A FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM: THE ROLE OF ARTS & CULTURE IN PHILADELPHIA’S MANTUA, POWELTON VILLAGE AND WEST POWELTON NEIGHBORHOODS

Category: Research

Dates: June 2013 - August 2013

Summary: As a member of the core research team for a project led by three professors at the Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, I executed research activities to help assess the role of arts and culture in shaping West Philadelphia. Highlights include conducting fieldwork, scoping the neighborhoods. I supported my fieldwork with software such as CultureBlocks and PolicyMaps, and conducted additional demographic analysis with Excel. I also helped in constructing the surveys for West Philadelphia residents, and interviewed 74 West Philadelphia residents on their thoughts on arts and culture opportunities in the area. I interpreted the results of the surveys I conducted, starting to codify the results. 

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betweetness labs

Category: Research

Dates: January 2015 - August 2015

Summary: I conducted social media data analysis and visualization for clients that use the Boston University College of Communication's data lab using TCAT, Excel, Stata, and Gephi. By generating actionable insights from data, I helped media client NECIR optimize breaking news stories and grow 1,000+ social media followers by identifying key topic influencers and online networks. Besides scoping and executing client projects, I also edited a manuscript published in the International Journal of Communication, "Anti-Austerity in the Euro Crisis" and presented at technology conference OSCON.

View my data modeling HERE. Download the dataset HERE.

View the description for my OSCON presentation HERE.


JOURNALISM

Category: Writing

Writing sample 1: Politics as (Un)Usual: Boston Bernie Supporters Speak Out (The Huffington Post, 2016)

Excerpt:  A political outsider, Sanders’ success is indicative of a brewing rebellion against the political establishment. Brian Garvey, a volunteer for the Sanders campaign, said that Sanders’ status as a political outsider can bring positive change to the White House. “I think the money and influence is the biggest issue that’s holding back our government right now,” Garvey said. 

* This story was co-written with a friend. I conducted and transcribed all interviews, shot the photo, and edited the final version. My friend contributed the background research for the story.

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Writing sample 2: Group solidarity outruns psychological trauma, experts say (The Daily Free Press, 2015)

Excerpt: Two years ago, Paolo Mauricio, a senior in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, ran past Coolidge Corner, less than three miles from the finish line of the Boston Marathon where his family was waiting. However, when he reached Kenmore Square, he said he knew something was wrong. The mood shifted from celebratory and lighthearted to panicked and tense.

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Writing sample 3: Troubled Waters: Fishing in Gulf of Maine Sheds Light on Urgency in Protecting Oceans (The Huffington Post, 2016)

Excerpt: The fishing industrys economic impact is wide-reaching, affecting coastal communities, seafood wholesalers, processors and retailers. A sizable market,estimates from a 2016 IBISWorld report state that the U.S. fishing industry is worth $6 billion. Despite these robust numbers, the fishing industry faces challenges. In the U.S., 17 percent of fisheries are classified as overfished in 2014, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In some areas of the U.S., the fishing industry was once booming, but is now struggling to stay afloat.

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Writing sample 4: Healthcare Hunger Games (Klio Health, 2014)

Excerpt: Google FitApple’s HealthKit and WebMD’s Healthy Target enter the digital health realm with one strikingly similar idea: providing a centralized place for users to track health metrics and aggregating that data.

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