CU News Corps is an investigative news project that operates within the Journalism & Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. From January 2014 to June 2016, I served as CUNC’s assistant director.
During the summer of 2015, I initiated, planned and executed the “States in Play” project, a three-month cross-country reporting roadtrip to every likely battleground state of the looming 2016 presidential election. The goal was to produce dispatches from the road and later an in-depth profile of each of these states, mapping out the 2016 campaign trail with a host of background information. For more information on States in Play, click here.
Back in the spring of 2014, I took the class for credit – and worked on two in-depth, investigative pieces scrutinizing the intersection of economics, state and national politics.
The first story looked at the likely impact of unemployment trends on the outcome of the 2014 midterm election in Colorado. The story was nominated for a 2015 SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence Award in Online In-Depth Reporting and placed as the runner-up.
The Denver Post picked the story up and published it in its Sunday edition on March 30, 2014, as the opener of the “Perspectives” section.
The second story was a four-part multimedia series, “House of Subsidies,” which analyzed the successes and flaws of Colorado’s key corporate tax-credit programs and corresponding bills in the legislature to expand them. We published the series on our website on May 12, 2014.
Part I: State legislators extend tax credit programs for corporations, spur dispute but hope to improve economy
Part II: Lawmakers renew push to incentivize investors to give money to advanced industry startups
Part III: Tax break for ‘job creators’ gains traction despite pointed criticism
Part IV: Colorado farmers receive $196 million in crop insurance subsidies, insist payments are vital to ensure productivity
During the 2014 fall election season, I initiated and led another CU News Corps project: We fact-checked campaign claims.
To wrap up our fact-checking project for 2014, I led a team of three reporters to produce an in-depth analysis of the merits of fact-checking, which got picked up by the American Press Fact-Checking Project and which was also featured on the PolitiFact.org homepage.
As part of my continuous 2014 midterm election coverage, I also spent three months at the of the year to work on a multimedia project on non-voters in Colorado. The story introduces people from all across the state who stayed away from the ballot boxes, explains their reasons and their impact on the political process. This story was also nominated for a 2015 SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence Award in Online In-Depth Reporting and placed as the runner-up.
Dec. 18, 2014: The party of non-voters – Meet Colorado’s no-shows