I produced and edited the story for this explainer video as part of Pew Research Center’s release of new data on unauthorized immigrants.
I managed the entire process of creating this video from initial concept to publication plans while collaborating with the Center’s video producer and researchers . I led brainstorming sessions to identify the target audience (the general public) and goal (explaining the “how” and “why” behind the new data) for this product.
I wrote the script, managed the schedule, assisted during filming, and facilitated the feedback process among all stakeholders.
Researchers at Pew Research Center received data from a public records request on foreign graduates of U.S. higher educational institutions who worked or sought employment under the U.S. government’s Optional Practical Training (OPT) program after graduation.
Using various project management tools and techniques, I led this project over three months from initial idea to final product.
Through various brainstorm sessions, I worked with a team of researchers, designers and developers to identify the goal and target users of this data and product: release the data in a digestible and usable format for regional and national journalists and policy makers. From there, I led further discussions on the design and content of the product, which went through various iterations throughout the process.
To showcase the history of land rights in relation to the initial projects funded by the Tenure Facility, I worked with web developer consultants as well as internal and external stakeholders to develop a storytelling template. Its first implementation was for the history of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights in Indonesia. This involved:
Determining key audiences/users and their needs, as well as functionality and content requirements for the template. As we built the template, we also input information for the first use, the Indonesia timeline.
Gathering photos, writing and editing copy, and working with video producers to create videos for the timeline.
Managing the feedback and design ideation process between our consultants and our internal team.
Presenting the timeline to key stakeholders for review and approval.
In 2016, I led Rights and Resources Initiative’s website visual and content redesign. The site was steps behind in design and technical best practices, organized in a confusing way, and failed to portray the global coalition’s work, impact and reach. In order to effectively execute the website‘s refresh, I managed and followed a multi-step process.
I examined the website’s Google Analytics data to determine key content areas and conducted interviews with staff to identify the main concerns with the design and functionality of the existing site.
Then, I used the gathered information to develop an infrastructure for the site and create a sitemap and early wireframes for key pages.
I audited the content on the site to map out which pages needed to be edited, translated into French and/or Spanish, or created from scratch.
Then, I developed a contract and plan with web developer consultants to execute the rebuild of the site.
I wrote, edited and designed content for the site, including page text, new audience icons, and the home page header image.
Then, I managed the review, editing, and debugging of the site by liaising with the web development consultants as well as internal and external stakeholders.
The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Oxfam and the International Land Coalition formed the Land Rights Now Alliance, which has hundreds of indigenous, community and non-governmental organization partners, to work towards securing indigenous and local community lands globally.
In March 2016, the Alliance launched with a campaign that included a social media push. To support the launch, I identified key quotes, facts and photos from our promotional materials to highlight in social media graphics. Then, I created a template for future products and a complete social media package for the launch, which included eight graphics in three languages, as well as a gif. I also helped draft and edit social media language. I collaborated with representatives from each of the founding organizations for photo rights and content approvals. We shared the materials with members of the Alliance for widespread use.
In August 2016, the Alliance held a mobilization to encourage action on the ground and share stories from communities around the world. Using the same process as before, I designed four graphics to share in three languages, drafted and edited social media language, and helped organize a posting schedule to share with all member organizations.
True North Magazine, a magazine conceptualized by students in a joint design and writing course at UNC-Chapel Hill, focused on the emerging volunteer travel movement, or voluntourism. In the creation of the magazine, we strived to keep readers informed about trends in the movement.
As the iPad Director for the design class, I led the creation of both the print and iPad magazine, with the Editor-in-Chief and Art Director, over the course of four months. In order to turn our content into a unique digital experience, I taught myself techniques for interactive iPad design in Adobe InDesign and then worked with the other designers and the writers to build features. I also created a visual style guide and edited various versions of all the pages before preparing them for print and inclusion in the Apple App Store.
In the summer of 2012, I launched WhichWayNC, a mobile-optimized news site about political issues important to North Carolina residents, with a small group of students at Reese News Lab. The site explored how North Carolina’s changing politics were playing out in the community. The project took an experimental look at content creation for mobile devices.
As part of a week of content focusing on the North Carolina education system, I conducted research, created the storyboard and produced this motion graphic. The video, which was released on the site and across social media, compares what the total amount of money cut from the 2012-2013 North Carolina public school system budget, $190 million, could have been spent on.
In partnership with Meg Wrather, I worked with our client liaison at Edthena, an organization bringing feedback for teachers online, to identify the needs of this advertisement video. Meg and I wrote the script and storyboarded the video. We split the design and animation tasks before combining the pieces, adding music and directing the audio voiceover. We built in time for reviews with the client.