Archive For The “Projects” Category

How many Connecticut drivers have been ticketed for texting?

By | September 7, 2017

This is a Tableau graphic I created for a Connecticut Health Investigative Team story about the rising costs of distracted driving.

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Data visualizations: Asthma rates in Connecticut

By | September 16, 2016

Using the visualization software program Tableau Public and data sets from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, I created two data visualizations about asthma rates in Connecticut for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team.  

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Talking about Trends in Workplace Communication Technology

By | May 3, 2016

The Hartford Business Journal publisher Joe Zwiebel invited me to participate in a “power breakfast” panel discussion on April 27 about Technology in the Work Place: What’s New and What’s Coming. Below is a summary of my remarks: Q. How is technology changing your industry? When it comes to the business of journalism, there are two forces affecting […]

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Highlights from 2015 AOJ Minority Writers Seminar

By | November 29, 2015

The Association of Opinion Journalists hosted a Minority Writers Seminar on Nov. 12-17, 2015 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. The diverse group of participants, myself included, hailed from all over the country and included freelance writers, full-time news reporters, editorial writers, academics and college students. I’m the one in blue in the […]

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To Comment or Not To Comment

By | October 7, 2015

I spend a lot of my time mulling over ways for journalists to elevate online discourse on news stories. Below is a presentation I gave at the 2015 Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, FL on September 18. Joining me was Talia Stroud of the Engaging News Project. My prepared script for “To Comment or […]

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Drones Fly Into My Path of Discovery

By | May 29, 2015

One of the best aspects of working as a journalist is the profession’s unanticipated path of discovery — and opportunity. My newly found knowledge of drones is a recent example of this. It started in late July 2014 when an editor/friend at The Hartford Courant asked me if I’d be willing to write an essay […]

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On-Campus Sexual Assault Rates in Connecticut, 2009-2013

By | October 29, 2014

Select a year and Connecticut college campus to view the number of forcible, on-campus sex offenses reported. Darker points reflect a higher rate – calculated per 1,000 students. Offenses are reported by each institution in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Colleges shown on the map […]

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Fairfield County News ‘Scrum’ [INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC]

By | March 25, 2014

More than 100 media outlets currently deliver local news and information to the suburban towns comprising the Fairfield County, CT “Gold Coast,” and almost all are supported by local advertising. What the layers of local news in Fairfield County reveal is an intensifying media scramble for American towns, “among everyone who recognizes that community news […]

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Wrangling the Online Comments

By | July 16, 2013

A glimpse at the online comment management systems being used by various news organizations, as of July 2013:

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More news organizations try cleaning up online comments with the help of social media

By | July 16, 2013

ESPN this week becomes the latest major news organization to rely upon social media to help civilize its online comments. Starting Wednesday,’s 25 million active users will have to log in through a Facebook account if they want to participate in online conversations on stories. Patrick Stiegman, editor-in-chief of, said by phone that three […]

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