Boston Police Peace Walks
This video received an honorable mention for General Assignment/Serious News at the New England College Emmy Awards in 2016.
After a night of gun violence left three people dead in August 2015, the Boston Police Department began a series of Peace Walks through city neighborhoods. Officers gathered with clergy and community leaders on dozens of nights to walk the streets of Boston.
I conducted interviews and helped to produce this video on Boston Police peace walks.
Sardine Family Circus entertains scores in San Francisco
Forget balancing a checkbook.
Orion Griffiths spends his days balancing atop a wooden board perched on a rolling cylinder. The 27-year-old street performer entertains scores of San Francisco spectators who look on in awe as he juggles clubs and stands on his hands, without falling 10 feet.
Most people would probably opt for the checkbook task, but Griffiths loves his job. He’s a member, along with his parents and adult siblings, of the Sardine Family Circus – named for a funny scene in which the Griffiths piled out of a packed RV.
This was the very first video story I filmed, edited and produced.
Community Art in Nashville
The Frist Center in Nashville, Tenn., hosted a series of community art workshops in early 2017. The art created during these workshops was to be displayed in an exhibition over the summer that would complement another exhibition of artist Nick Cave's work, which focuses on the five senses, self-representation and social justice issues.
I shot and edited this piece with a partner while participating in the Chips Quinn Scholars program, which seeks to increase newsroom diversity by supporting young journalists from underrepresented communities. The program provides a week-long multimedia training camp, along with career coaching during a summer internship.
Creating Their Own Labels
This series of videos won a 2017 New England College Emmy for Public Affairs/Community Service.
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.
Our Shrinking Vocabulary of Death
When a 29-year-old woman was murdered in 1974, Boston police recorded the homicide as a blunt trauma by ice chopper. The description paints a gruesome image. Yet a similar murder today would likely be given a simpler classification: trauma — a more sterile description of what could be an equally grisly crime.
The difference shows up in a Boston police database of more than 4,000 homicides that occurred in the city from January 1963 to September 2016. An analysis of the data reveals that causes of death were often described in more colorful terms back in the 1960s and ’70s.
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.
Jonathan Kelleher, who was born without a cerebellum, but is able to live a functional and independent life. As part of my course work at Northeastern University, a classmate and I interviewed him and put together this audio story. I scripted and voiced the piece.