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LINKS TO PUBLISHED SAMPLES

(News) Cop Justified In Shooting Motorist. Coroner’s inquest provides details into pursuit and shooting. Exclusive story I covered for TV market through convergence agreements. This also led to successful Sunshine Law lawsuit filed by the newspaper concerning dash-cam video. The Sullivan Journal received the video as a result of a lawsuit. http://tinyurl.com/letkwkk

(News Analysis/Feature) A Policy Of Pursuit. In the wake of a fatal police chase, a look at how area law enforcement agencies handle high-speed pursuits. http://tinyurl.com/kse5vsu

(Travel/History Feature) Life Along the Saigon River. Nearly 40 years after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, the Saigon River and its inhabitants move on. http://tinyurl.com/njg3x3s

(News/Legal Reporting) Jury Awards $2.85 m In Jail Hanging Case. Local police officers held liable for inmate death. Exclusive story and coverage of federal court case. http://tinyurl.com/b7fhquy

(Community Journalism Feature) Landmark Station Comes To An End. After 50 years serving local motorists, an old Phillips 66 bites the economic dust. Combined old photos and interviews in a historic look at a popular midtown service station. (Importance: community history, enterprise reporting, archival research, use of timelines, interviewing the elderly) http:/tinyurl.com/5sn7hkt

(Travel/Photojournalism) Trekking China: Beyond Great Walls and Borders. Dandong, China is a great destination for anyone seeking the China experience without the noise. It’s also an excellent location to find solace along the Great Wall and Yalu River. With photos, video link, and references. http://tinyurl.com/bkebjq8

(Biz Feature) Clark Street Cafe & Bakery. New business comes to downtown, w/photos. http://tinyurl.com/ms84p7e

(Investigative) Feds Deny OTC Status To Zephrex-D. The Drug Enforcement Agency denies an OTC drug special exemption to OTC rules, putting into question municipal laws passed on its behalf. http://tinyurl.com/n2jhqfz

(Investigative) Are We Losing The War On Meth? In-depth, two-part series exploring the relationship between meth production and prescription-only laws for OTC pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Claritin-D, etc.). Local governments are passing laws, despite constituent desire, and are seeing little, if any, impact on meth production. http://tinyurl.com/ajqmqeu

(Editorial) The Fallacy of Zephrex D? An editorial that questions the motives behind local ordinances restricting the sale of OTC medications commonly used in manufacturing meth. The editorial was used in the state legislature to defeat a bill.  http://tinyurl.com/b942ug3

(Religion) On A Mission: Mormon Missionaries Making Converts One Knock At A Time. The local LDS Church is doing quite well in this small east-central Missouri town, thanks mostly to pairs of white-shirt-and-tie missionaries.  http://tinyurl.com/9wh4r3h

(Editorial) Flight 370: Lost In A Sea Of Culture. Lessons in journalism and culture amid an unfolding mystery. http://tinyurl.com/ot8a8ve

(Local News) Ammo Shortage Hits Shooters, Retailers. Localized version of a national story about ammo shortage. The popular gun culture in the Midwest – hunters, shooters, gun clubs and CCW instructors – search for shells after President Obama aims to curtail gun ownership. http://tinyurl.com/a25uwss

Photojournalism-based stories:

(Travel/History Feature) Life Along the Saigon River. Nearly 40 years after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, the Saigon River and its inhabitants move on. http://tinyurl.com/njg3x3s

ARCH Air Medical: A Decade Of Service: Numerous photos in print version. Very popular story. http://tinyurl.com/bo6eakz

Cuba (Mo.) Struck By Severe Storm: On the scene of a fatal summer storm. Photos/text.  http://tinyurl.com/c6uvakq

(Travel/Photojournalism) Trekking China: Beyond Great Walls and Borders. Dandong, China is a great destination for anyone seeking the China experience without the noise. It’s also an excellent location to find solace along the Great Wall and Yalu River. With photos, video link, and references. http://tinyurl.com/bkebjq8

Airport Ablaze After Tractor Sparks Fire: A severe drought led to many fires. Print/online photo pkg.  http://tinyurl.com/brffhg2

(Outdoors) Taming The River Wild. Follow-up to “Chaos On The River” story concerning problems with tourists on the waterways. http://tinyurl.com/bb4blwd

(Biz) Big Plans For Pea Ridge Mine. Two-part series that explored the possibility – and difficulty – of reopening a local lead mine. (Business reporting, localizing national issues, simplifying complex material, obtaining trust/access to private enterprises) http://tinyurl.com/6sottuz

Losing The Faith: A Church Divided. A small, rural church falls apart after its longtime pastor suddenly dies. http://tinyurl.com/amejqow

Daniel Schatz: A Community Grieves. This began as a national breaking news story involving a horrific multi-fatal school bus crash. We broke the story that one fatal was the son of a prominent politician, using local Facebook chatter to gather info. Continuously worked with the AP and St. Louis media. The big lesson came from our use of Facebook to gather information. We had the AP, CNN, and others calling us. (How to use social media for breaking news, sourcing, strategic convergence, localizing big stories)

(Investigative) City Deal Gone Bad. Two-part series about the city’s loss of $500,000. St. Louis CBS-TV affiliate picked up our story, which I contributed to during pre-production and on-air. (Exposure through convergence, ethics in reporting, investigative reporting, co-production, legal and libel considerations, government reporting) KMOV-TV4 video here.   Article at http://tinyurl.com/5vblr2e

Chaos On The River. Intense news feature focusing on the problems concerning alcohol and drug use on recreational waterways. (Reporting societal trends, data use, economic impacts, law enforcement issues, fairness in reporting/avoiding sensationalism, enterprise reporting, using social networks for feedback) http://tinyurl.com/73eltnf

Getting Past The Pain. The difficult subject of suicide from the perspective of someone who failed at an attempt. (Reporting difficult subjects, sensitivity of names/anonymity, ethics, health care, working with experts) http://tinyurl.com/76ymwjd

Day Of The Cicada. Lighthearted look at the extremely noisy arrival of the 13-year cicada. (Outdoors feature writing as news, explanatory writing, making science interesting, outdoor feature photography, using Facebook quotes in stories) http://tinyurl.com/7cc8crm

The Drive-Thru Economy. The impact of the community’s thriving fast-food industry on the local economy. Used multimedia approach, including aerial video and photos of our interstate-anchored string of restaurants. (Multimedia, socioeconomic trends, enterprise business reporting, video/multimedia packaging, aerial photography and video – video link here) Article: http://tinyurl.com/3qrn7my

Nancy Boyster: Her Kind Of Town. A day-in-the-life multimedia feature on a mentally challenged woman determined to make the community a better place to live. College intern produced and shot video – on YouTube here. (Positive profiles, day-in-the-life, interviewing the mentally challenged, multimedia, working with interns) http://tinyurl.com/7qgaxnz

Twice The Faith. One pastor serves two local churches. (Religion/faith reporting, profile pieces, enterprise reporting, photojournalism) http://tinyurl.com/6mq9sjm

Obama Visits Small-Town America. Originally reported when Barack Obama was a candidate and Sullivan Journal was just a website. The nascent community news website received a lot of attention because of the exclusive coverage in the Sullivan area. (National campaign coverage, credentialing, establishing credibility, strategic photography, exclusivity) http://tinyurl.com/86sl8k9

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