Radio Boot Camp

This Saturday I participated in a Radio Boot Camp class. Led by journalists from Arizona Public Media the 12 hour crash course taught us the basics of how to write, record, voice and edit an audio story. This is the product of that experience. 

Businesses say construction for the Tucson Streetcar has deterred customers from visiting shops along University Boulevard. Kayla Samoy reports.

UA professor works on autonomous car

When Jonathan Sprinkle was young, he invented his own crossword puzzles and convinced his dad to make copies of them at work.

For Sprinkle, now an assistant professor in the UA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, inventing those crossword puzzles led him to realize that he had the ingenuity he needed to pursue his current career.

Now, one of the main projects Sprinkle is working on is an autonomous car that can drive itself.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

UAMC brings back lung-transplant program with new director

The University of Arizona Medical Center is reviving its lung-transplant program after a yearlong hiatus.

The program shut down in February of 2012 after UAMC’s primary lung-transplant surgeon, Dr. Michael Moulton, left to accept an appointment as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Now, with the recent hiring of Dr. Jesus Gomez-Abraham as the director of the lung and heart-lung transplant programs atUAMC, the program is being restored.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

UA campus members to showcase research, business plans at Innovation Day

Students have the opportunity to showcase projects, like a website that would help users achieve their life goals, at the UA’s 10th annual Innovation Day on Thursday.

Innovation Day began when the Office of University Research Parks wanted to encourage UA faculty and students to think of ways to commercialize technology instead of publishing research.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

UAMC orthopaedic surgeon saves lives, helps improve soccer field in Honduras

Published February 10, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

It was the medical team’s first night in Honduras and, after the long trip, the team members just wanted to sleep.

They were woken up at 1 a.m. Confused and tired, they put on their scrubs and rushed to the operating room.

A 17-year-old boy had been brought in, his thumb nearly amputated from a machete. The medical team included Dr. Joseph Sheppard, a University of Arizona Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon.

The boy was quiet and in shock. The sight of his bloody hand shocked everyone out of their fatigue.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. 

UA Program for Excellence in Academic Advising accepts student nominations

Published February 5, 2013 – Arizona Daily Wildcat

Recognizing advisers who go beyond recommending classes is one method the UA has implemented to improve academic advising across campus.

“We’re trying to recognize excellence and find places that are doing things that students are responding to, and growing those,” said Roxie Catts, director of the Advising Resource Center and coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Read the rest here at the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

The Star Tribune’s 13 Seconds in August: covering a bridge’s collapse

This past week in Ethics class, one of the multimedia pieces we discussed stood out to me. The Star Tribune’s coverage of a bridge collapsing was evocative and impressive in it’s scope.

Check it out here: 13 seconds in August.

This piece goes way beyond other multimedia projects I’ve seen.

I loved the intro on the website. I thought the sequence of pictures and the natural sounds bites were very affective in capturing the audience’s attention.

I really liked the visual organization of each separate story; how they used an high angle shot of the collapsed bridge and matched the people up to their locations when the bridge collapsed.

There are clickable little buttons that display additional reporting, some done years after the bridge collapsed. Some buttons have simple little notes about who was there. Some have short written articles. Others have video interviews of the people who survived.

But what I think makes this piece even more unique is the “living document” aspect of it. It’s been over 5 years since the bridge collapsed but this project is still being updated with new interviews and facts. I think the journalistic dedication, organization, and foresight for this project is impressive.