2019 BEATS & REPORTERS
Stories on The Razorback Reporter are produced by students at the UA School of Journalism and Strategic Media.
Here are the student beats covered in this year’s lab:
Reporter: Elena Ramirez
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affects the lives of thousands of Arkansans. In recent years, the UofA staff has been vocal and supportive about DACA recipients. Elena Ramirez reports about resources, the Latino community and the lives affected.
Reporter: Mary Fracchia
As the largest college on campus, Fulbright graduates represent our future artists, musicians and defenders of truth. Mary felt inclined to showcase the talents of these students and faculty, and the impact they are making on our campus and in the community.
STUDENT HEALTH & THE UREC
Reporter: Mary Hennigan
Taking care of your body is something you are entirely in control of, so why not start now? As someone who takes health and fitness seriously in her personal life, Mary thinks college health issues are important for all students to know. Between daily exercise, tracking food intake and sleeping habits, starting healthful habits young can change the rest of your life. University Recreation is the first step for students to lead a healthful lifestyle.
Reporter: Sophie Neubaum
Arkansas is ranked third in the nation for overall food insecurity, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Students at the UofA are also affected by food insecurity — 46 percent of graduate students and 38 percent of undergraduate students are food insecure, according to the Full Circle Food Pantry. Sophia Neubaum is following what is being done to help assist those suffering from food insecurity in Northwest Arkansas.
POLICE & FIRE
Reporter: Parker Tillson
Crime is everywhere and can happen at any time. This beat seeks to inform UA students, staff and the surrounding community about crime and campus safety around Fayetteville. Stay safe and educated by tuning in for weekly stories.
Reporter: Abby Zimmardi
The environment is ever-changing and in today’s social climate is becoming an increasingly relevant topic. From fires in the Amazon to local composting initiatives, the Razorback Reporter will work to cover these stories and inform readers. This is an important topic because the environment impacts everyone and everyone should be concerned about it.
Reporter: Abbi Ross
Homelessness is a problem that affects people from all walks of life. From University of Arkansas students to veterans standing on Martin Luther King Boulevard, homelessness is an issue that many encounter daily. The Razorback Reporter is working to inform readers about the issues that the homeless in Fayetteville face and about the organizations that work to support them.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Reporter: Kate Duby
On a college campus with more than 27,500 students, representation matters. Through her news coverage on the diversity and inclusion beat, Kate Duby will dig deeper than demographic statistics and magnify the scope of the issues minority groups face on campus and in Northwest Arkansas.
COLLEGE OF EDU
Reporter: Kirsten Baird
Education and health profession fields are an under-acknowledged backbone of society. There has been a steady decline in the quality of education within the nation over the last several years. The stories published on the College of Education and Health Professions beat will delve into topics regarding enrollment in the college, changes within the college, and education policy and statistics.
Reporter: Coleman Bonner
As our campus is constantly improving and expanding, students are often being displaced or having to account for the many construction projects that pop up around campus. This beat will keep UofA community members up to date with the many projects happening around campus.
Reporter: Hanna Ellington
Technology is a rapidly changing topic; therefore, it’s confusing. The 21st century is altering the state of technology as we know it, and Hanna Ellington is working to assist in understanding those changes on the U of A campus and beyond.