As a journalist, my love for writing and reporting can be traced back to elementary school, when I would often take notes on field trips to write about later. Since, I have written countless articles for many publications: our high school newspaper, the Pirate Press; the Boonville Daily News; city council summaries for KMZU-FM; and The Muleskinner.
My experience with journalism extends beyond writing, but also includes multimedia elements - including videos, audio, infographics, and interactive elements - for a truly rounded package.
Skills: Interviewing, research, journalistic writing (AP style), multimedia elements, photography, videography, collecting/interpreting data, Sunshine/FOIA requests, social media content management
Software: WordPress, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop
Elevator outages are a common occurrence at the University of Central Missouri. So common, in fact, that a Twitter page memorializing the elevators was setup and memes covering the elevator outages became a part of campus culture.
My article, written for The Muleskinner, explored the reliability of the 31 passenger elevators on campus. The average age of the elevators was 27 years old, with the oldest dating back to 1964. Despite aging equipment, elevator reliability improved year-over-year since 2012.
This article featured an interactive map made using Google Maps to show details about each elevator. Each pin, representing a campus elevator, included photos, inspection results, and number of outages. Data for the map was acquired from UCM's Facilities, Planning and Operations office via a Sunshine Request.
This article was mentioned in Elevator World, a trade magazine for elevator technicians.
Between its inception as a teaching (normal) school in 1871 to 1976, the University of Central Missouri operated a training school on campus to not only train aspiring teachers, but also teach local children. The University operated two training schools - an elementary school (Central Elementary), and a high school (College High, later University High.)
My article, featured in the 2018 Homecoming issue of The Muleskinner, discusses the history of the training schools. I talked to three College/University High alums who are still active in the University community.
The story takes a look at their memories of College/University High and how alumni continue to connect today through reunions.
A photo slideshow featuring historic photos gathered from the McClure Archives and University Museum was created to complement the story.
Every day, thousands of students at the University of Central Missouri pass by two vacant residence halls: George Diemer Hall and Laura J. Yeater Hall.
My story offers a glimpse into the history of both residence halls, as well as their future. Officials in University Housing spoke about the state of the residence halls and their potential futures.
The story features photo slideshows showing the present state of the halls, as well as archived photos from the 1940s and 50s when they were still new. Archived photos were gathered from the McClure Archives and University Museum.
The story was published on The Muleskinner's social media as a way to engage with University alumni and hear their stories.
This story won third place for Multimedia Package in the division 1 newspaper awards at the 2018 Missouri College Media Association's annual ceremony. The award was shared between me and Britain Bray, who illustrated the Yeater facade as the story's featured image.
On my personal blog, I cover a wide variety of topics that pique my interest. Majority of the content relates to my interest in vintage computers, such as my vintage computer collection. Below is a selection of just a couple of my self-published works.
Software: WordPress, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop
Before the era of fiber optics and satellites, microwave relay and coaxial cable networks were used to get telephone calls, radio/television broadcasts, and other data from coast to coast.
From the 1950s to the 1980s, American Telephone and Telegraph - a part of the infamous Bell System - operated the Long Lines microwave relay network to connect the nation. Long-distance telephone calls, television broadcasts and more were relayed from tower to tower until they reached their destination.
Since the 1990s, the towers that once played the backbone of the American telephony infrastructure have went unnoticed. The towers have been demolished or repurposed for cellular phone or ham radio use while newer technologies, like fiber optics and satellites, have taken over their previous purpose.
My article sheds light on the once-crucial role these mysterious towers once played in daily American life.
From its introduction in 1984, Apple's Macintosh line of computers has had a long history. Today, vintage Macintosh computers are collectors items, as the people who grew up with them or used them "back in the day" want to relive old memories.
Without purchasing a bulky and expensive vintage Macintosh (like the one I'm typing this from), one can play all of the Macintosh games and software they remember directly from their modern computer using an emulator such as Basilisk II.
In this post, which is the first in a series reviewing various vintage Macintosh emulators, I discuss the installation and configuration process and review classic Macintosh software and games running in Basilisk II.
As part of my Kewanee Boiler website section, I dedicated an entire page detailing the operation of firetube boilers. The guide not only discusses the parts of a boiler and the burner system, but also briefly discusses other types of boilers and what the steam or hot water may be used for.
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