Dispatches from the living amongst journalism's walking dead

Month: October 2009

Radio production: WKSU special projects

I was incredibly lucky to have spent a few years working at WKSU-FM, an excellent Northeast Ohio NPR station, for my graduate school fellowship. Each year WKU did a large-scale news series based around a topic in the news. During that time period, I got the chance to work with some of the best reporters I’ve ever met to help produce these story packages.

The following two projects were products of teamwork, I claim no individual glory. My duties on these pieces ranged from audio editing (we used Cool Edit Pro), in-studio recording, piece selection and transcriptions. I may not be the reporter in the pieces, but I’m very proud of the work I did there.

I encourage you to listen to the pieces or at least check out the transcripts – there’s some amazing stuff here:

A place for me? Adoption and foster care in Ohio

Class in America: The Unspoken Divide

Video: Man-on-the-street interviews

The following video was created in conjunction with Anna Roberts in February of 2007 as part of a local newsroom package on global warming. We shot the man-on-the-street video interviews on a consumer-grade digital handheld camera and edited the video in Final Cut Pro.

And, by the way, this was one of the worst assignments ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been cursed at more than I was that day.

Audio slideshow: Emerald Ash Borer

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched a project focusing on the efforts to fight the invasive Emerald Ash Borer in December of 2006. At that time, I had created a microsite for this project and also constructed the following  slideshow for the Dec. 15, 2006 edition. The microsite is no longer accessible.

MJS photographer Tom Lynn took the photos and gathered the audio. I edited the audio and put together this audio slideshow in Soundslides.

Audio slideshow: Justice for Jude Rally

When four white, off-duty police officers were found not guilty of beating Frank Jude at a party in April of 2006, the city of Milwaukee was in an uproar. The following rally took place the day after the verdict in the streets of downtown Milwaukee.

The images were shot by MJS photographers Michael Sears and Kristyna Wentz-Graff. Wentz-Graff gathered the raw audio at the scene. I edited the audio file down in Sound Edit Pro and built the following slideshow in Soundslides on April 18, 2006.

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Site design: Foreclosure project

I created this microsite about regional foreclosures in October of 2007 on the previous version of the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s website. ¬†We redesigned in the spring of 2008, the new page design for the new template set is here.

This was a team project that includes stories from several reporters, data content from our data staff, graphics from the art department and the input of several editors. I created the interactive slideshow included in Slideshow Pro from photos gathered online. I created the microsite originally using a combination of HTML, javascript, AJAX and Gannett’s Saxotech CMS calls. What you see here is a reproduction of the original site with the Saxotech content replaced by pure HTML code. It might not be super-fancy, but then again, this was the first design I’d ever done using javascript or AJAX.

Experimenting…

I’ve been playing around with caching plugins and a few other tinkerings inside the site code. Let me know in the comments if you see anything out of the ordinary. First and foremost, this site is for me to play and learn without the risk of wrecking my employer’s server, so you’ll see weird stuff every now and again. Also, there will be a “for real” post soon, I swear.

In other news, the submitted posts experiment is now over. Thanks to all who participated (you can pick up your football phone at the front desk). It worked, which is cool. What isn’t cool is all of the spammers trying to post about penis pills. *Sigh*

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