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We interview journalists and discover the stories behind the news stories. All audio work produced by undergraduate journalism students at the University of Connecticut.

We interview journalists and discover the stories behind the news stories. All audio work produced by undergraduate journalism students at the University of Connecticut.
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We interview journalists and discover the stories behind the news stories. All audio work produced by undergraduate journalism students at the University of Connecticut.






Why protest? How to measure the success of a peaceful assembly

UConn Journalism senior Adam Hushin dissects one of the key rights afforded by the First Amendment—freedom of peaceful assembly. In particular, he sought out the recipe for a successful protest or rally. Is it how many people attend? Is it media coverage? Hushin interviewed representatives from UConn PIRG, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Women's March, the Connecticut chapter of the ACLU, and an editor from The New Britain Herald to find out how the success of a protest is...


When journalists pivot into politics

Derek Slap, Mary Glassman and Lonnie Reed are three Connecticut politicians who began their careers in journalism and made the switch to politics. In this podcast hosted by UConn Journalism senior Ryley McGinnis, Slap, Glassman and Reed outline what motivated them to go into journalism, why they left the industry for politics, and how they think their news experience prepared them for elected office.


How the Sandy Hook shooting changed the way journalists in Connecticut cover guns

Our team of UConn Journalism students asked four Connecticut journalists how the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting changed the way they cover gun violence and the gun control debate. We talked with reporters Jenn Bernstein of Fox61 and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant, Hearst Connecticut editorial page editor Jacqueline Smith and columnist Susan Campbell. The podcast was hosted and produced by Will Harris. Interviews by Grace Gagnon, Adam Hushin, Laura Gelb and Mike Milius....


How to Succeed in Hyperlocal News

UConn Journalism finds out the story behind three successful hyperlocal news sites in Connecticut: CTNewsJunkie, and UConn senior Ryley McGinnis interviewed Michael Dinan of NewCanaanite. UConn senior Amanda Cabral talked with Ronni Newton of UConn senior Madison Geerlof interviewed Doug Hardy of CTNewsJunkie.


How to Cover Cannabis

What skills do journalists need to cover the issues surrounding marijuana? UConn Journalism seniors Adam Hushin and Connor Donahue interviewed Boston Globe reporter Dan Adams, Portland Press Herald reporter Penelope Overton and University of Denver Journalism professor Andrew Matranga about how journalists can stay on the forefront of covering one of the country's most debated and fastest-growing industries: cannabis. Read more at


What it's like for women working in sports journalism

Molly Qerim is the co-host of ESPN's 'First Take.' Sportswriter and author Karen Crouse works at The New York Times. Gabby Lucivero is a sports reporter at NBC Connecticut. These three women journalists talked with UConn Journalism students Ryley McGinnis, Connor Donahue and Caitlin Culligan about how they found success covering sports in the male-dominated sports news industry.


How to cover Connecticut's 'hot mess' of a governor's race

How are the political reporters in Connecticut covering the state's bloated race for governor? As of March 9, 2018, there are more than two dozen(!) candidates vying to replace Gov. Dannel Malloy in this year's gubernatorial election. There are no standouts yet. So who gets the news media's attention? Our podcast — hosted by The Roundup's Caio Goncalves, Gracie Enright and Ryley McGinnis — features interviews with Max Reiss of NBC Connecticut, Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie and Neil...


Confronting Racism as Journalists

What responsibility does the news media have to confront racism? How can journalists avoid perpetuating racist stereotypes? 'Confronting Racism as Journalists' features interviews with Washington Post columnist and ESPN contributor Kevin Blackistone, NBC Asian America essayist Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Helen Ubinas and UConn Journalism Assistant Professor Marie Shanahan. Produced by UConn Journalism students Eliza Kanner, Caitlin Culligan and Connor Donahue....


How Connecticut journalists dig deeper to localize national stories

This week's podcast features NBC Connecticut chief investigative reporter Len Besthoff who talked with UConn Journalism's Gracie Enright about how he discovered and covered a major patient abuse scandal at the Whiting Forensic state psychiatric hospital. The second part of the podcast features a conversation with Hartford Courant reporter Vinny Vella and photographer Patrick Raycraft. The two journalists chatted with UConn junior Ryley McGinnis about the eight days they spent in Puerto Rico,...


#MeToo and When Sports & Politics Collide

UConn Journalism's Caitlin Culligan talks with Hartford Courant Editorial Page Editor Carolyn Lumsden about the #MeToo moment on social media and cracking open the discussion about sexual harassment and sexual assault. The second half of the podcast features Hartford Courant sportswriter Desmond Conner, who talks with UConn junior Connor Donahue about the changing conversation around sports. High profile stories about Colin Kaepernick, ESPN's Jemele Hill, President Donald Trump & the NFL...


Connecticut's 2017 budget battle and local elections

#TheRoundupCT's "Behind the Stories" podcast is hosted by UConn senior Eliza Kanner. It showcases conversations with Connecticut journalists whose stories we followed this semester as part of a class taught by UConn Journalism Prof. Marie K. Shanahan. UConn senior journalism major Caio Goncalves talked with Keith Phaneuf of The Connecticut Mirror about the "ugly choices" that had to be made during Connecticut's prolonged and contentious state budget battle. Eugene Driscoll of The Valley...