USC’s Intersections South L.A. is reporting that the California Redevelopment Agency — responsible for many potential development projects in South Los Angeles including Marlton Square — had its last official day this week. Nearly three years ago, I completed one of my first USC video news stories, which covered Crenshaw’s Marlton Square, an eyesore that’s needed redevelopment for years. Click through to watch the video.
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Michael Jennings saw a flash of light as he drove past Main Street on Santa Ana Boulevard on March 12, 2009. He was driving his 15-year-old daughter to school and remembers accelerating through the intersection to avoid being hit by a driver rapidly approaching from behind. Weeks later, he was surprised to receive a ticket not from the city of Santa Ana, but from a company called Redflex. The red light violation was for more than $400 but Jennings said he drove just as safely before receiving the ticket as he did after it arrived.
Automotive journalism has been transformed over the last decade thanks in part to Web-only publications pushing mainstream magazines to redefine their print issues and Web sites.
We’re not just talking about how the magazine Web sites look, though the Internet Archive Wayback Machine is always fun.
In this audio slideshow produced for one of my last classes at USC’s graduate journalism school, I talk to…
Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz called on Starbucks and other businesses on Friday to voluntarily make their property off-limits to those who openly carry a firearm. Koretz was joined at City Hall by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, D-San Diego, who unveiled Assembly Bill 1934, which would make it illegal for anyone other than law enforcement to openly carry an unloaded and exposed handgun in a public place.
How can reporters without multimedia experience create high-quality videos for their stories? The BBC has the answer: a 5-shot method that produces consistently good footage every time.
Reporters simply have to get 10 seconds of the following shots in order: close-up of hands, close-up of subject’s face, wide shot, over-the-shoulder shot, interesting shot of your choice. USC’s graduate journalism program demonstrated this technique and taught students how easy it is to use Final Cut Pro.
For this project I wrote about the fascinating subject of…
What we have here is a Flash infographic that clearly explains what Metro has planned to ease traffic on Wilshire Boulevard. Originally created for a USC graduate school assignment with a little help from a professor, enjoy the infographic linked below the jump as long as the school keeps the site live.
Learn how Metro’s Bus Rapid Transit Project will help Los Angeles fight Wilshire Blvd. traffic at the link below. On this separate Web site — which may not remain after I graduate from USC’s MA program for online journalism — you can see a combination of my work on this important Southern California issue highlighted with multimedia storytelling on a site with customized HTML and CSS.
Janice steals when she’s hungry, angry, lonely or tired. It’s hard for her to walk into a store and avoid the temptation to steal. Usually, she takes things she needs along with other items for which she intends to pay, like when she stole a packet of screws with $200 worth of paid goods. Shopping with someone else helps her control the desire to shoplift. Not carrying a purse, not wearing a jacket with pockets helps, too.
This is the conclusion of “Compulsive Shoplifting: The Thrill, Guilt and Recovery.” The beginning of the story is here.
To Jessica, her compulsion feels like a disease, one that came to the surface on a visit to Target one day in 2003. She says she loves to shop but was supposed to stick to the shopping list and resented the way she thought her husband was trying to control her. So Jessica, who also suffered from postpartum depression, veered from the list, stealing stationery and greeting cards, neither of which she needed. Yet as she walked out the front doors of the store, she felt a high. “I couldn’t believe I got it,” she said. Had someone told her the day before it happened she would be shoplifting, she wouldn’t have believed them.