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Posts Tagged ‘Newspaper’

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.

Gifted

In video on March 26, 2011 at 2:45 am

Gifted tells Sky Choi’s story. The 12-year-old college student is enrolled at Florida International University, where he takes Calculus II, Intermediate Chinese Conversation, Physics with Calculus I, Physics Problem Solving, Physics seminar and Physics laboratory.

Role: videographer and video editor

Hip Hop Voices

In print on September 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hip-Hop Voices is an award-winning project that was the product of a fellowship from the Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California. It documents how several South Florida rap artists explore racism and poverty in their work.

Role: writer and researcher/reporter

Awards: 2007 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Special Section winner.

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

 

Friendship opens door to building opportunity

In print on August 24, 2010 at 1:10 am

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009

When his longtime buddy wanted to break into the school construction business in Broward County, School Board member Bob Parks stepped in to help.
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Teens’ sexuality issues go with them to school

In print on August 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A single gunshot fired into the torso of one 15-year-old by another in a crowded hallway at Dillard High School immediately ignited concerns about violence in South Florida’s public schools.
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Violence and tragedy: Kids find ways to cope

In print on August 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Sun Sentinel
Date: Friday, May 14, 2010
The tragedies are over, but the mourning continues.

In the past 18 months, South Florida students have been rocked by a rapid succession of shooting deaths, fatal stabbings, drownings, brutal beatings and burnings.
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Badge is no shield for black officers

In print on August 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Byline: Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: April 18, 2005
For Sgt. Michael Coleman and Officer Terance Scott, being black men in police blue is tougher since the death of Jerrod Miller.

They’re trying to reconcile their feelings of loss over the death of a black teenager shot by a white co-worker with their loyalty to the department while warding off increasing criticism from some black residents who characterize them as nothing more than sellouts.
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Can schools afford a four-day week?

In print on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

Byline: By Akilah Johnson Staff Writer
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009

Two Pompano Beach High students sat in their Web design class, adjusting images, picking background colors and wondering what Broward County would look like if every public high school went to the four-day schedule they already have.

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Hip-Hop Voices

In print on August 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

This award-winning project was an offshoot of a fellowship from the Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Photographer John L. White, a Racial Justice Fellow, and I documented how several South Florida rap artists explore racism and poverty in their work.

Over several months, we followed the artists as they struggled to address important issues through an increasingly commercial genre. The project won the 2007 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Special Sections category.

To see full-size PDFs of this special section, click on the links (headlines) below.

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