A selected sample of writing and editing projects is listed below. Additional samples or references are available upon request.
Technical Writing and Materials Development
- Drafted marketing language and collateral for a growing information security company.
Marketing Collateral and Website Copy
- Created an eBook, website copy, and video script for a digital marketing client.
- Copy edited an educational deliverable on behalf of a nonprofit client for an international financial institution. The project was complex – it consisted of 50,000 words and 450 slides – and was completed in one week.
Industry Publications and Papers
Provided writing, editing, and content promotion services for a whitepaper supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative with principal authors from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Elevate Energy. Work included research and ideation with stakeholders from the real estate, appraisal, and energy efficiency industries to inform the findings and recommendations in the paper. Capturing the Sun: A Roadmap for Navigating Data-Access Challenges and Auto-Populating Solar Home Sales Listings
Writing/ICT4D Case Studies (MobileActive)
I reported on mobile technology for MobileActive.org, interviewing program managers of ICT4D initiatives in developing countries to share case studies with industry stakeholders.
- Mobiles for Women. Part 1: The Good. Mobile phone ownership empowers women in myriad ways: economic gains, increased access to information, greater autonomy and social empowerment, and a greater sense of security and safety.
- Mobiles for Women. Part 2: The Darker Side. Targeting women with mobile phones can cause changes in gender dynamics and family expenditures and may relate to increases in domestic violence, invasion of privacy, or control by a male partner.
- Voices of Youth. UNICEF in Nepal launched the Voices of Youth project to maximize participation of young people and reflect their voices on issues that affect their lives.
- Mobile Audio Recording in the Field (And How to Get a Clear Sound from the Streets). Recording tips to help capture quality audio to ensure a clear sound, even when you report on the ground and outside of a professional recording studio.
- Press 1 For Chickens. How two farm radio stations in Africa adapted Freedom Fone to help reach and engage listeners in the region.
- From Bollywood to BBC, Bubbly is a Voice in the Audio Blogging World. Bubbly works by call and record, and thus can be adapted in areas with high mobile penetration and low Internet access.
- Small Screen, Big Picture: Jasmine News and SMS Delivery in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, Jasmine News sends between 60 and 90 SMS news updates per month to subscribers on general topics such as politics, law, current events, business, sports, and entertainment.
- If You Build It, They Will Come: SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan. SeenReport is a citizen journalism service through which mobile users can submit photos, videos, and text accounts of news as it is happening via SMS, MMS, or e-mail.
- Drop by Dop Gets the Pump: KickStart’s Mobile Layaway Service for Small-Scale Farmers. The KickStart mobile layaway service provides a safe, secure, and convenient savings mechanism for small-scale farmers to put away money for an irrigation pump.
- SMS SOS: Reporting Gender-Based Violence in Haiti. In Haiti, Ayiti SMS SOS supports displaced persons to protect women and encourage people to report incidences of violence.
- From Citizen Reporting to Media Conversation: How an Afghan News Agency Retools Mobile Tech. In Afghanistan, a documentary media company and independent news agency have teamed up to integrate mobile phones and SMS into news reports.
- Can You Find Me Now? Refugees United Goes Mobile to Help Reunite Refugees. Refugees United completed pilot program in Uganda that allows refugees to register via mobile phone for a service that helps them connect with missing family members.
- Harnessing Off-Grid Power from Mobile Networks. An initiative supports and encourages mobile network operators to provide excess power to local, off-grid communities.
- Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile. In Afghanistan, RFE/RL and Radio Azadi use an interactive SMS service that enables listeners to participate in the program via mobile phone.
- How to Work With Operators, Part One. While projects vary in scope, objectives, and platform, one consistency is a good working relationship with mobile network operators.
- Top Ten Tips for Working With Operators (Part Two). Tips for approaching, building, and sustaining a solid business relationship with a mobile provider.
- Mapping Snow via Mobile Phone. How an innovative radio station in New York City used mobile phones to cover a 2010 snowstorm and snow removal.
- Konbit: Using Mobile Tech (And Your Voice) for Local Jobs in Haiti. Konbit is a service that helps communities rebuild themselves after a crisis by indexing the skill sets of local residents.
- SMSall: The Largest Group SMS Mailing List in Pakistan. SMSall is a service in Pakistan that enables mailing-list style interaction over SMS, serving over 2.1 million people.
- 8000 Observers Report on Nigerian Elections via Text Message.
- Animation Without Borders: Mobile Cartoons as a Teaching Tool. A team of scientists, animators, and educators are working together to create educational videos.
- Mobile Tech in Community Radio: Still Ad-Hoc and One-Off. How do community radio stations use mobile tech?
- Your Georgian Parliament is Texting You. Transparency International Georgia is working to make information about Parliament available to more people via SMS messaging.
- First Time Here? This Will Help You Find Your Way! An instructional screencast.
- SharedSolar: Mobiles and Micro-Grids for More Efficient Energy. The poorest people pay the most for the lowest quality energy.
- Covering Protest and Revolution: Lessons from Al Jazeera’s Mobile and Citizen Media
- In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard. Speak Up! aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene.
- Bribespot: Reporting Corruption Via Mobile App and Mobile Map. A new Android app allows people to submit reports of corruption and bribes.
- The March of the Little Green Guy: $80 Android Phones in the Developing World. Chinese company Huawei launched an $80 Android phone, and, according to sources, the phone has sold over 350,000 units in Kenya.
- DemandDignity: Amplifying Voices across Multiple Platforms. The campaign gives a voice to people who are living in poverty or who have had their human rights violated.
- Txteagle in Flight: Mobile Data Collection for Disaster Preparedness
- Mobile del Mar: How Mobile App Fisher Friend Helps Fishers in India. An ongoing project in coastal India is working to improve the livelihoods of many “fisher folk.”
- From Somalia to the UK, 24-Hour News Coverage via Mobile. A new service makes it easier for Somalians in the United Kingdom to listen to coverage of the drought and other audio news.
- Cheaper and Easier Remittances in the Americas. Boom Mobile Banking. Boom taps into a market of remittances being sent from the U.S. to Mexico, Haiti, and Guatemala.
- Jefferson Farm and Gardens holds final open house
- Humane Society makes financial inroads but remains short on funds
- Boone Electric workers assist in Gustav cleanup
- Volunteer efforts pay off for aquatic restoration project
- Humane Society considers enforcing mandatory fees
- Human Society continues to keep doors open
At the Wisconsin State Journal, I covered the city desk, breaking news, and wrote several features including front page and local centerpiece. My clips are hosted here and selected stories are below.
- Reaching out to the world. The stories of six Madisonians who work for global causes.
- A different kind of rowing class.
- Teen pilot plans air adventure. A Verona resident will move from online simulator games to a real flight from California and back.
- Lions Club members statewide transport sensitive eye tissue in a blink. A kind of modern-day Pony Express runs throughout Wisconsin.
I produced Global Journalist, a source for international news about under-covered regions of the world and global human rights issues. Global Journalist is associated with the International Press Institute and broadcast on an NPR affiliate in Columbia.
Mobile Tool Reviews for Citizen Journalism
I launched and managed the Mobile Media Toolkit, a four-language web resource funded by the Knight Foundation, which provides guidance on tools, resources, and case studies of how mobiles can contribute to better journalism and open the door for more to participate in the story-telling process, around the world. Selected content is below.
- Closing the Gap in Indigenous Australia with Mobile Journalism. NT Mojos, a project in Australia’s Northern Territory, empowers indigenous people.
- Activist Media from the Front Lines: Mobile, Strategic, and Much More than Just Being in the Right Place at the Right Time. In Syria, activists and citizen journalists fill a media void and strategically inform the global conversation.
- Bad Services: Holding Officials Accountable with SMS, Radio, and TRAC FM. TRAC FM provides citizens in Uganda with a platform to monitor, scrutinize, and discuss public service issues.
- Umuntu Media: A Local Focus Across the African Continent. The online and mobile portals provide local content for news, services, and entertainment.
- Beyond the Demographic: How Sourcing Through Texting Connects Journalists and Citizens in Detroit. “Sourcing through Texting” allows people to communicate with journalists by sending tips or information via text message in response to story topics or specific questions.
- From Bollywood to BBC, Bubbly is a Voice in the Audio Blogging World. Bubbly works by call and record, and can be adapted in areas with high mobile penetration and low Internet access.
- If You Build It, They Will Come. SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan. SeenReport is a citizen journalism service through which mobile users can submit photos, videos, and text accounts of news as it is happening via SMS, MMS, or e-mail.
- Lessons on Teaching Mobile Reporting from the Voices of Africa Media Foundation. The key is coaching after training and ensuring greater sustainability by showing reporters how to make an income from the skills they have learned.
- Safer Photos: How to Remove Location Information from your Mobile Content (A screencast!)
- Mobile Mahaal: Making Radio More Interactive in Afghanistan. With Mahaal, users call in to a local short code, hang up, then receive a call back and can navigate and listen to news stories.
- Press One for Chickens. How Farm Radio Stations Use Integrated Voice Response. IVR allows a user to call, enter or say specific numbers, and listen to or contribute audio content.
- Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile. In Afghanistan, RFE/RL and Radio Azadi uses an interactive SMS service that allows listeners to access and participate in the program via mobile.
- Small Screen, Big Picture. Jasmine News and SMS News Delivery in Sri Lanka. The service sends 60 to 90 messages a month to 170,000 subscribers, who pay Rs.30 per month ($0.30) for the service.
- Somalia Speaks: Sharing Stories from the Horn of Africa. Somalia Speaks helps amplify stories from the ground by sending 5,000 SMS messages to citizens in the region.
- From Somalia to the UK: 24-Hour Audio News Coverage Via Mobile
- How to Use Bambuser to Live Stream Your News Content. Michelle Li explains how her newsroom uses Bambuser to live-stream footage and engage with viewers.
- Making the Case for Mobile. A champion for mobile journalism, Glen Mulcahy attests to a business case and helps reporters and newsrooms use mobile tech for better journalism.