Cemeteries. Audio Storytelling. Writing.
Read on for samples.
Death in the Digital Age.
A Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Project.
As a 2018-2019 Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, I am traveling to the UK and Singapore to produce “Death in the Digital Age,” a multimedia project about the changing role of memorial spaces in our urbanized, digitized world. Visit the project page to learn more. You can also follow the project on Instagram, or sign up to receive occasional email updates.
For the living.
Prior to departing on my 2018-2019 Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, I worked on behalf of Lakewood Cemetery for three years. My work with Lakewood included researching, writing, editing, and producing content for social media, tours, and blog. I also co-led all event planning and public programming, and assisted with communications and marketing.
From September 2015 until October 2018 I managed all social content for Lakewood. This included securing organizational support for the page, starting the page, proposing editorial calendars, researching and writing posts, sharing content, promoting events, and managing ads for this 6,000+ follower page. I also consulted other cemetery organizations on starting and maintaining their social media presence.
Together with one colleague, I also proposed, planned, oversaw, and executed all public events and educational programming at Lakewood. This included new cemetery events like a 1,200+ person Lantern Lighting Celebration, a walking tour series, a greenhouse tour, a concert series, and more.
Published by: Lakewood Cemetery
Work: This feature is part of a larger "Artists and Performers" Mobile Audio Tour, for which I performed all research, writing, and production. (2017)
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Other audio stories (click to hear):
"Keep Moving Forward - When 'Accessible' Claims Fall Short" Another piece in the "Keep Moving Forward" campaign. (2018)
"Keep Moving Forward - Thinking Happy Thoughts Doesn't Address Mental Illness" Another piece in the "Keep Moving Forward" campaign. (2018)
"Callum deVillier, Marathon Dancer" Another feature on Lakewood's "Artists and Performers" Mobile Audio Tour. Please note that this short podcast is to be played alongside Mr. deVillier's tombstone, which reads "Marathon Dancer, 3780 Continuous Hours." (2016)
"Hopelessly Devoted" This piece, submitted as an application component for Radiotopia's "Podquest" contest, showcases audio editing and sound design. (2016)
"Eviction and Community Response in Minneapolis" I pitched, researched, wrote, produced, and conducted interviews for this piece as a reporter for WOBC News. (2012)
"Oberlin Students Participate in Youngstown Demonstration" Another piece for WOBC News. (2012)
Academic. Narrative nonfiction. Instructional.
This homepage story, written for Atlas Obscura, tells the little-known—and surprisingly bleak—history of the 1920s/1930s “dance marathon” craze. This article received many hundreds of shares and likes on Atlas Obscura’s Facebook page.
I pitched, researched, and wrote this exhibit for Lakewood's 2018 Memorial Day celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice. The exhibit uses personal stories of individuals buried at Lakewood to explore the social and political realities of WWI-era Minnesota. Exhibit was displayed for the 1,500 guests of Lakewood's Memorial Day celebration, and will be in rotation at local libraries and museums throughout 2018. (Exhibit design by John Henry.)
Shortly after I began working for Lakewood Cemetery, I performed all research and writing for their first Black History tour. (Please note that this tour is not formatted for public use; this content is currently available via mobile app.)
In this blog post, published by Lakewood Cemetery, I honored both Presidents Day and Black History Month by researching and writing about the African American leaders who influenced former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
In 2017 I was hired by American Public Media to develop a free statewide conference for Minnesota's recently-licensed Low Power FM radio stations. I conducted all research and outreach, solicited feedback on desired content, secured presenters, and wrote/prepared all 50+ pages of instructional material, which was made available to all participants.
Other written pieces (click to read):
“American in Wonderland: Defining the Nation in the Early Amusement Parks of Minneapolis/St. Paul” This capstone piece focuses on two early 20th century amusement parks in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and examines the ways in which these parks both challenged and reinforced social norms in the cities. I presented this paper at the 2015 Oberlin College Senior Symposium. (2015)
"Lynchings and Executions: Memorializing Racial Violence in Minnesota" This paper examines two historical instances of racial violence in the state of Minnesota: the 1862 mass execution of 38 Dakota men, and the 1920 lynching of three black men. This paper compares the ways these events are memorialized and are (or are not) incorporated into Minnesota's historical narrative. (2015)
"From Capstone to Curtain" This piece was published by the Oberlin College News Center (via the Office of Communications) to highlight the accomplishments of members of the Oberlin student body. (2015)
"Music for the Masses" Another piece for the Oberlin College News Center. (2015)
"Housing the Dead Among the Living: The Role of the Urban Graveyard in New Orleans, Louisiana" This paper focuses on the historical and contemporary uses of urban graveyards in New Orleans as sites of unique historical memory and community empowerment. I was selected to present this paper at the 2015 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans. (2013)
"Radio NOLA HIV" This Applicant Profile piece, published by Prometheus Radio Project, was designed to help build awareness and support for this New Orleans nonprofit, whose members were applying for an FCC broadcast license. (2013)