The New Normal
On March 4, The multimedia reporting class had their last day of class before spring break. They left for spring break with the expectation of returning in a week, blissfully unaware that this would be their last in-person class for the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in their own homes, COMM481 students are reflecting on how rapidly every day life is changing with the new normal of physical distancing and safer-at-home orders. By recording a message to their younger self, each student observed just how much of a different experience everyone is having based on their location and home situation.
Featured in this video: Kayla Simmons (Brooklyn, NY), Lilian Swartzell (Philadelphia, PA), Paige Hooven (Bucks County, PA), Melina Chumley (Lower Merion, PA), Justin Lange (State College, PA), Liz Irvin (York, PA), Brynn Laurash (Cranbury, NJ), Lauren Ansell (Uniontown, PA), Christina Veintimilla (Naples, FL), Amanda Thieu (Philadelphia, PA), Rachel Gelfand (Emmitsburg, MD)
About the Contributors
Senior / Photojournalism
I work as a photographer and photo copy desk at the Daily Collegian. I previously worked as a visuals intern at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the summer of 2018. I was also a participant in the Student Newsroom for the 2019 Online News Association. I aspire to be a sports photographer working for a professional team or media company.