Lincoln, NE, United States
I'm a freelance photographer/videographer originally from Overland Park, Kan., currently living in Lincoln, Neb.
I've traveled extensively through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's photojournalism program, including three weeks each in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Brazil, Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic between 2010 and 2014. The opportunity to learn how to research a story, hit it hard for three weeks and produce multimedia afterward on a short deadline was incredibly teaching. But what I took away from it most was a better understanding of other people, and a better ability to incorporate myself into other's lives, no matter how different they are from my own. But I do realize the importance of finding stories in my own back yard, too.
I've interned at the Northeast Nebraska News Company in Cedar County, Neb., ZUMA Press in San Clemente, Calif., and the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Neb.
I believe that even though more people are taking pictures now than ever, the web is pulling from print readership and immediacy is becoming more and more important, there's still opportunity to use these changes positively. They can be used in a way that upholds the core standards and dire importance of strong journalism.
That's why I, along with three others, worked on Fly Over Me, a multimedia documentary project, during the summer of 2014. And we'll be working on it again this summer with an end goal for the project, expanding our team to eight journalists this time around.