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Hanna Khosravi

Hanna Khosravi, Opinion Editor

Hanna Khosravi is a sophomore studying English, History and Film. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and despite loving New York City, will adamantly argue for San Francisco in any debate regarding which city is actually cooler. When Hanna isn’t strolling the lengths of New York because of her strange obsession with traversing the city in its entirety, she’s probably drinking copious amounts of black tea, reading (and trying to align what she is reading with the ideally matched Spotify playlist) or snacking on roasted almonds out of her purse like some sort of ravenous squirrel. She enjoys hiking, watching “Cheers,” and she may or may not be found in her kitchen making granola at 11 p.m. on a Thursday night while listening to Supertramp on repeat.

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John Prine was an American country folk singer-songwriter. He passed away on April 7 due to COVID-19 related complications at Vanderbilt University hospital in Nashville. (Photo via Flickr @Yellowstone National Park)

Remembering John Prine: Our Poet, Our Friend

Celebrating the iconic American storyteller who changed music forever and brought us closer together.
April 15, 2020

The first John Prine song I heard was not technically his. “Clay Pigeons,” revitalized by Prine in his 2005 Grammy-winning album, “Fair and Square,” is originally a Blaze...

Journalism’s Impact in Wake of Impeachment

Journalism’s Impact in Wake of Impeachment

Following up on our findings from the Opinion Desk’s “Future of Journalism” series last spring, Hanna Khosravi analyzes the role of the modern-day journalist at the forefront of the national conversation during this chaotic political period.
October 14, 2019

When WSN’s Opinion Desk published its series on the Future of Journalism last May, the state of our union was distinctly different. Five months ago, as our pieces came out, the...

Q&A with Ted Conover, Head of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Part 2: On Journalism Education at NYU

Q&A with Ted Conover, Head of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Part 2: On Journalism Education at NYU

Professor Ted Conover of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his book Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing. As director of the journalism school at NYU, Conover sheds light on how to create and maintain a dynamic journalism education for future journalists.
May 10, 2019

Read Part I of the interview here. WSN (cont.): Do you have thoughts on the idea of how to prepare students for a world where information is so readily available? How can you...

Q&A with Ted Conover, Part 1: On Journalism Education at NYU

Q&A with Ted Conover, Part 1: On Journalism Education at NYU

Professor Ted Conover of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his book “Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing.” As Director of the Carter Institute at NYU, Professor Conover sheds light on how to create and maintain a dynamic journalism education for future journalists.
May 9, 2019

WSN: Do you have thoughts on the idea of how to prepare students for a world where information is so readily available? How can you make the curriculum in a journalism school adhere...

NYU Journalism Professor Mitchell Stephens. (Courtesy of NYU Journalism)

Q&A with Professor Mitchell Stephens: On Opinions, Bias and the Future of Storytelling

Part II of an extended interview with Professor Mitchell Stephens, who teaches journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. Stephens is the author of the books “A History of News, Beyond News: The Future of Journalism” and “Journalism Unbound.” Stephens’s works focus largely on the history of journalism, the future of the journalism industry and journalism education.
May 8, 2019

Read Part I here. WSN: What is the gray area of differentiating between information dissemination and journalism? Twitter can be used for people who are trying to air their...

The Green Movement protests in Tehran, which were largely organized through and influenced by Twitter and other social media in 2009. (via Wikipedia)

How the Twitter Revolution Went From Green to Red, White and Blue

Social media’s democratization of information makes us stronger, but also more vulnerable.
May 8, 2019

On June 12, 2009, the streets of Tehran radically combusted into protest. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s ultra-conservative Islamist President, had just been re-elected for a second...

NYU Journalism Professor Mitchell Stephens. (Courtesy of NYU Journalism)

Q&A with Professor Mitchell Stephens, Part I: How History Informs the Future and How Journalism Education is Changing

This is part I of an extended interview with Professor Mitchell Stephens, who teaches journalism at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU. Stephens is the author of “A History of News,” “Beyond News: The Future of Journalism” and “Journalism Unbound.” Stephens’ works focus largely on the history of journalism, the future of the journalism industry and journalism education.
May 7, 2019

WSN: How do you feel that we are preparing future journalists for this incoming era in terms of journalism education at NYU in particular? How do you even go about preparing journalists...

The Human Rights Catastrophe in China That We Should Be Talking About

The Human Rights Catastrophe in China That We Should Be Talking About

As an ethnic and religious minority is subjected to surveillance and torture in western China, our recognition and responsibility of the Uighur people are of paramount importance.
April 10, 2019

In the media, commentary surrounding China and its political sphere is usually dominated by clips regarding the economic value of U.S.-Chinese relations (you can hear the president...

Finding Hope in Springtime

Finding Hope in Springtime

Why Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is a reminder of the hope that spring can bring along with its arrival.
March 25, 2019

This last weekend, I flew back from Tokyo, where I had spent my spring break during the inaugural blossoming of Japan’s world-renowned “Sakura,” or cherry blossom trees,...

Putting Geography Education on the Map

Putting Geography Education on the Map

Why geography education could be the answer to creating a generation of more informed citizens
February 3, 2019

Back in high school, I had a substitute teacher that showed up relatively often to fill in for any history, science or math teacher. Or anyone, really, that was absent for a day...

Tech CEOs and Modern-Day Prophets

Tech CEOs and Modern-Day Prophets

Why celebrity culture amongst tech CEOs reminds us that power should not outweigh contribution.
January 28, 2019

One of the formal definitions of a prophet is a divinely inspired person — more generally, a visionary. The term prophet is traditionally associated with spirituality, divinity...

In California, My Home Is One of the Lucky Ones

In California, My Home Is One of the Lucky Ones

In the face of the twin tragedies of the wildfires raging in California, it is crucial to consider our responsibility to protect our citizens and to protect our planet when it comes to climate change.
November 19, 2018

When I landed in California over the weekend, the entire flight cabin felt slightly overcast with an ominous daze of uneasiness regarding what we would be arriving to when we reached...

A Thank You to Dr. Blasey Ford

A Thank You to Dr. Blasey Ford

Despite a disheartening decision by the U.S. government to appoint Brett Kavanaugh, the Opinion Desk would like to formally thank Dr. Blasey Ford for her unwavering stance despite the opposition.
October 15, 2018

Dear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Here at the Opinion Desk, we have dedicated a significant amount of our content to your story. And in light of now Supreme Court Justice Brett...

Recognizing the Bravery of Kurdistans Women

Recognizing the Bravery of Kurdistan’s Women

October 9, 2018

  It felt startlingly pertinent when, last week, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two activists who have devoted their careers to the epidemics of sexual violence...

How the Anonymous Op-Ed Should Move Us to Action

How the Anonymous Op-Ed Should Move Us to Action

September 10, 2018
An opinion writer shares her perspective on why last week's inflammatory New York Times Op-Ed from a "senior official" in the Trump White House, and former President Barack Obama's subsequent speech at the University of Illinois, should serve as energy and encouragement for young people to get out and vote this November.
Returning to New York for the First Time

Returning to New York for the First Time

September 3, 2018
A compare and contrast of returning to NYU sophomore year versus the (somewhat disorienting) experience of going through Welcome Week as a freshman.
Take the Long Walk Home

Take the Long Walk Home

August 26, 2018
An ode to the activity that underlines all our lives here at NYU: walking.