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About Weave News

Who we are


About Weave News

Who we are

Our mission

To weave the world together by investigating underreported stories, highlighting alternative perspectives, and promoting grassroots media-making and critical media literacy. #WeaveNewsNow

Our philosophy

We believe that the work of journalism is too important to be left to establishment and corporate media outlets whose content is increasingly driven by the interests of powerful elites. For this reason, our work is grounded in the concept of citizen journalism: the idea that ordinary people can act as journalists by gathering and sharing information about what is happening in the world. Taking our name from the Latin contextus (“to weave together”), we seek to fill in the deeper context surrounding important contemporary issues by weaving together voices, perspectives, and questions that are often missing from public discussions. In the process, we seek to contribute to the essential work of helping everyone become more critical consumers of the news. #WeaveNewsNow

Who we are

Founded in 2007 at St. Lawrence University,* Weave News is a global community of citizen journalists who are committed to weaving a better world. Our organization is directed by a team of seasoned Weave News staffers who assist our contributors in sharing their work via our investigative blogs, Big Questions videography, multimedia projects, and other initiatives. #WeaveNewsNow

What we do

  • Investigate stories that are poorly covered, or not covered at all, by the establishment/corporate media.

  • Publish smart, provocative responses from activists, artists, scholars, journalists, and local community members to a series of Big Questions of broad human importance.

  • Train and support students and other citizen journalists in basic techniques of multimedia reporting and media analysis.

How you can get involved

Here at Weave News, we are constantly asking ourselves one key question: What are you Weaving? If you support our mission and want to play a role in our work, we encourage you to consider Weaving with us! There are many ways to get involved. You can become a Weave News content contributor by investigating an underreported story in your community or on the other side of the world; by conducting interviews for our Big Questions project; by joining the social media discussion surrounding our content; and by making a financial contribution to help us build our citizen journalist network, support and train our contributors, and maximize the impact of our work. #WeaveNewsNow

*Views expressed on the website do not reflect the positions or viewpoints of St. Lawrence University.

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Weave News Staff

Weave News Staff



Dr. John Collins (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2000), Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University, is a founder of Weave News, which began as a project in his seminar on global news analysis. He is currently serving as Editorial Director and Director of Development for the organization and has been blogging about Palestine (his main area of academic research) since 2007. You can connect with him by email at collins [at] and on Twitter @djleftover.


Jana Morgan is a founder of Weave News as well as the Outreach Director. She is Campaign and Advocacy Director for the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and was previously the Director of Publish What You Pay - United States, a 40 member coalition of US non-profit organizations focused on creating a more open and accountable oil, gas and mining sector.


Shanice Arlow, a junior at St. Lawrence University, is a writer and Contributing Editor for Weave News. She is currently responsible for editing the Surviving PWIs for POC series focusing on the experiences of students of color at predominantly white institutions (PWIs).

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Skylar Bergeron is an Editorial Assistant for Weave News and just finished her first year at St. Lawrence University. She plans to major in Global Studies and minor in Spanish, and is passionate about inter-sectional feminism, immigrant rights, education reform, environmental protection, and advocating


Charlie Carpenter is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University and is currently the Website Assistant for Weave News. He is a Philosophy major and Film Studies minor, with hobbies in graphic design.

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Savannah Crowley is an Editor at Weave News and has contributed stories to the Weaving the Streets project. She earned her B.A. in Global Studies from St. Lawrence University and her Master's degree at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. As a student at the Kroc School, she focused her studies on the dynamics of the San Diego border region to understand how U.S.-Mexico relations affect systems of mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. After receiving training in restorative justice facilitation, her research has focused on how restorative practices can be implemented to combat opioid abuse among young adults.


Kalie Garwood is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University and has served as a Digital Communications Coordinator for Weave News.


Emily Gerber is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University and is currently serving as Digital Communications Coordinator for Weave News.


Khadeeja Hamid is a 2010 graduate of St. Lawrence University and a writer and Contributing Editor at Weave News. She is currently co-editing the Glocal Dispatches series focusing on the impact of globalization on local communities.


Paige Richardson is a 2017 graduate of St. Lawrence University and a Contributing Editor at Weave News. She is currently co-editing the Glocal Dispatches series focusing on the impact of globalization on local communities.

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Nicole Roché is a writer and self-archivist with a background in journalism, literature, and creative writing. She recently moved to the North Country from Missoula, Montana, where she earned her MFA in Fiction at the University of Montana and worked as a fiction editor and online managing editor for Cutbank magazine.


Somdeep Sen is an Editor at Weave News and a postdoctoral researcher at Roskilde University in Denmark. His research focuses include postcolonial studies, settler colonialism, liberation movements, urban politics, landscape geography and migration. He has conducted fieldwork in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Mexico and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Find him on Twitter @ssen03 and online at

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Jessica Sierk is an Editor at Weave News and an Assistant Professor of Education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Her research focuses on concerns of equity in education. She teaches classes on Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Media Literacy, Sexuality Education, and Contemporary Issues in American Education, among others.


Catherine Tedford (MFA) is gallery director at St. Lawrence University and has collaborated with Weave News since 2013 as a Contributing Editor on the Weaving the Streets & People’s History Archive projects. She writes about street art stickers on her research blog Stickerkitty.  


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Wyatt Adams graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2018 as a Global Studies major and Peace Studies minor and wrote his senior thesis on the rise of white nationalism in America. A contributor to the Weaving the Streets series, he currently resides in Telluride, Colorado, working at the ski resort there.


Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo is a multimedia artist and educator who sometimes poses as a guerrilla filmmaker.  While at St. Lawrence University, from which he graduated in 2015, Tzintzun served as the coordinator for the Big Questions project and the Global Dialogue Center. Tzintzun worked closely with John Collins and Osman Mohammed Ali to develop and expand the Holot: Crossroads of Global Violence multimedia project.

Ellen Allerton

Ellen Allerton is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where she is a double major in Government and Performance and Communication Arts. She is originally from St. Albans, Vermont. On campus at SLU she works as a peer tutor in the WORD Studio, is a manager at the university phonathon (Calling All Saints), and is the Editor in Chief for the Yearbook. Ellen spent Fall 2018 studying abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she got to kayak with seals on the ocean and visit the set of the Hobbit films, a dream of hers since she was a kid. She also took a week long solo trip to Sydney, Australia, and loves all things down under. 



Stephen Barnard has served as a Director for Weave News and also provides support for the St. Lawrence Citizen Journalism Incubator project. He teaches Sociology at St. Lawrence University and is the author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Find him on Twitter @socsavvy.


Cordenne Brewster is a Brooklyn College senior majoring in Creative Writing. Both her fiction and non-fiction work are inspired by the kyriarchal divisions she sees in everyday social interactions.


Jarrodd is an avid urbanist who loves walking and biking around town. He is part of the Virginia Tech Class of 2019 and spends his free time reading, writing, and painting.


Julianne DeGuardi is a 2017 graduate of St. Lawrence University and is a writer for Weave News. She is currently working as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in Denver, Colorado after spending a year serving as an AmeriCorps member for City Year in an under-resourced school in Denver.

Gwendolyn Deuel

Gwendolyn Deuel is 2019 graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she double majored in government and French. She grew up in Potsdam, New York. She is a digital editor for The Hill News, an editor for The Underground, and is a member of the SLU Advocates. 


Nicole Eigbrett (St. Lawrence University '14) is a public servant, media practitioner, and community organizer in the Greater Boston area. Nicole reports on social movements and trans-racial/national adoption, and focuses on amplifying the stories of underrepresented communities. She previously served as the Director of Communications of Weave News and contributed to the News Abuse chapter of "Censored 2019: Fighting the Fake News Invasion" (Seven Stories Press, October 2018).


Charlie Finn is a graduate from St. Lawrence University with a double major in Global Studies and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on dissecting settler colonialism and understanding Indigenous resistance - in Palestine and across the globe. In addition, Charlie is interested in radical politics, critical social theory, and music.


Cara Griffith is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University and has served as a Development Coordinator for Weave News.

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Bridget Ireland completed her undergrad in Global Studies and Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, graduating in 2018. She is currently pursuing an Ecosystem Management Masters at the American University of Beirut. Bridget's professional interests include improving environmental and ecological conditions through reduction of food insecurity and more sustainable agricultural practices.



Connie Jenkins was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years before coming home to Northern New York. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she is now Director of Church & Community Program, which operates a thrift shop and a food pantry that serves around 200 families a month. She's interested in telling the stories of "The Invisibles," i.e., the working poor, people in recovery, and anyone else set apart from the mainstream community. Contact her at conjenkins_5 [at]


Tsewang Lama is a past Project Manager for Weave News and is currently providing support to the Weave News on-campus organization at St. Lawrence University. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. degree from St. Lawrence University. Tsewang brings with her an array of experience in international education, organizational development and community outreach. In her role, she emphasizes the importance of cooperation and coalition-building in a diverse community.

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Torri Lonergan is a rising senior at St. Lawrence University majoring in Global Studies and Spanish. She contributed to the Weaving the Streets project during her time studying abroad in Costa Rica.

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Eliza Maher, a rising senior at St. Lawrence University with a double major in English Creative Writing and Global Studies has contributed to the Glocal Dispatches series. She grew up in Geneva, New York, in the Finger Lakes area of the state. In her free time she likes to run, read, and bake. She is currently studying abroad in Vienna, Austria.


Adam Marcinkowski has contributed to the Glocal Dispatches series. Raised in central Vermont, Adam grew up spending lots of time outside. After graduating the Lake Champlain Waldorf high school in 2016, he took a gap year in which he worked and traveled around the Americas and Vietnam. At St. Lawrence University, Adam is a member of the Outing Club and enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventures.

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Sheila Murray reported for Weave News during her semester abroad in Costa Rica, focusing on how citizens used street art as a form of expression. She continued her contributions, post-graduation, from Boston, MA, seeking out small businesses and events that were inclusive and provided interesting platforms for public expression. After living in the Boston area for four years, working for an educational travel company and a boutique fitness studio, Sheila is off to live out a personal dream of traveling Europe!


Aune Nuyttens is a junior at St. Lawrence University and has served as the On-Campus Coordinator for Weave News.

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Łukasz W. Niparko is a human rights advocate (LL.M. in international human rights law from the European University Viadrina). He is an alumnus of the United World College (UWC-USA) and St. Lawrence University (SLU). He served with various NGOs, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Humanity In Action (HIA, where he currently is a member of the Leadership Council), and Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH). He is a co-founder of the Peace and Liberal Arts Education Center (China), Anne Frank Project: Poznań (Poland), and Global Dialogue Center at SLU. He was the Pat Cox Fellow in the European Parliament and worked with the Chair of the Delegation to the Korean Peninsula and EU-China Group. His interests concern the legal prevention of discrimination and international affairs. He is with Weave News since 2009. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as the organization’s Public Relations and Big Questions Coordinator. During his free time, Łukasz enjoys biking around Poznań and various community services.


Allison Paludi, a 2014 graduate of St. Lawrence University, is a contributor to Weave News and has also served as a project intern. Her time at St. Lawrence was dedicated to highlighting underreported stories, especially in the North Country, through blogging efforts as well as assisting with the Big Questions project, which ultimately led to the foundation of the Global Dialogue Center. Currently, she is working with under-resourced schools in New York after spending two years in West Africa. You can read more about her stories and insights from home and abroad at


Dr. Steve Peraza earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History at SUNY-Buffalo. As an alumni blogger for Weave News, he contributes to the The Poverty Report, a blog that examines the multidimensional problem of poverty and considers ways to solve it. Dr. Peraza graduated St. Lawrence University in December 2006.


Raina K. Puels is a writer, educator, and editor who lives in Boston. She's passionate about intersectional feminism, positive queer representation, and her cat Layla. Her myriad publications can be found on her website: and pictures of Layla can be found on her Twitter: @rainakpuels.

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Andrew Watson is a Program Associate at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a passionate Local Foods Advocate with the radical idea that food, how it’s grown, and where it comes from are important concepts.

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