Shoeleather June 2010 is a collection of projects reported and written by graduating seniors in the honors program of the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Brooke Kroeger, editor
Maggie Craig is working on a novel that she intends to self-publish and self-distribute, while freelancing as a journalist, photographer, and videographer. She is an avid tweeter. Maggie graduated from NYU with honors in journalism and environmental studies in May 2010 and spent eight months traveling via bike, buses and AMTRAK to urban ecovillages in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and Portland, Oregon to report on her piece for Shoe Leather. Her work has appeared in NYU's Livewire and the Washington Square News. The prequel to her novel is currently being serialized by Quail Bell Magazine.
Read Maggie's article, Embracing the Commons.
Maggie can be contacted at
Patty Delgado is a Texas native who planted herself in New York City with aspirations of growing as a writer. Because she moved between playing in the woods and growing her own vegetables down south to a city that labels any place with a bench and a tree as a park, WWOOF fascinated her. She traveled across the United States to small, independent farms to learn about the farmers and these modern, migrant serfs. Her work has appeared in the San Antonio Current, Prague Wanderer, and Street Level. After graduating with two BA degrees in journalism and sociology from New York University, she will continue her education of agriculture in the United States while acquiring her MA in sociology also through NYU. For more information, check out her website and blog.
Read Patty's article, Where the Grass is Greener.
Patty can be contacted at
Patrick Doyle is a New York journalist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Press, and the Village Voice. He graduates from NYU with degrees in journalism and music. He previously attended Ithaca College, where he worked as an editor of The Ithacan. Patrick grew up in Maine. He spent the last year reporting on Billy Joe Shaver, a 70-year-old country artist whose music has been recorded by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Waylon Jennings.
Patrick can be contacted at
William Marshall graduated New York University with a degrees in journalism, comparative literature and a minor in Media, Culture and Communications. Although not a particularly avid gamer, he chose to write about Second Life out of a longstanding interest in cultural studies, media theory and a desire to remedy journalism's persistently casual, superficial and sensationalist coverage of gaming. His work has been published in NYU's online features publication Street Level, student-run blog NYU Local and hip-hop magazine The Source.
Read William's article, Not Really Virtual.
William can be contacted at
Vivekananda Nemana spent eight months researching the role of complexity economics, interviewing all sorts of scientists and decoding some pretty dense academic writing. He has written for the Village Voice, NYU Local, Big World, Livewire, Pavement, The Washington Square News, and Metro New York. Vivek has a B.A. in journalism, economics and French from New York University, where he is also pursuing a master's degree in economics. He is a Merage American Dream Fellow, and after his master's he will begin work on a book about economic development in India.
Read Vivekananda's article, The Heretics.
Vivekananda can be contacted at
Rachel Slaff spent eight months researching young adult religious converts, attending church services, learning with rabbis, and finding her inner zen. Her work has appeared in Jewish Living, Time Out New York and the Washington Square News, and has been syndicated by MSNBC. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism, history and religious studies from New York University, and begins graduate studies in Studio 20 at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in Fall 2010. Want to know more? Check out her blog.
Read Rachel's article, Choosing Faith.
Rachel can be contacted at
Megan Stewart studied journalism, politics and Middle East studies at New York University. Over the past eight months she has traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. and Cairo to research Egyptian politics and U.S.-Egyptian relations. Megan is the recipient of New York University's Editor and Publisher Prize for excellence in journalism writing. Her work has been published by Metro: New York, the Observer Media Group, ABC News, Pavement Pieces, and the Prague Daily Monitor, and she was a political columnist for New York University's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. In fall 2010, Megan begins her doctoral studies in government at Georgetown University.
Read Megan's article, Egypt on the Brink.
Megan can be contacted at
Joe Yerardi graduated NYU with degrees in journalism, history and politics in May 2010 and begins the master's program in investigative journalism at the University of Missouri in the fall of 2010. He's spent the past seven months reporting from Albany and New York City on the world of domestic workers.
Read Joe's article, Invisible No More.
Joe can be contacted at