Archive for the ‘USC Stories’ Category

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As CRA Winds Down, We Look Back At Our South L.A. Marlton Square Video

February 3, 2012

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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The Future of Automated Ticketing Machines in California

May 24, 2010

Red Light Camera

Photo courtesy of Yrithinnd

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.

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The Changing Face of Online Automotive Journalism

May 13, 2010

Motor Trend's homepage in 2000 (left) and May 2010 (right)

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.

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Flying A Zeppelin Over Long Beach: An Audio Slideshow

May 6, 2010

In this audio slideshow produced for one of my last classes at USC’s graduate journalism school, I talk to…

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Upcoming Bill Could Prohibit Gun Owners from Carrying in Public

May 3, 2010

Starbucks Logo courtesy of Kucmel007

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.

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Visual Effects Modeling and the BBC’s 5-Shot Video Method

April 16, 2010

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…

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Fighting Wilshire Traffic: Flash Infographic Explains Metro Plans

April 8, 2010

Metro Flash Infographic previewWhat 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.

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