Below are some works I’ve done outside of NewsWatch, including work from class.
After traveling down to Orange, TX, the other student journalists and I, along with our two advisors, worked to create one space to tell the stories of Hurricane Harvey survivors, the Oxonians helping with recovery efforts and other volunteers. It’s a multimedia and interactive website, so feel free to engage in that.
Award: 2019 Hearst Multimedia Team Contest – Top 20 Finish
In Journalism 378, TV Reporting, we had to do a story focused on crime. I worked with my partner, Brianna Bynum, to produce this story. I conducted one interview, shot some b-roll and edited the video together.
NOTE: While attending BEA/NAB Conference in Las Vegas in April of 2018, I spoke with Our Lady J. This is the mini piece I created.
Our Lady J, a writer on the hit amazon prime show ‘Transparent’ and a writer for the upcoming FX series, ‘Pose’ hosted a panel at this year’s BEA Conference in Las Vegas to talk about what it’s like being a transgender woman in the television industry, but she didn’t start out in TV.
Our Lady J started her entertainment career in music as a classically trained pianist and has worked with Sia, Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters and Broadway stars like Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole and Justin Vivian Bond. When she came out as transgender, Our Lady J said music gigs started to dry up and she packed up and moved cross country to Los Angeles.
She landed her writing job at ‘Transparent’ by writing a short story about growing up transgender in a rural, small Amish community in Pennsylvania. Our Lady J joined the ‘Transparent’ writing team in season two and said she believes TV has made more strides in including and representing trans men and women opposed to the music industry.
“Television is about identity and real-life stories,” Our Lady J said. “But I also think filmmakers in TV have really stood up and been vocal about making representation happen, where in music we haven’t seen that yet.”
Our Lady J said her role in the writing room is helping give transgender men and women a voice and that voice is helping humanize transgender men and women. Our Lady J also said humanizing transgender stories can help bring about equality.
‘Transparent’ is currently in its fourth season and ‘Pose’ will premiere on FX this summer.
Deputy Press Secretary of the United States, Hogan Gidley, joined the White House communication’s team this past Fall. Gidley is an Ole Miss grad, and I was able to set up a Skype interview with him to talk about working in the White House and how Ole Miss prepared him for the job. This story was published on NewsWatch Ole Miss and HottyToddy.com.
For my photojournalism class, we had to make our final project about a building on campus that was being contextualized. My group was assigned the Lyceum, arguably the most famous building on campus. The video tells the historic building’s story. I edited the video, shot some of the video and captured all the ambient sound.
During the Atlanta Photojournalism Conference, I had the opportunity to interview NYTimes video journalist, Deborah Acosta. Her assignment for a whole year was to use crowdsourcing and report on stories using social media features, like Facebook live. This story is published on newslab.org, a website powered by The Meek School of Journalism and New Media.