A local bat festival hopes to challenge the stereotype that classifies bats as scary creatures by showing their importance. Visited the local bat farm, interacted with the animals. WUFT News 

A story focusing on the high concentration of Lyme Disease in one of the publication's coverage areas. Required medical data investigation to find nearby counties with highest prevalence of Lyme, interviews with national experts. WUFT News 

A profile on a local couple that started a business touring downtown Gainesville. They have partnered with local restaurants to sample some of Gainesville's best food while learning about Gainesville history, which dates back to the civil war. WUFT News 

A story about how much Asbestos is still affecting the local community, what it can do, and how to avoid it. Required data mining, working with city departments, national Asbestos awareness site. WUFT News. 

A piece about Florida freshwater mussel, the Suwannee Moccassin Shell, which is primarily found in the Gainesville area. Discusses the endangered status of the the mussel, why it is important and how to help. Worked with scientists and researchers to break down the issue, spoke with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. WUFT News 

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A piece developed with Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism's Innovation Chief, Eric Newton, after helping update his book, Searchlights and Sunglasses. Covers what I think today's journalism students need to know. Received over 7,000 hits in its first week. Also published on medium.com.  

On National Civic Hacking Day, civic hackers came together in Miami, Florida to develop ideas to create more open communication with the government. Knight Blog 

As legacy newspapers face cutbacks, online news organizations have stepped in to fill the gap. But they can’t do it alone. So in December 2013, Knight’s Board of Trustees approved a $5 million, 2-year grant to support them.

 

The result: most have increased and diversified revenue, created new models for engagement and distribution and increased web traffic by an average of 75 percent.  

 

Knight journalism intern Paige Levin interviewed the leaders of local online news sites of the initiative to highlight best practices, lessons learned and opportunities ahead.

Media professionals from across the country discussed the future of journalism at a conference at the Wolfsonian- Florida International Univesity in Miami Beach. The discussion involved audience participation. Knight Blog 

 

As legacy newspapers face cutbacks, local media have stepped in to fill the gap. But they can’t do it alone. So in 2013, Knight’s Board of Trustees approved a $5 million, 2-year grant to support them.

 

The result: most increased and diversified revenue, created new models for engagement and distribution and increased web traffic by an average of 75 percent.  

 

Knight journalism intern Paige Levin interviewed leaders of some of the local online news sites of the initiative to highlight best practices, lessons learned and opportunities ahead.  

As legacy newspapers face cutbacks, local media have stepped in to fill the gap. But they can’t do it alone. So in 2013, Knight’s Board of Trustees approved a $5 million, 2-year grant to support them.

 

The result: most increased and diversified revenue, created new models for engagement and distribution and increased web traffic by an average of 75 percent.  

 

Knight journalism intern Paige Levin interviewed leaders of some of the local online news sites of the initiative to highlight best practices, lessons learned and opportunities ahead.  

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A lighter piece written to help students make sense of the Senate's CIA report in 2014. Follows newsletter style. College Magazine 

A comprehensive guide to the University of Florida for prospective and future students. Created infographics, compiled research, wrote each article for the guide. Formatted the guide on CMS, which eventually became the model for all other College Magazine guides. College Magazine 

 

A personal piece on what it is like to have a panic attack and suffer from anxiety. College Magazine 

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The Alligator 

A piece investigating the necessity and relevance of on-campus blue lights for student safety following a series of sexual assaults on campus. The Independent Florida Alligator 

A story exploring students of Irish heritage on campus following the announcement of a possible free trip back to Ireland for Irish students. The Independent Florida Alligator 

An on-campus simulator created a virtual reality experience in which students became chickens living on a farm, walking them through the process of chicken farming. This article involved working with PETA national. The Independent Florida Alligator 

A personal experience piece following participation in an on-campus drunk driving simulation. The Independent Florida Alligator 

Coverage of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Earth Day celebration, focusing specifically on an innovative geocaching scavenger hunt. The Independent Florida Alligator 

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Click here for a sample of my layout and graphic skills created with Adobe InDesign. 

A story about how the University of Florida is revitalizing its campus with technology in older buildings. Involved working with the Dean of Students. The Gainesville Sun

A piece following up with a research student published at the University of Florida. Involved going through scientific reports. Layman's Terms Media 

A recap of the damage done after a sorority house at the University of Florida flooded. 

Kirra sleeps with the animals

A recap of one of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's wishes, in which Kirra wished to sleep with the animals at the San Diego Zoo. Involved talking with Kirra, her family and her doctors. The Make-A-Wish Foundation 

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The Dow Jones News Fund Digital Interns spent 10 days putting together a project about jazz in Phoenix. 

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Freelance Pieces

CNN

The US Navy has released the names and hometowns of 10 sailors who went missing when the USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, collided with a merchant ship near Singapore, east of the Malacca Strait on Monday.

It's been more than 20 years since the "trial of the century," and we're still talking about O.J. Simpson.

The young mother had purchased groceries, but she didn't have enough money left to buy diapers for her infant son.

In what may be a sobering sign of the depths of the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, paramedics had to use the antidote Narcan to revive a 6-year-old boy Tuesday morning after a possible overdose.

An open-air chapel set up by Catholic nuns to block construction of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania will be dedicated Sunday on a spot directly in the pipeline's proposed path.

Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, and charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said.

A 98-year-old woman was arrested while protesting a natural gas pipeline expansion on Saturday.

First story published for CNN as an intern at the National Content Center. Seventy kits of opioid overdose antidote were handed out at Holy Family Church's festival. Neighbors are divided in their opinions, however

William Morva, who was convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy and a security guard, was executed by lethal injection Thursday night, despite pleas from the community for clemency. 

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For one Milwaukee family, this year's Christmas miracle didn't arrive by reindeer-led sleigh. It came via a county transit system bus.

More than 200 Liberty University alumni have signed on to a Facebook group proposing they return their degrees in protest of University President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s unwavering support of President Donald Trump.

A Texas emergency doctor hiking with two children at the Grand Canyon died from apparent heat exhaustion while she searched for water and help.

Authorities are investigating the death of a Mississippi man who was shot dead by police while they were serving a warrant for another individual in an apparent address mix-up.

Police believe Madison Coe, 14, sent this message to a friend before she was electrocuted in her bathtub.

Two Dallas residents say they've twice found raw meat stuffed with glass in their backyards -- and they're afraid their dogs are being targeted, CNN affiliate KTVT reports.

A newly unearthed photo showing blurry figures on a dock may shed light on the 80-year-old mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart. This story received over 1 million page views and an average engagement time of 1:05. 

Inmates in Georgia are getting their sentences shortened for helping a sheriff's deputy who collapsed while on security detail.

Trend piece written for CNN. Admission to San Antonio park is free for those with disabilities. The park will provide specialized waterproof wheelchairs for free

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International Center for Journalists

This article was produced as a part of a series for ICFJ's sister site, IJNet. The series, called The Digital Journalist's Toolbox, showcased free and easy tools for creating interactive digital journalism. This specific article focuses on audio tools and how journalists can use them.

Created as a part of an internship project at the International Center for Journalists in 2016. A collection of multimedia explaining the importance of one of ICFJ's longest-running programs. 

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This article was produced as a part of a series for ICFJ's sister site, IJNet. The series, called The Digital Journalist's Toolbox, showcased free and easy tools for creating interactive digital journalism. The week it was posted, the article received the second highest traffic and engagement on ICFJ's social media channels. The article was also shared by the Global Investigative Journalists Network. 

This article was produced as a part of a series for ICFJ's sister site, IJNet. The series, called The Digital Journalist's Toolbox, showcased free and easy tools for creating interactive digital journalism. This specific article focuses on mapping tools and how journalists can use them.

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