Digital Media stories by KDMC Fellows Filed Under Audio

Fellows in KDMC training programs go on to produce media- and technology-rich stories at their home publications.

Black retailers lose out on $1 tril. of Black buying power

La Risa Lynch,, August 2013
Oak Park resident Maggie Anderson, who along with her husband, John, shopped Black-owned businesses for a year and penned a book called “Our Black Year” detailing the family’s struggle to find basic necessities to keep a household running just by shopping at Black-owned retailers and stores. Their experiment drew headlines as well as criticism – some labeling the family as racist for shopping Black. But for Anderson the goal was to spark a debate about self-help economics and Black conscious consumerism that harkens back to Marcus Garvey.

Donde nace el Carnaval

Francisco Barradas, El Mensajero, July 2013
Audio, text, photos, video. " watch how the Carnival awake, it's necessary walk south to north on Bryant street, very early, while still other neighborhood streets look empty, long before the jubilant crowd who usually attest the Mission come to watch the parade..."

Scott Hatfield Media

Scott Hatfield, October 2012
Portfolio site created with Wordpress showcasing audio, video, photo stories and interactive maps.

DNA Delay: Limited Resources Leave Rape Kits Untested

Suzanne Phan,, September 2012
News10 multimedia reporters Suzanne Phan and Maneeza Iqbal explore the dilemma surrounding untested rape kits- why so many of them remain untested and what impact that has on solving crimes. Link to the web article: In-depth multimedia project:

Hunting Monsters, Chasing Ghosts: The Marvelous Life of Detective Joe Nickell

Charlotte Hsu, The Buffalo Story Project, May 2012
An in-depth profile of a ghost-hunting, alien-chasing, monster-tracking detective is enhanced with audio of him telling stories about memorable cases. Instead of repeating something in the text, the clips add something completely new!

Texas firm targets Calif. homeowners with foreclosed 2nd mortgages

Rick Jurgens, California Watch of the Center for Investigative Reporting, May 2012
This report originated with a tip from someone who found me on LinkedIn. Using shoeleather reporting, telephone interviews and on-line databases of federal and state courts, I wrote a 2500-word story that ran on the CW web site and in newspapers including the SF Chron. I also worked with video producers on a four-minute television report for California ABC stations, and on a "public engagement" page with explanatory and related materials. I also supplied CW staff with pdfs of background and supporting materials that were attached to links embedded in the story.


Cate Terwilliger, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, May 2012
I did this piece in January 2012 for a minister friend who was putting together a sermon on the quality of resilience. She recruited congregants she knew had overcome serious difficulties, and we did the interviews together. The rest was up to me. I think the result is effective, though there are three people I would have omitted from the final video were that decision mine. In this instance, however, the minister's need to avoid hurt feelings was more important than the journalist's imperative of keeping the piece as tight and powerful as possible.

Miniature horse named Sprout aids hospital healing

Cate Terwilliger, The Denver Post, May 2012
This project, created for The Denver Post, features a miniature therapy horse who does hospital rounds in Colorado Springs, Colo. -- a great multimedia storytelling opportunity. The package includes a video that incorporates still images, video and audio, built with Audacity and MovieMaker 6. That multimedia centerpiece is complemented by a substantial text story with multiple photographs, a version of which also ran in the paper edition of the Post. The package was picked up via syndication by The Christian Science Monitor, the Seattle Times and P-I and other publications.

Olympic disappointment

Cate Terwilliger, The Colorado Springs Gazette, March 2012
Sugar Land, Texas siblings Steven, Mark and Diana Lopez made history when all made the 2008 U.S. Olympic taekwondo team, and then won medals. The trio’s attempt to repeat their feat unfolded at the final phase of the Olympic Trials on March 10 in Colorado Springs. Diana, 28, and Steven, 33, both won their bouts. Earlier in the day, Mark, 29, had beaten No. 1 seed Terrence “TJ” Jennings in sudden-death overtime; to make the team, he had to beat him again. Despite a good-luck kiss from his big brother, Mark’s Olympic dream ended with a scoring kick from Jennings with just 15 seconds left in their match, as his siblings – including coach Jean Lopez -- looked on.

A Day at Ringside

Cate Terwilliger, The Denver Post , March 2012
The 2012 USA National Boxing Championships gave me a great opportunity to combine still images, audio and video in one package for the first time. I was just learning how to do sports photography, and boxing is particularly challenging. But I was nonetheless pleased with the outcome, as was The Denver Post, which published the piece in March 2012. It's a condensed chronicle of one bout; the Post provided context with a text block. I used MovieMaker 6 on Windows 7 to build the show, as my students will be working on PCs, with a lean software budget. The Post also used additional video and photos from me to accompany follow-up stories on the championships.

2011 Veterans Day Parade

Cate Terwilliger, The Colorado Springs Independent, March 2012
I had intended to cover a November 2011 protest at the local Occupy encampment in a downtown Colorado Springs park, but organizers unwittingly scheduled the protest to coincide with the Veterans Day parade, a very big deal in our military community. Result: No protest. I created an audio slideshow of the parade instead.

The Faces Behind the Voices

Cate Terwilliger, The Colorado Springs Independent, March 2012
This audio slideshow features Sue Scott and Tim Russell, who provide most of the supporting characters' voices on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." It combines high-quality audio from the show with not-so-high quality audio from telephone interviews. Additionally, I had to rely on photographs from Scott and the show's publicist, as I was unable to take my own. Nonetheless, the outcome is enjoyable and provides an intriguing window into the work of these versatile performers. The slideshow and an accompanying story I wrote served as The Colorado Springs Independent's paper/online preview of an October 2011 PHC performance in Colorado Springs, Colo. .

Life After Death: Living in the Shadow of Murder

Charlotte Hsu, The Buffalo Story Project, March 2012
In 2011, 16-year-old Zayra Pagan witnessed her mother's murder in Buffalo, N.Y. Zayra says that learning to cook the food her mother used to make has provided comfort during a difficult recovery. Our related, long-form story on Zayra is here: Thanks for taking a look!

Argentina, 10 years after the default.

Riccardo Stagliano',, January 2012
In January 2002, the Argentinian economy collapsed under an unbearable debt. How did they get there and how did they recover? Witnesses of those days tell their stories. A webdocumentary inside our own fears.

Central Florida's Evening News

Levi May, FM 96.5 & AM 580 News Talk WDBO, January 2012
Central Florida's Evening News is hosted each and every weekday by Scott Anez, and ran by yours truly, this specific hour I combined both duties . While I hosted, a lot of the constructed verbiage was written while keeping in mind what Marilyn Pittman taught us in our workshop as our 'vocal coach'. Diction and emphasis are what I mainly concentrated on while hosting. The following people contributed work to this hour of CFEN: Levi May Dave Wahl Jackie O’Brien Eric Brown Monica Rix Ken Tyndall Joe Ruble Brandon Hamilton Tom Terry Patrick Johnson Bob Hazen Jamie Dupree Ann Compton Linda Albin Aaron Katersky Martha Raddatz Dr. Richard Besser Darlene Jones Jeff Davis

Which Way Home?

Devin Maverick Robins, Marketplace , December 2011
Three years after the bubble burst, what role does home ownership play in the American dream? An hour-long special in collaboration with the New York Times, asking "Which Way Home?"

Presente - Music and Photos

Francisco Barradas, El Tecolote , November 2011
Presente –a 9 minutes photo slide show– was part of the exhibition Imagining the Mission, which was the main event during a year long celebration of the 40 anniversary of El Tecolote newspaper ( in 2010. At the end of that year, with a bunch of free time and searching ideas for a project, I found the entire folder of Presente. Watching again this photos, and truly inspired for the photo essays of Magnum photo agency, I start matching sound bites -from the free sound project web- with the images. This the result.

Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Rare Flower

Marci Krivonen, Aspen Public Radio (, November 2011
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the rare Parachute Penstemon to its Endangered Species List this year. The tiny flower only grows on about 90 acres atop a high plateau in Northwestern Colorado, close to the resort town of Aspen. Fish and Wildlife officials say natural gas drilling, or potential development, is the greatest threat to the flower. In some areas, drill rigs are just 400 meters from the flower. Oil and gas industry officials say that listing the flower adds unnecessary regulations to an already over-regulated industry.

Wild Horse Roundup

Marci Krivonen, Aspen Public Radio (, November 2011
I visited a wild horse gather in Northwestern Colorado this year. The Bureau of Land Management is tasked with thinning herds in order to keep the horses healthy, and keep the land from being overgrazed. Animal welfare activists are against the roundups, saying they terrorize the animals and the horses often end up in holding pastures for the rest of their lives. This was the first story in a two-part series that aired in September of 2011.

El Nuevo Normal

Aileen Gallagher, News21, September 2011
The KDMC Census Workshop provided valuable background for Syracuse University's 2011 News21 project, funded by the Carnegie-Knight Initiative. We analyzed data to find an American community that experience significant demographic change in the past decade. We sent eleven students to Eastern Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, an old white steel town on the way to becoming majority Hispanic. In addition to our own site, student were published in USA Today (print and online);; and the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Guatemala: When a feared drug cartel is better than the military.

Lorne Matalon, CBC Radio (Canada), September 2011
When a brutal drug cartel is better than the military As Guatemala heads toward the conclusion of a violent federal election campaign, the government is claiming success in its offensive against a Mexican drug cartel which infiltrated its northern highlands. For two months this year, the army laid siege to the province where the gang has been muscling in on trafficking routes, once controlled solely by Guatemalan cartels. The offensive's now been called down, but the military presence remains -- and so do questions about its effectiveness. Photo Gallery:

Locals Work to Stop Child Sex Trafficking Problem

Suzanne Phan, News10- KXTV Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, May 2011
Sacramento has ranked as high as second as a child prostitution hotspot in the U.S. It's up there with cities like Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City and Oakland. The subject of selling sex and children is disturbing to many people, but in the Sacramento region, many community groups have been galvanized to help combat the problem locally and globally. Web Producer Maneeza Iqbal and I created a comprehensive report to highlight the problem, anti-trafficking experts, pending legislation, and resources available. Check out the extended videos clips, maps, and charts.

Rural Rabble Rousing

Devin Maverick Robins, Living on Earth , April 2011
Much of inland California is rural and poor, a sharp contrast with hip, upscale coastal life. Residents in the rural regions sometimes live with a high degree of pollution. Producer Devin Robins visited three women who became activists over concerns for their communities’ health.

Managing Your Money Through the Ages

Devin Maverick Robins, The New York Times , April 2011
Marketplace Money joins forces with The New York Times to bring you stories about life's financial issues as they play out through the decades. It's a a special multimedia collaboration called "Money Through the Ages."

Faces of Freedom

Bill Ruminski,, April 2011
Photo editor Larry Ruehl read that more than 850 World War II veterans die each day across America, so the SouthtownStar set out to document the area men and women who served in the war while they were still with us. We photographed nearly 200 people, interviewed many of them and collected questionnaires from all of them. We published a special print section on Veterans Day and produced an online presentation that involved audio, video, a slideshow, a searchable database and an online map.

Closing a Cold Case: Police Solve the Murder of Joseph Thomas Jr.

Charlotte Hsu, The Buffalo Story Project, April 2011
The phone call that Joseph Thomas Sr. had been waiting for since August 2003 finally came this March. After more than seven years, police had finally solved his son’s murder. A short update, with video, on a story we published in January 2011 on the then-unsolved murder of Joseph Thomas Jr.

Lampedusa, gateway to Europe

Riccardo Stagliano',, March 2011
Thousands of people from Tunisia are fleeing from their country. They don't believe that the revolution will bring soon a better future. And they risk their life sailing towards Italy, to enter Europe for a better life. Hundreds of people everyday land in Lampedusa, a tiny island, south of Sicily. There's already a humanitarian crisis but, in spite of the fearmongering that some members of the Berlusconi government spread, ordinary people of Lampedusa react very well to the so-called "invasion". As this webdocumentary tries to demonstrate.

Audio librarian Jeff Rice captures the sounds of the West

Stephanie Ogburn, High Country News, February 2011
An audio slideshow in which Jeff Rice discusses how he collects sound and plays some of the sounds from the Western Soundscape Archive.

Wilderness Photographer

Stephanie Ogburn, High Country News, January 2011
This video accompanies the piece My walkabout with Michael, in which New Mexican writer Pat Toomay shadows Guggenheim award-winning photographer Michael Berman through the Gila wilderness. This multimedia features an interview with Berman where he reads a poem about his process of going into the wild and finding images, and discusses why he became a photographer and his views on the relationship of humans to nature.

Portsmouth, Va., burn victim has Saints on his side

Patrick Wilson, The Virginian-Pilot, December 2010
Story about a surprise gift for a burn victim includes photo/audio slideshow.

The Desert Lockout: Miners Continue Street Actions, as Negotiations Restart (Slideshow)

Rose Arrieta, In These Times, November 2010
BORON, CALIF.—It’s 6:15 a.m. and cars and trucks are coming down the long stretch of desert road to the main gate at the Rio Tinto/Borax facility. Soon, scores of vans and buses filled with replacement workers—what more than 500 locked-out workers call “scabs”—will be shuttled in and out of the gates. Union workers of Rio Tinto line the road, with bullhorns, shining lights at the passengers, jeering and hurling insults.

Hardly Strictly Business: Cal Alum Warren Hellman Plays to His Own Tune in Investing, Philanthropy

Ronna Kelly, CalBusiness Magazine, November 2010
A profile of private equity financier, San Francisco power broker, and Cal graduate Warren Hellman

Online Tamil Songs

Raja Gopi, Kavijaya, November 2010
Hearing Tamil songs online will never be difficult any more; A2Z Tamil Songs dot com offers all Tamil mp3 songs in one site from 1960s to till date. We can browse songs by music director, Cinema director vocalist, and also a2z by film name as the name of the website suggests.

After the Chino Prison Riot

Sharon Mcnary, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, November 2010
Public Insight Journalism crowdsourcing and traditional reporting methods combine to tell the story of the Chino prison riot of August 2009. The web presentation includes dozens of letters written by inmates of a California prison describing conditions before, during and after the riot. Some of the men were held outdoors in metal cages with inadequate clothing and shelter for days after the riot. The story came to KPCC via sources responding to general questions to the public about prison life. One of our sources won the SPJ Sunshine Award for efforts to make government more open.

It's a Wrap: The "Grill 'Em All" Food Truck Makeover

Corey Takahashi, Part of documentary project, November 2010
At the Wrap One shop in Anaheim, a small team transforms blank-slate "taco trucks" into billboards on wheels. Watch the metamorphosis of the "Grill 'Em All" truck. / Freelance photography and editing by Corey Takahashi / Music courtesy of Shadows Fall

US visa laws lightened for Cuban artists

Lorne Matalon, "The World" PRI/BBC World Service/WGBH co-production, November 2010
On his first visit to Latin America President Obama said he'd like to start a path of normalizing relations with Cuba. While visiting Mexico City, Mr. Obama also implied that the frozen relationship would not thaw unless Cuba relaxed pressure on political dissidents. At the same time, Mr. Obama has allowed more Cuban artists--even those openly critical of U-S policy--to come to the United States. This story is pegged to the visits of three well-known artists and musicians, all of whom have differing opinions on the delicate dance Washington & Havana are engaged in.

Mexico: Human Rights & Press Freedom

Lorne Matalon, "The World" PRI/BBC World Service/WGBH co-production, November 2010
This is a profile of one courageous journalist's battle to expose police corruption, manipulation of both the media and the lives of those who speak out against abuses of power by government and an explanation of how this landmark case came to the world's attention. The fact the journalist is a woman in a machista society complicates an already horrendous breach of human rights, one which is being examined by lawyers internationally.

Reworking the US-Mexico Water Treaty

Lorne Matalon, "The World" PRI/BBC World Service/WGBH co-production, November 2010
The Colorado River has been nearly tapped dry as a consequence of exploding populations in the southwest border region combined with the voracious appetite of American agribusiness. Mexico and the U-S are now negotiating a decades-old water sharing treaty. If successful, the revamped treaty could provide a model for conserving a vital but finite resource.

Hawaii Ukulele Festival (Audio story and video performane)

Heidi Chang, Public Radio International's The World, October 2010
Heidi Chang takes you to the 40th annual Ukulele Festival in Hawaii. The instrument has seen a resurgence lately around the globe, thanks in part to musician Jake Shimabukuro. Listen to the audio story Heidi produced for Public Radio International's The World. You can also watch a slideshow of the festival and video Heidi produced of Jake Shimabukuro performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Sidney Barnes on Stone Cold Feeling

Ayana Contreras,, October 2010
A favorite record of mine, a B-Side from 1971, was written in Chicago, featured a Chicago artist and players, was recorded in Chicago, and was released on a Chicago label (Mercury). I had the opportunity to talk to the man who wrote it, Sidney Barnes, about it; and I flashed-back vicariously through him (he hadn't heard the track in thirty years).

A mobile health solution

Stephanie Ogburn, High Country News, October 2010
In Oakland and other cities in the West, traveling asthma clinics address a common problem: The people who suffer the most from pollution often have the least access to treatment. This video accompanies the story, "Breathing easy."

Lowriders, Los Angeles and the immigration debate

Corey Takahashi, Independent, September 2010
Lowriders, Los Angeles and the immigration debate / Photography and production by Corey Takahashi

TV, film producers hang ten in Hawaii (Audio story)

Heidi Chang, Marketplace Radio, September 2010
Hawaii has long been known as a tourist destination, but lately it's becoming a hub for TV and film production. And now the show that put Hawaii on the map in the 60s and 70s, is back. Thousands turned out for the premiere of the new “Hawaii Five-0” on Waikiki Beach. Listen to the audio story Heidi Chang produced for Marketplace Radio.

Couples and Cash

Kathy Chu, USA TODAY, September 2010
Meet our Money Makeover couples: These couples opened up their financial lives to USA TODAY and the Financial Planning Association. They were matched with financial planners to define their goals and map a path to reach them. Each Monday, we'll profile a couple, and each Friday, we'll offer tips on handling your own finances.

Mobile taquerias bring new flavors to New Orleans

Kathy Chu, USA TODAY, September 2010
The smell of sizzling beef and warm flour tortillas beckons from a food truck perched at an intersection here. Food trucks such as this one — offering flavorful, cheap and authentic Latin-American fare — were all but non-existent before Katrina. They now dot the landscape in New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish. Their regular customers are the Hispanic laborers who have migrated here to rebuild homes, but they've also built a following among local residents. Not everyone's a fan. In June, the Jefferson Parish Council voted unanimously to bar mobile vendors from setting up shop at some of the busiest thoroughfares in the area.

Dreams of Steady Work Fade for Hispanic Workers

Kathy Chu, USA TODAY, September 2010
Since Hurricance Katrina, tens of thousands of Hispanic workers, most of them undocumented, have poured into battered sections of the Gulf Coast. They've supplied the labor to rebuild, to keep businesses running and to boost tax revenue. To support their families back home, they often will work longer hours and for less pay than other laborers. Yet the economic dream that drew them here has weakened. For some, pay is falling. And jobs are scarcer, because the most urgent work — gutting homes and removing debris — is mostly finished. Though years of rebuilding remain, not enough state and insurance money has arrived to pay for it.

Ford Hopes Free Driver's Ed in Vietnam Leads to Sales

Kathy Chu, USA TODAY, September 2010
In Vietnam, Ford and other carmakers are using a unique campaign to hook consumers with their cars: Driving schools. Ford's driving school in Ho Chi Minh City aims to teach a nation of bikers and walkers to drive a car.

Vietnam's economy lures back some who left in the 1970s

Kathy Chu,, September 2010
When the Vietnam War ended 35 years ago, millions of Vietnamese fled a communist country whose growth had been stymied by war, oppression and uncertainty, seeking a better life for themselves and their children in the USA, Canada and Europe. Today, some of those who left years ago now look at Vietnam as a land of opportunity. At least 500,000 Viet Kieu return every year to this nation of 86 million, some to stay. As a growing number invest in Vietnam, it's creating jobs and fueling the country's economy. But the investment may also be seen as "condoning the government's lack of freedoms for the country," says Thuy Vo Dang, a visiting scholar at UCLA's Asian American Studies Center.

May '09 Alum Covers Iran Elections

Anna Johnson, Associated Press, August 2010
Anna Johnson, an AP reporter and editor based in the Middle East, produced a photo slideshow and a video on the Iranian elections. Anna was in the KDMC's May 2009 multimedia workshop.

Assignment Detroit to Chronicle the Fall and Rise of an All-American City

Steve Gray, TIME Magazine Online, August 2010
Time Magazine has pledged to follow Detroit closely for the next year. The findings will be reported in The Detroit Blog. Steven Gray (June 2009) will blog and cover stories for the initiative. He introduces the project in his post Letter to Detroit. The New York Times covered the project in Investment in a City of Struggles.

Hong Kong Nightlife

Jessica Yu, Wall Street Journal, August 2010
The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Yu (July 2009) captures the flavor of Hong Kong's exciting nightlife in video and photo.

Cow Power Raising a Stink in Central California

Pj Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times, August 2010
Some Central Valley dairy farmers use dairy digesters to turn cow manure to electricity. Unfortunately, this process has come under fire for creating pollution through large concentrations of methane gas. P.J. Huffstutter (Jan '10) documented the dairy digester process in a slide show for the Los Angeles Times.

Governing California - Making Sense of Our State of Disarray

Tyche Hendricks, KQED's The California Report, August 2010
Tyche Hendricks (Jan '10) is the editor for KQED Public Radio's The California Report. This project is designed to demistify the chaos that is governance in California.

Take a Trip to Minnesota Via Multimedia

Gustave Axelson, Minnesota Conservation Magazine, August 2010
Gustave Axelson (Jan '10) assembled a slide show for the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer about a farmer that sued to save his wetlands and won. Axelson coached his associate editor on putting together this white water rafting trip down the Rice Creek Water Trail.

Undergraduate Research

Harry Mok, UC Berkeley Newsroom, August 2010
Harry Mok (Jan '10) helped put together a multimedia package on undergraduate research. The site has been selected as an upcoming "Webpick of the Day" by Communications Arts.

KDMC Alum Wins an Award for Showing Business People at Play

Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Washington Business Journal, August 2010
The Virginia Press Association gave Jennifer Nycz-Conner (May '09) an award for three slideshows she made soon after completing the boot camp. See Washington chef Jose Andres celebrate the big 4-0 at his restaurant Jaleo. Bobbie Kilberg invited 486 colleagues to a pool party at her house for the Northern Virginia Technology Council's annual Hot Ticket Awards. Area architectural firms competed in the Posh Pumpkin Contest , an event hosted by Office Environments International and All Steel. Nycz-Conner is a reporter for the Washington Business Journal.

The Grapevine Brings Deaf Taxman More Business

Patricia Nazario, KPCC 89.3 FM - Los Angeles, August 2010
Gary Jacobson is a 60-year-old accountant who helps deaf and hard of hearing clients with their taxes. Patricia Nazario (Dec '09) got the story in text, radio and video. Nazario is a broadcast journalist for KPCC 89.3 FM in Los Angeles.

One Man's Trash is this Man's Treasure. Sometimes.

Scott Smith, Stockton Record, August 2010
Scott Smith (Jun '08) of the Stockton Record used a slide show to tell the tale of a treasure hunter who became the bewildered owner of over 6,000 dental records.

Community Capital Helps to fund Remedy Cafe

Stephanie Ogburn, Oakland Locals, August 2010
Stephanie Ogburn (Jan '10) produced a multimedia package on Remedy Cafe, a North Oakland coffee shop that courted investment capital from friends and customers instead of banks.

Go Down Under in Kansas

Ralph Gage, Lawrence Journal World, August 2010
Ralph Gage and reporters from the Lawrence Journal World explored bat caves, undergroud storage vaults and salt mines using audio, video, photo galleries and 360-degree panoramas (Ralph was a speaker at the March 08 KDMC workshop).

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