I’m a London-based journalist and Community Manager for the Financial Times. I believe in participatory journalism and the promise of reader comments.

Work

selected work

 
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Fusion

Where are young Greek doctors finding work? Germany – on the current medical brain drain in Greece. (7.2015)

 
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Public Radio International

Q&A with Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris – this tattoo'd, Converse-wearing mayor has been doing it differently from the Greek establishment for years. (Press play.) (7.15)

Greek activists mobilize on social media to help migrants when the government doesn’t (8.15)

Pessimism and optimism in Greece after the latest bailout deal (Press play.) (7.15)

How the cash crisis in Greece is affecting ordinary people (Press play.) (7.15)

 
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The Guardian - Keep it in the Ground

Worked on The Guardian's campaign to encourage major charities to divest from fossil fuels. Brainstormed and executed creative ways to use the skills and stories of our 210,000 supporters to further the campaign, which won the 2015 British Journalism Award.

Open interactive: Meet #keepitintheground supporters – an interactive map to share the most compelling stories of our supporters, in order to humanize and connect them and emphasize the global reach of the campaign. (5.15)

 
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#GroundUp: For one week, the campaign dedicated its coverage to stories of young people inheriting the worst impacts of climate change. I was the editorial point person for this project. Among my clips:

Guardian US

Stormproofing the City series: Important events like Hurricane Sandy remind us how much we depend on the complex systems that govern our lives. But these systems are often opaque and hidden, visible only when they fail. Working with the Guardian and advised by my NYU graduate course, I worked to expose and explain a system – the one protecting NYC against future storms – through a series of six interviews with people making it run. (10.14)

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Meet the people behind your Thanksgiving traditions: I interviewed and photographed seven of the people who bring us Thanksgiving - including turkey farmers, a train conductor, and the designer of the Macy's Day Parade. (11.14)

Callout: Scots from around the world (Malawi, Catalonia, Texas) reflect on watching the independence referendum from afar. (9.14)

Visualizing a future: I asked four top architects to sketch and describe their vision for Obama's presidential library, based on his legacy. (8/14)

Unpack an issue: Maureen Dowd had an awful, and common, existential pot brownie experience. I asked a Cannabis testing lab why potency is unreliable, and what reliable will look like in a regulated world. (6.14)

Community building: A short, very successful series of open threads for the bored deskbound worker on a hot summer day – looking to provide relief from a difficult news cycle. (8.14)

Giving context for news: In their own words, 12 candidates for the HIV prevention pill Truvada describe their decision to accept or reject a prescription. (8.14)

Guardian US - culture reporting

Pre-Emmys Battle for the best TV show: I pitched, designed and ran this week-long interactive user feature, with no development resources, to run alongside the Guardian's Emmys coverage. It was the Guardian's first experiment with brackets, and was incredibly successful: 50% of viewers voted. 20% of them signed up for email reminders future rounds. 56% of those people came back to vote again. (8.14)

 
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Designing Gotham: the production designer for the popular Fox TV show breaks down exactly how he created the look and feel of Batman's home. (10.14)

Listen to This: This series features podcast recommendations from me & from readers, each of which included a short interview with the host. (Summer '14)

Interview with Dan Savage: Savage's interview for Listen to This veered off topic & into gender politics, which we made its own post. Fascinating conversations ensued in the comments. (7.14)

Interview with New Yorker music critic: Sasha Frere-Jones ran me through some of his popular picks in his #perfectrecordings. (9/14)

Find all of my clips for the Guardian here.

New York Magazine's Bedford + Bowery

You Know These New Yorkers, But Can You Guess Who They’re Voting For? (11/13)

Here’s Our Mondo Map of How, Why (and Whether!) 300 Of Your Neighbors Are Voting for Mayor [Interactive Map] (11/13)

Inc. Magazine

Guide: How to Hire a Social Media Specialist (8.10)

Guide: How to Start a College Entrepreneurship Club (7.10)

30 Under 30 profile: Ashleigh Hansberger, Founder of Motto Agency (7.10)

Others here.

Parallel Major

Amidst this mess are faces (12.2009)

The Connecticut College Voice

Opinion: Sharing a Hill: Lunch at the Coast Guard Academy lends perspective (11.10)

News: The Revelation of St. John ’09: Student Commencement Speech Found to be Largely Plagiarized (4.10) - winner of 2010 Society of Professional Journalists' award in Investigative Reporting

Feature: Bringing Elizabeth Durante to Light (3.09)

Final Editorial: Thoughts on the Real World, From the Real World (4.11)

Profile: The Isms and Outs of Blanche Boyd: a student’s reflection on Conn’s Writer-in-Residence (4.10)

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Others:

Editorial: A Plea for Digital Relevance (4.2011)

Chart: Where the Money Goes: Financial breakdown of Connecticut College operations from 2010 (12.2010)

Editorial: On Going Half the Way (12.10)

Editorial: On Defining the Issues (12.10)

Editorial: On Both Sides of the Desk (11.10)

Editorial: On Club Collaboration (10.10)

Editorial: On Calming Common Areas (9.10)

Editorial: On Self-Reliance (5.10)

Opinion: Love Laz’ and Embrace the ’Bee: A Case for Modernist Architecture on Campus (3.10)

Feature: ExtraOrdinary: How College Marketing Shapes Students' Collective Identity (2.10)

Opinion: Less Facebook, More Face Time (2.10)

Opinion: The Campus in the Mirror (10.09)

Opinion: SW6385: Dover White (9.09)

Feature: Freshman Persistence: why students transfer, why they stay (5.09)

A&E Review: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Takes Care of Us (2.09)

Opinion: You Can Be That Guy Sometimes (3.09)

Opinion: Oh, Cokie (9.08)

Opinion: Wrestling Conn Apathy: to what extent are we responsible? (4.08)

CC Magazine, Connecticut College

Feature: The "Accidental Historian": Photography professor shares unique perspective of downtown New London (6.09)

Feature: Student Studies "Rat Recess" (5.09) 

The Brookline High School Sagamore

News: Discomfort Grows at Brookline High (3.07)