My Life is a Drag

Joshua Pietzold
RuPaul’s Drag Race has elevated drag culture to the mainstream, inspiring hundreds of people to pursue a career in drag. But it’s made it harder, not easier, for drag queens to make a living doing drag.

Pine Beetle Eradication Plan Will Restore Devastated LI Parks

Vinny Ball | WSHU
Suffolk County officials have unveiled their updated plan to limit the spread of southern pine beetles and to restore areas they’ve devastated.


President Stanley: SBU’s Post-Recession Leadership

Will Welch
The presidency of Samuel L. Stanley Jr. demonstrates how economic forces are shaping universities in a post-recession economy.

This week’s newscast



Stony Brook Newsbreak – May 2, 2018

In four minutes, journalism students in the introductory broadcast class (JRN310) provide updated news and information about Stony Brook University as well as national and international news plus this week's weather.



Newsbreak en Español – 18 de Octubre, 2017

En la primera edición de Newsbreak en Español, nosotros vemos el programa de DACA, el crisis humanitario de Puerto Rico, políticas en Latinoamérica y el pronóstico de esta semana.




From the Classroom to Congressional Candidate

Stony Brook Press | Neda Karimi
Viloria-Fisher is in the early stages of a House race in one of New York’s most conservative areas, the 1st Congressional District.

Port Jefferson resident who escaped the Holocaust shares her story

Stony Brook Statesman | Virain Palta
Born into an aristocratic family in modern day Croatia, Stroke was only 13 when she first came face to face with the horrific realities of the second World War.

Research team helps discover massive Antarctic penguin colony

Brianne Ledda | Stony Brook Statesman
Researchers from Stony Brook, along with other universities, discovered over 1.5 million Adélie penguins in the Danger Islands near the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Campus labor union demands contract after 20-month hold up

Gary Ghayrat | Stony Brook Statesman
Members of the UUP have been without a fair contract since July of 2016. Salary increases, paid family leave, and on-call pay have been holding up contract negotiations.

Women’s Swimming and Diving head coach allegedly fired

Gregory Zarb | Stony Brook Statesman
Stony Brook Women’s Swimming and Diving Head Coach Janelle Atkinson has allegedly been fired from her position, less than a year after she was originally hired.

Huntington Public Art Initiative Faces Defunding

The Long Islander
The Traffic Signal Box Project is one of Huntington Public Art Initiative’s ventures, but the 10 other boxes scheduled to be painted this year may never be completed if the Town Board doesn’t renew the Initiative’s budget for 2018.

Faculty and students protest to save non-renewed adjuncts

Stony Brook Statesman | Griffin Tokarski
Students, professors and club members rallied in the Frank Melville Library on Nov. 15 to protest recent job cuts. Nearly half of the Writing and Rhetoric program adjuncts were let go and will not return in the Spring 2018 semester.

Suffolk County Sheriff’s election too close to call

Joseph Konig | Stony Brook Statesman
In an election in which over 270,000 people voted, only 1,354 votes separated Zacarese and his opponent, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.


Long Island JCC To Offer LGBTQ Summer Camp

Jay Shah | WSHU
A week-long LGBTQ summer day camp will launch in August on Long Island. The pilot program is for kids ages 12 – 18 and will run for a week.

Why Don’t Our Teachers Look Like Their Students?

Eric Schmid | WSHU
Teacher diversity is a problem throughout America, and it can hurt students.

14 States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions

WSHU Public Radio | Jay Shah
New York and several states from New England have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and its administrator, Scott Pruitt, for not doing enough to combat methane pollution.

Cuomo Backs Bill To Extend Gun Purchase Waiting Period

Vincent Ball | WSHU Public Radio
Under current law, anyone who wants to buy a firearm in New York must undergo a background check that only takes a few minutes. Once they pass, they are able to purchase a gun immediately.


Dow Jones News Fund creates site for homeless aid program

Eric Schmid
Recent graduate Eric Schmid attended the Dow Jones News Fund training program and participated in creating this site for the Phoenix Homeless Project.

Despite high cost, most LI schools meeting lead testing deadline

Christopher Cameron and Rebekah Sherry
Over 100 of the 125 school districts on Long Island are on track to finish testing their pipes for lead contamination by October 31st
Melanie Oudin

Melanie Oudin details her journey back to health

Andrew Eichenholz | Rolling Stone
School of Journalism star reporter Andrew Eichenholz pens this timely piece for Sports Illustrated about the young tennis player's struggle with disease.



Cars in Cuba


In January, the Journalism Without Walls program went to Cuba for the third time. Six students and two professors travelled to Havana and Trinidad and filed these multimedia reports from the island nation.
Santeria shrine

CUBA: 2018

Santería: an old religion in the new Cuba

An estimated 70 percent of Cubans practice some form of Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion derived based in natural elements. But some practitioner say their religion is not always respected, or understood.


Manari Ushigua and the weight of the world

The leader of the Sápara nation has become the Sáparas’ link to the Western world, tasked with guiding his people to safety in a country that would see their territory scoured for oil.

KOREA: 2016

Studying Lifestyle of Hardship in Korea

In many ways, South Korea today remains a place still wedded to ancient Confucian values. One of the most important is a respect for learning and the learned. Few things are more honorable.


Melding medical traditions: Western surgery, rainforest plants

An untreatable snake bite in 1988 marked the beginning of a compromise between modern Western medicine and the Sápara people

For the peoples of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, voting has a catch

Voting is mandatory in Ecuador. Whether the nearest voting station is down the block or a days-long trek through the jungle, the government doesn’t care. Only the vote matters, and the punishment for failing to vote is severe.

Bangalore 2015: The wildlife of Nagarhole National Park

The Kabini River Lodge, named for the Kabini River along which it sits, is 140 miles away from the bustle of Bangalore. The lodge gives guests a glimpse of Indian wildlife in its natural habitat.

China 2014: Comrades Around a Communal Table

Catherine Ayscue
Food has always been important to the Chinese—some time ago, “Have you eaten?” was used as a way of greeting, a way to ask, “How are you?” Now the phrase has mostly fallen out of use, but food maintains its significance in the culture.



My Life is a Drag

Joshua Pietzold
RuPaul’s Drag Race has elevated drag culture to the mainstream, inspiring hundreds of people to pursue a career in drag. But it’s made it harder, not easier, for drag queens to make a living doing drag.

Where are the teachers of color?

Taylor Ha
Long Island is known for being one of the most segregated suburbs in the nation. But there’s an untold story: The absence of minority teachers in Long Island public schools.

Unfulfilled Dreams

Kristie Kam
This Capstone Project profiles young professionals who are DACA recipients, awaiting the fate of their long-term investment and success in America.

Eradicating HIV

Dara Smith
Senior Capstone Project on NY State’s ambitious program  to eradicate HIV as a public health menace

How Psychedelics May Change Mental Health Treatment

Mahreen Kahn
A Capstone Project looks at the experimental use of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug, to treat severe anxiety and depression in cancer patients

The Fight Against Lead Poisoning in Public Housing

Marshall Cooper
The horrible conditions endured by tenants in buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority is the topic of this Senior Capstone Project.


Stony Brook Surgeons Reconstruct Baby’s Skull Using 3D Printing

Using a cutting-edge procedure for craniosynostosis that benefits from the use of 3D printing technology, baby Vincent Bono's triangular-shaped forehead was able to be corrected by surgeons of Stony Brook Medicine.

Brutal Gang Murders Draw Federal Attention

WSHU Public Radio
This is the latest in a series of gang-related deaths that began in September with the murder of two teenage girls. Four more bodies were discovered since – all suspected to be killed at the hands of MS-13.

Conducting to the Top

The Stony Brook University Orchestra is comprised of over 70 undergraduates and has been acclaimed as a considerable success over the past decade. This is all thanks to one woman, Susan Deaver.

North Koreans Treated as Second Class

Cosette Nuñez
In a country where North Korean Refugees are treated as second class citizens, the Duam School embraces them.








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