Below are student projects. Some are linked to trailer previews of their projects. In some cases full websites are embargoed as they are pitching them to publications.
A look into policing in Stockton, California
Stockton is one of California’s poorest cities with one of the nation’s highest crime rates. This project explores the tense relationship between the city’s police and residents of color and looks at a national initiative designed to help the two communities rebuild trust.
City of Smoke
How Mongolia's capital is coping with its air pollution crisis.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is one of the most polluted cities in the world during the winter. This project looks at the city’s complex public health crisis and explores how government and community organizations are responding.
A Town Divided
A rural Arizona town clashes over mining
This project follows Patagonia, a rural Arizona town once known for its thriving mining industry, and its bitter divide over a new mining project. Some residents believe the project will create new jobs and economic prosperity, while other believe those promises are overblown and are concerned about potential environmental damage.
Debts and Dreams
How for-profit colleges are failing students
In September 2016, one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges, ITT Technical Institute, closed its doors. This project investigates the effects of this closure and examines a larger system of for-profit colleges misusing federal funds and misleading students about educational outcomes.
How the mass emigration of Puerto Rican doctors left the island with a shortage
Between 2005 and 2013, twelve percent of all of Puerto Rico’s medics and surgeons left the island for the United States. This project investigates the effects of this exodus on the Puerto Rican health care system and on the lives of its residents.
Hong Kong Through Her Eyes
A young lawmaker challenges China’s control of her homeland
This project tells the story of Regine Yau, who won a seat in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council at the age of 24 and ruffled political feathers with her outspoken stance in favor of Hong Kong’s independence.
Contextualizing Obama’s presidency
This project looks back at President Obama’s eight years in office, using archival media to put his two terms into historical context.
Tale of Two Stadiums
A comparative look at the Pontiac Silverdome and the Oakland Coliseum
As the Oakland Raiders head to Las Vegas, many ask what will become of the Oakland Coliseum stadium.
Charting the next world's next resource in the evolution of energy
From mining in the salt flats of Bolivia, to battery design in U.S. Labs, to China's electronic waste economy, this project explores the human, geopolitical, and environmental costs of our dependence on lithium batteries.
The Chinese Closet
A look into the spike of HIV cases in China's gay community
For many people, China is a country with modern cities, huge skyscrapers, and the world’s second largest economy. But underneath this modern looking facade, China is still very traditional in many of its culture values. One is the country’s acceptance of homosexuality.
How undocumented immigrants with terminal kidney failure fight to navigate a health care system that doesn't acknowledge they exist
America's 11.3 million undocumented immigrants often struggle with health disparities. They don't qualify for federal programs; their jobs don't carry benefits. Emergency rooms are their only doctors.
Port truck drivers, misclassified as independent operators, become indentured to their trucks
As the trucking industry was deregulated in the 80s, truckers, mostly poor, mostly immigrant, flooded the market. Companies took advantage of this cheap, high-turnover fleet by labeling their drivers independent contractors instead of employees. See trailer
Inside the Lives of Asylum Seekers in Germany
Germany opened its doors to refugees from all over the world, and specifically those fleeing Syria. But this humanitarian problem has been touted as one of the worst refugee crises since World War II. This project aims to provide perspectives absent from much of the current news on refugees around the globe — a peek into what life is like for those who have made it to Europe in search of safety, freedom, better lives.
Lure of ISIS
A look into how ISIS uses modern, online propaganda to attract westerners
Since ISIS declared a worldwide caliphate in June 2014, thousands of people have traveled to Syria from around the world to join the cause. Our package explores the motivations of westerners who join ISIS and the role the Internet plays in recruitment and radicalization.
A pop-culture website dedicated to Muslim millennials
To “mozzify” is to take from American culture and re-interpret through a American-Muslim lens. The idea came about when Mozzified’s founder, Zainab, and her friends would jokingly call each other “mozzies” while in school. This was later to define a particular culture they experienced as young American Muslims.
Blind Boys of Alabama
A documentary film on the Blind Boys of Alabama
Born blind and in the deep South, a group of young boys found success through singing gospel.
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