Working on digital teams,

 

I edited the Barrier Breakers website for Correct the Record, which produced daily stories, newsletters and social media posts in support of Hillary Clinton. At American Bridge, I built a timeline showing a former Donald Trump campaign manager's connections to Russia.

I developed a digital strategies for Facebook, Twitter and Medium that saw growth of more than 200 percent for Correct the Record, and more than 1,000 net followers a month for American Bridge.

I redesigned the main Correct the Record website, and designed a website for American Bridge in support of Planned Parenthood, HandsOffOurCare.com.  

 

As a local government/trends reporter,

 

I reported on a rolling deadline stories with emphasis on the local Pennsylvania community,  with a focus on demographics and national news. 

I regularly produced video, photo and graphic elements for PennLive.com, and gathered, investigated and analyzed census data for stories, including writing an algorithm to determine the best places to live in central Pennsylvania.

During the time I worked there, I won Second Place for series on dangerous roads in central Pennsylvania alongside other staff reporters from the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

 

 

  Where's the best place to live in the midstate?   In an attempt to answer an unanswerable question, PennLive turned to the only thing that seemed trustworthy: data.

Where's the best place to live in the midstate?

In an attempt to answer an unanswerable question, PennLive turned to the only thing that seemed trustworthy: data.

  Bernie Sanders says he's starting a revolution — and his crowds truly believe him   The crowd loves Bernie Sanders.  It loves him so much people have waited two, three, even seven hours outside the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading.

Bernie Sanders says he's starting a revolution — and his crowds truly believe him

The crowd loves Bernie Sanders.

It loves him so much people have waited two, three, even seven hours outside the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading.

  A guide to punctuation on the Internet   The Internet in its infinite power and wisdom is killing off grammar one stroke at a time  First it came for the commas which are commonly used to denote pauses and breaks in a sentence but are kind of hard to remember and find on the phone keyboard so what's the point right?  And now it's come for the periods

A guide to punctuation on the Internet

The Internet in its infinite power and wisdom is killing off grammar one stroke at a time

First it came for the commas which are commonly used to denote pauses and breaks in a sentence but are kind of hard to remember and find on the phone keyboard so what's the point right?

And now it's come for the periods

  9-year-old Justin Borrell Jr. gets a fireman's sendoff   Justin "Lil' J" Borrell Jr.'s last ride was in the fire trucks he loved.

9-year-old Justin Borrell Jr. gets a fireman's sendoff

Justin "Lil' J" Borrell Jr.'s last ride was in the fire trucks he loved.

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As a government reporter,

 

I reported on daily deadline stories involving county, state and federal government, including taxes, elections and statewide issues like same-sex marriage. 

I co-founded, edited and wrote blog posts for Govtracker, a blog that focuses on all areas of government from local elections to federal legislation. 

I won several awards, including First Place for government or politics coverage with other reporters and second place for criminal justice reporting from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists.

 

 Republicans face uphill battle in Democrat-dominated Bloomington  Brad Wisler could be described in many ways.   Business owner. Dad. Former city member.   But there’s description he doesn’t stick — the last Bloomington Republican office holder.

Republicans face uphill battle in Democrat-dominated Bloomington

Brad Wisler could be described in many ways. 

Business owner. Dad. Former city member. 

But there’s description he doesn’t stick — the last Bloomington Republican office holder.

 Night Patrol: John Newcomer protects Stinesville  Around 5:40 p.m., John Newcomer starts his patrol around Stinesville.  The first stop of this night is serving court papers at a house on Brighton Road, about three miles from the police department’s location just past the elementary school.  Newcomer’s tan SUV maneuvers out of the town proper, and seems to bounce on every bump in the road along the way

Night Patrol: John Newcomer protects Stinesville

Around 5:40 p.m., John Newcomer starts his patrol around Stinesville.

The first stop of this night is serving court papers at a house on Brighton Road, about three miles from the police department’s location just past the elementary school.

Newcomer’s tan SUV maneuvers out of the town proper, and seems to bounce on every bump in the road along the way

 Final stage of Bloomington Hospital's decision to move: Accept it  Bloomington’s been fighting a losing battle for years, and though some residents and officials want to continue the fight, the question now is why?   There are no more “ifs,” and only “whens” and “what happens nows” when it comes to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital move.

Final stage of Bloomington Hospital's decision to move: Accept it

Bloomington’s been fighting a losing battle for years, and though some residents and officials want to continue the fight, the question now is why? 

There are no more “ifs,” and only “whens” and “what happens nows” when it comes to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital move.

 New era in criminal justice begins today  At midnight, everything changed for criminal justice officials in Indiana.  Today, the state’s first overhaul of the criminal code in nearly three decades goes into effect, with state officials hoping it both eases the strain on the Department of Correction’s resources and helps reduce recidivism.  But will the state’s hopes become reality? That’s the big question local criminal justice systems are asking.

New era in criminal justice begins today

At midnight, everything changed for criminal justice officials in Indiana.

Today, the state’s first overhaul of the criminal code in nearly three decades goes into effect, with state officials hoping it both eases the strain on the Department of Correction’s resources and helps reduce recidivism.

But will the state’s hopes become reality? That’s the big question local criminal justice systems are asking.

As a reporter,

 

I covered crime, primarily, but also wrote about higher education, community events and other issues of importance to a community that spanned three states — Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. 

I organized coverage for the Neediest Cases, an annual campaign that has run for more than a century, organized by the newspaper and featuring stories on those who received charity money throughout the year from the newspaper's yearly collection. 

 

 Smile, Red Bank!: Those traffic cameras aren't shutting down just yet   At midnight Jan. 19, the traffic cameras on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank will go dark.

Smile, Red Bank!: Those traffic cameras aren't shutting down just yet 

At midnight Jan. 19, the traffic cameras on Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank will go dark.

 Neighbors grieve for Chattanooga mom killed in shooting Saturday  Children played Sunday in front of the house where Kenyeta Tramble lived with her son on East 25th Street Court.  But out the back door, Tramble's blood still was splattered on the ground, a reminder of the violence that took place late Saturday night.

Neighbors grieve for Chattanooga mom killed in shooting Saturday

Children played Sunday in front of the house where Kenyeta Tramble lived with her son on East 25th Street Court.

But out the back door, Tramble's blood still was splattered on the ground, a reminder of the violence that took place late Saturday night.

 Sewanee's garden gives students a taste of agriculture  SEWANEE, Tenn. — On a plot of land tucked behind the athletic fields, Gina Raicovich and three students spread mulch over what used to be a parking lot at Sewanee: University of the South.  "Wow, I can't believe we are finally getting this project done," said Raicovich, the farm manager at Sewanee's student-run farm.

Sewanee's garden gives students a taste of agriculture

SEWANEE, Tenn. — On a plot of land tucked behind the athletic fields, Gina Raicovich and three students spread mulch over what used to be a parking lot at Sewanee: University of the South.

"Wow, I can't believe we are finally getting this project done," said Raicovich, the farm manager at Sewanee's student-run farm.

Working as a journalism intern,

 

I wrote daily blog posts about legal issues facing journalists in the United States, including privacy, Freedom of Information and prior restraint issues. 

I contributed to the quarterly news magazine The News Media & the Law through fact-checking, copy editing and three long-form stories. 

For one story on the oldest pending FOIA requests at the federal level, I filed 39 federal Freedom of Information Act requests to multiple agencies and sub-agencies.  

 

 Silencing stories  Bryan Denson, a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., spent two years researching and writing about the case of convicted CIA operative-turned-Russian spy, Harold James “Jim” Nicholson.  His writings eventually culminated in a six-part series in May, “The Spy’s Kid,” that examined the journeys of both Nicholson and his son Nathan into the world of espionage. For the series, Denson interviewed Nicholson’s lawyer Sam Kauffman and members of the Nicholson family, including an exclusive interview with Nathan.  But Denson was missing one major voice in his story — the voice of Nicholson, himself. 

Silencing stories

Bryan Denson, a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., spent two years researching and writing about the case of convicted CIA operative-turned-Russian spy, Harold James “Jim” Nicholson.

His writings eventually culminated in a six-part series in May, “The Spy’s Kid,” that examined the journeys of both Nicholson and his son Nathan into the world of espionage. For the series, Denson interviewed Nicholson’s lawyer Sam Kauffman and members of the Nicholson family, including an exclusive interview with Nathan.

But Denson was missing one major voice in his story — the voice of Nicholson, himself. 

 Supreme Court weighs arguments in Stolen Valor case  The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral  arguments  Wednesday in a case that questions the constitutionality of a statute which criminalizes false statements about the receipt of military medals.  At issue for the court in United States v. Alvarez is whether such false statements are protected as free speech under the First Amendment. 

Supreme Court weighs arguments in Stolen Valor case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that questions the constitutionality of a statute which criminalizes false statements about the receipt of military medals.

At issue for the court in United States v. Alvarez is whether such false statements are protected as free speech under the First Amendment. 

 Fossil FOIA requests  Bill Clinton was three months into his presidency when Monte Finkelstein submitted a federal Freedom of Information Act request to the National Archives and Records Administration for documents relating to records on the movement the Allied troops kept during World War II.  Finkelstein is still waiting for the records.

Fossil FOIA requests

Bill Clinton was three months into his presidency when Monte Finkelstein submitted a federal Freedom of Information Act request to the National Archives and Records Administration for documents relating to records on the movement the Allied troops kept during World War II.

Finkelstein is still waiting for the records.

As a freelance reporter, 

 

I covered city and county government meetings and community events for the daily paper, writing several times a week on issues from zoning board meetings to turmoil among members of the local election board. 

 

Rockdale Elections Board contacts legislators on proposed changes

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Elections will send a letter to state legislators outlining proposed changes to the board's enabling act that includes addressing the selection process for the board's at large member.

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Aging pipes are a concern for Rockdale County BOC

CONYERS -- Weaving below streets and buildings, pipelines aren't on most people's minds, unless there is a leak. However, some members of the Rockdale County government say pipelines should be brought to the forefront of the county's immediate needs.

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