Stephan Kozub, an alumnus of the 2014 Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop, recently updated NECIR Executive Director Joe Bergantino on his progress in journalism and wanted to thank NECIR for the impact the skills he learned at the workshop have had on his career as a journalist. Below, please find excerpts from Stephan’s note to NECIR.
“Since attending the [workshop], I have started attending college at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where I aim to be a Communication & Media Studies major with a concentration in Journalism. Since starting school in September, I have also become a staff writer for the news section of the school’s newspaper, The Observer. As a staff writer, one of my stories was already featured on the newspaper’s front page, and I recently published my first in-depth investigative article. The article uncovers the severe lack of communication between the school’s Office of Residential Life and incoming freshmen that resulted in freshmen’s meal plans being cancelled without warning and freshmen not being notified that their room fee would be $1,600 more expensive than they were originally told over the summer.
“I wanted to thank you and the rest of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting team for helping me develop my skills as a writer and as an aspiring investigative reporter, and for nurturing my passion for journalism. If I had not attended the workshop in 2014, I doubt that I would have had the skills to become a staff writer as quickly as I did or report as effectively and persistently as I had to in order to complete the investigative story which was recently published. I sincerely hope that the high school workshop continues for many years, so that others can benefit as much, if not more, than I did from it.”
To read Stephan’s investigative piece in The Observer, click here.