Professional work examples

– I have a greater appreciation for freelance writers after knocking off this economic development piece for Yuba-Sutter Community Magazine.

– One of my recent journalism pleasures was a regular “guest spot” on “Insight,” the Capital Public Radio program broadcast from Sacramento. The A-D shot video of recent chat with show host Beth Ruyak:
Commentary on “Insight,” the Capital Public Radio program

– What happens when a newspaper editor embraces social media? He convinces colleagues to star in a video promoting the initiative (as well as writes the song lyrics to a classic Dylan tune and sings to a karaoke backing track):  Social Media Immersion video

– Once upon a time, newsrooms were flush with reporters who could offer readers with extensive print Q&As with political candidates. With today’s emphasis on providing digital opportunities to a wired world, the newspaper invited Sutter and Yuba County supervisor candidates to sit down with me for videotaped 1:1 sessions. Fifteen interviews were conducted in a little more than two weeks. (Kudos to Larry Badger for his technology expertise).
Some candidates were comfortable under the hot A-DTV studio lights, while others – including a few surprises – shrank a bit. Yours truly appears to be hunching over the table – poor ergonomics indeed.  
Interview with incumbent Yuba County supervisor Mary Jane Griego

– Here is link to my 2011 editorial which was awarded first place for editorial comment by the California Newspapers Publishers Association: Editorial

–  Back in the summer of 2010, the Appeal-Democrat teamed up with the local baseball team, the Marysville Gold Sox, for a series of weekly promotional videos, labeled “Off the Wall,” for ballpark activities. In addition, the videos generated sponsorship revenue from a local auto dealer.
The newspaper’s publisher and the team’s owner had fun goofing around in the themed videos – with scripts written by yours truly. I’d spend time on the weekend knocking out the material, then provide outlines to my co-director and the stars. The spots were usually shot on Tuesdays, and the videos posted to the web by Thursday, in time for the weekend games starting that evening.
Yes, this was a “nontraditional” use of my time – but it was fun.
Check out one of the videos here.

– Hot. Sweaty. Determined. That was the blend of feelings going on when I worked with the A-D photo editor to produce this 2011 video about a neighborhood National Night Out event. The newsroom was short-staffed but I really wanted to post fresh video to the newspaper’s site, so out we went. Am I a natural? Obviously not. But mission accomplished.

Yes, my penmanship leaves much to be desired, but here’s how I kept track of goals and achievements at the Appeal-Democrat. The board was the first thing I saw in my office each morning. Note the “relentless positivity” quote.

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