What am I best at?
I communicate compelling ideas through video, photography, graphic design, and social media (often all of the above). I also devote a lot of my energy to helping others develop these skills, especially through my role directing the communications team of UNC's hub for social justice.
What would we talk about over a coffee?
Topics and conversations I am always excited to explore include the solutions journalism movement; accessibility and innovation in emerging media; narrative agency and impact strategy in documentary film; intersections between media and social change; innovative visual products in news media; the human psychology of issue re-framing, ontology, and epistemology; constructive relationships between humans and the environment; Latin American politics and social movements; community development initiatives at the local and international level; the ethics of filmmaking and photojournalism; and business as a driver of ethical and sustainable systems (for instance, the B-Corp movement). Here's some more food for thought.
Most of these photos don't look like North Carolina...?
Many of my projects are based in Latin America: my second field of study outside of journalism. As a Global Gap Year Fellow, I worked as a communications intern for community development NGOs in Central and South America from 2014 to 2015. In 2017 I broadened my regional understanding to Mexico, where I partnered with an organization promoting economic development in communities heavily affected by migration; studied political science and graphic design; and initiated a documentary project about the border wall. My experiences throughout Latin America have inspired my interests in the ethics of global engagement and in video as a powerful tool for connection, documentation, and collaboration.
Right now I'm wrapping up two short-from documentaries-- one on a criminal justice ballot initiative in New Orleans, and one on hurricane Florence's impact on NC livestock producers-- for a project with Morehead Planetarium called "Tales from the American South." Earlier this year I was in Brooklyn interning here, and also continuing a multimedia documentary project about the U.S./Mexico border. I recently covered post-hurricane environmental recovery in Puerto Rico with a team from the UNC School of Media and Journalism (Aftermath), edited a collaborative documentary about confederate statues on university campuses, and taught visual storytelling to students in an environmental science class dedicated to documenting the 2018 Clean Tech Summit.