Project 45 was created by a group of UCSC students who wanted to report firsthand on the tumultuous days surrounding the inauguration of President Trump. Their idea was to move beyond mainstream lens, bringing back personal stories of the national hopes and fears at the launch of the new presidency. The staff consists of two working groups – the D.C. team and the home team. The D.C. team reported live from the inauguration, while the home team gathered content and worked on bringing this information to the student body. The Project 45 team asked people in Washington DC why they felt compelled to be in the capital at that moment, as well as how they felt about the new administration. Here are some of their answers.
Dustin is a second-year literature major and history of consciousness minor. He is a member of various student media organizations on-campus, including City on a Hill Press and the Film Production Coalition. He was a member of the home team for Project 45. In his free time, Dustin hones his musical abilities. After college, Dustin hopes to change the world through the power of pop music.
Kathia is a first year student involved in Banana Slug News and KZSC. She is a legal studies major who was part of the home team. She loves a good film, noisy rock and green tea ice cream.
Lindsey is a fifth-year student majoring in Literature and Linguistics. She was a member of the home team for Project 45. She is also one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Third World And Native American Students Press Collective (TWANAS) and a member of Banana Slug News and Film Production Coalition. Lindsey is in a constant pursuit for knowledge and understanding.
Timothy is the Executive Producer at Banana Slug News and was on the home team for Project 45. He is currently a second year sociology major. He hopes to have a job in digital media in the future.
Susan Watrous’ professional background in journalism informs her advising for Student Media’s print organizations. Susan, who is also a UCSC lecturer, supported the Project 45 "home team," working with material sent from Washington DC.
Casey is a fourth year at UCSC where they are studying art and cognitive science. They are an editor and photographer for City on a Hill Press. Casey also went to Washington D.C. and is looking forward to continuing with photojournalism after college.
Jené is a third-year student at the University of California Santa Cruz and is double majoring in Art and Literature. She is the Editor of Arts and Entertainment at City on a Hill Press. She traveled to D.C. with the rest of the team to cover the inauguration.
Ty is a second year undergraduate student studying history and politics, he is associated with College Nine. Ty is the Talk-News director for KZSC, the community radio station run by UCSC students. He is very grateful for the opportunity he had to cover the inauguration in Washington DC and to work with all the incredible team members of Project 45.
Woody is a fourth year film and digital media major and is also the executive producer of UCSC's film production coalition. He has a passion for both narrative and documentary work, and went to D.C. to help document the inauguration.
Scott Leiserson brings professional experience as a freelance media-maker as well as several years as a student in a Student Media film organization to his position as Assistant Director of Student Media/SOMeCA. Scott accompanied the Project 45 students on their trip to Washington DC.
Nicolette, or Nick, lives and breathes Student Media. She is managing editor for City on a Hill Press and future Editor in Chief. She is also an editor for Scientific Slug. Nick proposed Project 45 last year and was granted Student Media funding for the project. She was one of the reporters that went to D.C.
Duane is a film and digital media major. He makes videos for Banana Slug News and Gaia magazine. He went to DC to cover the action. He bikes everyday and loves Santa Cruz.
Stephen de Ropp is a recent graduate of UCSC (Dec. '16) where he was active in City on a Hill Press. Now working in media/entertainment, Stephen tagged along with the "away" team in DC and captured still photographs
Erika is a first-year computer science major. She was a photographer/videographer for Project 45. She also loves to collaborate with other members of student media, such as City on a Hill Press and KZSC.