Digital Media stories by KDMC Fellows Filed Under User-generated

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

How good are the cellular data networks in Salt Lake City?

Scott Sherman, The Salt Lake Tribune, March 2012
To measure the 3G and 4G network speeds around Salt Lake County, The Salt Lake Tribune used six phones to test the speeds of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.; Tests were conducted over a two-week period using the application from, which measures the download and upload speeds in kilobits per second. A story summarizing the results and showing a map of tested locations was published in the paper. The full results were published on an interactive map embedded in the story online, as was another variation of the map breaking the results down by each carrier network. Readers were then asked to take their own results and put them in a crowd-sourced map The Tribune put online.

Students honor Chardon victims with song

Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer and, March 2012
Here is a link to a story the Chardon High School shootings in Chardon, Ohio. Three students were killed and three were injured on Feb. 27, 2012. The alleged shooter, T.J. Lane, 17, is being held in juvenile detention pending a pretrial hearing later this month. He will be held in juvenile detention until a hearing is held where he will be bound over to an adult court.

Stories on Chardon High School shooting victims

Stan Donaldson, The Plain Dealer, March 2012
Here is a link to a story about of the victims in the Chardon High School shootings in Chardon, Ohio. This is a story regarding victim Demetrius Hewlin, who was buried on Tuesday. Three students were killed and three were injured on Feb. 27, 2012. The alleged shooter, T.J. Lane, 17, is being held in juvenile detention pending a pretrial hearing later this month. He will likely be bound over to the adult court.

Will Norton: Life lived on, off line

Alexandra Nicolas, The Joplin Globe, January 2012
This piece was published as part of a package on the Joplin High School class of 2011. They completed their graduation ceremony minutes before an EF-5 tornado destroyed roughly a third of Joplin, Mo. The final product covers the senior year of Will Norton, the only 2011 graduate who died in the storm. Told using his own posts to social networking sites, the piece gave us a chance to share a year of ordinary and sometimes goofy moments of a student who is now largely defined by his death.

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.

Weepin’ Willie: Requiem for a bluesman

Margarita Persico, The Bay state Banner, June 2011
Weepin’ Willie Robinson, a bluesman and one of the New England scene’s most revered figures dies in a fire while smoking his last cigarette. Robinson, 81, the son of a sharecropper, an Army veteran, and a beloved bluesman lived a complicated live. During a “memorial jam” in his honor, “a steady stream of colleagues and friends... describe Robinson as a gentle, kind and beloved charmer. At the same time, other tales paint him as the proverbial “rolling stone,” a man who left his wife to raise their eight kids alone while he set out for a music career in the blues bars of Boston."

Residents discuss redistricting issues

Kathleen Haley, The Sacramento Press., June 2011
A group of nearly 40 residents and city staffers held an in-depth discussion on the city’s redistricting process Monday night at the Ethel Hart Senior Center. Residents explored a range of topics, including the role of race in the process.

Ashby's District 1 grew 123 percent

Kathleen Haley, The Sacramento Press, June 2011
Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby’s district has grown 123 percent since 2000, skyrocketing from a population of 47,670 in 2000 to a population of 106,729 in 2010. But it won’t stay that way for much longer – the city intends to chop it up in this year’s redistricting process.

The Peters Poll with LaMonica Peters

Lamonica Peters, The Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour , February 2011
This is the Facebook Page I created shortly before the Web 2.0 workshop but I enhanced it after learning more about using Facebook for journalistic purposes. I hope to create a larger fan base, & add more video.

Amsterdam's Lucrative Cannabis Culture: Can it Work in California

Suzanne Phan,, November 2010
The measure that would legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana in California is sparking heated debate. In the Netherlands, marijuana is “tolerated.” Pot use and sales are legal-- to a certain degree. Pot-selling coffeeshops generate billions of dollars. Could it work in California? Multimedia journalists Suzanne Phan and Ryan Yamamoto take a closer look at Amsterdam’s cannabis culture and the economic impact of taxing marijuana. And, they explain why Amsterdam is closely watching Prop 19.

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.

Birds shift in annual migration

Kevin Wiatrowski, Tampa Tribune, October 2010
The print story on spring migration had a companion online story that linked readers to a Caspio database where they could input bird sightings around the Tampa Bay area. Sightings were tied to a Google map that plotted sightings by address or intersection. A separate photo gallery let birdwatchers upload photos of birds they had seen during the spring migration.

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.

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