RECORDING | WS-A-5 - The Stories of Atlantic City: An Intergenerational Community Storytelling Project
In Fall 2020, Stories of Atlantic City (SOAC) partnered with Stockton University professor Christina Morus’s Media, Civil Rights, & Social Change course, and Atlantic City’s Golden Circle club. Stockton students interviewed Atlantic City community elders about their memories of the Civil Rights Movement, their feelings about the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, and their reflections on the history and future of racial (in)justice in Atlantic City and beyond. Theirs are the first voices in our Intergenerational Community Storytelling Project. In this interactive, multimedia workshop, Dr. Morus and the SOAC team will be joined by student and community elder participants. We will share both our process and our product, with special attention to the intergenerational impacts of community storytelling as manifested through this project.
Dr. Christina M. Morus (PhD University of Georgia, 2005) is an Associate Professor of Communication & Genocide Studies at Stockton University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Political Sciences and the Center for Women's Studies in 2009 and continues to serve as a volunteer and activist with Belgrade's Women in Black, and Belgrade's DAH Theatre. Recently she has worked closely with Stories of Atlantic City to help facilitate the Intergenerational Storytelling Project through her Media, Civil Rights, and Social Change course.
Toby Rosenthal is an Instructor of Communication Studies at Stockton University, and the Director of Stories of Atlantic City. With a foundation in professional broadcast journalism and a strong academic background from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Toby went on to become an early producer of reality-documentary style television content for various national networks and continues to contribute to this genre as it evolves in a rapidly changing digital media landscape.
Christina Noble is a Project Manager and Community Organizer for Stories of Atlantic City. After graduating from Howard University, she returned to Atlantic City where she has worked closely with the city's youth and artistic community. She began working with Stories of Atlantic City in the Spring of 2020, and as Community Organizer has played an integral role in the coordination of Stories of AC's intergenerational outreach and programming.
Erin O'Hanlon is an Adjunct Instructor of Communication Studies and the Senior Program Coordinator of Service-Learning at Stockton University. She is also one of the founders of Stories of Atlantic City, continuing to serve as a project advisor. Her primary interests include engaged journalism, community organizing through narrative, citizen journalism, nonprofit public relations, service-learning, civic engagement and multimedia writing.
Dr. Juanita High is a retired Atlantic City public school teacher. Born and raised in Atlantic City, Dr. High also worked for many years as executive assistant to former Stockton University President Vera King Farris and is now a member of the Stockton Foundation Board. She also remains an active member of Stockton University's Council of Black Faculty and Staff. Dr. High was a participant in the Stories of Atlantic City Intergenerational Storytelling project, sharing her experience of race in Atlantic City through her interview with students from Stockton University.
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Marissa Luca is a recent Stockton University graduate. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in both Literature and Communication Studies. Part of the first group of student Media Fellows to take part in the Stories of Atlantic City pilot project, she continues to work with Stories of Atlantic City as a Multimedia Content Producer and as a freelance writer and editor. She enjoys playing video games, watching horror films, and spoiling her dog, and hopes to begin graduate school in Fall 2021.
Emily Montgomery is a graduating senior at Stockton University. She is a Communication Studies major with a double minor in Spanish and Journalism. She is also a multi-media content producer for Stories of Atlantic City, and has done freelance work for The Press of Atlantic City. She currently lives in Palmyra, NJ and hopes to one day land a job in the broadcast industry, either on television or the radio! Emily was a participant in the Stories of Atlantic City Intergenerational Storytelling project, as a student interviewer, and as a Stories of Atlantic City content producer.
Clementine (Tina) Byrne
Clementine (Tina) Byrne is a recent graduate of Stockton University. She has her B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations, and a Business Studies minor, and served as the Vice President of Stockton's PRSSA Chapter. Tina currently works as a marketing assistant at Suasion Communications Group and lives in Cliffside Park, NJ. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future. Tina was a participant in the Stories of Atlantic City Intergenerational Storytelling project, as a student interviewer.
Michael "Lovejoi" Stafford
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Michael “Lovejoi” Stafford has worked in the Atlantic City School District for the past 15+ years. Originally from California by way of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He called his move from the Deep South to the West Coast was "an epiphany.” Mr. Stafford later moved to Atlantic City at the age of 38 and now considers Atlantic City his home. He was a participant in the Stories of Atlantic City Intergenerational Storytelling project, sharing his experience of race in America through his interview with students from Stockton University.
Lauren Simon is a Junior at Stockton University. She majors in Communication Studies with a concentration in Journalism and Media Studies. She minors in Holistic Health. Lauren was a participant in the Stories of Atlantic City Intergenerational Storytelling project, as a student interviewer.
Malikah Stafford is a student intern at Stories of Atlantic City. She is a rising senior at Stockton University majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Africana Studies. Following graduation, she aspires to work in the television industry as a writer and storyteller.