Journalism Work

Below you will find examples of multimedia packages I completed working on a team in my convergence reporting class:

With technology more prevalent, schools must choose a brand-

For this piece, my team and I went to multiple schools located in mid-Missouri to find out how they were incorporating technology in the classroom. By talking to many different schools and teachers, we realized that incorporating the technology wasn’t as simple as buying an electronic device. We were able to adjust the focus of the story, which had a bigger impact on the audience.

Christmas tradition causing stress for tree farmers-

My team and I got the idea for this story looking at data on Christmas tree farms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We realized that although the number of Christmas tree farms in Missouri have decreased, Christmas trees sales have increased. We used video and a text piece to show what this meant for the community.

Homeowner suffers devastating loss following tree collapse-

I once had to pitch a topic about trees falling down in the community. I had no background on the topic at all, but in a couple of days was able to collect data, reach out to sources, and connect this information to the neighborhood to successfully publish the story.

Here are links to some of my work with community engagement on the Community Outreach Team at the Columbia Missourian:

Writing tips and tricks-

GUIDE: How to take better photos on your phone-

One of my projects on the team was to create resources that taught journalism skills to the community in an effort to encourage readers to not be afraid to contribute their own content. I created a Storify compiling writing resources and a couple of videos teaching people to take better photos on their phone.

Valentine’s Day Trivia-

I headed to the Columbia Mall with a fellow reporter to ask people some Valentine’s Day trivia questions. We offered up candy for their participation and asked to videotape their responses. When we were done, we created a video compiling all the responses that accompanied an online quiz so other readers could test their knowledge from home. We created a fun interactive piece for our readers to not only enjoy, but we also ended up strengthening relationships with the community and creating traffic for the website.

16 lessons learned from readers’ first loves-

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I went throughout downtown Columbia asking people what they learned from their first love. It was really amazing to hear how people answered the question. This was a unique question that readers could ask themselves and see what others were saying. Sometimes people need to see other people answering the questions before they answer it themselves. 

Here is some of my work involving international issues for Global Journalist:

Startup Rappler thrives in hyper-social Philippines-

I pitched this story to my editor because I am very interested in how social media is used in the journalism world. I chose to focus on journalism in the Philippines because even though internet penetration is low, social media is still very popular with the internet users in the country. It was also very interesting to examine the role social media plays in relationship to the country’s Cybercrime Prevention Act.

Project Exile: After gunmen attack, journalist flees Pakistan-

For this story, I was assigned to interview a journalist who was forced into exiled from their country because of their work. I had the pleasure to speak with Raza Rumi, a journalist who survived an assassination attack by a Taliban-linked militant group, forcing him to leave his home in Pakistan.

Ukraine divided (radio show I helped produce)-

Ukraine reporting draws criticism-

My Global Journalist team and I talked to multiple journalists reporting on the Ukraine conflict. They all had varying opinions on how the conflict is being reported on. We produced a radio show about the topic and I also wrote an article that gave an overview of the criticism.


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