Meta Senegal or PC related


I realized a few months ago that this site had completely collapsed under the weight of broken links, incompatible updates, and what I can only assume is depression over the state of the world.

This (awful?) default WordPress theme at least gets the text back up. Maybe at some point I’ll get photos up and linked again.

I haven’t been back to Senegal in over ten years. I feel a bit guilty about that.

But I saw one of the guys from the village, Hamedu, in Milan, Italy, of all places. I found him on Facebook and messaged him. My boyfriend and I met up with him at a metro station, walked through the streets, spoke a weird Pulaar-English-Italian combo, ate lunch, and went to an art museum together.

He’s living in Milan, working in a restaurant. He was just about to make a return trip to the village—his first time back after leaving six years before, and the first time that he would meet the daughter that he has with Aminata, my host sister and the oldest of Kanni’s daughters.

It seems like a very lonely life for him in Italy.

I was very happy to see him.

Meta Travel Video

oh hai…

…time for the annual(?) blog update. What I’ve been doing:

And some of this.

J-school Video


(I finished my thesis film, I graduated, I am now available for all your freelance video shooting and editing needs.)

My favorite project from this past year—brought to you by Maggie Fazeli Fard:
(I shot it—while managing not to puke over the side of the boat.)

Local Flavor

Missing Chicken, Dead or Alive

Brown missing chicken

Missing Chicken

Dora, Dead or Alive

J-school New York Times Video

the homepage

I’ve never been a print journalist, so I haven’t known the thrill of an A1 byline. But in the past week I’ve had two videos on the New York Times homepage, and I’m pretty sure I took enough screenshots to make up for all those missed years of newspaper clippings.

Reporter Trymaine Lee and I worked together on two Harlem-based stories, one about feisty old ladies who go door-to-door in the projects, teaching their neighbors about recycling, and one about two professional clowns who renovated their apartment to allow them to practice clowning routines—when they’re not out performing around the world.

The print story that spawned “Paper, Plastic and Persistence” was front and center on the homepage for a few precious hours last Saturday, with a link to the video:

recycling story on NYT homepage

The print story for “Three-Room Circus” is currently the highlighted Real Estate story on the homepage, with a video link, but for a while Trymaine and I had 2 out of 4 of the homepage video player spots:

two videos on NYT homepage

OK, I’m done bragging. But it was pretty cool 😉

J-school New York Times Video

proof of my existence

The first video I edited at the Times is now online on the NYT site here—and also on Nicholas Kristof’s YouTube channel (and, at the moment, highlighted on the YouTube homepage as part of the Reporters’ Center!):

Also, I was an assistant editor on this piece.

J-school Meta New York Times Travel Video

Oh, yeah. New York.

Per Leslie’s request, here’s some blog CPR.

I’m in New York, interning here for the summer:

End Times

On my first day I and another intern went out to shoot footage of gyro cones (the big rotating things of meat that chawarma innards are shaved off of), then I burned some DVDs. The next day I tried to call people in Utah whose houses were up for auction (and got mostly disconnected numbers), and today I had a few hours of tech training and then started to edit a Nicholas Kristof piece. It’s fun.

J-school Travel Video

My 'edit room' in Spain…

At Alba’s parents’ very lovely house in Girona:

edit room spain

(explanation: I’m here on a J-school travel grant shooting a story on Senegalese immigrants in Spain—I met up with a guy and two kids from my Peace Corps host village. My Pulaar is being stretched to new limits!)


Justifying my continuing neglect of this website:

My two TV News class projects so far… from December’s end-of-semester show:

and from my class’s February 6th show:


Goodbye to Two-Thousand-Great

Peace Y'all