Narration for NC TraCS

Narration for NC TraCS

I’m nearly finished narrating and editing a series of web presentations for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. NC TraCS is part of a “national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country.” The web presentations will allow just about anyone–from doctors to community members–to learn about how they […]

A family reflects upon Sept. 11

A family reflects upon Sept. 11

Journalist Jacki Huntington and I met with a North Carolina family in July to discuss their personal connections to the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. During a single afternoon, our discussion with the family uncovered a treasure trove of perspectives and opinions about the national tragedy. You can read the story here. Oftentimes, […]

My first published article, “Why Student Technologists Are Important”

My first published article, "Why Student Technologists Are Important"

My first article addressed the need for student radiologic (x-ray) technologists to work in hospitals. I worked as a student technologist for more than a year at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC before I transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill. When I entered the radiology program at Forsyth Technical Community College, both Forsyth Medical Center and […]

Carolina Photojournalism Workshop 2011

Carolina Photojournalism Workshop 2011

In late May, 27 journalism and communications students descended into the Uwharrie region of North Carolina for the Eighth Annual Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. Our mission was simple: create a short film documenting the story of a local person, place or topic. Immediately upon entering the town of Badin, we began researching topics and phoning story […]

WINNER! 2011 Mental Health America Media Award

I recently learned that I won the 2011 Mental Health America Media Award for student journalism for an article about the closing of Dorothea Dix Hospital. Mental health awareness is something that is of great interest to me. Several members of my family suffered from a wide range of mental illnesses. The award is a […]

“Story is king”

"Story is king"

Originally published at “Content is king.” It’s a popular maxim among online news producers: The more content you have published on your website — regardless of the quality — the more people will end up on your homepage. But this hunger for content is partly to blame for the deluge of Internet news minutia […]

Take the “chronicler’s vow”

“Write it well and they will come.” That’s the general theme of a blog post I’m writing for In this content rich and minutia infested world we’re living in, telling a good story is still important. David Simon’s Homicide drove that into my head a few months ago. Simon didn’t just spend a year […]

How to do a live stand-up with Jonathan Michels

This is a variation of a short film I entered into Nicholas Kristof’s Win-A-Trip Contest 2011. If it makes you laugh and tells you a little bit about who I am, it’s served its purpose. Enjoy!   How To Do a Live Stand-Up with Jonathan Michels from Jonathan Michels on Vimeo.

Cinephile story republished in Spectrum Magazine

My Cinephile story, From screenplay to screen, was republished in Spectrum, the North Carolina Autism Society’s seasonal magazine. My story relates the filmmaking pursuits of five teenagers with Asperger Syndrome. Motivated by their love for cinema, they helped each other work through the challenges of  Asperger’s with the guidance of a local filmmaker. The result […]

Great multimedia content coming out of MSF

Volunteers who join Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) work in difficult conditions around the world to bring ease to those in need. It’s refreshing to see such a healthy and powerful multimedia team documenting this work . This interactive tour, promoting the need for continued work against HIV/AIDS is just one example:×560.html