Courier Journal: The Beginning

Josh Tillman of Father John Misty performs on the Mast Stage during the first day of Forecastle in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Fans cheer as Josh Tillman of Father John Misty performs on the Mast Stage during the first day of Forecastle in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Michael Anderson, 67, sits for a portrait in his home in Louisville, Ky. on Monday, July 16, 2018. Anderson deals with a chronic pain condition and when the pain clinic he attended shuttered its doors, he was left without someone to prescribe his pain medication, leaving him to cut back on his dosage to save enough to get him through.

Hina Baloch from Islamabad, Pakistan has been in the Courier Journal newsroom for a few weeks with the US-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism.

Tia Coleman, a survivor of the Ride the Ducks duck boat accident that left 17 dead on Thursday, cries as her doctor Dr. Brian Clonts, attending physician at Cox Medical Center Branson, takes her back to her room after a press conference at the Cox Medical Center Branson on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. Coleman lost 9 family member in the tragedy.

Tia Coleman, a survivor of the Ride the Ducks duck boat accident that left 17 dead on Thursday, laughs while remembering the last good moments with her family before the accident while speaking to members of the media about her experience during a press conference at the Cox Medical Center Branson on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. Coleman lost 9 family member in the tragedy.

Robert Montgomery of Branson, left, sings Amazing Grace along with hundreds of community members gathered in the parking lot outside Ride the Ducks, lighting candles and placing flowers on the cars of two victims from the duck boat accident in Branson, Mo. on Friday, July 20, 2018. On Thursday, July 19, 2018 17 people were killed when a duck boat, an amphibious vehicle, capsized in the Table Rock Lake in Branson.

Children sign posters with messages for the victims of the duck boat crash outside Ride the Ducks in Branson, Mo. on Friday, July 20, 2018. On Thursday, July 19, 2018 17 people were killed when a duck boat, an amphibious vehicle, capsized in the Table Rock Lake in Branson.

300 community members gathered in the parking lot outside Ride the Ducks, lighting candles and placing flowers on the cars of two victims from the duck boat accident in Branson, Mo. on Friday, July 20, 2018. On Thursday, July 19, 2018 17 people were killed when a duck boat, an amphibious vehicle, capsized in the Table Rock Lake in Branson.

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
news story.

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.

As always,

Love,

Nikki

SJ and Sunnies

Red River Gorge Recordings

B-roll Breaks

Photogs in Training

The Devers

Dante the Donkey

The light in my apartment

Best Friends Visits


Deseret News: The End

Tonia Fox from San Francisco, runs towards a launching off point during a gather for women from around the United States at the Point of the Mountain to attempt a Buinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Milly Wallace’s, from Salt Lake City, parachute at the Point of the Mountain during an attempt a Guinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

CJ Brockway, from Seattle, kites her parachute during a gather for women from around the United States at the Point of the Mountain to attempt a Guinness World Record of the most women kiting consecutively in Draper on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Pleasant Grove High School against American Fork High School at American Fork on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

The Murray High School Spartans against the Olympus High School Titans at Murray High School in Murray on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The Spartans went on to win 3 to 2 in overtime.

East High School Leopards defender Alec Hammond (11) looks up towards the sky after their loss against Alta High School during the 4A championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Alta won 1-0 to take the state title.

Children play in a splash pad after the ribbon cutting for the opening of Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Kids in the remote car (RC) class race their cars after school at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The school believes that some kids are at risk of drug addiction because they don’t have anything to do after school and created after school programs to keep kids active in positive activities.

Technology instructional coach Sam Thompson, called “Mr. T” by the students, left, and eighth grader Rory Buchanan, right, race during the remote car (RC) class after school at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Park City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The school believes that some kids are at risk of drug addiction because they don’t have anything to do after school and created after school programs to keep kids active in positive activities.

Jace Hilton sits on his fathers shoulders above the feather reeds as they search for trash on the beaches of Utah Lake as a part of a Earth Day celebration in Vinyard on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Around 200 people came out to participate in the clean up.

People pick up trash on the beaches of Utah Lake as a part of a Earth Day celebration in Vinyard on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Around 200 people came out to participate in the clean up.

His Eminence, Metropolitan JosephArchbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, celebrates Pascha (Easter) at St. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church after the Holy Fire is delivered from Wyoming in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The Khmer Dance Troupe perform “Robaim Aspara” during the 2017 Sacred Music Evening hosted by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Will Roat, from Logan, bears a temporary tattoo of Senator Bernie Sanders on his forehead while he waits in line outside the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour at Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The crowd of around 3,000 listens to DNC Chair Tom Perez speak during the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour at Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Family members surround Matt Hall during his funeral at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

*During the funeral of Matt Hall at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until dying the week of April 10.

Matt Hall Jr. pays his respects to his after  during his funeral at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. “I’m sorry you were paralyzed,” Matt Hall Jr. told his father. “I’m sorry you died.” Matt Hall Sr. was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

Matt Hall lays in his casket at the Carver Mortuary in Ogden during his funeral on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until his death the week of April 10.

Matt Hall Jr. sits on the steps of the Carver Mortuary after his father Matt Hall Sr.’s funeral in Ogden on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hall was in jail for 15 months until he attempted suicide by smashing his head into a wall and jumping off a railing in March. He was paralyzed from the shoulders down until dying the week of April 10.

Nate Hall, 34, sits for a portrait in his uncle’s trailer in Ogden on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Hall lost his brother Matt when his attempt to commit suicide in the Weber County Correctional Facility left him paralyzed and later died due to complications.

Donna Norman stands for a portrait in her backyard in Orem Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The Norman’s son James C. Norman was a patient at the Utah State Hospital when he is accused of strangling his roommate, in the six years since he has been waiting in jail to stand trial.

James E. Norman stands for a portrait in his backyard in Orem Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The Norman’s son James C. Norman was a patient at the Utah State Hospital when he was accused of strangling his roommate, in the six years since he has been waiting in jail to stand trial.

The last few months have been incredibly busy but rewarding. Here’s a round up of some images shot during my last two months at the Deseret News. Ranging from paragliding ladies to a long-term project on the Utah State Hospital. I was very honored to work on a project like these during my time in Utah. The criminal justice system and its relation to mental health has always been an important topic for me and it was wonderful to work on such an important story that has started to make some true change. 

You can see the full story here.

Thank you always for looking. Up Next: my first month at the San Francisco Chronicle. 


Intermission: A brief return to college life

For a week I returned to college life on a spring break cruise to the Bahamas with four friends. I never take enough personal photos and wanted to make sure these wonderful moments remained in a place where I could reflect on them often. 

Now it is back to intern life, but I’m forever grateful for sunshine and belly laughs. 

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