The 2012-2013 ComJ projects are live

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During the fall semester, the 2012-2013 ComJ students each identified a fundamental community problem and then conceptualized an innovative online approach to addressing that problem.

For the first eight weeks of the spring semester, with the assistance of students from the University of Alabama’s Computer-Based Honors Program, they produced first iterations of their projects and then presented them during the department’s annual JDay on March 14.

This year’s projects:

  • By combining written stories, audio, video and still images, Leah Cayson’s What is Beauty is a storytelling website for women on campus who have struggled with body image.
  • Madasyn Czebiniak’s Bike Theft project combines mapping, campus crime data about and tips on preventing campus bike theft.
  • Courtney Davies created MXcluvise to give an in-depth,photo-driven look into the world of motocross.
  • Debra Flax’s Braving the Homefront is a day-in-the-life multimedia series chronicling student veterans on the University of Alabama campus.
  • Sara Milledge’s Piper Place is an immersive narrative that aim to humanize mental illness by profiling a mental health community in Birmingham.
  • For her Eating Tuscaloosa project, Katie Turpen chose food as the lens through which to look at the intersections of UA students and the surrounding community.


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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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