Holy CRAP! Design Presentation

At the beginning of this school year, as we were making the switch from LucidPress to InDesign, we decided to have a week dedicated to training the staff on the new software. The first days were dedicated to setting up Adobe accounts and getting everyone synched to our shared drive via Google Drive for Desktop. […]

Publication Reviews

“Publication reviews” are one of my favorite exercises to get staffers motivated for their work on the next print issue and are conducted at the beginning of our design week. Each issue cycle, we select a different student newspaper from a program that helps set the standard for scholastic journalism, and look through one of […]

Live Game Coverage

As a member of the varsity football coverage team this fall, I took on many roles, but primarily I worked as the graphics editor. This meant that I designed and edited the score graphics that were posted with each quarterly update throughout the game. The key to these graphics was getting all the important information […]

Breaking News Announcement

One of the most important aspects of our social media coverage is our branding as MacJournalism. When we post score graphics for games or the final exam bell schedule, we use the same templates to build a recognizable image for our followers. This is especially important when it comes to breaking news announcements that we […]

Thank God it’s Friday

This was the first video I created during the 2021-22 school year, starring two of my most personable subjects yet, Ben Polega and his service dog, Friday. Ben’s story reminded me of why I love journalism — it allows me to tell stories about people who do amazing things, people who have persevered through life’s […]

Coffeehouse Makes a Comeback

This story covered the return of a favorite McCallum tradition — Coffeehouse — an in-school performance venue where students perform original songs, poetry and other written works. I worked with two other staff members, to teach them how to write and record voiceovers, as well as how to shoot b-roll. Because I was able to […]

Opioid death rate still increasing

Our second issue of my junior year centered heavily around the fentanyl crisis and drug use, which presented the challenge of finding visuals to accompany stories, as we did not have usable images from our student photographers. As I was designing our page three news story, I decided to incorporate stock photography to create an […]

Overworked from overtime

This story focused on specific McCallum teachers who work second jobs to supplement their teaching income. Although I could have utilized photos of my teacher sources for this page, I wanted the design to apply to the more general topic of overworked teachers — a somewhat universal feeling of public school educators. I was also […]

Virtual SXSW Allow Wider Reach, Deeper Experience

In response to COVID-19 safety measures, the 2021 South by Southwest event went virtual – one more unwelcome change to a city whose culture relies on being the live music capital of the world. However, almost a year into the pandemic, McCallum students and SXSW employees who I reached out to took a more creative […]

Overworked from Overtime

I remember the story pitch vividly: “We could write about how Ms. Richter also works as a cashier at Central Market because she can’t support her family on a teacher salary alone.” This story had to be told. Though Ms. Richter didn’t know me, I reached out to her and asked for an interview. As […]

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