Reporting Programs

Student Reporting Programs

SUNY University led student reporting programs provide edited and vetted local news content at no cost to local media partners. Together these programs provide hundreds of local news stories -- that would not exist otherwise – giving students high impact academic learning experiences and contributing to the local news crisis.


Buffalo State

Two classes COM 389 and COM 347 - create a thirty minute news cast with interviews and reported stories aired every Saturday night on WUTV. See also the website: Broadcasting Buffalo – Covering Important Issues in Western New York.  Professor Ellen Notarius (COM 347) and Professor Rick Karnath (COM 389 Broadcast Practicum) collaborate on the weekly production in the spring semester, and Professor Brian Meyer, who teaches the COM 303 Print and Online Journalism course, is a regular host for the show.

New this fall is COM 389 Digital Sports Journalism course (taught by Professor Steve Monaco) where students interview and report on local sports and content is pushed out and made available through social media – called Buffalo Sports Insider: buffalosportsinsider.com

In COM 405, called the “Online Newsroom” Professor Annemarie Franczyk's students cover local communities west of Buffalo and publish their work on a blog and push it out on social media: Buffalo Review West (bscbengalnews.blogspot.com)


Stony Brook Universtiy

JRN-390 – the "Working News Room" is led by George Giokas and partners with area media partners to publish student stories. New in the spring, the special topics class will be added to the course catalog and offered in the fall and spring going forward. Professor Giokas edits the student work and coordinates with the media partners.

JRN 391.02 - "Stony Brook Media Group News Show" is a broadcast course led by Phil Altiere where students are increasingly working with the structures that George Giokas has established to add video components to the local news stories. Together the two courses are loosely organized under the umbrella of the SBU Media Group – which aims to provide local multi-media local stories to media partners.


SUNY Brockport

Professor Kim Young teaches JRB 324, currently called “Webwriting” but to be renamed “Community Journalism,” where students report on the five small towns and one village in the Brockport area (west of Rochester). Students work is posted to the Canalside Chronicles:  https://canalsidechronicles.com/  and pushed out on social media.

Professor (and Department Chair) Marsha Ducey leads an independent study course where students do high level local reporting focused currently on the Brockport School Board and special projects involving FOIL requests for records including police discipline. Finished student work is edited by Ducey and is expected to be published on Canalside Chronicles. JRB 399 Education Reporting and JRB 399 Investigative Reporting are new this fall.


University at Buffalo

The University manages a journalism certificate that draws heavily on working journalists to teach classes. Looking forward, the program is creating a capstone class called the “Community News Service” where students would report local stories published on local media platforms edited to professional standards.


SUNY Oswego

Professor Eilleen Gilligan and Professor Catherine Loper are starting a new course in the fall of 2024 (Journalism 397) titled “Community News” which is focused on covering the communities around Oswego. Students would be assigned town beats and the two faculty would edit the content and then make it freely available to local media partners. The professors intend to create an associated website where other content from classes would also be published and made available to community partners. 


SUNY Cortland

Professor Caroline Kaltefleiter created a public affairs show this fall with local officials and student journalists that is aired on student media and available to local media platforms as a podcast. Stories identified in the public affairs roundtables will be reported this spring by students in advanced reporting classes making the content available to local media outlets including The Cortland Standard, WHXC-FM and the Cortland Voice.  Caroline was named as a faculty champion by the Center for Community News.


State University of New York at New Paltz

New Paltz has managed the Legislative Gazette student reporting service for more than 45 years. Student reporters work with a professional editor to publish a digital newspaper distributed to about 6,000 legislative stakeholders and interested parties on a regular basis. New Paltz professor James Gormley manages the program from an office close to the capitol in Albany.


SUNY Fredonia

Professor Elmer Ploetz and his students have created well over 100 websites dedicated to covering various local, regional and national issues over the years, and Ploetz and fellow journalism professors Mike Igoe and Mark Kiyak are currently developing a semester-long course called " Chautauqua Matters” to focus on coverage of the hidden issues facing the communities on New York State's west coast. Ploetz is also the editor of The Buffalo Hive, a non-profit journalism startup that plans to incorporate student-generated content from multiple universities into its journalistic mix.


Broome Community College

Professor Chris Keaty is the Advisor for the SUNY Broome student newspaper "The Fulcrum," which covers both on campus and community content. Keaty also teaches "Television Production", "Video Production" and "Writing for the Media" classes. This semester SUNY Broome will look to partner with local affiliates to provide student written/video content from these classes.

Department Chair, Dr. Tim Skinner, oversees COM 250 Communications Internship, where he works with local affiliates to provide standout journalism students to create content for their broadcasts.