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Celine Castronuovo

Undergraduate reporter

Washington, D.C.

Celine Castronuovo

International section writer for MediaFile. Former metro news staffer for The GW Hatchet and op/ed and features staffer for The Muse. Aspiring international journalist, seeking a unique perspective to global issues through writing.

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Female Journalists Bring Their Voices to the #MeToo Movement

Fans flooded into the San Januario stadium in Rio de Janeiro in late March for a soccer tournament, cheering as they held bottles of alcohol in their hands. Reporter Bruna Dealtry stood among the crowd, getting ready for a live broadcast. Dealtry began her reporting describing the atmosphere inside the stadium when a shirtless man approached her and kissed her on the lips.
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Government Censorship Attempts to Silence #MeToo Movement in China

Following The New York Times investigation that exposed Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement exploded on social media and soon spread across the globe. Women in China heard these “silence breakers,” and were inspired to post their own experiences and circulate petitions to bring accused sexual harassers from various industries to justice.
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World Press Freedom Reaches Lowest Point In A Decade

As of April of this year, 152 Turkish journalists remained in prison. In May, the Egyptian government blocked access to 21 news websites. That same month, Chinese President Xi Jinping instituted new rules that require all news websites to be overseen by government-approved editorial staff. This is the state of global press freedom in 2017, which, according to a recent study, has reached its lowest point in at least a decade.
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World Press Photo Exhibition Brings Attention to International Issues

This is the 2017 World Press Photo Exhibition in D.C. The photo of the Russian ambassador’s assassination is the 2017 World Press Photo of the Year and is just one of the exhibition’s many images that have sparked discussion among visitors. The exhibition is an annual global event that seeks to promote press freedom and “to develop and promote quality visual journalism and visual storytelling,” according to the exhibition’s website.
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International Coverage of Myanmar Crisis Sparks Criticism

In the past month, an estimated 420,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh, as a result of what a UN official has referred to as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”. Many in Myanmar, however, are criticizing news organizations for showing a bias in their reporting towards the Rohingya refugees without devoting enough coverage to the complexity of the crisis that has also caused the displacement of other ethnic groups.
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Yemen’s Block on Journalists Hinders International Response to Crisis

Since April, war-torn Yemen has experienced more than 360,000 cases of cholera, leading to over 2,000 deaths, according to Al Jazeera. However, many major news outlets are unable to report on the humanitarian crisis, as the Yemeni government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and its Saudi Arabian backers are blocking journalists from entering the country.
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Positive Image of Stalin Among Russians Reveals Effects of Biased Media

In the Western World, former Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin is largely remembered for leading an oppressive regime under which millions of Soviets died. However, according to a survey released by Russia’s Levada Center last month, 38 percent of Russians consider Stalin to be the “most outstanding” person in history.
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Secretariat Spotlight: Javeria Khan

After less than a year on WAMUNC Secretariat, GW sophomore Javeria Khan has become actively involved in the conference and has already played an integral part in its success. Following her position as WAMUNC XIX’s Director of Conference Relations, Khan is now transitioning into her new role as Under Secretary General for International Bodies for WAMUNC XX!
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Egypt Blocks Access to News Websites, Raising Press Freedom Concerns

Human rights and press freedom organizations have turned their attention to Egypt after the country’s authorities blocked access to 21 news websites last month. Following the May 24 incident, Access Now and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, two global press freedom organizations, sent out a joint letter to Egyptian authorities condemning the action and urging them to reopen access to the websites.
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Proposed bill could remove D.C. sex crimes statute of limitations

A proposed bill could end the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes in D.C. The legislation, proposed by Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh on Jan. 10, would end the current time limit on prosecuting cases of sexual assault, including for rape and child abuse crimes, as well as other felony sex crimes.
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GW College Democrats

This post was written by reporters Brielle Powers and Celine Castronuovo. Throughout the night, students watched CNN’s live coverage on a big screen in the ballroom and eagerly posed with cardboard cutouts of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.
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Number of people in Foggy Bottom homeless encampments decreases by half

The number of homeless people living in encampments in Foggy Bottom has decreased by almost 50 percent from last year, officials at the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Human Services said. The office encountered 50 people living in encampments last year, compared to 27 this year. The reason for the drop is unclear but could be attributed to the city government's focus on clearing out encampments, officials said.
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About

Celine Castronuovo

I am a student journalist at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I am majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and minoring in International Affairs.

I currently write for MediaFile, a GW online student-run media news and criticism publication. I write for the international section, focusing on international press freedom and the role of media in global events. I am also currently serving as the Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC), developing newsletters and social media content for the conference.

At GW, I was also a writer for the metro news section of The GW Hatchet and wrote stories from homelessness in D.C. to the 2016 presidential election for both the print and email editions.

Prior to attending GW, I went to A.W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL and wrote op/ed, features, and news stories for The Muse.

Before my junior year of high school, I attended the National Student Leadership Conference for Journalism, Film, and Media Arts at American University, where I participated in a newsroom simulation and took a professional news writing class.

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Skills

  • Graphics on Canva, Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie
  • Proficient in AP Style
  • Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint
  • News Writing
  • Video Production
  • Public Speaking