What I do:
Having been both a reporter and editor, I understand what data can bring to a story – whether it’s about technology, policy or criminal justice.
Data negotiation/public records
After requesting and negotiating public records across all 50 states, I know how to get the data needed for a story or longer-term project.
I don’t regurgitate press releases. Whether it’s a government agency or a technology company, let’s just say: I ask a lot of questions.
WRITE + PRODUCE
I produce, shoot and edit my own pieces, with experience on both Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. I’ve used everything from a Canon 60D DSLR to a JVC GY-HM100U to the Panasonic AG-HPX170P (“P2” camera).
360 video shooting/stitching
I can produce 360-degree video pieces using something as simple as my Samsung Gear 360 camera to a more complex six-camera GoPro rig with Kolor stitching software.
I breathe AP style. But can also write in my distinctive voice.
Web design chops
I’ve stared at more HTML and CSS for one lifetime and can build websites with WordPress or Jekyll frameworks.
Right platform for right story
Sometimes a two-minute video makes sense; other times a 360-piece; other times an interactive visualization; other times simply an 800-word article. I can tell the story in the way that best makes sense.
Social media nut
Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. And all those other ones. I use social media to monitor news, find sources, engage readers and promote stories.
I build motion graphics in After Effects and Photoshop that can sometimes be an effective way to tell a quick story on a Twitter stream or Facebook feed.