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
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
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.
Red & Black editors, board at an impasse over editorial control | Aug. 16, 2012
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.
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
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
Small, premium beer is a money saver at Tropicana Field | June 27, 2010
Illuminating Safety | March 27, 2008
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