Twelve of the nation’s top journalism schools join in this unique program to experiment with forms of in-depth and investigative reporting. Students travel the country to report on critical issues facing our changing nation and then find innovative ways to tell those stories. The project is part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education’s News21 program. UNC-Chapel Hill was in its first of three years under this grant when I was selected for the summer 2009 fellowship.

Powering A Nation explores U.S. energy use and its relationship to the country’s demographics. The site reports on climate refugees, wind farms, the electrical grid, mountaintop removal, coal activists, religious response, biofuels and other topics. Ten reporters consulted with each other and faculty coaches to determine the best story forms to execute for the multiple elements in each topic.

Photographer, videographer, video editor, copy editor, blogger.

2010 Student Society for News Design (Missouri University) College News Design Contest, Best Overall College News Website, 1st Place.
2010 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, 1st Place, News or Feature Multimedia Package, Independent, and overall Best Use of the Web.
2010 Pictures of the Year International, Documentary Project, Award of Excellence.
2009 College Photographer of the Year, Large Group Multimedia Project, Gold.
Society for News Design Best of Multimedia Design, Quarterly Winner (7 site, 6 story), 2009.
NPPA Multimedia Contest, August 2009, 2nd Place, Multimedia Project.

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