The last few months have been very busy. Filled with projects from all directions. I finished off 2018 with a project with one of my favorite writers, Bailey Loosemore on food insecurity in Louisville. Food deserts are food insecurity are a hard thing to visualize, so I was happy to be able to work closely with Bailey and create diptychs that helped better illustrate who was affected across our city.
I started 2019 with a trip to Eastern Kentucky working on a story about Kentucky’s Hep A outbreak. The landscape of the area really struck me. One both of these stories I was able to work with members of our talented photo team here at the CJ, Matt Stone and Michael Clevenger respectively.
Then, I was happy to hear from the wonderful Sammy Jo Hester for a freelance assignment focused on Jo Adell, who was very sweet and great to work with.
Lastly, a project I worked on with Maggie Menderski on girls in the Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services who use poetry as an outlet just published. Tasha Golden works with groups of girls to help provide a platform to raise their voices. These girls write beautiful poetry and it was an honor to sit with them and create.
Lots of new work. Lots of collaboration. Not a lot of sleep.
It’s been awhile. So, months 3-5 at the CJ are in the bag. They were filled with three large projects (one publishing dec 12), dailies, breaking news and large news events. From Detroit to Jeffersontown, these few months have been packed with so much news. The heartbreaking shooting at the Kroger here in Kentucky rattled our little area, especially when the shooting in Pittsburgh happened just days later.
Also during this time, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our newspaper. I worked on many videos for the party as well as for articles on our site. Being able to sit down with some of my coworkers and talk to them about their time at the CJ and their incredible experiences over decades left me even more proud and honored to work here.
Oh man. It’s been a quick and long two months so far in Louisville.
It’s been awhile since I’ve used this part of my website, but I thought it’d be
a great way to keep track of time and chronicle my time at the Courier-Journal.
It’s insane to me that three months ago I was “freelancing,”
mostly working at a restaurant, over 1,500 miles away, yearning to do the work
I love but not being able to take time off from waitressing to work on
projects. Now, though my days are long, and I might be a bit stressed and
tired, my days are filled with wonderful projects and exciting new endeavors.
I’m incredibly grateful to have already been able to work on so
many important stories and enterprise projects in this short amount of time.
June was filled with research and the start of many projects to
come. I met the world’s sweetest family and am excited to work with them in the
years to come.
July was non-stop. It’s safe to say I’ve thrown myself
head-first into this new role and the news machine was happy to keep all of our
plates full over the month. It started with some fun videos at Forecastle, our
big local music festival, including an intimate set with Houndmouth’s Matt Myers which was quickly followed by a large breaking news
project in Branson, Missouri after a tragedy leading to the death of 17 people.
Working for a paper that’s a part of a larger network allows us a lot more
support and resources. Thanks to Gannett and the USA Today Network, Morgan Watkins
and I were able to go help out the Springfield News-Leader. Their smaller staff
needed some support and relief after working long hours covering such a large
The heartbreak in the Branson community was evident from the moment we crossed the border into the city. I’m incredibly proud of the hard
work of the Springfield staff and the devotion they had to this story.
From there, I jumped back into the daily swing in Louisville,
driving all over the area working on projects (to come).
Above you can see photos and videos from my first two months (and
below, a small section of personal iPhone images). So much time and heart has
gone into each.
Thank you for stopping by for a bit and sticking through my
ramblings. Hopefully I can make this a regular posting again.