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Projects and Series
Brave Old World: Columbia University News21 is the resulting website of the 2011 News21 fellowship at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The fellowship, funded by the Knight-Carnegie Initiative to promote innovation in journalism, brought 12 young digital journalists and several editors together for a summer, in our case to report on aging in America. We traveled the country to report a variety of stories on how the country is adapting to its rapidly aging population. But the fellowship was particularly valuable because it encouraged experimentation and dynamic presentation of our work on the web. We were writers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and above all, publishers of our work. Some of our more innovative projects, some of which I produced, others I helped conceive and design, include a photo/audio gallery of workers over age 65, a Flash interactive that predicts how you will age, a panoramic photo/video tour of a senior co-housing development and an interactive map illustrating the connections among members of a senior “village” in Chicago. Versions of our work was also published in The Washington Post, NYTimes.com, Kaiser Health News and Forbes.com.
The Graying Workforce is a project I completed as part of the News21 fellowship. A version of the package was published on the front page of the Sept. 4, 2011, Washington Post business section and on washingtonpost.com. I co-authored the main article, on how major American industries are unprepared for the rapidly aging workforce, with Jason Alcorn; co-produced, with Dewi Cooke, a video on the Texas petrochemical industry’s partnership with a community college to combat its own demographic shifts; and interviewed/photographed some of the workers over the age of 65 we profiled.
The Teacher Generation Gap is a project I completed with five of my classmates in the Covering Education course at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The project examines teacher tenure policy in New York City through three teachers at P.S./I.S. 187 in Washington Heights who are all at different points in their career. It includes a 3,000-word article, two sidebar feature articles, short video segments, an interactive timeline and an infographic. I wrote the main piece with Nick Pandolfo and Yolanne Almanzar, contributed video shooting and designed the timeline and infographic.
Delivery City is a 2011 digital media master’s project published at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Along with my project partner, Jason Alcorn, I spent six months documenting the lives of employees at a Manhattan pizzeria, as a debate over the city’s bicycle policy erupted into daily newspaper headlines and City Council meetings. The project includes a long-form feature article, a documentary short film, interactive graphics, dynamic web design and other multimedia elements.
Team Taino is a four-part series I completed for The Uptowner, a community news website that covers upper Manhattan. For three months, I followed a nascent youth basketball program formed at a housing project in East Harlem in response to youth gang violence. The series includes three longform feature articles, a video, photos and an interactive flash graphic.
For coverage of the 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival in the country, I proposed that instead of being beholden to The Gazette’s weekly publication schedule, we follow the festival using a daily online-only blog that served as a hub for festival-goers. The weeklong blog featured stories that connected the festival to the community, like an interview with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, a Vietnam War veteran, about a documentary on the Vietnam War and a survey of local filmmakers about which documentaries they were most excited to see. I wrote about half of the stories and assigned and copy edited the other half.
A video I shot at Brazosport College in Texas, with Dewi Cooke. Part of a News21 multimedia package on how the country is adapting to an aging workforce. This video was also published on washingtonpost.com. Contributed shooting using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR, contributed editing using Final Cut Pro.
Click image to watch video. For this documentary short, produced as part of the News21 fellowship, I traveled to Livingston, Texas, with Dewi Cooke for five days. We visited an assisted-living RV park there, both shooting on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR with LCD lighting fixtures, tripods and a monopod. The video was published along with a short article on The New York Times website.
A documentary short on the employees of Tina’s Cafe Pizzeria, a takeout and delivery restaurant in Manhattan. Part of the Delivery City project. Contributed shooting using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR, contributed editing using Final Cut Pro.
A companion piece to the Delivery City documentary. I edited the video, which a colleague shot using a helmet camera.
Part of the Team Taino series, this video chronicles the lead-up and completion of the basketball team’s first game against outside competition. Contributed shooting using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR, contributed editing using Final Cut Pro.
An East Harlem physical education elementary teacher who is blind has led his students to run more than 50,000 miles per year. Contributed shooting using a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR, contributed editing using Final Cut Pro
Designed full site for Delivery City digital media master’s project, including landing page and two subpage templates, using a grid system.