I’ve put together the following list of writing samples, which includes a selection of blog posts, newsletters, articles, and columns that I’ve written over the last few years.
The NJ Mobile News Lab blog is a Medium publication that I started in 2016 in conjunction with a $15,000 grant program of the same name. The goal of the grant program, which officially launched in late 2016 and is funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is to support three innovative mobile news experiments in New Jersey by providing $5,000 to help get each of the experiments off the ground.
I use the Medium publication as a place where I can write about mobile news trends, try out new tools, and review emerging technologies. I also publish a monthly newsletter that serves as a catalogue of all the mobile journalism-related stories I write or come across each month. The NJ Mobile News Lab blog was recently awarded a 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award by the NJ Society of Professional Journalists. The NJ Mobile News Lab won first place in the “Media-Affiliated Blog” category.
Click here to read Medium publication.
Part of my job as associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media is to manage and support the NJ News Commons, our flagship partner network of more than 150 media organizations throughout New Jersey. I write blog posts and articles about our partners, as well as other local journalism and NJ media-related issues. I also write and publish a daily newsletter, which consists of the top news stories to watch from around the state, a list of announcements and upcoming activities from the Center, and a list of industry news items and other “must-reads.”
The newsletter, known as the “NJ News Commons Daily News Roundup,” goes out to more than 2,000 people each morning and is also recorded and distributed as a podcast and a Flash Briefing for the Amazon Echo. The Daily News Roundup was recently awarded second place in the “Newsletters” category for the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards by the NJ Society of Professional Journalists.
Click here to see a list of all my posts for the NJ News Commons.
I am currently an editor of six different Medium publications, including Midcentury Modern, Dirty Little Secrets, Center for Cooperative Media, NJ Mobile News Lab, and Community Information Districts.
Click here to view my full Medium profile.
Here are a few of my most-read and most-popular posts:
John Oliver isn’t responsible for saving journalism (Aug. 10, 2016)
What it’s like to set up Facebook Instant Articles (May 3, 2016)
How to create a Flash Briefing for your local publication (Dec. 29, 2016)
In my senior year of college at Rutgers University, a few friends and I decided to start our own student-focused, digital-first investigative journalism publication in New Brunswick, NJ. We saw it as an answer to what we felt was a general lack of journalistic passion and muckraking verve coming out of the university’s paper of record, the Daily Targum, for which all of us had worked or written for at some point.
We launched a small crowdfunding campaign, raised a little more than $500 for web hosting and minor start-up expenses, and before we knew it, Muckgers (muckraking + Rutgers) was born. Click here to watch our sad-but-earnest Kickstarter video. Shortly after we launched, Muckgers was awarded a 2013 Grow and Strengthen micro-grant in the amount of $4,000.
Here are a few of the articles that I’m most proud of:
Slavery & Academia: A Troubled History of Rutgers University (Jan. 29, 2014)
Why don’t they want Condoleezza Rice to speak at graduation? (Mar. 4, 2014)
Cause and effects of Raritan gas main rupture still unknown (Feb. 21, 2014)
My fortnightly column for the Daily Targum was my first foray out of legal and political science research and into news and opinion writing. My column, titled “Swimming Upstream,” ran on alternate Thursdays and had a print distribution of roughly 18,000.
Here are a few of the op-eds that I’m most proud of:
United States set precedent for immoral actions (Mar. 28, 2013)
Rethink stance on Syrian crisis (Mar. 7, 2013)
It gets better, right? (Nov. 7, 2012)
Saving Private Manning (Sep. 6, 2012)