The Red & Black’s ‘Guide to Athens’
During my time as digital producer at the Red & Black, the university of Georgia’s student newspaper, I was responsible for editing online content, formatting articles for the website and adding multimedia elements to stories. I also helped the newspaper design special landing pages to house its ongoing “Guide to Athens” feature.
The goal of this project was to present the multi-story feature in a clean, accessible way that would encourage readers to spend more time on the site. With the help of the newspaper’s publisher, I collected pre-existing articles, wrote a bit of new content myself and organized the pages by topic and location.
The page was constantly being updated with new content and stories, and it has become one of my favorite things I worked on during my time at the Red & Black, in addition to being a great place to find a good brunch spot. You can view the full landing page here.
Podcast: ‘R&B Culture Shock’
In the spring of 2017 my love for talking about new music, local events and pop culture came to a sort of climax when The Red & Black allowed me to create and co-host a podcast covering the same topics I’d enjoyed writing about throughout college.
Along with Nate Bramel—another student journalist with whom I shard a healthy addiction to talking about music and arts in Athens—I launched the “R&B Culture Shock” Podcast. Each week, we discussed trending news stories, previewed some of the weekend’s best events and interviewed a musician or entertainer with ties to the city.
In addition to hosting, I was able to serve as the podcast’s de facto producer, scheduling the guests, posting the episodes to our stream and editing the audio when our multimedia department was too swamped. I also created the theme music, which can be heard at the beginning of each show.
The Red & Black 2016 Winter/Spring Visitors Guide
After spending a semester as the culture editor for The Red & Black, I served as the senior editor for the publication’s biannual University of Georgia visitors guide. Helping to repurpose some old content and writing a good deal of original content myself, I spent a few months creating the majority of the “Athens 101” section, which can be found in the back half of the guide.
You can check out the guide below. My section begins at page 26, but I’d of course recommend giving the whole thing a look if you have the time:
Athens Bulldog Statue Directory:
As a special projects intern for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau during the summer of 2016, I spent a lot of time hunting Bulldogs. Athens, home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is filled with around 40 “dawg” statues that represent a different organization, business or community within the city.
During my time with the Athens CVB, I researched old newspaper articles and previous records to help find, catalog and take photos of each and every one of these statues, which I then helped the communications bureau turn into a website and interactive map for people who’d rather not spend as much time as I did tracking these things down.
You can find the link to the project below: