Jeremiah Hassel is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and political science with a minor in French. He aspires to be an international correspondent, covering politics, economics or culture in countries around the world. Hassel took international reporting to enhance his journalistic skills and gain international reporting experience firsthand.
Lily LaRegina is a senior studying photojournalism with minors in Spanish, sociology, and global and international studies. She serves as the photo editor for The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s independent student newspaper, and as a photographer for CommAgency, the Bellisario College’s student-run media production agency. Her photography and video experiences with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Friends of Acadia have led her to pursue stories about the arts and environmental conservation and awareness.
Lily hopes to use photos and video to bring Scotland to others, sharing a view into the events and communities that shape the country’s culture and landscape.
Jade Campos is a senior majoring in print/digital journalism and is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s independent student newspaper. She aspires to use reporting as a vehicle to raise the voices of people who aren’t able to otherwise. Jade hopes to spend the semester spotlighting human interest stories in small communities in Scotland.
Andrew Destin is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. He is an aspiring sports reporter who has experience covering Penn State sports as well as working for professional outlets such as the Santa Cruz Sentinel, WPSU and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Destin has never traveled outside the United States and is eager to explore a new country and tell exciting stories from Scotland.
Deitric Murphy is a fourth-year student at Penn State from East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism while also working on a Theatre minor, Business Certificate and Sports Journalism Certificate. Although he is studying journalism, Murphy aspires to be an actor, primarily for television, after he graduates.
As a journalist, he would like to work for ABC or ESPN as a talk-show host or on-air talent. He feels that this class will teach him how to adapt to other cultures so that he can create stories that connect with different audiences, while also learning how to relate to different groups of people personally.
Ava Leone is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism with minors in English, Spanish, and civic and community engagement at Penn State. As a student journalist, she has written articles for the independently student-run newspaper, The Daily Collegian, with a focus on feature writing.
She hopes to tell stories in Scotland that can transcend country borders and connect with people around the world.
Rachel Suga is senior broadcast journalism and criminology double major at Penn State with the hopes of pursuing a career as an investigative journalist. She is passionate about stories of the human condition and experience. Her ultimate goal is to open conversations that were once stigmatized, speaking about the uncomfortable topics so as a society we can all progress.
The International Reporting class is what drew her to Penn State, as she endlessly desires to expand her knowledge of the world outside of the United States and how each of the building blocks of individuals’ lives can impact their futures and their surrounding environment.
Renata Daou is a junior at Penn State double majoring in broadcast journalism and international politics. She’s originally from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. She’s involved with Onward State and she’s currently part of Cohort 6 of the United Nations’ UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate Program, where she’s learning to take action to tackle poverty, inequality, injustice, and climate change by the year 2030.
Her dream is to work with either international political reporting or work for an international organization that focuses on immigration and refugee issues in its communications department. She wanted to be part of COMM 402 – international reporting to sharpen her international reporting skills and to use the opportunity to report on immigration issues in Scotland.
Sarah Simpson is a fourth-year film production major at Penn State, also pursuing a minor in journalism to explore her interests in television production and long-form storytelling through video. After graduating in May 2022, she plans to pursue a career in production in either the film or television industries, with a focus on roles like directing, videography, video editing, and scriptwriting.
Kiley Hill is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Her goals after graduation are to become a Multimedia Journalist while using the skills she’s obtained during her time here at Penn State. One of the reasons she wanted to become a journalist was to tell stories for people who might not otherwise have the voice to do so. Being able to do that abroad is a privilege and she’s excited to bring light to her story characters in COMM 402.
Leah Strong is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University dual majoring in political science and print/digital journalism. She aspires to utilize her passions regarding political analysis, contextualization of political theory and journalistic principles of transparency in the strengthening of American democracy through a well-informed citizenry. Her enrollment in COMM 402 is rooted in her pursuit to nourish standards of a free press and global journalism that transcend national boundaries.
Andy Smith, from Reading, Pa, is a senior majoring in telecommunications at Penn State with a minor in mathematics. He is preparing for a career in television and film production. In Fall 2021 Andy worked as a producer and reporter for the Centre County Report and looks forward to continuing this work and refining his skills abroad In Scotland.
Katy Shero is a fourth-year broadcast journalism major and English minor at Penn State. Katy, from Hershey, PA, aspires to work as a reporter and freelance writer post-graduation. During her time on campus, she has been involved in the Centre County Report, the Penn State Writing Center and has done multiple writing and content creation internships.
She is passionate about stories involving mental health, climate change, art and politics. Her goal is to use her passions and past experiences to tell stories that bring awareness to and connect the local audience with issues and life on a global scale.
Originally from Taiwan, Alicia is a photojournalism senior aspiring to become a documentary filmmaker. She is motivated by uncovering stories that deserve better attention through multimedia journalism. She has interned with WPSU-radio and has produced several enterprise stories on her own.
Anjelica Singer is a senior Schreyer Honors student from Hughestown, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in broadcast journalism. She was recently a news anchor and reporter for the Centre County Report, and a news anchor for PSN-TV. Previously, Anjelica interned with GoPSUsports.com as a feature writer for two years, covering track and field, soccer, softball and golf. In the summer of 2019, she interned with the Times Leader newspaper as a police and crime reporter.
Anjelica is excited to be a part of The Bellisario College of Communications’ International Reporting class. Her goal in journalism is to tell stories that inform readers and listeners, while also giving them a new, closer perspective. She hopes to do just that this March in Scotland.
Rory Pelella is a senior majoring in digital/print journalism and Spanish. Upon graduating from Penn State, she hopes to attend law school and ultimately pursue a career as a bilingual attorney who fights for human rights – giving a platform and a voice to those who have been historically silenced and disadvantaged.
During her four years in State College, Rory spent some time working for Onward State as both a staff writer and news editor. She’s now writing a thesis focusing on journalism, trauma, and mental health. She looks forward to highlighting other important stories this semester, as a member of the international reporting class.
With a love of storytelling and human connection, Amanda Flynn is a junior studying digital and print journalism. In the future, she plans to continue telling stories in the editorial industry, with a focus on feature writing and enterprise journalism. Amanda is the Managing Editor of VALLEY Magazine at Penn State and is an intern at a London-based design agency, Skylark Creative.
Will Yurman is an associate professor of teaching in the journalism department at Penn State. He teaches photojournalism and other forms of visual storytelling. Prior to coming to Penn State 11 years ago, he worked as a staff photographer at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and spent three years in the middle east as a freelance photographer.
Steve Kraycik joined Penn State in 2012 after a 28-year career as a TV news manager and producer.
He spent a decade as a top-20 market News Director at TV stations in Sacramento and Seattle. He also worked in Tampa, Orlando, Providence, Concord NH and Allentown PA.
In 2012, Kraycik returned to Pennsylvania as Director of Student Television at Penn State. In this role, he teaches Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications students all aspects of TV news, and he supervises “Centre County Report,” a student-produced newscast that airs in 29 Pennsylvania counties. The Centre County Report student staff has won numerous awards, including two national college Emmys, multiple regional student Emmys, and awards from SPJ, BEA and the Associated Press. Centre County Report has been named the best college newscast in the nation four times (by the Society of Professional Journalists, Broadcast Education Association and the College Television Awards).
Katie O’Toole is an instructor and lecturer in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She teaches radio reporting, television field production, podcasting, and media history. O’Toole runs the International Reporting program.
O’Toole previously worked for 24 years at Penn State Public Broadcasting where she won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy and multiple National Educational Television awards for her work as a producer, writer, and on-air host for a children’s current events series.
Katie O’Toole runs the International Reporting program
Russ Eshleman heads the Department of Journalism and teaches depth reporting, news media ethics, reporting methods, feature writing and the news practicum. His depth reporting students have consistently placed high in the national Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
A former reporter and Pennsylvania statehouse bureau chief with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Eshleman won a Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1992. Two articles honored by that award were reproduced in a 2006 book titled “America’s Best Newspaper Writing: A Collection of ASNE Prize Winners.”