OUR SILENT SPRING
Senior Alexis Angelus reported from her hometown, a suburb of Chicago that lies within Cook County, Illinois. As her governor ordered residents to shelter in place, the pandemic’s quiet toll on local businesses—and college seniors—began to hit home.
Chappaqua, New York
Lindsay Emery, a senior, reported from her home in Westchester County, an early hotbed of coronavirus cases in and around New York City. In addition to her work for this class, Lindsay reported for local news outlets on the crisis in her community.
Sophomore Caterina Erdas reported from her home in the City of Baltimore, whose residents are predominantly poor and black. In addition to her dispatches, Catherine created a series of data visualizations in StoryMap form, available in the Map Room.
Noah Goldberg, a sophomore from Massachussetts, wound up sheltering in place with relatives in Sarasota, Florida. An experienced broadcaster, Noah launched a podcast series, UR Home Stories, to document the perspectives of his classmates and invited guests.
Santa Rosa, California
Reporting from his home in Santa Rosa, Steven Gu reconnected with a high school friend who owns a restaurant struggling to survive the pandemic. He also documented its toll on his host father, a medical professional who risks exposure daily in the hospital where he works.
Hillsdale, New York
Quinn Humphrey, a sophomore, was home in Pelham when COVID-19 began decimating the county. His family relocated to Hillsdale, a tiny hamlet in the Berkshires where Quinn reported on a family that survived coronavirus, and the town’s small businesses, struggling to stay afloat.
In a suburb of Detroit, Nina Joss, a junior, found stories everywhere: On the dining room table, her mother, an RN, studied round-the-clock for COVID duty in the hospital ICU, while on the streets outside, longtime neighbors came to know each other for the first time.
From her home in south-central Pennsylvania, Brooke Loomis reported on her hometown’s ‘can do’ spirit, sense of civic pride, and the role of Hershey’s medical professionals, including her own mother, tending to public health needs during the historic pandemic.
Reporting from her home near the Chesapeake Bay, freshman Emily Lopez found stories in the creative things people do, in times of crisis, to make their world more beautiful and sane. Reporting from an art studio in a garage and a garden full of art, Emily captured the easygoing spirit of her town.
With his host family in Annapolis, Alex Rodriguez, a student from Spain, spent quarantine in a quiet neighborhood near the Bay. In confinement, he found a side of America he’d never known: a place where sunken boats rise, emergencies are averted, and a roughneck named White Mike is really true-blue.
walk, report, share.
Our class, like the Out of Eden Walk, is designed to explore the creative frontiers of Slow Journalism, a movement away from the super-fast, superficial coverage that dominates modern news media, and towards a more in-depth, deliberate, mindful approach to narrative storytelling using the latest tools of digital technology.
Alejandro Rodriguez Muñoz
By Noah Goldberg Donna Mueller is a photographer from Westchester County, New York who was inspired to join the Front Steps Project after reading an article on a Boston photographer. She has been taking family portraits, free of charge, from a socially distant 10-20 feet away on the front steps of fellow community members. All Read more about Podcast #5: Front Steps Project With Donna Mueller[…]
by Alejandro Rodríguez Muñoz My host father, David Duny, works as a part-time harbormaster for the city of Annapolis. Like many Americans, his life changed when the coronavirus arrived. He’s now working for the city’s Office of Emergency Management [https://www.annapolis.gov/368/About-Us], which coordinates disaster response and recovery at a local level. “They handle floods, fires, mass Read more about Sunk Boat and Unsung Hero[…]
by Alejandro Rodriguez Muñoz “Most people here already wear masks. I don’t have one yet since there aren’t any in the pharmacies.” My heart sinks. My grandma, in Granada, Spain, keeps talking. “To go to the grocery store, I put latex gloves on,” she says. And when she gets there, she waits in a line Read more about Stranded in Annapolis, Thinking of Spain[…]
By Nina Joss Written April 7, 2020 Since Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced stay-at-home orders in Michigan on March 24, I have spent most of my nights watching a captivating heist-themed television show with my dad, brother and sister. My mom has spent most of her nights studying. As a nurse at a hospital in Read more about The Volunteer[…]
By Steven Gu On the maps above and below, the hometowns of ten 2020 UR Edenwalkers appear on a base map of coronavirus cases maintained by the Centers for Disease Control, showing areas of relative social vulnerability and risk. Underlying each home icon is a snapshot of county-level data at the time of publication. A Read more about Location of UR Eden Walkers in Relation to COVID Cases and Social Vulnerability[…]
By Steven Gu Editors note: At this writing, Marin County, California has reported 223 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 12 confirmed deaths. Before John Wildgust, a supervising nurse in Marin County, enters the hospital every evening, he’s required to have his temperature taken at the front door. If it’s normal, he gets a clearance sticker Read more about The Front Line Nurse/Dad[…]
By Nina Joss My neighbor Stephen, a soft-spoken 31-year-old in glasses and a stocking cap, stood on the curb in front of his house, holding a large painted sign made of sheet metal. On it, a balding man with bright eyes held a shot glass full of dark liquid in one hand, his other Read more about Plymouth Pause[…]
By Steven Gu [Editor’s note: What follows is a story written in early March as the author drove home to California after the University of Richmond closed its campus in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.] ___________________________________________ “STATE LAW Move Over Unless Passing.” This law has been on my mind lately. Driving from Virginia to California, Read more about Slow Driving[…]
By Lindsay Emery When envelopes, catalogs, brochures and advertisements show up in your mailbox, you might call it junk mail. But you may have noticed that you are getting less of it during the coronavirus outbreak. That’s certainly true for people living in Westchester County, one of the early hotspots for infection right outside of Read more about Printing and the Pandemic[…]
By Alexis Angelus On March 6, my last day on campus, I said a tearful goodbye to my best friend as she dropped me at the airport. It was a temporary parting of course: we would see each other nine days later. We both looked forward to another glorious spring at the University of Richmond, Read more about Cliffhanger: The Class of 2020[…]