The 2011-2012 ComJ Projects

The 2011-2012 Com-J projects covered cyberbullying, arts and the community, the effects of Alabama’s controversial immigration law, the working poor and the efforts of one small Tuscaloosa community to pick up after the devastating tornado of April 27, 2011. For more on the projects, click the links below.

With Alabama Immigration (, Kristin Shaulis aims to dispel rumors and present clear and concise information about HB 56, the tough immigration law that went into effect in fall 2011.

In a town dominated by football, Sarah Cole hopes her Arts Gang project ( will establish a greater link between local artists and the broader Tuscaloosa community.

Katie Wood’s Cyberbullying site ( will serve as a resource for parents, teachers and children on the realities and dangers of cyberbullying.

Through her Juanita Drive project (, Michelle Darrisaw will tell the stories of residents on one Tuscaloosa street that was “Ground Zero” during the tornados that devastated Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011.

Ana Rodriguez’s They Are Us project ( is an attempt to focus the conversation about HB 56 on the everyday lives of the immigrants most deeply affected by the new immigration law.

Alabama ranks sixth in the nation when it comes to people living below the poverty line. Erich Hilkert’s site about the Working Poor ( will broaden the discussion by exploring the idea of a living wage.

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The University of Alabama’s one-year Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or ComJ, encourages students to think critically about the role news plays in community and to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism.

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