Kathleen Culver joined the School of Journalism & Mass Communication in 1999 to help launch an innovative converged curriculum to prepare students for a changing media landscape. When Culver was advised early on that she was “preparing students for jobs that may not even exist yet,” she scarcely had a clue how quickly and massively the ground would shift.
Lindsay Palmer is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. She studies global media ethics from a qualitative perspective, especially focusing on the cultural labor of conflict correspondents in the digital age.
Isaac Alter is originally from Seattle, Washington and is a senior at UW–Madison where he is pursuing a degree in journalism and political science. He is interested in the effect that journalism has on political systems and particularly the impact that journalism has during election cycles. He is also the communications intern for Campus and Visitor Relations at UW–Madison.
Ellie Spadaccini is a junior at UW-Madison pursuing a degree in journalism and Spanish. She is specifically interested in K-12 education reporting as well as covering local arts, culture and media scenes. She is lllumination Journal’s marketing manager and works as an assembly intern at the state capitol.
Natalie Yahr is a UW-Madison graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in journalism focused on justice system and immigration reporting. She is a public engagement and marketing intern at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and a former digital news producer for Listening Post New Orleans. Her stories have appeared in Scalawag, WWNO, Madison Commons, and The Badger Herald.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Francisco found his passion for storytelling anywhere he could find the truth. He is influenced by his Southern and Central American upbringing. As he aspires to develop his own skills of storytelling, he is driven to widen people’s understanding of their placement in the world and their integral part within it. He is a senior majoring in journalism and anthropology with a certificate in Chican@/Latin@ Studies.
Shezad Baloch is a graduate student UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a teaching assistant for the class Introduction to Mass Communication. Previously, he worked for The Express Tribune, one of Pakistan’s English-language newspapers published in collaboration with The New York Times. He also worked for UNICEF as a media consultant and for PTV-Bolan, a state-run Pakistani television network, as a host of a political and current affairs show. He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Baluchistan and a certificate in journalism in the digital world from the International Academy of Journalism (Intajour) in Hamburg, Germany. He reported from Pakistan’s troubled region of Baluchistan for 8 years.
Cadence Bambenek is a freelance science and technology writer and fact-checker. She previously interned at the Wisconsin State Journal, Business Insider, and Psychology Today. Cadence is most interested in how science and technology intersect with power and culture, and especially likes to interview experts. She now regularly fact-checks for Discover, Knowable Magazine, Spectrum and Pacific Standard Magazine.
Meagan Doll is a journalist by training and currently Assistant Director of the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, Meagan worked with MediaShift, a former PBS affiliate, and completed a 2015 reporting project in south central Uganda investigating local maternal health challenges. Meagan is interested in human rights journalism, U.S. foreign policy and mass atrocity prevention.
Jack Kelly is a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism. He is pursuing his master’s in media innovation and entrepreneurship, and is focused on building and growing sustainable media companies. Jack previously worked as an intern with Wisconsin Health News, and held a variety of positions with UW-Madison’s student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal.
Jenna Mytton graduated from UW–Madison in spring 2018 with a bachelor of arts in journalism. Post-graduation, she moved to the east side of Madison to start a career in social media marketing and strategy at Ideas That Evoke, where she currently works as an account executive. Outside of work her time is devoted to her new puppy, Frankie.
Camille Paskind is currently working at Wilson Dow Group, an event agency in Chicago, as a production assistant. She helps produce cruise ship naming ceremonies, product launches and other exciting event for companies around the world. She graduated from UW-Madison in May 2018, majoring in journalism with focuses on reporting and strategic communication and received certificates in French language and leadership. She misses Madison and tries to visit as much as she can, but is happy that her new apartment is walking distance to Wrigley Field.
Ben Pickman is currently a producer at Sports Illustrated working on their breaking news/trending video team. Previously, he interned at CNN Sports where he wrote stories and helped to produce CNN’s sports TV hits. The 2018 UW-Madison graduate double-majored in history and journalism, receiving the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Baughman Senior Achievement Award. While at UW, he covered multiple athletics programs for the Daily Cardinal and was a fellow at the Center.
Steven Potter began his reporting career in Milwaukee but now lives in his hometown of Madison. His work regularly appears in Isthmus, Madison Magazine, Discover magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine and many other publications. A graduate student at UW–Madison, he’s pursuing a master’s degree in journalism with a focus on multimedia reporting and data visualization.
Claudia Meyer-Samargia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2019 as a Journalism and Communication Arts double major. She was a fellow with the center during her senior year, focusing on the ethics of news organizations covering their own harassment scandals. She currently works at NBC News in their public relations department working on all things TODAY, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press and Dateline.
Yidong (Steven) Wang is a PhD student at UW–Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He does research on media ecology, social change, and queer communities. He has a bachelor’s degree in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University. As a Center fellow, he wrote about the ethical issues in journalistic coverage of cannabis.