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A little self-promotion

In Economy, Food, New York City, Sustainability on October 31, 2010 at 3:03 am

I recently wrote four articles as part of a World Hunger Series for the Conducive Chronicle. Several of us decided to split the month of October into four-day segments, each of us writing about different faucets of world hunger. I chose to write about hunger in New York City. Here is the first of my posts, and you can read the following posts linked at the bottom. There is still one more that should go up soon.

Today I saw the Huffington Post had cited my posts, which was a pleasant surprise. Here is their story.


New York City,, and World Hunger

In Environment, Food, Media, New York City, news, Sustainability on September 23, 2010 at 1:56 am

It’s been a long time, I know. This summer picked me up and dropped me in New York City, where I’m living and working and surviving. I started the summer as an intern with, the website for a renowned publication that recounts weekly events and opinions for on-the-go readers. Originally I was doing research for the writers, but I was quickly shuttled into the temporary position of photo and cartoon editor to make up for staff comings and goings. I published appropriate cartoons, sourced photos for the site’s stories, and finally began to understand the art of good story pitching. I’ve learned that it’s all about the headline.

They’ve hired a new photo editor to replace Brenna Cammeron, the woman I was filling in for. And now I’ve been asked to stay on more permanently in a promoted position. I am the Audience Development Manager, and I monitor web outreach, social media and blogosphere connections for I also continue to pitch stories for the site, many of which have been picked up and have generated major traffic. For example, Do daughters cause divorces?, Starbucks’ ‘sneaky’ menu switch, and Islamic imagery at Flight 93 memorial have all done quite well.

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Recent Projects and Summer Publications

In Community, Environment, Food, news, Roller Derby, Sustainability on June 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I took this photo on the day of Summer Solstice while driving back from Chicago. The storm rolled in above me and I couldn't catch up to it, but I got to observe its splendor from afar. A fabulous way to ring in the new sweltering season.

Hello again.  I’ve been busy, busy, to say the least.  HELEN magazine was released last week with the roller derby story on the cover.  It seems to have been well-received by both the community and the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls.  I will post a copy of the story online as soon as I can get a PDF uploaded.  If you’d like a hard copy of the magazine, please let me know and I’ll send one out to you, gladly.  Last night the Brawlin’ Dolls had another home bout. Read the rest of this entry »

Vegan for 14 Days: Day 2

In Economy, Environment, Food, Sustainability on June 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

This is Day 2 of my Vegan Challenge.  I was prompted to temporarily eat a vegan diet based on a UN study released last week.  The report found evidence that a global diet shift away from animal products is needed to help prevent resource depletion and alleviate world hunger.

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Book Review: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

In Community, Economy, Environment, Good Books, Sustainability on June 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The Story of Stuff explains where all our stuff comes from and how much damage it does to the Earth and our bodies.

Read the original story at the Conducive Chronicle.

Annie Leonard’s new book tells the story of our obsessive relationship with our possessions, and unless we alter that relationship, the story doesn’t end well.

The book, titled “The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, our Communities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change,” is the in-depth follow-up to The Story of Stuff video, which millions of people have viewed across the world.  The book chronicles Leonard’s discoveries over a 10 year period in which she traveled the world in search of answers about where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we’re done with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Derby: A Preview

In Community, Economy, Roller Derby on May 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I turned the roller derby story in to HELEN this morning.  Here is a short excerpt of the story:

…The gym where I’d watched the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls practice was transformed into a stadium so packed, there was standing room only.  A huge sign hung from the rafters, welcoming guests into The Brawl House. The fans were outrageous, cheering over the bumping music, waving signs, “LBD” painted on their cheeks.  The most daring spectators sat in the “suicide seats,” located at the corners of the track, where girls on skates were most likely to tumble into the crowd.  “You have to be 18 years or older to sit there and you better have good insurance,” the DJ warned the crowd.

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Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls win first home bout against the Flint City Derby Girls

In Community, Roller Derby on May 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Photo by Deb Swihart - Jen Van Jam leans into a turn, speeding away from blockers as the lead jammer. Jen was instrumental in Saturday night's victory against Flint City.

They won!  They won by 18 points!  The bout was the most fun I’ve had in a really long time.

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Defunding Attacks Inspire Increased Donations to Indiana Planned Parenthood

In Community, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on May 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Protesters and supporters alike hold signs at a Planned Parenthood rally. The organization has been under the microscope over the last two years after being accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children.

Read the original story at the Conducive Chronicle.

It’s been nearly two years since Planned Parenthood of Indiana entered a storm of heated controversy and economic hardship that hasn’t quite settled.

The organization was accused of harboring sexual predators in 2008 after undercover videos surfaced showing clinicians allegedly ignoring instances of statutory rape. Less than a year after the videos, the organization lost more than $1 million in federal funding.

“It was like this perfect storm,” says Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “Fortunately I tend to become more calm in the eye of the storm.”

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Woman in Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Responds to My Inquiry

In Economy, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on May 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, a youth organization dedicated to ending abortion. Her undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics have caused controversy across the nation.

I sent an email to Lila Rose, president of the pro-life organization Live Action requesting an interview.  Rose has produced several incriminating undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.  She is responsible for the videos that surfaced in 2008 from the Bloomington and the Indianapolis clinics.  Rose’s staff responded to my request but have not set a time yet.  They did, however, refer me to several news articles (here, here, and here).  My Planned Parenthood story is FINISHED, and I will have it posted early next week whether or not I can get an interview with Rose.  I think the story needs her input, and I will wait until Monday to see if we have anything scheduled.

Stay tuned.

Updates on Planned Parenthood, Indiana Schools, and Roller Derby

In Community, economic meltdown, Economy, media scandal, planned parenthood, Roller Derby, Schools on May 12, 2010 at 2:08 am

Hello all,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ve been continuing my research on both the Indiana public schools and Planned Parenthood of Indiana.  I’ve also been attending regular practices with the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls (our local roller derby team) for the upcoming cover story in HELEN magazine.

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