Triton Times Editors

Instructors of the Journalism Practicum

Erin Malone and Laurel Friedman are the editors of the Triton Times and instructors of the Journalism Practicum in the Academic Connections Program


About Erin:


I am a doctoral student in the Communication Department at the University of California-San Diego. My work addresses communication and culture. In my research I focus on bureaucratic communications and the possibilities of social justice work within these types of institutions. I received my bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. I received my master’s degree in communication from the University of California-San Diego.

I have had experience in the media industries working with Honda, specifically on a local campaign for the Honda Element. I am also a member of the American Advertising Federation. I am also interested in media production, having worked on small documentaries and ethnographic film projects. Currently, I engage in ethnographic research where I utilize many of the skills you will learn through this course such as identifying reliable sources and conducting interviews.

On a personal note, I love music particularly music from the Caribbean islands. I regularly paint and make jewelry. I have the travel bug and enjoy visiting new places.

About Laurel:


I am a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Like Erin, my work addresses communication and culture. I have a background in photography, anthropology, and journalism, and I came to UCSD with a focus on visual culture and visual research methods. My interest in visual research and visual culture grew out of my training as a still photographer and my fascination with the idea of using photography as an instrument of voice and a tool of ethnographic research. I have experience in news media, and I have focused particularly on journalism, documentary film, and ethnography.

As a new California resident (I grew up in Florida), I have enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and learning about the region since I moved here last September. In addition to an interest in the visual arts, I also have a love for the performing arts. I attended a high school for the visual and performing arts as a dance major and only discovered photography and writing later in life after completing an independent study in Paris. I also love to cook and am always on the lookout for creative recipes.

Here is a sample of some of my photographic work:

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