Stuff I Wrote/Edited: Aug. & Sept. 2018

It is hard to believe that I am one month into my final year at Middlebury College! It is a scary, yet increasingly exciting time. I have begun my tenure as the editor in chief of The Middlebury Campus, the school’s only student newspaper, and am looking forward to the year ahead. (See more about our work below.)

Burlington Free Press & Associated Press

August marked my third and final month with the Burlington Free Press, a daily newspaper based in Vermont’s largest city and part of the USA Today network of papers. It was a wonderful three months and I am incredibly grateful to have worked alongside a supportive, fun and patient team of editors and reporters. Though I was a “reporting intern,” they treated me like I had been a reporter there for years. I learned a ton, was pushed and delivered some stories I am incredibly proud of.

“The story of Mojo the porn dog is one of redemption.”

That is the lede of probably my favorite piece I wrote during my time with the Free Press. It was about a dog named Mojo, who is a part of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He uses his nose to detect an industry secret acid found in small electronic storage devices that often contain child pornography. 

Ryan Mercer produced a great video to accompany the piece, which I narrate. 

“He used to project ‘Star War’ onto a prison wall. Now, he’s a George Lucas Scholar at the University of Southern California.”

That is the lede of from the profile I wrote of Jeremey Lee McKenzie, a Vermonter who went from prison to award-winning filmmaker and now an MFA candidate at USC.   

The article ended up getting republished by the Associated Press. Check it out. 

Last month, I reviewed the best nachos in the city of Burlington. This month, I tried my hand at cold brew. Here are two places I reviewed: Onyx Tonics and Uncommon Grounds

A full week-by-week collection of my stories are at the end of this post. 

Film School Rejects/One Perfect Shot

I only wrote one piece for FSR in this period, but it is one I am very proud of: 2,000 words on my dear friend Cary Grant. This essay examines the roles Grant plays in his four Hitchcock appearances: Notorious, Suspicion, To Catch a Thief and North By Northwest

The Middlebury Campus

Like I said, in September I began my tenure as editor in chief of the student newspaper at Middlebury College. Apart from some accountability journalism regarding the elimination of a student parking lot, the only piece I wrote for the paper last month was an op-ed coauthored with the paper’s managing editors about the role of a student newspaper

In closing, check out the paper! 

All Articles Written for the Burlington Free Press

August 1 – 8

A Vermont Canine is Using His Nose to put Criminals Behind Bars
Colchester football player charged with DUI hours after Shrine Bowl
Cold Brew Review: Uncommon Grounds
Cold Brew Review: Onyx Tonics
Record-breaking Vt. Summer May Continue into the Fall

August 9 – 16

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Still Playing in BTV
White Men in Charge: The Not So Progressive History of Vermont Politics
Free Parking on Bennington Battle Day
How One Vermonter Went From Prisoner to Filmmaker 

August 17 – 24 

Five Beautiful #VT Pics to See on Instagram
St. Albans Man’s Body Recovered in Lake Champlain 
A Guide to Finding Moose in Vermont
What You Need to Know about the Champlain Valley Fair
New Film Explores Lack of Guidance Counselors in America

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