During my immersion semester for the Pulliam School of Journalism at the Indiana Statehouse, I wrote several in-depth stories about complex and dark issues, including this piece about two bills aimed to establish programs and resources to reduce youth suicides in the state.
I spent hours interviewing and photographing the subject of the article, Lana Swoape, in her home, as well as conducting immersive research and additional interviews about the legislation.
Indianapolis Monthly publishes a weekly "Hot List" with coveted apparel, beauty and home items. This article was particularly fun for me because of my interest in women's fashion. I scouted the products around the city.
I challenged myself to use strong verbs and short phrases to make this article as succinct and catchy as possible.
I worked on this breaking story as the news editor for The Franklin, the student newspaper at Franklin College. I worked on-deadline to get multiple interview sources to make the Friday print edition, as well as update the story online.
The story continues to be one of The Franklin's top-clicked and shared articles on the website.
In addition to my daily radio news story assignments during my internship at 90.9 WFYI-FM, I put up a voting round for the station's "Curious Indy" series, where people submit questions about what they wonder about Indianapolis.
For this article, I answered: "Every city has those local commercials everyone grew up with. What could be seen as Indy’s most iconic ad campaign?"
The article required a lot of calls and research, including locating hard-to-find footage of the "Hudnut Hook," which the Hudnut foundation didn't have film of at the time. I also conducted numerous interviews for sidebar stories with living local commercial legends to translate to both audio and print stories.