Digital Media stories by KDMC Fellows Filed Under Video

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

Artist links Black on Black violence to the KKK

La Risa Lynch,, August 2013
KKK-Kin Killin’ Kin is artist James Pate’s private, but now very public protest, against Black on Black violence in urban communities nationwide. The Ohio artist uses stark charcoal drawings to visually compare Black on Black violence to that of the terrorism perpetrated against Blacks during the Jim Crow era by the Ku Klux Klan.

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..."

The Moore Tornado: Walking the path of destruction

Alexandra Nicolas, The Norman Transcript, May 2013
A team of journalists walked the path of the Moore, Okla tornado collecting stories of the storm and meeting people in the process of recovery. The feature is packaged in a scrolling format that leads the reader through the narrative with graphics, videos, photos and other features blended into the text.

Reporter Staff Writer Catherine Bowen was given the opportunity to participate in a trauma training drill with CALSTAR air ambulance and Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville. What follows is her fi

Mario Sevilla, The Reporter, April 2013
I was video editor for this project. The Reporter photographer Rick Roach shadowed our staff writer during a trauma drill. All the footage was shot using an iPhone 5 and audio captured with the phone's internal mics. I used Sony Vegas to edit this video. Reporter Staff Writer Catherine Bowen was given the opportunity to participate in a trauma training drill with CALSTAR air ambulance and Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville. What follows is her first-person, inside look at the experience of a trauma patient. Read story

The Reporter: Spirit of the Community

Mario Sevilla, The Reporter, April 2013
The purpose of this video was to promote my newspaper's participation in the community of Vacaville. I had four days to create this video -- including script & storyboard development, booking, on location interviews, b-roll footage, and post production. The video premiered at The Reporter Chamber of Commerce event on March 7th, 2013. It is currently featured on

Fiel al papel / Loyal to the paper

Francisco Barradas,, February 2013
As a way to keep him active and make an additional money, a Nicaraguan retiree, Pablo Antonio García, offer to his peers in San Francisco's Mission District print copies of newspapers he brought from Nicaragua two months before. Despite more and more people rely on computers or mobile phones to read the news, Mr. García's merchandise still have a bunch of consumers. All this make me think in the relevance of the print press in the US, even Today when generally is accepted that the newspaper industry is dead. Para ocupar sus horas de jubilado, Pablo Antonio García, un nicaragüense radicado en San Francisco, California, vende a sus conocidos ediciones pasadas de periódicos de su país.

Retiree's baking project sends thousands of cookies overseas

Alexandra Nicolas,, January 2013
Retiree Bonnie Grace bakes hundreds of cookies a week, packages them with the help of friends and mails them to troops serving overseas.

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:

1st Black Marines go on a journey back into time

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, May 2012
Detroit area Montford Marines, the 1st Black Marines to fight in World War 2, were given a trip down memory lane with many old black and white pictures from a retired Army veteran from Clarksville, Tennessee. Julius Singleton. Check out the story and video about these men 612 miles apart. How the pictures came to be in Singleton's hands, why he wanted to share the 77 pictures and what it all means to these men in their 90's Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

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.

Living in the American Gothic House

Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, May 2012
Beth Howard lives in the house made famous by Grant Wood's 1930 painting, American Gothic. Living in a tourist destination makes for some interesting run-ins with strangers.

Marcus Buggs - Fighting the odds, gets into college

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, April 2012
Second video on Marcus Buggs a teen who is trying to overcome major odds. He saw his dad killed in front of him when he was 9. His mom is in federal prison and he's helping his grandfather raise his 4 siblings while going to high school. This story and video takes you with Marcus as he gets fitted for his 1st suit, receives an award and visits a college where he shocks everyone with some great news. 1st story and video about Marcus is here -> Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Eric Roberson Speaks On Latest Album And Loss Of Whitney Houston

Crystal Cranmore, CBS Philly, April 2012
Two-time Grammy-nominated artist Eric Roberson performed before a packed crowd at the Firehouse Café in Mt. Holly. He also took some time to remember the late Whitney Houston.

Metal Sculptor Discusses The Inspiration Behind His Art

Crystal Cranmore, CBS Philly, April 2012
Eugene Perry is a metal sculptor in Philadelphia who was recently granted an opportunity to showcase his work at the 2012 Art Expo in New York. He took me into his shop and showed me some of his pieces.

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. .

Jimmy Dimora trial update

Stan Donaldson,, March 2012
Working for The Plain Dealer and the publication's web site,, covering the Jimmy Dimora federal racketeering trial in Akron, Ohio. This is the ninth week of the trial. I have posted hourly blog updates as the trial has progressed. On certain days of the week, I give video updates online. Dimora is accused of running a criminal enterprise while serving as a commissioner and chairman of the county Democratic Party. He faces more than 30 counts, including racketeering, under an indictment originally filed in September 2010.

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.

Godzilla the wild turkey attacks a woman in Michigan

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, March 2012
Edna Geisler 69, of Commerce Township, Michigan gave the name Godzilla to this wild turkey that has been terrorizing her at her home for a month. Most days Edna can barely make it out to her car without the turkey attacking her. The Department of Natural Resources was called for help on removing this bird protected under Michigan law but they said they could not help her. Some think Godzilla is being territorial because mating season is getting close. ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Spanish Lessons: What one country's high-speed train system can teach California

Tim Sheehan, The Fresno Bee, March 2012
This series of stories, videos, graphics and other material sprang from a weeklong reporting trip to Spain in November 2011 to explore that nation's high-speed trains and what lessons they might hold for California's proposed HSR system. The trip was a joint project of The Fresno Bee and California Watch, and was published on Jan. 15 and 22, 2012. The reporter shot photos and video for the project while traveling in Madrid, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona. One video published Jan. 15 was edited and produced by California Watch, the second on Jan. 22 was edited and produced by the reporter (

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!

Alternatives to affordable, community acupuncture in Oakland

Irene Florez, Oakland Local, February 2012
With more people losing their jobs and fewer people spending like they did in the past, community acupuncture has become the new frontier for the alternative health industry. Across the United States, hundreds of community acupuncture clinics have sprung up in the last few years. According to Karen Grosskreutz, membership coordinator for the newly established POCA COOP, every week, six new clinics register as POCA members. Today, 170 clinics are registered, although Grosskreutz said she believes that the actual working number is closer to 300. In Oakland, six clinics offer the group setting, sliding scale acupuncture known for it’s reliance on hand, head and feet treatment points.

Occupy Oakland Debates the Question of Non-Violence

Irene Florez, Making Contact, February 2012
The Occupy movement has changed the way Americans view political activism. And there’s a raging debate over what tactics should be used. On Thursday, December 15th, Oaklanders gathered at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland to discuss how best to Bring The Walls Down. Watch the resulting video on diversity of tactics and what Occupy needs to move forward.

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.

Marcus Buggs - Growing up quick, determined to succeed!

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, January 2012
Marcus Buggs, of Ann Arbor, MI was getting ready to blow out 18 birthday candles but in reality he's been a man since he was 9. He saw his dad shot & killed in front of him and his mom has been in & out of jail ever since. Never really having the "typical" teenage life, he had to help raise his siblings. Marcus is so determined to succeed, be a role model & not let the bad things define him. Check out the story & video in the Detroit Free Press by writer David Jesse & I. Marcus is someone you want to root for, he inspiring!

Wes Leonard - His tragic death leads to saving lives.

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, January 2012
On March 3, 2011, Fennville High School basketball star Wes Leonard died of sudden cardiac arrest after sinking the winning shot to send his team into the playoffs. He could have been saved with an AED but the battery was dead. Almost one year later his mom Jocelyn Leonard leads the Wes Leonard Heart Team making a difference & saving lives, one school at a time by educating schools on the importance of AED's. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Inside Occupy Wall Street

Riccardo Stagliano', La Repubblica, December 2011
Five days inside the movement which is changing american politics

Six arrested as police break up Occupy Norfolk camp

Patrick Wilson, The Virginian-Pilot, December 2011
Raw video of arrests as police clear out an Occupy park in Norfolk, Va.

The Art of Hanging Out in L.A.

Corey Takahashi, L.A. Public Media, December 2011
A mobile video story about how street styles travel through Los Angeles and the world / Shot and edited over a weekend in 2011 / Featuring the MT (Motion This) dance crew / Photography and production by Corey Takahashi

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.

Happy as Pigs in Slop; Mud Day in Detroit

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, November 2011
Shot with 3 GoPro's. Two hand held & one a kid wearing one mounted on a Chesty. 1,000's of kids from Metro Detroit became pigs in slop as they covered themselves with lots of mud during the 24th annual Mud Day at Hines Park in Westland, a suburb of Detroit. Over 20,000 gallons of water & 200 tons of topsoil made a hot day in Metro Detroit cooler for many. Shot with GoPro's ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Petie the Lost dog. From Tennessee & back again

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, November 2011
Petie, a 4-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, went missing from Erin, Tennessee and his 77-year-old owner in July. Somehow Petie made the 600 mile trek to Rochester Hills, Michigan. A volunteer from the Michigan Humane Society is reuniting the two tomorrow when they drive him back down to his home. A microchip inside Petie made the process of finding Petey's owner easier. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

Trailblazers; 1st Black Marines to fight in WWII

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, November 2011
Video that I shot & produced on the Montford Marines, the 1st Black Marines to fight for their country during WWII. Of the 20,000 a little more than 200 are still living. Congress will soon bestow on them one of the highest honors in our country the Congressional Gold Medal. Now in their late 80's some of the 1st Blacks in the US Marine Corps known as the Montford Marines talk about their experiences serving their country in World War II. While fighting in the South Pacific they were being discriminated against at home & abroad but will soon get their due respect. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press


Riccardo Stagliano', la Repubblica, October 2011
Science is still divided about the consequences of cellphones on our brains. There are two main studies, the international Interphone and those made by the swedish professor Lennart Hardell. The first one, at first sight, seems to deny a link. The second one accuses them, after 10 years of usage, of doubling the risk of developing a brain tumor. On May 31, 2011, Iarc, the specialized agency of the World Health Organization, has reversed his course by including cellphone radiations among "possible carcinogens" (group 2B)

North Dakota isn't feeling the slump

Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, October 2011
North Dakota is booming, despite the nation's bad economy. Open jobs and promise of better pay are drawing people from all over the nation. This video talks to Samuel Hicks, who moved from Iowa and set up a tent behind his workplace, braving wind and rain and a barbed wire fence to support his family.

Swimming: Cullen Jones Says Youth of All Colors Must Learn Water Safety

Helen Silvis,, August 2011
Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones wants to encourage all children to learn to swim and be safe in the water. Seventy percent of African American children and 60 percent of Latino children cannot swim, putting them at greater risk of drowning than their peers. Drowning is the second highest cause of accidental death for children under 18. Jones is touring with the Make a Splash campaign, and held a swimming class in Portland Ore., August 9, 2011.

Sound of Freedom

Jackie Spinner, American Journalism Review, July 2011
Freedom Radio in Iraq went on the air in 2003 and will sign off in December after 8 years broadcasting from Baghdad.

Protests spread to Oman

Jackie Spinner, Slate, July 2011
Video story produced in the field for Slate as Arab Spring spread to Oman. Produced with iMovie, Flip and HDZoom recorder.

From Fellini to Lady Gaga: a new exhibit showcases the birth of Paparazzi

Claire Ward, Maclean's , June 2011
Long before Gaga’s “Paparazzi”, there was Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”

Corn — a precious commodity on the table, in the tank

Margarita Persico, The Healthy Dish, June 2011
After participating at the KDMC’s fellowship “boot camp” the following week I put into practice and incorporated multimedia techniques I learned: video, map, chart and Storify. I linked the food aspect of this story to the importance of this commodity as a fuel alternative. “Corn is one of the most important commodities in the world. It is in products such as glue, makeup and alternative fuels…”

More older Americans start own businesses

Laura Petrecca, USA Today , June 2011
I shot a video featuring 65-year-old Patrick Althizer, who veered off from a career in finance to start his own business: leading shutterbugs through the stunning waterfall areas of Yosemite National Park

Blogging from the Cannes ad fest

Laura Petrecca, USA Today , June 2011
I covered the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which is considered the Oscars of the advertising world. I detailed the business side of advertising (such as how much money marketers spend each year to promote their goods and services) and added multimedia elements to the blog as well (such as photos and videos of winning ads and well-known attendees.)

City Council aims to lessen police budget cuts

Kathleen Haley, The Sacramento Press, June 2011
The Sacramento Police Officers Association protests the city's proposals to lay off cops and make other budget cuts to the Sacramento Police Department.

Video: searching for salmon off Half Moon Bay

Alana Semuels,, June 2011
The salmon season has been essentially closed in California for three years, but it opened in May 2011. Fisherman Duncan MacLean is excited about the opening, but worries that there aren't enough fish in the ocean to sustain him and other fishermen. We head out for a day at sea to check out the waters.

AIDS+30: The Battle Rages On

Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig, shades Magazine - Celebrating All Women of Color, June 2011
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll know the 30 anniversary of the AIDS virus is this Sunday. And if you didn’t know, this just proves the point that not enough people know the facts, nor do they understand the importance, of ending this deadly epidemic. At shades Magazine, we mark this anniversary with a video we made to help promote awareness and increased funding to eradicate the disease and to save at least one life with the message that is our responsibility to educate ourselves, our children and those around us about HIV/AIDS.

Hawaii Five-0 World Premiere on Waikiki Beach 2010

Heidi Chang, HeidiKLChang Channel on YouTube, May 2011
Heidi Chang takes you to the world premiere of the new Hawaii Five-0, Hawaiian style. Meet the show's cast members, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Taryn Manning, and executive producer Peter Lenkov, as they stroll down the red carpet on Waikiki Beach. 

 Also joining them on stage: Executive producers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Heidi produced, wrote and narrated the video for Honolulu Municipal Television.

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.

Rapper M-Bone killed in drive-by shooting

Lamonica Peters, Intersections South L.A. , May 2011
Police believe that M-Bone, born Montae Talbert, may have been gunned down over a Twitter beef.

Video: Kern County's economy gains as commodity prices rise

Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, May 2011
The run-up in gold and silver prices leads to the reopening of a mine near Mojave, and higher crude prices give a boost to the county's oil fields. Crops such as cotton also are soaring in value. But some workers feel left behind.

Coyne v. Wells on election stasis, the polls, and what leaders are doing in Toronto

Claire Ward, Maclean's magazine, May 2011
Two of Maclean's top columnists do their weekly politics segment. This one occurs mid-election campaign, so you'll find them discussing the latest polls.

A 30,000 (and counting) views video... made with my bberry

Francisco Barradas, youtube, May 2011
Here's one proof that content -or interest- surpass quality. It was known some people pass out watching Danny Boyle's movie 127 hours. Happens all around the US, according with media reports. The night I went to see the movie, at the Embarcadero theaters in San Francisco, not just one, but two! guys fainted. I made this video using my cellphone, then editing in i-movie and finally posted in youtube. After a day, the SF Weekly used it to support a blog post. In 3 moths, the video has been watching more than 10,000 times, with an increasing numbers of comments too.

Filmmakers and musicians collaborate in the wild for the ‘National Parks Project’

Claire Ward, Maclean's magazine, May 2011
A series of interviews with the makers of the National Parks Project, an omnibus of short films about national parks in Canada.

L.A. Residents Urged to Turn in Guns

Lamonica Peters, Intersections South L.A. Report , May 2011
For the 3rd year, Los Angeles has hosted the Gun Buy-Back program to make communities safer.

Retirees boost population of Lincoln, Calif., but not its commerce

Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times, April 2011
Lincoln, California grew 282% over the decade, boosted in part by a large retirement community built there. But commerce hasn't followed, and the town is out of money and forced to provide four times the services. For more, check out the story Retirees boost population of Lincoln, Calif., but not its commerce at,0,912702.story

The musicman's birthday

Eric Zamora,, April 2011
I was sent to the city's minor league baseball stadium, a farm for the San Francisco Giants where the World Series trophy was being displayed for the public. I wasn't prepared to shoot video but finding a unique character playing music to the waiting crowd, I whipped out the new iPhone and shot some video, editing in Final Cut Pro. I was nearing the end of my shift so it was a quick edit but worked fine. Wait for the end. -eric

The Gulf spill: A year later

Ron Harris, The AP, April 2011
This was one of our largest ongoing projects for 2010, and the updates continue. We weaved photos, video and some database work into this Flash interactive.

Radio Legend Art Laboe on the Dedication

Devin Maverick Robins, LA FWD, April 2011
Pioneering radio personality Art Laboe was the first DJ to play Rock and Roll on the West Coast airwaves. He put together the first compilation album which featured hits by different artists and is credited with coining the term “Oldies But Goodies.” Over the decades, Art Laboe has remained hugely popular among generations of Latinos who call in by the dozens to dedicated and request their favorite Oldie.

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.

"Good or Bad" YouTube Changing the world.

Patricio Espinoza, KDMC Independnet Journalists Workshop, March 2011
As long as YouTube, Social Media and word of mouth exist, web videos are without a doubt changing the way the world communicates, from news to music, to how-to videos, to stories of triumph and defeat. Yet not all is good show recent reports and studies. (@espiblog Multimedia exercise KDMC UC Berkeley)

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.

King Tide Hints At Shoreline's Future

John Upton, The Bay Citizen, February 2011
The powerful pull of sun and moon alignment, along with a powerful storm, created high waves lapping at the land of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Inside Al Jazeera

Riccardo Stagliano', La Repubblica, March 2011
For weeks now the qatari tv has been telling the world about the protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya. They have also been accused, in a way, to instigate them. But its journalists, starting from a twenty-something whiz-kid who knows everything about Facebook and Twitter, rebut: "We're simply the best at covering them"

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.

Chicago's Black comic book movement

La Risa Lynch,, February 2011
Chicago native and artist Turtel Onli created an annual convention that gives graphic novelists and comic book artists a venue to showcase their work and to expose comic book fans to the Black Age in the comic book genre.

Are Mosquitos Putting Cal Students at Risk?

Lamonica Peters, KDMC Web 2.0 Training , February 2011
This is my 1st attempt at using Final Cut Pro to edit video. Don't judge me. LOL

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.

Ghent blaze that burned two buildings called arson

Patrick Wilson, The Virginian-Pilot, December 2010
Late night reporting and video production by Patrick Wilson and Shayna Meliker.

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

Berkeley's Coffee Economy

Chip Grabow, Vimeo/KDMC, November 2010
A profile of one popular Berkeley cafe and how the US recession has affected its business and the consumption habits of coffee drinkers. Produced at Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley with former NPR reporter, John McChesney. Shot and edited in one morning and afternoon in April 2009.


Chip Grabow, Vimeo, November 2010
A character study of anti-anti-smoking activist, Lynda Farley. The short incorporates the still photography of Mark Katzman, video footage from his partner, Scott Ferguson, both of the St. Louis-based commercial studio, FKPhoto. Chip recorded the interview with Farley during the photo shoot at various sites in St. Louis in September 2009.

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.

Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone for Camcorders

Radj Fred,, November 2010
This is a well-researched Review of the Canon DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone for Camcorders

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

AHS Jazz Band Sent to Lincoln Center

Barbara J Grady-Ayer,, November 2010
This video brings viewers into a practice session of this award-winning jazz band on the eve of a trip to Lincoln Center. The video zooms in for close ups on two of the most stellar performers as they regal listeners with solos.

Video: Take the Walking School Bus on Wednesday For Health, Environment

Barbara J Grady-Ayer, Albany Patch , November 2010
Video follows the "Walking School Bus" one morning as the bus picks up kids along its route and makes its way to Marin School in Albany. Interviews with the organizer, some kids and the school principal along the way.

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."

Detroit crime victims, victimized again

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, October 2010
Eighty-nine year old Irene Phimister was beaten to an inch of her life over six dollars and a handful of jewelry so a few guys could feed their heroin habit. Irene is owed $1,200 but has yet to see it. Hundreds of crime victims like her in Metro Detroit are still waiting on millions in restitution money to be mailed to them. The process to pay has been a long, slow and often times non-existent. The prosecutors and clerks office blame each other while the money just sits in a bank and victims sit and wait. ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Whitening The Resume

sdeleon,, October 2010
With blacks being re-employed during the recovery at a slower pace than whites, should black candidates consider removing ethnic references from their resumes?

Five Years Later: Hurricane Katrina

Julia Schmalz, USA Today, October 2010
January 20008 fellow Julia Schmalz contributed work to producing a multimedia site which recalls the devastation associated with Hurricane Katrina.

Crime on Cruise Ships

Jaclyn Giovis, Sun Sentinel, October 2010
Jaclyn Giovis presents video and data to help cruise passengers avoid crime.

Animal Hoarding in Fort Wayne

Ron Shawgo, The Journal Gazette, October 2010
May 2009 fellow Ron Shawgo shares this video on the increasingly serious problem of animal hoarding.

The Art of the Foul Ball

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, October 2010
May 2008 fellow Eric Seals records the stories of those lucky enough to grab a major league baseball souvenir. More multimedia coverage of that same day at the ballpark can be found here.

First Lake Charles Black Rodeo

Vanessa Deggins, October 2010
Vanessa Deggins reports on Lake Charles's first Real Cowboy Association Rodeo. The association was started years ago in Longview, TX for black cowboys, but has since integrated and everyone competes.

Brown Pelican Release

Vanessa Deggins, October 2010
Vanessa Deggins reports on The Louisiana Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries and their first in-state release of Brown Pelicans impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Video revisists 40-year-old case of slain journalist

Robert Lopez, Los Angeles Times, October 2010
January 2008 fellow Robert Lopez produced this video on deadline last week about former L.A. Times columnist Ruben Salazar's death. Questions and controversy still cloud the 40-year-old case.

Video Promotes UC's PRIME Medical Program

Alec Rosenberg, UC Office of the President, October 2010
July 2008 fellow Alec Rosenberg shares this video about UC's PRIME (Program in Medical Education). PRIME trains doctors to serve where they are needed most in California.

Pasco County hopes for high-tech jobs

Kevin Wiatrowski, The Tampa Tribune/WFLA-TV/, October 2010
A story about Pasco County's effort to lure high-tech job and transform the local bedroom community featured a front-page print story, a local section print story, a television package and a TBO Flash graphic detailing the county's employment base.

"Hearts are broken" in toddler's death

Kevin Wiatrowski, The Tampa Tribune/, October 2010
A day-long search for a missing 2-year-old demanded frequent updates online throughout the day, including still photos I shot and uploaded to I also did a live on-air talkback with the weekend anchor after the sheriff's press conference. Finally, I wrote a story for the next day's print edition built around a second-day lead.

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."

Journey of a Lifetime

Craig Gima, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, October 2010
Print story and video produced on a trip to Cambodia in 2006. I worked with a local television station and we ran the television stories and print stories together and cross promoted it. Click on the links to see the video and other stories.

UH professor helps boost Vietnam's clinics

Craig Gima, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, October 2010
A look at an innovative program that uses principles of business franchising -- similar to McDonald's and KFC -- to deliver health care services in government clinics in Vietnam. Includes video.

UH's MBA program succeeds in Vietnam

Craig Gima, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, October 2010
A look at the University of Hawaii's executive MBA program in Vietnam that includes a video story.

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

Remote control car racing takes off!

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, September 2010
On any given Saturday during the summer, some grown men go out for a round of golf, some just like to race remote control cars. At a dirt track in Metro Detroit these guys race the kind of cars you can't find at Radio Shack or Toys R Us for $50. They are basically scaled down versions of race cars that can go as fast as 60 mph & cost up to $2,000. They all do it not just to feel young again but for the fun, competition and the camaraderie of it all. ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Professional arm wrestling

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, September 2010
The Hit Squad is a group of 11 men from Metro Detroit who train & compete for national championships in arm wrestling. Having muscle is a huge help but so is technique, attitude, focus & desire. ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Video poem; The 1st Day of Kindergarten,

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, September 2010
Milestones for many parents? Their baby's 1st steps & learning to talk but nothing makes them as nervous & emotional as watching their kids head off to kindergarten. A really nice poem written by a kindergarten teacher called "The First Day" puts it all in perspective. ERIC SEALS/Detroit Free Press

Cloquet River Water Trail Interactive Map

Gustave Axelson, Minnesota Conservation magazine, September 2010
This Flash interactive map embedded with video clips accompanied a print magazine story about a canoe trip down the Cloquet River.

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.

Los Angelena on a Metro transit tour

Corey Takahashi, independent journalist and producer, September 2010
Southern California native Jacki Ueng embarks on her first tour of L.A.'s mass transit system. As the city expands its train routes, it's a trip more car-loving Angelenos are starting to take. Follow Jacki's journey on the Metro Red Line, from Hollywood and Highland to Olvera Street and Thai Town. / Story, photography and production by Corey Takahashi

Family Struggles with Loss

Penelope Carrington, Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 2010
Penelope Carrington, Knight multimedia workshop alumna and a multimedia reporter for the The Richmond Times-Dispatch shares a video on how one family struggles with loss.

Local Coach's in Video

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, August 2010
Fellow Eric Seals, photographer and multimedia producer for the Detroit Free Press produced this fantastic video on local coach Courtney Hawkins of Flint (MI) Beecher High School.

P.I. Reed School of Journalism

John Temple, P.I. Reed School of Journalism, August 2010
Fellow John Temple, who is associate dean of P.I. Reed School of Journalism implemented a program whereby students of the school will produce multimedia projects for local papers, and in turn teach the staffers at those newspapers on how they did it. Congratulations John on spearheading this program.

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.

KDMC Fellows Win a National Emmy

Shilanda Woolridge, Detroit Free Press, August 2010
Kathleen Galligan (June 08) and Regina Boone (Jan 08) were part of the Detroit Free Press team that won an Emmy for their multimedia package on Christ Child House, a foster home for boys in Detroit.

High Schoolers Explore Race In Response to the Obama Presidency

Sarah Hoye, Tampa Tribune, August 2010
Sarah Hoye (Jan 09) followed a diverse group of students from the election to the end of the 2009 school year, and produced a thought provoking multimedia piece regarding race in the age of Obama . Hoye is a multimedia journalist for the Tampa Tribune.

Turkey Farm in Metro Detroit

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, August 2010
KDMC workshop fellow Eric Seals created an excellent video essay about a Turkey Farm in Metro Detroit.

Out of Retirement to Save Business

Laurence Kesterson, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2010
Larry Kesterson (July '09) uses video to follow the story of a charismatic 80 year old CEO who has returned from retirement to bring his family chain of department stores back from bankruptcy. Kesterson is a photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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.

A Look at the new iPad

Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2010
Ryan Kim (Jan '10) shared his first impressions of Apple's iPad notebook computer with a narrated video tour of the device.

48 Hours at the Times Union Center

Christen Gowan,, August 2010
Christen Gowan (July '09) produced a whimiscal video piece that reveals the many faces, and floors, of Albany, New York's Times Union Center. See how the center can host basketball, hockey and bull riding in one weekend.

Art as Public Work

gburkins, Qcitymetro, August 2010
Fresh from the January '10 workshop, Glenn Burkins produced his first multimedia package about an art competition for public works employees in Charlotte and Mecklenburg City, North Carolina.

Sandwiches Made with Love. YEAH BABY!

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, August 2010
Ernie Hassan has made 1 1/2 pound made-to-order sandwiches at his market in Metro Detroit for the past 50 years. Many come for the sandwiches you have to unhinge your jaws to eat, but most return because Hassan treats his customers like family. Eric Seals (May '08) produced the video of Ernie's Market for the Detroit Free Press.

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.

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.

Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Prepares for Iraq

Vanessa Deggins, American Press, August 2010
Vanessa Deggins (Jan '09) and collegue Elona Weston documented the 256th infantry while they prepared for a year long tour of duty in Iraq. The soldiers performed exercises at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. Deggins shot and edited a video of the convoy security training exercise. Deggins is a multimedia reporter for American Press in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

UC Davis project puts conventional and organic gardening in a one-hundred-year bout.

Stephanie Ogburn, Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, August 2010
Stephanie Ogburn (Jan '10) produced some videos for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis . The first is about an experiment to see whether tomatoes grow better with conventional or organic growing techniques. In the other a Stanford professor talks about the pros and cons of agricultural nitrogen fertilizer.

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.

The Grand Hotel Spruces Up for another Season

Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press, August 2010
The majestic Grand Hotel has received guests since 1887. Located on Mackinac island off the northern tip of Michigan, the hotel is a popular summer retreat for vacationers. The hotel is open only six months out of the year, so a lot of work goes into getting it ready. Eric Seales (May 08), a multimedia journalist for the Detroit Free Press, spent two days shooting to create a video profile on the hotel and the family that has run it for three generations.

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.

Cloquet River Flash Map

Gustave Axelson, Minnesota Conservation Magazine, August 2010
Gustave Axelson (Jan '10) produced a package about his canoe trip on the Cloquet River with an interactive Flash map. Axelson supported colleagues to create a package on trout angling with a video/photo slideshow, and a feature on Eco Yards with a Flash illustration.

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).

These are the People in the Neighborhood

Sherri Williams, Columbus Dispatch, August 2010
Sherri Williams (June 08) and colleagues at the Columbus Dispatch are producing a long-term project on the neighborhoods in Franklin County. Some of the profiles have multimedia content.

Deaf, but not silent: Priest abuse victim speaks out

Sarah Hoye, CNN, August 2010
Sarah Hoye (Jan '09) produced a multimedia package for CNN about Arthur Budzinski, who was molested by a priest while he was a Catholic school student. Budzinski has spoken out for 37 years and plans to keep fighting.

Addict Fed Up, Pleads Up to Receive Drug Treatment

Djamila Grossman, Standard-Examiner, August 2010
Damon Conrow, a young Heroin addict, made the drastic decision to plead to a higher criminal charge in order to enter the Central Utah Correctional Facility's substance abuse treatment program. Djmila used a variety of techniques to amplify for viewers Conrow's revulsion and despair at his conditi

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