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68Blocks: Life, Death, Hope

In audio, multimedia, print, video on January 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

68 Blocks

I was part of a team of Boston Globe reporters, photographers, videographers, and data visualization specialists, who spent 2012 focused on the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, a neighborhood often identified with the violence that erupts with disconcerting regularity and not with the people who live there. The Globe rented an apartment in the neighborhood, where reporter Meghan E. Irons and myself, lived from May to September. The result was 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope, a beautiful, interactive tableau chronicling life during one of the neighborhood’s most turbulent seasons, the summer.

Role: Reporter, writer, researcher, videographer

Awards: Journalistic innovation first-place win from the National Headliner Awards; Unity Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association; Honorable Mention multimedia, 2013 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism; NABJ Salute to Excellence Finalist; 2013 Dart Award Finalist.

Postscript: I have returned to Bowdoin-Geneva several times since the series published, witnessing the rebirth of a blighted lot, a mother’s worst fear realized, and a young man who defeated the odds.

Getting In

In multimedia on August 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Getting In is a long-term, on-going project examining the dizzying process of getting into a Boston Public School. This multimedia project documents 13 families experience as they visit, register and then wait to find out if their 4-year-olds will be assigned one of the limited spots in a prekindergarten class.

Role: content producer, researcher, writer

Award: Honorable Mention, 2012 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism


Grand Ave News

In multimedia on August 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

Grand Ave News is a hyper-local news website started in 2009 to inform people about what’s going on in and around the West Grove, which holds some of the richest history of Miami’s earliest African-American and Bahamian settlers. As one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, it’s evolved through segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, urban decay and sprawling development. Grand Ave News is named after Grand Avenue, the West Grove’s main thoroughfare.

Role: assistant news director (founding)
Recognition: J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism grant recipient

Greening the Grid

In multimedia, video on August 24, 2010 at 9:15 am

Greening the Grid was a project done in conjunction with the U.S. State Department examining alternative energy uses and energy-saving projects nationally and internationally. The website documents sustainable energy practices in the United States and the Czech Republic as a way to show how the need for sources of renewable energy is critical as urban centers grow on both continents.

 Role: videographer, video editor

Unsung Heroes

In audio, multimedia, print, video on August 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Unsung Heroes was a five-day series completed for the Sun Sentinel that profiles five Broward County School District employees who help keep schools running while playing big roles in students’ daily lives. 

The secretary, security specialist, custodian, cafeteria manager and bus driver featured are among 14,000 non-instructional employees who play unheralded roles for Broward Schools, the nation’s sixth largest school district.

Role: project manager, content producer, audio editor, videographer, video editor, writer

Special Olympics Live

In multimedia, video on August 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

live.specialolympics.org is one of the largest documentary web projects ever attempted. More than 300 volunteers and a dedicated group of faculty and coaches worked on this project for almost two years.

The website grew out of the desire of Special Olympics Vice President Peter Wheeler to share the magic of the World Games with a worldwide audience of athletes, their friends, families, classmates and caring people.

Role: content producer, videographer and video editor
Recognition: Online Journalism Awards Finalist, Student Journalism, Large Team.

West Grove 2008

In audio, multimedia on August 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

More than 30 students from the University of Miami spent Election Day 2008 documenting the thoughts, reactions and interactions of people who live in west Coconut Grove, Miami’s oldest black community. Bahamian settlers founded the area now simply known as the West Grove in the late 1800s before Miami was a city.

The goal of West Grove 2008 was to give voice to an often-overlooked community, allowing residents to share their perspectives on the most memorable presidential election in modern times.

Role: story team leader and audio editor

Multimedia Standards

In audio, multimedia on August 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Multimedia Standards was created in Spring 2009 by Rich Beckman’s visual journalism class at the University of Miami School of Communication to offer insights and advice from industry leaders on multimedia journalism techniques, conferences and awards, project critiques as well as an in-depth list of resources.

As a student in the class, I interviewed one of the practitioners in the field, gathering and editing audio as well as helping to plan, research and design the site.

Role: content producer and audio editor

City Concrete Gardens

In multimedia, video, web design on August 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm

City Concrete Gardens is a documentary web project that examines how community gardens stimulate economic development and improve public health in Miami-Dade County’s low-income and minority communities. It is the capstone project for my master’s degree in journalism from the University of Miami in Spring 2010.

I gathered and produced all the content—both written and filmed—as well as designed, planned and programmed the site. This website is culmination of three semesters of very, very long days spent studying multimedia journalism— everything from usability, navigation, design, production to audio and storytelling.

Role: producer/project manager, videographer, web designer, programmer and writer

Miami’s Silent Struggle

In multimedia on August 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

Miami has the distinction of being one of the poorest and richest cities in the United States. However, in between the rich and the poor are people who make too much money to qualify for food stamps but not enough money to fill their refrigerators. Miami’s Silent Struggle tells their stories and spreads awareness through videos, text and graphics.

Role: designer and programming assistant