Meet the '17-'18 Arts Journalists

Joseph Allen

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A recent graduate of the University of Rochester, Joseph Allen is eager to continue studying film and television criticism at Newhouse. He has interned with Paste magazine, Women and Hollywood, and TV Guide. Joseph has also written for Screen Rant, Hidden Remote and several other online outlets, and hopes to become a television critic after finishing his studies. In his tiny amounts of spare time, he plays guitar in a band, and he’ll argue with you about the ending of “Lost” until he's out of breath.

Basadi Dibeela

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Basadi Dibeela is the founder of Jam for Brunch, a live-music-oriented event based in Gaborone, Botswana, that she has also co-directed for the last three years. Basadi, a contributor to Music in Africa, hopes to write about arts festivals as well as explore topics of arts development through the arts journalism program. In addition, she aims to contribute further to Botswana’s cultural offerings through her organization, Loselo Kultur Network. 

Aaron Halls

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Aaron Halls is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where he majored in communication and minored in theater. While there he wrote film reviews for the university’s newspaper, the Free Press, and spent a summer as a theater critic for a local Maine paper, the Times Record. In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading, watching film and television, playing video games and collecting superhero comics, which has been a hobby since he was 9.

Andrea Henderson

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Andrea Henderson is a journalist and fashion blogger with a passion to turn her hometown of Houston into an international high-fashion hub where all races can proudly showcase their style. A University of Texas at Arlington graduate with a journalism degree, Andrea writes for the business magazine Empower and also created The Andy Edition, a fashion website that highlights everything related to fashion in Houston. She aspires to be a prominent content curator in the fashion and museum industries.  

Isaac Napell

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Isaac Napell is a freelance writer and critic based in Manhattan. Between writing press content for high-end real estate in New York, he has covered the TriBeCa Film Festival for and publishes long-form television and film criticism on his blog, A born writer and podcast addict, Isaac graduated from Wheaton College in 2013 with a B.A. in English, an unpublished manuscript and a stack of school newspaper clippings, and has been fighting his way toward a writing career ever since.

Jerald Raymond Pierce

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Jerald Raymond Pierce has a thirst for theater. The eternally parched Chicago-based writer moonlights as a reviewer and assistant editor for Chicago Stage Standard. Putting his Ohio University B.F.A. in acting to good use, Jerald also covers the Indianapolis Colts for (Trust him, sports are extremely theatrical.) As a storytelling enthusiast—and someone who gets entirely too excited talking about dramatic structure—Jerald aspires to cover the theater community in a way that ushers a younger, more engaged and more knowledgeable audience into the theater.

Chunzi Shi

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Part-time movie reviewer, amateur photographer, lover of painting, Chunzi Shi has a delicate conception of art. As a college student in China, she built the WeChat subscription Fisherpostcard, where she shared her comments on hot issues, coupling film reviews and traveling notes with her own illustrations and photography. Realizing the importance of developing creativity and absorbing general knowledge in various areas of arts, Chunzi has aimed to visualize the story whenever possible as a first step in becoming an arts journalist.

Jonathan Williams

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Jonathan Williams is a journalist and graduate of Linfield College with a dual major in English and mass communication. He recently reported an in-depth multimedia article on how public libraries and librarians in Oregon are providing vital services for homeless people. Jonathan, a native Oregonian, served as editor-in-chief of the Linfield Review and also interned at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where he worked for the weekly arts and culture show “State of Wonder.” His interests include fine art, classical music and literature.

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