The Taking the Lede team is made up of graduate students in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the the University of Colorado – Boulder.
Jeff Browne, Producer, serves as the director of CU News Corps as well as co-coordinator of dLab for the Journalism & Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has 25 years experience as a journalism teacher and administrator, most recently at the University of Kansas, where he was a lecturer in multimedia journalism for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He also served as the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and as the director of the Kansas Journalism Institute. For 10 years, Browne worked in Student Media at Colorado State University, first as adviser to the daily student newspaper, then as director of Student Media. He also taught journalism and English at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., and he worked as a reporter and columnist at daily newspapers in Florida.
Meg Moritz, Director, is a filmmaker and Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado – Boulder. A former news and documentary producer, she has worked as an independent filmmaker for several years. She wrote directed and produced “Covering Columbine” which has been screened on PBS as well as in various venues in France, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey and China. She was the writer on “Scouts Honor,” a film that won the freedom of expression award and the best documentary audience award at Sundance. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism and her doctorate is from Northwestern’s School of Speech.
Roxann Elliott, Student Producer, is a second-year graduate student in the journalism program at CU Boulder. She moved to Colorado two years ago from Alaska, where she earned her bachelor’s in justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a member of News Corps, she is currently working on the documentary “Taking the Lede” as a student producer. Outside News Corps, she’s interning with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science working on their new anthropology publication, SAPIENS.
Ted Phillips, Videographer/Editor, is a first-year master’s student focusing on multimedia science journalism. He is heading up the editing efforts on the current News Corps documentary project. His undergraduate background centers on marine zoology, animal behavior and documentary studies.
Natalia Bayona, Videographer/Editor, is a first-year graduate student studying environmental journalism at CU Boulder. As a child growing up in Florida, her love for the ocean sparked her interest in aquatic biology, conservation, and the human connection to water. Natalia wishes to remain immersed in these topics as a science photojournalist by investigating local issues such as Western river ecology and management. In her free time, Natalia writes for CU-Boulder Today. She also enjoys hiking, biking, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her cat, Lily. For a comprehensive view of her work, check out her website.
Gino Canella, Videographer/Editor, is a doctoral student of Media Studies and Communication at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Gino worked professionally as a videographer, editor and producer in local television news for eight years. He directed and produced two short documentaries while earning his Master of Arts at Temple University, the first of which, “The British Pub, Inc.,” explored the business and management structures of British pubs and aired on public television in the United Kingdom. His research interests are social movement media for social justice, cultural studies and media representation.
Kelsey Ray, Videographer/Editor, is a first-year graduate student studying multimedia and environmental journalism at CU Boulder. She moved to Colorado after spending two years teaching in China, which cemented her interest in the social and economic facets of environmental problems. She is writing an investigative story for News Corps about student free speech and Colorado high schools’ compliance with state free expression laws.