Election Day Long Lines

I wrote a news brief for Election Day 2012 for the Downtown Express to go online. Barely a week after Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers turned out to vote. It was chaos for voters between long lines and confusion over where to vote, it was a long day. All polling places in Manhattan opened at 6 a.m. for Election Day in Lower Manhattan, but before noon, some polling locations were already crowded with lines of voters spilling out into the streets at two Tribeca locations, New York Law School and P.S. 234, and the Tweed Courthouse by City Hall. “The wait’s 45 minutes to an hour,” said a poll worker at Tweed. Earlier, the line had stretched past the gate and into the street, he noted. Election Day came only about a week after Hurricane Sandy struck New York. The state Board of Elections scrambled to ensure access to the ballots for New Yorkers who were displaced by the hurricane. The agency moved 60 polling sites within New York City alone. Read more here. Update: This also appeared in the print version of the Downtown Express two weeks...

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Photography

I’ve been forced into taking photos as a part of my studies at CUNY. I built this slideshow for class. It’s an experiment and student work at best.  ...

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Comic Con Photos

I did not make it to New York Comic Con this year. However, I was in New York for a workshop at CUNY. As a result I shared a train with a lot of people whom were going to the convention. I saw even more at Penn Station. However, since I was in a hurry, I only got a two photos. I really regret this because there were so many people in costume. At my train station, there were only a few people in costume. Once I arrived at Penn Station, I lost track of the number of people I saw in costume. It got even worse as I approached CUNY. There were not only people in costume, but many wearing convention badges. As much as I enjoy learning about new journalism tools, in my off time I like Marvel films, anime and many things geeky. So I was torn between my desire to be at New York Comic Con and learning about a new program. Long story short, so while I was very happy to learn Final Cut Pro X, there was a tiny piece of my brain that was chanting “Next year I am going to New York Comic...

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My first New York clip

Today, my first New York clip was published. It was in the Downtown Express, a paper that covers Lower Manhattan. ‘Jenga’ building doesn’t fly with local residents The notion of a new high-rise residential building in Tribeca is not sitting well among neighborhood residents. Nicknamed “Jenga” after the popular puzzle game for its unusual design, the Leonard Street development is poised to become the highest building in Tribeca, standing 800 feet tall at more than 57 stories. Unlike most buildings in the area, the Jenga building is designed as a post-modern structure with a glass-and-steel facade. But despite the lack of enthusiasm about the building, construction of the city-approved project at 56 Leonard St. has already begun. Members of Community Board 1’s Tribeca Committee, which saw renderings of the development at its Oct. 10 meeting, reacted negatively to the idea of having such a tall building among the area’s numerous low-rise structures. Committee member Noel Jefferson asserted that the building does not belong in the neighborhood. “We need to make people understand we’re not 57th Street, we’re Tribeca,” she said. The building’s location at 56 Leonard St. is adjacent to New York Law School, which previously owned the land. A corporation set up for the property called 56 Leonard L.L.C. now owns the building. Real estate company Alexico Group lists the Tribeca property as a new development. Records from the City Register Office’s database show that the Alexico Group received extra financing from the New York branch of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG, a German real estate bank. C.B. 1 documents show that the property is sandwiched between the Tribeca East and Tribeca West historic districts. Since the lot sits just outside of Tribeca’s historic districts, its zoning allows for a high-rise building. Lynn Ellsworth — founder of the Tribeca Trust, a new, local organization that seeks to preserve the neighborhood’s historic and architectural character — is equally displeased with the proposed high-rise development. Despite the fact that 56 Leonard St. is outside of the historic...

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My First News Photo

While out on a reporting exercise during my orientation at CUNY, my partner and I came across some construction. I took some photos with my old cell phone, which had a camera on it. The result was better than I thought it would be originally. I unknowingly followed a lot of photography rules because I knew them from publication design courses. I placed near the construction vehicle in the optical center. The rule of thirds, also known as the golden ratio, is followed too. The lesson here is that some skills overlap. Something I learned for one purpose helped me with another application. It’s one of the things that makes multimedia journalism so fun, little discoveries like this. It’s almost as good as when I discovered my knowledge of iMovie made learning Final Cut Pro X much easier....

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Introduction

This WordPress site is my portfolio. Just add coffee. I’m a journalist, a reporter, a writer, a photographer, student, etc. I’m constantly learning new things to expend my skill set because as a multimedia journalist, there’s always more to learn. Since I started my studies at CUNY Journalism, I’ve been introduced to Jux (An example of a Jux slideshow in in my photography page.) andFinal Cut Pro X. My belief is that journalists need to be open to learning new things because our field is changing so dramatically due to technology. These changes mean that in addition to good writing skills, journalists need to be able to take photos, edit video and even figure out some of our own tech glitches. I’m proud that I can do that all and more. This portfolio, like my career currently, is a work in progress. As I learn, more media will be...

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