Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2020

Grading Professor

Carrie Brown

Subject Concentration

Social Journalism

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


This report is the final product of my Social Journalism practicum for the Class of 2020 at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. My community focus for the degree program was homeowners working to protect their homes and preserve affordability in East New York, Brooklyn, as well as the broader community of tenants working to protect and stay in their homes in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report explores how community engagement can reframe housing coverage as a basic human need that is a part of a community, and not just a commodity. Within this report, I discuss the community that I intended to serve with engagement journalism, the activities and approach that I took to pursue that engagement, and how I evaluated the project with both quantitative and qualitative metrics. I also discuss ideas that I learned during the process of this project, and offer reflections on my approach to engagement journalism. Finally, I include an appendix of work from my time at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.



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