Ahead of the scheduled executions of eight Arkansas inmates, I spearheaded a closer look at the lives and crimes of those on death row. Over a period of weeks, I poured over the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's archives from decades ago, compiling reports from each case and pulling photographs from their trials. The project was published days before four prisoners were ultimately put to death by the end of April, and served as a tool for readers to better understand the years of litigation that preceded each execution.
FATAL WRECKS IN ARKANSAS
As an ongoing data project, Arkansas Online's routinely updated fatal wrecks interactive chronicles deaths on state roads throughout the year. It serves as a record of where and when accidents happen, and offers statistics on those killed in each crash. It examines where wrecks are more prevalent and provides a closer look at the age groups most affected. An interactive map allows viewers to click on counties to see monthly figures for each.
As a tribute to the lives lost and a reflection on months of rebuilding, the Log Cabin Democrat chronicled Faulkner County's deadly 2014 tornado, and also looked at other memorable tornadoes in the county's history –– the 1965 tornado in Conway and the 2011 tornado that also struck Vilonia. I developed a story budget, pored through archived photos and spent countless hours going through previous storytelling. Residents who survived tornadoes past added their stories — some of survival and others of coping with loss.
CONWAY CONCIERGE GUIDE
An annual concierge guide for guests in Faulkner County, the Conway Concierge Guide in its 2015-16 iteration sought to provide a more thorough trip-planning tool through lists of hot spots for dining, shopping and entertainment. Content for the ad-supported guide was organized in a design that played heavily on Conway's strengths as a small-town, college community with some of the amenities and quirks of larger cities. Once completed, it was sent to local hotels and placed on coffee tables for tourists traveling through Faulkner County.
LOG CABIN DEMOCRAT'S SCHOOL ZONE
In November 2014, I led the effort to bring back a former tradition of the Log Cabin Democrat, a weekly education section in print each Monday that highlights the best of K-12 and higher education in Faulkner County. As education reporter at the time of the launch, it was my responsibility to establish what features would be part of the production.