6x8 Portrait is a research project that will explore the impact of mass incarceration on families in the New York City metropolitan area in a way that aims to trigger a national conversation on the topic.
Denny Renshaw is New York City-based photographer working in portraiture, street photography and landscape photography. His portrait work has appeared around the world and in publications such as Time, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Madison Peace is a 2012 graduate of The King's College. She is the director of communications for a small non-profit in New York City and is a freelance writer and editor. She was a 2015 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and completed a project titled "Breaking free: the damaging effects of incarceration on the family and how prison reform can help stop the cycle of intergenerational crime." She has been published at National Review Online, The Federalist, Heat Street, and on the Institute for Family Studies blog.
Associate Professor Paul Glader teaches writing, journalism and business-related courses at The King’s College. He also directs the McCandlishPhillips Journalism Institute, The NYC Semester in Journalism program and is adviser to the student online newspaper/ print magazine/ video platform, The Empire State Tribune.
Peter Freeby is an independent designer and creative manager, making printed and digital books and periodicals; building growth strategies; illustrating ads, animations and comics; and designing and coding websites and marketing campaigns. He works with galleries, educational institutions, non-profits, and start-ups.
Kassidy Vavra is a junior at The King’s College, pursuing a major in Journalism, Culture and Society. Vavra grew up in Gretna, Nebraska and yearned for a career in fashion. She decided to go east and attend Berkeley College in New York City, later transferring to The King’s College to major in journalism. Vavra’s journalism experience includes interning at American Spa Magazine, where she wrote articles and worked as a fact-checker. She also worked as a freelancer in the fashion department at Verust, a celebrity living and wedding network. She is currently the culture editor at The Empire State Tribune. She is also enrolled in the NYCJ program this semester and interning at the New York Daily News.
Brooke Sargent is a broadcast journalist studying in the NYCJ program at The King’s College in New York. She is a video intern at Newsweek and is looking forward to gaining valuable skills in the journalism capital of the world. Her passion for storytelling led her to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where she expects to graduate in May 2020. Sargent has also been published on lomabeat.com. She’s always had a love for visual storytelling and is excited to learn more about the different technologies that contribute to compelling stories. Sargent hopes to someday work as cable TV news anchor.
Savanna Wilson is from Telluride, Colorado. She is in her senior year at The King’s College, majoring in Journalism, Culture and Society. She began her journalism career in high school, when she interned at the radio station Koto News. While there, she pitched, recorded, and edited audio stories. During her freshman year in college, she interned at the radio news magazine The John Batchelor Show. She also served as the editor-in-chief of The Empire State Tribune during her junior year. She ran pitch meetings and oversaw the newspaper’s website and magazine, all while writing stories about campus events. As she worked across various areas of the journalism industry, she realized ultimately her goal is to write narrative non-fiction. One of her dream publications to work at is National Geographic – but she would be happy working anywhere that will allow her to practice her love for writing.
Brianna Kudisch is taking part in the NYCJ program this semester at The King’s College. She grew up in Wayne, New Jersey, later moving to Indiana to attend Taylor University. A Journalism major with a minor in Public Relations, she discovered her love for literature and writing at a young age. In high school, she played volleyball, ran track and tried her hand at soccer – but found it to a bit too much foot play. Finally, she found her home at the school yearbook, serving as its editor. Now in her senior year, she’s interning at The Brooklyn Paper. On Friday nights, you can find Brianna hanging out with friends, exploring Chinatown or cozied up to a book.
Cassidy Klein is a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is a double major in Journalism and Philosophy. She has a love for nature, which she attributes to her growing up in Denver. Amidst the mountainous terrain and forests, she was inspired to become a writer. Her dream job is to become a magazine writer, where she can tell people’s stories and engage her creative sensibilities. She is an intern at The Queen’s Ledger in New York and part of the NYCJ program at The King’s College. She has held internships at San Diego Community News Network and BlessedIsShe.net. She was the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and has been published in her school newspaper The Point.
Shannon Mason was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and belongs to the Eagle Clan in the Tlingit Tribe. She is currently majoring in Journalism, Culture, and Society at The King’s College. This past summer, she returned to Alaska and served as an intern at Goldbelt Inc. to write stories about the elders in the Alaskan native tribes. Her journalism inspiration is Kit Kittredge, an American Girl Doll who has “a nose for news.” Mason received her first typewriter when she was only eight and would interview her neighbors simply for fun. She is currently writing for The Empire State Tribune and interning at Bandsintown, a website that allows users to find out information on upcoming music events.
Gabriela Kressley is a Journalism, Culture, and Society major at The King’s College in New York City. She writes for The Empire State Tribune and is a talented photographer hidden behind the lens of her Canon T5i. She grew up in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, where her typical Friday nights consisted of playing tag in the Walmart parking lot and eating loads of half apps at Applebee’s. Although she grew up in the states, she was born in China and adopted as an infant. Journalism caught her attention when she realized she could produce essays at a fast pace. Her curiosity also taught her to ask a lot of questions – always wanting to know more. To broaden her writing and curiosity, she plans to travel the world one day. She says, however, that she will always be down to play tag and eat half apps.
Wesley Matthew Flores Parnell is a senior Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major and journalism minor at The King’s College. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Parnell came to King’s for the PPE degree, but recently became interested in photojournalism after exploring street photography. Parnell is currently the photo editor at the Empire State Tribune. His work has also been featured in Forbes magazine. Most recently, he traveled to Prague for the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems program this past summer. As for the future, Parnell aspires to become a staff photographer at The New York Times or The Associated Press. When he’s not traveling and hearing other people’s stories, Parnell can be found riding mopeds and listening to music.