After receiving my bachelor of science in journalism from UF, I spent three-and-a-half years at the College of Journalism and Communications. My classes (both at the undergraduate and master’s level) focused on the various levels of impact visual journalism has on readers using different platforms to consume news.
In the summer of 2015, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work with three public interest communications groups creating content for non-profits, foundations and groups wanting to tell stories to help people.
My work has been featured online and in newspapers and magazines throughout the world by some the largest news organizations including The New York Times, Reuters, ESPN,Sports Illustrated, The European Pressphoto Agency and The Miami Herald.
In 2015, I finished a Master's of Science in Entrepreneurship from UF and my third year of teaching and continue to teach for UF online while working in DC and abroad.
Journo2Go, LLC was founded in 2016 as my work consulting and producing stories in Washington, DC grew.
360 Video + Photo
Client: The Weather Channel
Project: Working with The Weather Channel's digital team in New York City and Canadian general interest magazine, The Walrus, we build a features mini site covering the historic wildfire that hit Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada in May of 2016.
We were the first media outlet to bring back 360 video from the town and only to feature this interactive content.
Project: In 2015, the University of Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brought nine students and three faculty members to Haiti to work with small business owners. I was one of those students. The students, in two teams, met via phone and Skype with their entrepreneurs for six weeks prior to the trip.
Once in Haiti, we worked on developing business plans, financial projections and operating models with the entrepreneurs.
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate to potential students the opportunities they have to make change by enrolling in this program.
Learn more about Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in Haiti.
Production Notes: This was a particularly challenging production since I was in Haiti to coach small business owners, not to document the visit. I shot the entire project with a single camera and single lens. The experience taught me to produce a story using the barest of essentials.
Planned News Reporting
Project: Green burial options are a small but growing trend in the funeral industry, with an increasing number of funeral homes offering eco-friendly services and about 30 green cemeteries across the country, according to the Green Burial Council, or GBC, a non-profit organization operating in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The most recent survey conducted by funeral industry publishers Kates-Boylston Publications in 2008 found that 43 percent of respondents said that they would consider a green burial. That was a significant increase from the 21 percent who expressed curiosity about green burials in an AARP study conducted the previous year.
I produced this story to highlight a family who had chosen green burial for a loved one to help explain the process and thoughts behind this eco-friendly burial option.
The story appeared in more than 200 outlets in more than 200 cities.
Spot News Reporting
Client: The Miami Herald
Project: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, causing the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. For 87 days, 4.9 million barrels of oil spread throughout Gulf of Mexico.
As an intern at The Miami Herald, I covered this story from the ground, sea and air.
In a time when backpack reporting was not common among newspapers and I produced multiple photo essays, more than 15 videos and articles that appeared across the entire McClatchy newspaper companies' products.
By traveling light, I was able to move quickly and adjust our coverage to the platform that fit the story best.
I used digital SLR cameras to shoot both photo and video, a new concept in 2010. That saved time producing content for multiple platforms and allowed me to work seamlessly between print and digital.
By establishing relationships with NOAA, The National Guard and Coast Guard, our team was able to break the story on underwater plumes of oil, profile communities that had been taken advantage of by restrictive buyout contracts by BP and produced dozens of features on the everyday lives of the people that call the Gulf of Mexico home.