Student reflections of a world in crisis

Teaching photojournalism in the spring of 2020 and the need for trauma-informed teaching

July 7, 2020

Editor’s note: Like many academics in the spring, journalism professor Robin Hoecker of DePaul University had to drastically alter her teaching plans when her university switched to remote learning. She put together this story — a combination of her own writing and her students’ photography — to illustrate just how devastating the pandemic has been to her students and her plans. 

Reflections of a world in crisis: Teaching photojournalism in spring 2020

Robin Hoecker is an assistant professor of journalism at DePaul University in Chicago. She can be reached at