Investigative reporting

With a team from The Columbus Dispatch, I reported a series of stories about campus crime that showed how colleges frequently impose light punishments for violent crime. "Campus Insecurity" was published in fall 2014 and was supported in part with a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. For the story, I did an analysis of college crime statistics using SQL and helped create a database of college students who were found responsible for violent crime using public records obtained from colleges.

Reports on college crime are deceptively inaccurate | Sept. 30, 2014

College disciplinary boards impose slight penalties for serious crimes | Nov. 23, 2014

Students easily transfer after violent offenses | Nov. 24, 2014

Few rights for either side in college judicial procedures | Nov. 25, 2014

College discipline system findings trouble officials | Nov. 30, 2014

Colleges handle sexual assaults inadequately, senators told | Dec. 9, 2014

Title IX often used to force colleges to investigate sexual assaults | Dec. 28, 2014


Education and legal reporting

At the Student Press Law Center, I reported on legal issues affecting high school and college journalists. Prior to working at SPLC, I served for two years as managing editor of The Daily Tar Heel and oversaw coverage of the one of the nation's top public research universities.

Ga. attorney general's office seeks judge's order to remove public documents | May 16, 2014

Pa. high school administrators told student newspaper it can't ban the word 'Redskins' | Nov. 11, 2013

Red & Black editors, board at an impasse over editorial control | Aug. 16, 2012

FERPA Fact: Fact-checking the use of FERPA when denying access to public records | Fall 2012-14


Design and editing

As the SPLC's McCormick Foundation Publications Fellow, I served as managing editor overseeing SPLC's publications, which include a magazine that is published three times a year. I redesigned the magazine in 2012 and was responsible for designing and editing the entire magazine.

Winter 2013 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Winter 2014 Spring 2014


Infographics

I'm comfortable making infographics for print and web. In 2011, an infographic I designed won first place in the Associated Collegiate Press' awards.

2014, quantified | Jan. 1, 2014

Where newspaper thefts happen | Oct. 5, 2012

Connecting the Dots | Sept. 22, 2010


Other work

In addition to my work at SPLC and The Daily Tar Heel, I've interned at several newspapers, including The Tampa Bay Times, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The (Greensboro) News & Record. I got my start in community journalism working at The (Southern Pines) Pilot and The Salisbury Post. At each, I did a mix of spot news, business and consumer reporting, and news features.

It's hard being funnier than the average bear | May 26, 2011

My year as the DTH's community manager | Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

The Daily Tar Heel Topics, an aggregated and curated section designed to highlight the paper's archives | Fall 2009 - Spring 2011

St. Petersburg soldier killed in Afghanistan served in Army, Navy and Marines | June 30, 2010

Small, premium beer is a money saver at Tropicana Field | June 27, 2010

Illuminating Safety | March 27, 2008


Speaking

I speak occassionally with professionals and students about my work.

"Breaking the Information Roadblock" at Excellence in Journalism Conference | Sept. 20, 2015

"Addressing campus sexual violence" at the National High School Journalism Convention | April 17, 2015

"Tools to help you report on campus rape" at the National College Media Convention | March 13, 2015

"Campus Journalists Can Help Stop Campus Rape: A Conversation with Survivors" and "The Unreliability of Campus Crime Statistics" at the National College Media Convention | Oct. 31, 2014

"Managing online audiences" at the N.C. Press Association's Newspaper Academy | April 26, 2011

"Covering FERPA: A view from all sides" at the N.C. Open Government Coalition Sunshine Day | March 17, 2011

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