The Contributors

This site was created by journalists from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

José Bayona is a bilingual journalist who has contributed lately to the New York Daily News and The Local, the NY Times blog on Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. He has also written for NY1 News/Noticias and the AARP online publication. Jose has taught workshops on Social Media and SEO for Spanish-speaking journalist at various media conferences in New York. He is currently a Master’s candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in the Urban Reporting concentration. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies/Baruch College in Journalism and Political Science. See his work at:

Alissa Ambrose is a freelance multimedia journalist and photographer. Her work has appeared in City Limits Weekly, The NYTimes Local blog, The Riverdale Press and the Huffington Post. Alissa is a Master’s candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where she is studying international reporting. She enjoys spending extended periods of time in the newsroom while working on her Russian slang. Check out her work at

Vincent Trivett is a freelance journalist and photographer currently based in New York City. He is studying economic reporting and interactive journalism at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Until last summer, Trivett lived in Yokohama, Japan where he wrote for the Yokohama Seasider Magazine,Koe Magazine, and the Japan Beer Times. He speaks Japanese fluently and is very interested in photography and data visualization. See his work at

Jonathan Camhi is a freelance journalist. He has worked at several news outlets in his hometown of Buffalo, NY including Buffalo Rising and Buffalo Spree. Jonathan now lives in New York City where he continues to pursue a career in journalism and media. You can contact him at his website:

Paul DeBenedetto is a freelance journalist and student at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been featured online at and the Carroll Gardens Patch, and in print at the Queens Courier. Paul lives in Clinton Hill with his girlfriend and a cat named Charles.

Jonathan Vit is a freelance reporter and student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in print in South Jersey Magazine, The Trentonian and the Gloucester County Times and online at City Limits Weekly, The Local and the Prospect Heights Patch. You can read more of his work at