Portfolio: Data Journalism
This real-time map shows the current status of 250+ school districts undergoing consolidation.
435 square miles of lake, 630 metric tons of phosphorus and one controversial plan to clean it up.
The state of Vermont doesn’t track what it spends on information technology, so we did it ourselves.
Portfolio: Public Radio
Citizens find little consistency among agencies that control access to public records in Vermont. (VPR)
$350 million, 700 investors, dozens of state and federal charges, and untold answers still to track down. (Vermont Public Radio, NPR, Boston Globe)
Two stories on the finances, policy and assumptions behind “natural” food. (The Food Chain, BBC News)
Portfolio: Print and Web
Don’t think “Shark Tank.” This two-wheeling pitch contest is more like a “dolphin tank.” (Boston Globe)
Vermont joins SEC fraud charges against a business it did little to oversee. (Boston Globe)
Vermont police must record the race of every driver they pull over. So, where’s the data? (Seven Days)
“Unless you know exactly what you want, you’re sure not to get it.” I could attempt to diagram that sentence. Instead, I’ll explain how this nugget of advice became a cornerstone of my freelance business — and how it can help yours, too.
Independent journalists work in a constant state of upheaval: We work without roots, often alone. Rewards abound for the risks we take. Yet freelancing through the current upheaval amid Pres. Donald Trump’s transition to the White House has thrown many for a loop.
Without easy narratives that match familiar story schema, policy and regulation are deemed too dull or too dense to fit within a click-driven, deadline-oriented news cycle. And that’s a problem.
Before graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism and training with Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism was my hobby. It started through my work as founding program director of Portsmouth Community Radio in New Hampshire. I previously worked as a marketing consultant for artists, nonprofits and small businesses, and as a bartender and farmer.