TheNewsHouse.com is an award-winning multimedia website that showcases student work at Syracuse University. As the Lead News Editor for the publication, I pitched story ideas, edited and fact-checked student work and input articles into the CMS with appropriate tags and links. I also contributed articles about issues that affect the Central New York community, including reporting on the local HIV/AIDS epidemic and protests against solitary confinement of youth,
HIV PREVENTION ADVOCATES PUSH FOR CHANGE
Always demand a certain level of treatment. That’s what Joshua King told himself as he grew up with a single mother in the suburb of De Witt just outside of Syracuse-- “the land of opportunity,” as he calls it.
As a young black man in a city that is 84 percent white, he knew that barriers prevented him from achieving the same level of success as his peers. As a young gay black man, he knew those barriers were even greater.
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE HELD IN AN UNUSUAL PLACE
On a cool October morning, just one week before the local voter registration deadline, a 19-year-old inmate in a tan jumpsuit huddled around the kitchen area at the Onondaga County Justice Center to hear a presentation about voting. Thoughts of his upcoming trial for a felony charge weighed heavily on his mind as he remembered that this is a big year for him. It is his first presidential election, the first time he would be eligible to be denied the right to vote in the state of New York -- or so he thought.
SYRACUSE REFUGEES VOTE IN THEIR FIRST ELECTION
In a thick white peacoat and gold headscarf, Lul Hassan held her young son’s hand as she entered a polling station on Burt Street. A resident of Syracuse, she is far from her native country Somalia, which she left in 2004 at the age of 14. But she is now a citizen of the U.S., and voted in the presidential election this afternoon as a Muslim-American refugee.