Powering a Nation was conceived, reported and produced entirely by student journalists at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The fellows:

Our Team

Powering a Nation was conceived, reported and produced entirely by student journalists at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The fellows:

 

Chris Carmichael

Chris Carmichael
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chris Carmichael holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was awarded a Roy H. Park fellowship in 2006. Recent work includes a story on two families living together to survive the economic crisis titled “Under One Roof.” That piece was awarded first place in the news audio slideshow category by the National Press Photographers Association during the 2009 Best of Photojournalism competition. Carmichael’s experience includes a nine-month internship at The Story with Dick Gordon, a nationally-syndicated radio program aired on NPR, where he produced several segments. Most recently, he has served as an adjunct professor of photojournalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from Indiana University in 2002.

www.jchriscarmichael.com

 

Nacho Corbella

Nacho Corbella
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nacho Corbella holds a bachelor’s in journalism and social communication from the Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile. He was a political reporter for La Segunda in Santiago and a staff professor at his alma mater, teaching introductory photojournalism and multimedia narratives. He also co-produces multimedia projects around the country. Passionate about storytelling, graphic design, photography, audio and video production, he received his master’s degree in Summer 2009.

www.nachocorbella.com

 

Phil Daquila

Phil Daquila
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Daquila is a mobile journalist/documentary photographer/videographer/producer/writer and visual ethnographer engaged in multi-platform feature reporting. He especially enjoys pre-producing stories—conceiving ideas, locating communities to study or people to interview and developing rapport to help create a compelling narrative. His experience in content and production includes video, photo, audio, Flash/ActionScript, print design and copy editing. He received a two-year Roy H. Park master’s fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Among his activities: Students for Meaningful Media, UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter President; Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting, University Liaison; Society for News Design. His passions: biking, baseball, jazz, improv, Beat culture, color theory and international travel.

www.theimprovisers.org

 

Zach Ferriola-Bruckenstein

Zach Ferriola-Bruckenstein
2009 Bachelor’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Focusing on information graphics and interactive media, Ferriola-Bruckenstein has taken most of the graphics and multimedia courses offered in the school. Last summer, he interned at National Geographic Magazine. This year he was a member of UNC’s ABC News on Campus bureau and vice president of the UNC-Chapel Hill Society for News Design. He was also a teaching assistant for the 3-D design and advanced programming courses in the school.

www.twentytwentygd.com

 

Jenn Hueting

Jenn Hueting
Master’s candidate
College of Journalism
University of Missouri

Jenn is finishing her master’s in magazine journalism. She works as a designer at The Design Center on Missouri’s campus and recently served as the online editor of Vox, a weekly city magazine. She has interned at publications such as Inside Columbia magazine and Conde Nast’s Cookie magazine as well as at the publications firm at Washington University in St. Louis.

www.clevertype.com

 

Eileen Mignoni

Eileen Mignoni
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In graduate school, Mignoni studied photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. She was raised in rural Michigan and went to Brown for her undergraduate degree in classics. She worked as a photographer for hip-hop clubs and in international market research. She has traveled to Patagonia, Thailand and the Carolina coast to work as a photographer and videographer on multimedia projects with UNC-Chapel Hill.

www.eileenmignoni.com

 

Melissa Moser

Melissa Moser
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Melissa received her B.A. from Davidson College and spent 10 years working as a certified financial planner and an English teacher in the San Francisco Bay area. In her graduate studies, Melissa focused on visual communication as well as business reporting. She worked in the summer of 2009 as a reporter at Bloomberg News in New York City. Trained as a videographer, Melissa was a team leader at the Winter Special Olympics project in Idaho last February. She received the 2009 Outstanding Master’s Graduate award. She plans to use her multimedia skils to improve financial education and to make art.

www.melissamoser.com

 

Sara Peach

Sara Peach
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A Roy H. Park fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, Peach earned her bachelor’s degree at Chapel Hill in environmental studies and spent two years working in the environmental nonprofit industry. During the summer of 2008, she interned as a reporter and video producer at The News & Observer. In November 2008, Peach was named a finalist in the Project:Report contest, an international documentary competition sponsored by YouTube and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She hopes to become an environmental journalist.

www.peachreport.com

 

Monica Ulmanu

Monica Ulmanu
Master’s candidate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ulmanu moved to Chapel Hill from Bucharest, Romania, in the summer of 2008 to pursue a master’s degree in visual communication. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Bucharest and has worked as a self-employed Web designer and content provider. She is passionate about information visualization, user interfaces, use of color and type, principles of design and usability. Her goal is to combine fresh perspectives and journalistic knowledge to work efficiently. Ulmanu loves to work with people but sometimes becomes totally focused on her handsome iMac.

 

Courtney Woo

Courtney Woo
2009 Master’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

After receiving a B.A. in Asian Studies from Bowdoin College in 2003, Woo has divided her time between China and the United States. In China, she freelanced for Newsweek Select, Fodor’s and French Vogue; she also produced and edited the Shanghai edition of City Weekend, an English-language entertainment magazine published in Shanghai and Beijing. As a media volunteer at the Beijing Olympics, Woo blogged for the Huffington Post. She received her master’s degree in May 2009 with a concentration in social marketing and public relations. Through thesis research and a research assistantship, she worked on the strategic-messaging component of two state-wide health campaigns. Woo also won the grand prize in the Arthur W. Page Society’s Corporate Communications Case Study Competition for her paper, “Mattel Recalls 2007: Communication Implications for Quality Control, Outsourcing and Consumer Relations.”

 

Anna York

Anna York
Master’s candidate
Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy, JFK School of Government
Harvard University

York is an experienced government adviser and community activist from Sydney, Australia. She served as the director of the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services Branch of the Department of Environment and Climate Change. From 2005 to 2007 she was a policy adviser to the former New South Wales minister for the environment. In 2003, she served as the president of the New South Wales Branch of the National Union of Students. She was also an organizer for the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition. Her other volunteer activities include being a community organizer for International Women’s Day, Reclaim the Night, and the National Organization of Women Students Australia. At Harvard, she writes for the Kennedy School Review.

 

Ashley Zammitt

Ashley Zammitt
2009 Bachelor’s graduate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Emphasizing multimedia and graphic design, Zammitt has a background in art and extensive training and experience in Adobe’s design programs. She works part-time as a multimedia developer and led the student chapter of the Society for News Design at UNC-Chapel Hill. Outside of design, her passions lie in international travel and sustainable development abroad.

www.ashleyzammitt.com

2009 TEAM

Sara Peach, Editor-in-Chief
Chris Carmichael
Nacho Corbella
Phil Daquila
Zach Ferriola-Bruckenstein
Jenn Hueting
Eileen Mignoni
Melissa Moser
Monica Ulmanu
Courtney Woo
Anna York
Ashley Zammitt

LEADERSHIP

Jean Folkerts, Dean
Laura Ruel, Executive Producer
Don Wittekind, Producer
Chad A. Stevens, Producer


COACHES

Penny Abernathy
Andy Bechtel
Francesca Carpentier
Barbara Friedman
Jay Heinz
Donny Lofland
Dan Niblock
Mike Schmidt
Chad A. Stevens
Ryan Thornburg
Charlie Tuggle
Jan Yopp

OTHER NEWS21 INCUBATORS

Arizona State
Berkeley
Columbia
Maryland
Northwestern
Southern California
Syracuse

VISITING COACHES

Pat Davison
Terence Oliver

SPECIAL THANKS

David Alexander
Jay Almers
Malcolm Dougall
Dylan Field
Andrew Gaerig
Jennifer Klimas Gallina
Dan Siler
Fred Thomsen
Ruth Walden
David Whitehead