Two veteran journalists, Joseph Alicastro and Richard Falco, coordinate the Digital/Multimedia Journalism program. Each has over thirty years of professional and educational experience.
Joseph Alicastro is a veteran Producer of NBC News. As NBC’s Rome Bureau Chief, he traveled extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the liberation of Kuwait. Mr. Alicastro served for many years as a Special Events Producer for NBC's extensive political coverage, and from 2003 through 2007 was the lead producer for four Democratic Presidential Candidates Debates, two Presidential Debates and the Republican Convention at Madison Square Garden. Nominated seven times, he is the winner of three News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
In addition to teaching at Sacred Heart University, Mr. Alicastro continues to work as Senior Producer for NBC News’ Education Nation. He is also the Associate Director of Vision Project. The former Chair of Broadcast Journalism at the New York Film Academy, Mr. Alicastro joined the faculty in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Sacred Heart University in 2009, and currently serves as Coordinator of News and Broadcasting for SHU’s Masters in Communication.
Richard Falco is the president of Vision Project. He is a photographer, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, curator, and educator whose work has appeared in major publications throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including Time, Business Week, Life, Newsweek, the New York Times, National Geographic Society, People, Fortune, Geo, New York Magazine, Stern, U.S. News & World Report, and others. He has published two books of his photojournalism: Medics: A Documentation of Paramedics in the Harlem Community and To Bear Witness/ September 11, and two eBooks: Hunger & Rice in Asia and Witchcraft: Ancient Traditions Alive in Salem. TIME magazine’s former photo editor, Arnold Drapkin, has described Mr. Falco’s work as “the kind of classic photojournalism which is not being practiced enough today,” and American Photographer magazine has said that “Falco’s photographs … have an importance that is undeniable … in the best tradition of concerned photojournalism.” Veteran Broadcaster Bill Moyers wrote of Paramedics: “When I opened Mr. Falco’s book, I thought immediately of that line from Hamlet: ‘Look here, upon this picture, and on this.’ This, in his photographs, is life. And there is much to be seen in them.”
Mr. Falco has also directed and produced the film documentaries Crossroads: Rural Health Care In America, Holding Back The Surge, and Josie: A Story About Williams Syndrome. He has over twenty years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to Sacred Heart, he has taught at the New School of Social Research, the School of Visual Arts, the State University of New York at Purchase and the New York Film Academy. He currently serves as Coordinator of Multimedia Journalism in the Masters in Communication program at Sacred Heart.
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