CU News Corps is made up of graduate students and advanced undergrads in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado.
Jeff Browne inherited News Corps from Sandra Fish in August 2013. In addition to CU News Corps, Browne serves as co-coordinator of dLab for the Journalism & Mass Communication program. He has 25 years experience as a journalism teacher and administrator, most recently at the University of Kansas, where he was a lecturer in multimedia journalism for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He also served as the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and as the director of the Kansas Journalism Institute. For 10 years, Browne worked in Student Media at Colorado State University, first as adviser to the daily student newspaper, then as director of Student Media. He also taught journalism and English at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., and he worked as a reporter and columnist at daily newspapers in Florida.
Meg Moritz is a filmmaker and Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado. A former news and documentary producer, she has worked as an independent filmmaker for several years. She wrote directed and produced “Covering Columbine” which has been screened on PBS as well as in various venues in France, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey and China. She was the writer on “Scouts Honor,” a film that won the freedom of expression award and the best documentary audience award at Sundance. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism and her doctorate is from Northwestern’s School of Speech.
Lars Gesing is CU News Corps’ assistant director. In the summer and fall of 2015, he will be producing a multimedia political series called “States in Play.” Lars is originally from Germany and worked for various media and news outlets in his home country before coming to the U.S. in 2013. He earned his master’s in journalism from CU Boulder in 2015. His work has been published in the Sunday Denver Post, on NBCNews.com and in the Colorado Statesman, among others, since then. He earned his undergraduate degree in sports journalism. Follow Lars on Twitter @LarsGesing
Paul McDivitt is a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research. He’s also pursuing a graduate certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society.
Peri Duncan is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder working toward a B.S. in News Editorial Journalism and Computer Science. She is also pursuing a Technology, Arts, and Media certificate through the ATLAS program. Along with writing for CU News Corps, she is currently working on a project to design a transmedia storyworld for the Western Wildfire Project, working alongside Michael Kodas and the Scripps Fellows with the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU.
Roxann Elliott is a first-year graduate student in the journalism program at CU Boulder. She moved to Colorado two years ago from Alaska, where she earned her bachelor’s in justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a member of News Corps, she is currently working on the documentary “Rough Draft” as a student producer. Outside News Corps, she wrote a feature on CU’s MAVEN orbiter that is running in Ad Astra’s spring 2015 issue.
Ted Phillips is a first-year master’s student focusing on multimedia science journalism. He is heading up the editing efforts on the current News Corps documentary project. His undergraduate background centers on marine zoology, animal behavior and documentary studies.
Natalia Bayona is a first-year graduate student studying environmental journalism at CU Boulder. As a child growing up in Florida, her love for the ocean sparked her interest in aquatic biology, conservation, and the human connection to water. Natalia wishes to remain immersed in these topics as a science photojournalist by investigating local issues such as Western river ecology and management. In her free time, Natalia writes for CU-Boulder Today. She also enjoys hiking, biking, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cat, Lily. For a comprehensive view of her work, check out her website.
Lo Snelgrove is a first-year graduate journalism student most interested in multimedia and in-depth storytelling. In addition to her studies, she assists in the production of CU’s television news show, News Team Boulder, which broadcasts live twice weekly. She also works as a communications assistant for CU-Boulder’s Graduate School.
Kelsey Ray is a first-year graduate student studying multimedia and environmental journalism at CU Boulder. She moved to Colorado after spending two years teaching in China, which cemented her interest in the social and economic facets of environmental problems. She is writing an investigative story for News Corps about student free speech and Colorado high schools’ compliance with state free expression laws and is covering the Aurora theater shooting trial.