For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. In 2017, I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Point Park Globe, an award-winning student publication reaching over 1,500 people weekly both online and in print. I won a 2018 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award for Breaking News. For my full credentials, check out my resume.
The below stories are sorted by genre and sub-sorted by publication.
Note: Upgruv ceased operation in August of 2018 and I’m working to recover some of the work. Those links will be dead. My apologies.
A collection of samples of my favorite work to date.
Hennigan: increased student need drives annual tuition hikes, Point Park Globe, April 19, 2017
– News feature on administration’s rationale behind annual tuition increases.
Full-time faculty union reaches contract agreement, Point Park Globe, August 23, 2017
– Co-written piece with Josh Croup on Point Park’s faculty negotiations coming to a close
Tuition for 2018-2019 school year to increase 3.9 percent, Point Park Globe, January 9, 2018
– Explainer piece on the 2018-2019 tuition increase at Point Park
From Highways to Runways: In search of the noisiest spot in Pittsburgh, 90.5 WESA, July 20, 2017
– In-depth feature for 90.5 WESA’s “Good Question” series
City celebrates birthday, Point Park Globe, February 2016
– News piece on Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration, a follow-up on a previous overview
Online Full Profiles:
To directly browse the profiles of me on every site I’ve worked with,
simply click below:
Point Park University Globe, 2015 – Present
90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station, Summer 2017
upgruv.com, a project of 535media, LLC Summer 2016
Disclaimer: upgruv.com is a news aggregate site that ceased operation in 2018. Each website maintains their own profile system, sorry for dead links.
News and Features:
Point Park University Globe:
University unveils restored facades as construction nears completion, March 20, 2018
School of Communication restructures journalism degree, February 6, 2018
Seventh floor caught in hot water after pipe joint burst, Oct. 10, 2017
Full-time faculty reaches contract agreement, Aug. 23, 2017
– Winner, 2017 SPJ Region 4 Mark of Excellence for Breaking News Reporting
Tanzilli assumes role as dean of Rowland School of Business, April 19, 2017
Hennigan: increased student need drives annual tuition hikes, April 19, 2017
The Don of a new era, Jan. 24, 2017
– Part of a multiplatform effort to cover the inauguration
‘Underground’ Film Festival To Showcase Unknown LGBT Films, Aug. 3, 2017
City To Work With Property Owners To Replace Lead Water Lines, July 25, 2017
Local High School Students Who Struggled With Homelessness Receive College Scholarships, July 21, 2017
Disco ‘Stayin’ Alive’ In Future Tenant’s ‘Night Fever’ Installation, July 7, 2017
City Prepares For Higher Temps, Bigger Crowd At This Year’s Stanley Cup Parade, June 13, 2017
The Three Rivers Arts Festival Brings Color And Whimsy To Pittsburgh, June 6, 2017
– Part of a collaboration previewing the Three Rivers Arts Festival
Fort Cherry Students Explore ‘Messy Science’ In New Outdoor Classroom, June 1, 2017
upgruv original content:
Behind the lens of the Stanley Cup Celebration, June 15, 2016
An idea with legs: Pittsburgh pair work to open ‘Cat Cafe’, May 5, 2016
Student Government Reporting:
In the spring of 2018, I served as the Globe’s United Student Government beat writer and reporter. Here are some of the best stories I’ve covered:
Student government opens funding investigation, adopting resolution,
USG refuses all trip funding proposals, March 13, 2018.
USG declares 15 clubs ‘inactive’, February 13, 2018
First club funding “cautious” due to “unforeseen circumstances”, Jan. 23, 2018
Opinions and Letters:
“Letters from the Editor,” Point Park Globe
A final letter from the editor…, Dec. 5, 2017
“I’ve always been far more interested in the bookends of life than I have been with the in between bits. It makes sense for my chosen field, I guess. After all, journalism professors encourage you to seek out anecdotes about turning points in your subjects’ lives. The downside to being so preoccupied with the major twists in life is that you forget to look at the moment you’re currently in unless it’s a moment of transition…” Read on.
Outlook is everything, Aug. 30, 2017
“We shouldn’t have to chase the ghosts of the future.” That’s what I told my roommate a few days back with regards to his anxiety over running into someone again with the start of the new school year. The story isn’t relevant, but the advice is. Let me be probably the 50th person to tell you: Welcome (back) to Point Park University…” Read on.
To give the news without fear or favor, April 19, 2017
“I read an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette over the weekend about how a high school newspaper uncovered the past of their newly-hired principal. The story goes that a group of high schoolers wanted to introduce their readership to their new principal. When students researched the background of their new principal, they discovered that authorities in Dubai shut down the school she had just come from…” Read on
Celebrating Point Park’s other stage, Feb. 8, 2017
“This week’s edition marks exactly 50 years to the day the Globe was first distributed on campus. Since then, the Globe has been a part of the start of countless journalists’ careers and students have sounded off on international, national, local and Point Park-related issues.
In researching the content for the special section in this edition, we’ve rummaged through years of editions chronicling everything from race tensions to fears that Point Park would merge or close altogether…” Read on.
A Letter from the Editor, Jan. 10, 2017
“We’re excited to celebrate 50 years of award-winning collegiate journalism, and I hope that shows in the coming issues. All the while we are going to strive to keep producing the same quality content, and I hope that shows, too.
In coming up with the ideas driving the 50th anniversary celebration, I have been inspired by two things: newspaper clippings and road maps….” Read on
Special Web Projects:
The following are multimedia projects paired with my written work specially tailored for web and mobile.
Library turns page with renovation, Point Park Globe, Aug. 29, 2017
– First use of 360-degree imagery within a Globe article
From Highways to Runways: In Search of the Noisiest Spot in Pittsburgh, 90.5 WESA, July 20, 2017
– Part of WESA’s “Good Question Series,” the piece makes extensive use of embedded sound and maps to tell the web version of the aired piece
The Globe celebrates 50 years, Point Park Globe, Feb. 8, 2017
– A massive undertaking for print was put online through the development of an interactive timeline and story, all developed by me and implemented by online editor Sabrina Bodon.
As it happened: Point Park student media covers the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Point Park Globe, Jan. 24, 2017
– Coordination and culmination of the work of WPPJ, U-View and the Globe’s coverage developed into a large scale longform by me.
Pittsburgh’s one-stop shop for tracking the Stanley Cup, upgruv, June 20, 2016 – August 2016
– The key draw to this page was the embedded map that I managed throughout the summer, sharing the places that the Stanley Cup ventured via tips and searching on social media