About

The team of student writers, editors, photographers and designers behind The Blank Generation belongs to the Nevada Media Alliance at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. The students wanted to create a project that would serve their community by telling important stories about its members. They decided to tell the stories of a diverse group of young people preparing to enter the work force, and the challenges that they -- and many like them -- may face. The students hope this project will serve as an illustration of what it means to be a young person considering an uncertain future in a typical American city divided by income, education, and opportunity. The Nevada Media Alliance is a student-produced initiative of the Reynolds School, in partnership with KUNR, KNPB and the Reno Gazette-Journal. Support for the Nevada Media Alliance has been generously provided by the Hearst Foundations, the Charles H. Stout Foundation, and the E.L. Cord Foundation.

  • Beau Smith

    Reporter

    Reporter with a passion for memorable people and under-reported topics in Reno and Sparks.

  • Brad Cornelia

    Reporter

    Mainly a writer, Cornelia hopes to one day be a multimedia jack-of-all-trades.

    • Christine Seiber

      Social Media Manager

      Seiber is a Tennessee transplant turned grad student. She adores strong verbs and valuable data.

    • Donica Mensing

      Faculty

      Practicing community based journalism education at the Reynolds School of Journalism.

    • Farah Vitale

      Reporter

      Aspiring magazine writer passionate for sarcasm, unique stories, health and all things food related

    • Gloria Davis

      Reporter

      Davis is from Portland, Oregon. She currently attends Nevada, majoring in broadcast journalism.

    • Kara Marken

      Reporter

      From the Bay Area of California, Marken moved to Reno to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism.

    • Katie Romanko

      Social Media Manager

      Romanko, a UNR cross-country and track athlete, studies broadcast journalism and communication.

    • Libby Brokaw

      Design

      Creativity has always driven Brokaw; a 2014 UNR grad, she’s excited to start designing her future.

    • Matt Bieker

      Reporter

      Writer and editor focusing on unique stories and the people behind them.

    • Matthew McDaniel

      Reporter

      A chess boxing champion, McDaniel handles both broadcast and magazine writing with ease.

    • Megan Ortiz

      Editor

      Ortiz, 26 from Reno, is an RSJ 2014 graduate, local writer, editor, and public relations specialist.

    • Melissa McMorran

      Reporter

      McMorran, an alumna of UNR, has worked in Cambodia and loves Tom Hanks movies and washing dishes.

    • Nick Rattigan

      Producer

      Journalist with a passion for all things music and culture.

    • Ryan Canaday

      Video Reporter

      Honorable University of Nevada Broadcast Graduate. Determined Multi-Media Journalist.

    • Stina Fausone

      Photography

      Fausone, 22, RSJ 14’, writer/photographer/designer. Find what you love and let it kill you.

    • Vanessa Vancour

      Faculty

      A bilingual, digital marketer with a passion for storytelling and living an integrated life.

    • Vicki Tam

      Reporter

      Tam’s childhood dream was to become a writer and 14 years later, she has a journalism degree.

    • Zach Alexander

      Reporter

      Alexander considers himself a keen observer of the human experience. He wants to be a music writer.