Writing Portfolio

Florida’s Alcohol Sale Laws Remain a Widely Varying Patchwork
Aug. 25, 2013

This multimedia piece had many steps. I collected audio to create an audio story, photos and data from county ordinances to make a comprehensive map. The story follows two counties that have particularly strange alcohol laws: one cannot sell on Sunday, the other cannot sell hard liquor at all. It is in the top 100 in unique page views of the 2,000 stories published through WUFT.

The Complete Timeline of Gainesville’s Homeless Shelter Saga
Nov. 13, 2013

The Gainesville City Commission has been trying to create a center for the homeless for about seven years. It has mostly stalled because of location issues–nearby businesses or homeowners would complain if the center was going to be built near them. As the years dragged on (and the city acquired new troubles and some lawsuits) its history became messy and hard to follow. So in the wake of the city finally finding a permanent location, I made a timeline so the background could be easy to swallow.

Students’ pleas convince city to keep Zumba class
The Gainesville Sun
April 23, 2013

Taking Back Payday
The Fine Print
March 6, 2013

The story was chosen to be republished by Generation Progress here. After writing this, I was asked to become assistant print editor at The Fine Print, a student-run paper in Gainesville.

New York Times and USA Today no longer available on campus
The Alligator
May 21, 2013

What began as a small story looking into why certain newspapers were no longer free on campus turned into discovering UF’s student government owed about $30,000 and was nearly sent to collections.

Cleanup nets 188 bags of trash and more
The Gainesville Sun
April 6, 2013

I was sent to cover Gainesville’s annual participation in The Great American Cleanup, but I thought how the event affected the kids from the Department of Juvenile Justice was the most interesting part of the day. I focused on their stories.

Proposed city parking regulation could target Union Street Farmers Market vendors
The Alligator
Aug. 27, 2013


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