Campus media continue COVID-19 coverage remotely

Author: Ragan Sernel



Senior Mary Bernard

Senior Mary Bernard listens to interview audio as she works from Philadelphia.

David Korzeniowski
Senior David Korzeniowski reported on the impacts of COVID-19 on Notre Dame athletics for Scholastic. 
Richard Jones Works From Home

Jones's journalism class welcomed JED alumna and New York Times national reporter Sarah Mervosh for a virtual lecture last week.

Like schools around the country, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Holy Cross will institute distance learning for the remainder of the semester to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus. But even though they aren't on campus, our student journalists continue their reporting from home.

Students at The Observer have covered the news since the University first announced changes. They reported on the essential staff members continuing to work on campus, students that decided not to return home from their study abroad program in Rome, the impact of closures on South Bend and more.

Scholastic, Notre Dame's student magazine, recently published an in-depth look at the effects of the virus on student life. Through the lenses of study abroad, spring break, sports and more, the magazine examined the University response and gathered reactions from the student body.

In Notre Dame Magazine, senior Mary Bernard shared her thoughts on the shift to online classes. "I will be finishing my undergraduate career at home, in front of my computer," she wrote. "And I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye."

Meanwhile, program director Richard G. Jones has settled into his distance teaching at home, alongside student media advisor, JED professor and life partner Victoria St. Martin — and their little, 12-week-old "co-byline"!

Last week, journalism students were lucky to have a remote visit from 2012 program alumna Sarah Mervosh, now a national reporter at The New York Times. Check out her recent coverage on coronavirus for The Times. 

Always, and especially at uncertain times like these, we are incredibly thankful for our esteemed advisory board, made up of Notre Dame alumni in some of the nation’s largest newsrooms.

Article Source: J.E.D. Newsletter, March 30th 2020


Victoria St
St. Martin holds her daughter, Lily, while proofing yearbook pages from home.
Mariah Rush Works From Home
Junior Mariah Rush, managing editor of The Observer, edits stories with the help of Simi at home in South Bend.