Alan Bennett is a multimedia journalist and freelance photographer and videographer based in Portland, Maine. Alan is a Staff Writer for the Journal Tribune, York County, Maine’s only daily newspaper based in Biddeford. He formerly was the Culture Editor at — and a news, culture and opinion writer for — The Maine Campus. Read more in About….

UNE students unearth Biddeford’s history

ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG REVEALS 1,000-YEAR PAST BIDDEFORD — At the University of New England, a group of students is getting the “dirt” on Biddeford’s history as a Native American trading hub through their work in a course on archeological field methods. Three students, supervised by Visiting Assistant Lecturer Arthur Anderson, have taken residence along a strip…

An encore 112 years in the making

On Halloween night 1904, singer Eva Gray died at the Biddeford City Theater after performing her third encore of the night, collapsing backstage while the crowd continued calling her name from the stands.

Honors Undergraduate Thesis

My Honors Undergraduate Thesis, Extra! Extra! This Just Thin: Identifying and Evaluating Framing of Obesity-Related News Coverage in Maine, is available here as a PDF. The abstract is copied below: Obesity is an important health issue, and understanding both its origins and its remedies is critical. More than 78 million people in the United States — more than…

Framing the Penobscot River Restoration

Framing the Penobscot River Restoration  The website, Framing the Penobscot River Restoration, was created to serve as a final group project for CMJ 493: Environmental Communication. The site contains a frame analysis of news articles pertaining to the Penobscot River Restoration Project. This was a group project in collaboration with Margaret Bouchard, Derek Douglass, Diyyinah Jamora, and Chase Brunton.

Maine Summer Youth Music Camp 2015

Originally published July 29, 2015 Around 140 high school students from across Maine gathered at the University of Maine July 18-26 for the annual Maine Summer Youth Music Camp (MSYM). Students participated in musical activities such as concert band, chorus, musical theater and jazz, and performed in a concert at the end of the week….

SMART Institute 2015

Originally published July 21, 2015 Video created for the University of Maine College of Engineering, highlighting the second annual SMART Institute, a stormwater management research team funded through the National Science Foundation. This year, nearly 100 Maine high-schoolers came to the University of Maine for three days to study new technologies in stormwater management and laboratory…

A Hidden Art

Originally published Dec. 17, 2014 Final project for CMJ 351: Multimedia Production It’s often said that there is no such thing like a true Maine winter — harsh, cold and with plenty of snow. When it comes to winter at the University of Maine, tensions often ride high when campus residents and commuters find themselves…

Get a flu shot? Good news, you may still get the flu.

Originally published Dec. 18, 2014 United States health officials are warning the flu vaccine may not be fully effective in preventing the spread of disease due to changes in this season’s most common strain of flu virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Dec. 3. A health advisory released by the CDC…

“Look out for me:” Mapping Nellie Bly’s Historic Career

Originally published Dec. 3, 2014 An Interactive Project for CMJ 211: Journalism Introduction and History Few journalists make the news in addition to reporting it. In the nineteenth century, few women even reported the news at all. But that all changed when Nellie Bly took her pen to the paper of Joseph Pulitzer’s The New…

Fire and Ice: Audio Slideshow

Originally published Nov. 21, 2014 In collaboration with Amanda Curtis What do ancient volcanoes, polar ice, modern storms and a Texan all have in common? A lot more than you might think. Donna “Teye” Kalteyer, a University of Maine graduate student and research assistant who is researching the cryptotephra particles trapped in the ice at…

Off the beaten path

Originally published Nov. 14, 2014 The sun beats down as cool October winds rattle tent poles and shake leaves from their branches. Townspeople gather to exchange casual chitchat as they pick through potatoes and decide whose kale is the freshest and greenest. Children run about and play, enjoying the last sunny warmth of the season…

Just Listen: The Peaceful Fight Against Domestic Violence

Originally published Nov. 7, 2014 It’s the topic none of us really want to talk about. Domestic violence may be an incredibly personal issue, but by not talking about it, we aren’t helping to end it. That’s why Katie Hathaway and Shaunna Peard, both University of Maine business students, worked together to take charge and lead the effort in stopping…