News & Observer
I run College Town, where student journalists from four universities produce stories about their schools. My goal is two-fold: to make the site useful for readers and to provide excellent training for student journalists.
I talked more about College Town here, herehere and here.


UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism
I teach reporting and editing classes in the school.
For my graduate thesis, I asked high school seniors about their definition of news.


Wilmington StarNews
The stories below have been honored as some of North Carolina’s best reporting. You can find my full StarNews archives here.
Parents question use of seclusion rooms
“I live with a little boy who can physically hurt me. We’ve recreated the wheel to deal with a lot of stuff. Secluding him is never the answer for my kid.”

College Park closing gap, Forest Hills hopes to follow
I wrote about the relationships that schools rely on to close the achievement gap between black and white students. (You can read more about that gap here.)

15 Under 15
I spearheaded a project spotlighting 15 students with big dreams and bright futures. All of them are younger than 15 years old.


Elsewhere
Teachers React to State of Education
In 2013, I talked about education in Southeastern N.C. on WUNC’s The State of Things.

Staying In Bounds
This story won a 2011 Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
I worked with a designer and a programmer to create a game asking one question: Can you navigate the world of a college athlete without violating NCAA rules?

Beyond the Stoop
I worked with designers and reporters at the New York Times to edit an interactive look at one Brooklyn block.

Stylebook for the UNC School of Media and Journalism
I worked with professor Andy Bechtel to update the j-school’s stylebook. (My favorite entry? Barbecue.)


Fun stuff
I’ve been hazed by kindergartners, gotten journalism advice from the late Stuart Scott, tried to track down a missing time capsule and talked to middle schoolers about Magic Johnson. But most importantly, I met people like Aaron McCumbee, who let me tell their stories.