COVID-19 Resources & Updates

March 11, 2020

Dear Journalism Students, 

As you have seen from the President’s announcement, the University will move all classes to remote instruction beginning Monday, March 23, the day after spring break. The School of Journalism has decided to move all classes to an online format at that time. We will continue to offer classes online only for the rest of the semester. We understand that this represents a significant change in your semester, and we are committed to provide the best possible support for you and your instructors so you can continue to make progress in your classes.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on campus, though there are three confirmed cases at Stony Brook Hospital, all of whom are safely quarantined. Because the likelihood of spreading infection increases when large groups of people come together, the University has made this decision to reduce the risk for everyone.

Your coursework will continue, and all of your professors will be sending you updated course syllabi to help you understand and adapt to updated course requirements. You’ll receive these new syllabi by March 23 at the latest.

Some of you are currently enrolled in upper-division production courses. We are working on a strategy that will enable you to participate using free software and your smartphones from wherever you are. We will be ordering lavalier microphones that work with your smartphones so you can continue to report. Please contact your professors directly if this is relevant to you. This equipment will come at no additional cost to you. One unintended positive outcome of this could be that your on-the-ground reporting skills might be enhanced by this adapted learning experience.  

We have several events coming up, and we have not yet decided the best course of action for each one. We will let you know as these decisions are made. All advising will continue through emails, as well as regularly scheduled Zoom or phone calls that can be set for groups and individuals. If you email Professor Virag regarding your current classes or next semester’s schedule, please include your student ID number. We want to be sure that you receive the same level of attention you would as when you walk into our offices!

Please note that the scholarship application process is still open and the deadline remains the same - March 23. We would love to be able to grant all of the scholarship money we have available and strongly encourage you to apply.

Thank you for your patience and willingness to adapt to the current circumstances. My hope is that we can make the best of a truly challenging situation. The primary goal is to keep you and everyone else on campus safe.  

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us. We care about your well being and your academic progress, and we will do what we can to ensure your success.


Dean Lindenfeld

Resources for Students
Newsroom & Equipment Room Hours
Updated 3/12/20

The Newsroom: Open until March 30th. Prepare to get any materials off of the Mars Drive.

Equipment Room: Closed after March 13th.

JRN 490, 370, 371, 393 & 320 students:   If you will be using your smartphone for video and audio assignments, we will supply you with lavalier microphone, made for smartphones. You can pick these up on Friday and return by April 28th.  If you cannot pick them up, please email  for other arrangements.

We will continue to reevaluate our student facility and equipment needs as the semester progresses.

Any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Altiere.