate degree in communications at Westfield State before coming to the Cronkite School to study broadcast and multimedia journalism. While at Cronkite, she worked as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow reporting on immigration issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. She also served as director, reporter, and anchor for Cronkite NewsWatch, the school’s award-winning student-produced newscast. She earned her master’s degree in May 2011.
Snyder is pursuing a dual master’s and bachelor’s degree at Cronkite as well as a minor in Spanish. She was a breaking news intern for The Arizona Republic and covered the state legislature for the Arizona Capital Time. She also is a managing editor of the Downtown Devil, an independent, student-run online news publication that she co-founded. She is reporting on food safety this summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow.
Volz is pursuing both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in journalism while also studying American history. He has interned for The Arizona Republic as a copy editor and online-content coordinator, covered the state legislature for the Arizona Capitol Times and written a column for ASU's student newspaper. He is a managing editor of the Downtown Devil, a student-run online news site. He is reporting on food safety this summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow.
Web and Multimedia Support
Lisa Ruhl (bio and photo above) created pages and slideshows for this project.
Martin is a 2011 graduate of the master’s program at the Cronkite School. He holds degrees in English and elementary education from the College of William and Mary and taught fourth grade in Richmond, Va., before coming to Arizona. He was a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow last year reporting on immigration policy. His work in Cronkite News Service won a national award for feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010.
Rodriguez is the Cronkite School’s Carnegie Professor of Journalism. The former executive editor of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Rodriguez was the first Latino president of the American Society of News Editors. He came to the Cronkite School in 2008 to develop a new cross-disciplinary specialization in the coverage of issues related to Latinos and the U.S.-Mexico border. Rodriguez is known nationally as a champion of watchdog journalism and newsroom diversity.
Manning is director of student media at ASU, serving as adviser and publisher to the university's student-run news outlets. He teaches at the Cronkite School and serves as the managing editor for ASU's News21 project — part of a 12-university consortium that provides professional-level journalism experience for students. He previously was politics editor for washingtonpost.com, where he led the website’s coverage of the federal government and national campaign politics.
Gilger is associate dean in charge of professional programs at the Cronkite School. She came to the university in 2002 as director of student media. Previously she served as deputy managing editor for news at The Arizona Republic, as managing editor of The Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem, Ore., and in various editing positions at the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. She conducts training at newspapers and for newspaper associations nationally and internationally.
Crane is director of the Cronkite News Service bureau in Washington, D.C., directing Cronkite students as they cover the nation’s capitol. Crane was a political reporter and editor for The Washington Times before directing the D.C. bureau of the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service, where his students won numerous awards for their reporting. For five years before joining the Cronkite School, he was assistant dean at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Lindh is the Cronkite School Web master and instructional technology analyst. He built the school's website and the site for Cronkite News and helps faculty and students use technology. He also has taught graphic design at the school. Prior to coming to ASU, he worked as a writer, programmer and system administrator.