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How young reporters put together a comprehensive look at aging Date: 10/25/11

Brave Old World is a fascinating multimedia look at aging produced by News21 fellows from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The site debuted in the fall of 2011 after a team of 13 young reporters spent ten weeks interviewing older adults, their families and a wide variety of experts. On-the-ground research took the group to eight states.

The resulting stories, told through text, audio, photographs, interactive graphics and video, provide a nuanced look at aging trends unfolding across the country. Parts of the project appeared in The Washington Post, on The New York Times website, on forbes.com and Kaiser Health News.

We asked Paula Span, the project leader, and some of her students to discuss their contributions to Brave Old World and what they learned from this endeavor. Click through to see what they said.

Paula Span

Paula Span
Project leader and instructor

Nick Pandolfo

Nick Pandolfo
Worked on Family Caregiving and Aging Town projects

Michael Keller

Michael Keller
Worked on Our Future Selves interactive and workplace package

Niharika Mandhana

Niharika Mandhana
Worked on DIY Senior Housing stories