As a journalism major at Northeastern University, I have had the opportunity to develop a variety of skills and showcase them through my course work. I have taken journalism classes focused on print, broadcast, social media, data journalism, and much more. Included below are a few samples of my work.
For the final project in my Video News Production class, two classmates and I pitched, filmed and edited three stories on the theme of programs for people with disabilities. The project was entitled "Creating Their Own Labels." We presented the project on a class blog as a combination of the videos, a written story and additional multimedia components, such as a photo slideshow and interactive map.
This series of videos won a 2017 New England College Emmy for Public Affairs/Community Service.
Access to Theatre
“Acting is something that you associate with Hollywood,” says Matthew Jameson, a college student with disabilities, “but I think we need to realize anyone can do it and everyone should be included.”
Jameson has been a member of an inclusive theater program called Access to Theatre for several years now, and he says ATT helps students overcome the barrier of Hollywood stereotypes.
Northeastern University Hosts Special Spirit Game
Athletes with disabilities often practice just as frequently as college athletes, but they rarely get to show off their skills in the same type of arena. Their fans are often just parents and friends.
Todd Borchers set out to change this by launching the Special Spirit Games six years ago. Today the games take place at three different universities.
Best Buddies - Alex and Julie
Alex Linden and Julie Belsky enjoy sharing a good pizza. They like checking out the latest movies. And they love water parks.
They have more similarities than differences, they say, often surprising people.
Linden is a 23-year-old physical therapy major at Northeastern University, while Belsky is a 32-year-old Newton resident who works at Target.
The two are best buddies.
The History of Religious Hate Crimes in American
After the election of President Donald Trump, media stories centered around the narrative that white Christian supremacists may be regaining traction, bolstered by Trump's caustic rhetoric against Muslims, Hispanics, women and other minorities. There was a particular concern of a rise in Islamophobia and a return to anti-Semitism.
This view assumes that hatred, particularly on the basis of faith, has long been dead in America. But the nation’s history is not as rosy as Americans might wish. Data collected by the FBI tells a much more nuanced story.
For this project, a partner and I collected data through FOIA requests, used Excel and Access to clean it and then created visualizations in Tableau and Carto. We also found human subjects and experts to add greater depth and emotion to the data-fueled story.
Why are more American women dying from pregnancy-related causes today than they were 20 years ago? It is puzzling that the maternal mortality rate in the United States has increased over the past 20 years, while it has fallen in most other developed countries (and developing countries, for that matter). For an explanatory journalism assignment, I set out to explain why this might be happening. I found and analyzed the data myself. I also created my own graphs.
Design & Innovation
Storylab is a graduate course at Northeastern University, created in partnership with Esquire magazine. It seeks to explore the future of digital journalism and build on the innovation seen in the media world through endeavors such as virtual reality storytelling and interactive documentaries.
In spring 2016, students in the course read an Esquire magazine article about Patient H.M., the world's most famous amnesiac. The surgical removaI of part of Patient H.M.'s brain led to the discovery that the hippocampus was linked to memory. Students used this article as a starting point from which they developed unique concepts for a new digital storytelling experience. They only had to design the experience, not actually create it.
My group developed a design for a physical, immersive experience called The Missing Piece. The project uses augmented reality and a series of challenges to help users understand what it is like to live with certain brain damage.
As part of the project, we interviewed and recorded a podcast about a man named Jonathan Kelleher, who was born without a cerebellum, but is able to live a functional and independent life.