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Stories


Whether in the most remote part of the world or across the street understanding, a story from the perspective of another is essential to making change. Here are a few of my favorite projects.

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Stories


Whether in the most remote part of the world or across the street understanding, a story from the perspective of another is essential to making change. Here are a few of my favorite projects.

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Haiti


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Haiti


Documentary

Client: UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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.

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Conservation Burial


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Conservation Burial


Planned News Reporting

Client: Reuters

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.


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frank gathering


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frank gathering


Event Storytelling

Client: frank gathering

Project: frank is a community of public interest communicators dedicated to using strategic communications to drive change. They work for nonprofits, foundations, agencies, and corporations, universities and think tanks. Their commitment to this work unites and drives us.

This project involved photographing and documenting the inaugural frank gathering in 2014. The photos and videos were used throughout the gathering and for promotional material as the organization continues to grow.


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BP Oil Spill


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BP Oil Spill


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.


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London 2012


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London 2012


Group Event Storytelling

Client: University of Florida

Project: For the 2012 London Olympic Games, the University of Florida Gator Marching Band was the only U.S. marching band invited to perform at the games. Preparing and planning for over a year, the Gator Marching Band performed in iconic locations such as Victoria Park, The Mall and Wellington Barracks. Their performances were seen across the globe throughout the first week of the 2012 London Olympics.

I worked with more than 50 news outlets from five continents to produce, distribute and connect the Gator Marching Band to a global audience throughout their time at the games.