Gannon v. State of Kansas: The school finance case

Gannon v. State of Kansas: The school finance case

In 2010, a group of school districts sued the state, alleging that Kansas legislature underfunded public schools, violating its duty to make “suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” Since then, the case has been making its way through the courts. But the roots of this school finance issue goes back … Continue reading »

Video: Healing through song

Video: Healing through song

I accompanied features reporter Nadia Imafidon along to Jump 4 Joy to observe Sarah Niileksela, the only practicing music therapist in Lawrence, Kan. Take a peek inside one of her music therapy classes for children and their parents. Link to story

Mise en place: A place for everything

Mise en place: A place for everything

Mise en place is French for ‘put in place.’ And it’s a sort of philosophy for cooks, centering around organizing and creating a plan for cooking efficiently. I tagged along with Journal-World features reporter Nadia Imafidon into a home kitchen to create videos of mise en place in action. In these shorts, Elif Andac-Jones, who … Continue reading »

Interactive graphic: 2014 Kansas legislative session

Interactive graphic: 2014 Kansas legislative session

As the 2014 legislative session was about to begin, statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild gathered up the main issues that lawmakers would be looking at this year. I created the graphic below to go with the story, using easel.ly and thinglink. Hover over each topic below to learn a little bit more about each issue:

Map: ‘reborn’ churches in Lawrence

Map: ‘reborn’ churches in Lawrence

Reporter Sara Shepherd wrote a lovely piece about the history behind many of the churches in Lawrence, particularly those that are now converted and used for other purposes. I made a map, using Google Maps Engine, plotting each of these churches and the great Instagram photos Sara took. The five converted buildings (orange dots) aren’t … Continue reading »

The 10 most memorable stories of 2013

The 10 most memorable stories of 2013

2013 has come to a close, so the Journal-World news staff looked back and selected the year’s most memorable stories. Whether it was new construction, changes in the law, devastating tragedies or athletic triumphs, 2013 has made its mark. After the list of stories was gathered, I selected an image that represented each story. Using … Continue reading »

Lawrence Christmas lights displays

Lawrence Christmas lights displays

Some families in Lawrence take their Christmas decorations very seriously. Some displays are controlled by computers, other have their own radio signal so you don’t have to leave your car to enjoy the music that plays with the display. For this story, I plotted those houses on a map using Google Maps Engine. I also … Continue reading »

Kansas handwriting standards

Kansas handwriting standards

The state of Kansas approved handwriting standards for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. I created chart using Infogram describing those standards in both manuscript and cursive handwriting:

50 years ago: Remembering JFK

50 years ago: Remembering JFK

It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. We asked our readers to submit memories about where they were when they found out Kennedy has been shot. I collected the readers’ memories and plotted them on an interactive map for the Lawrence Journal-World. Each marker reveals a memory that took … Continue reading »

Only in Lawrence

Only in Lawrence

The annual Only in Lawrence project features community members who work behind the scenes to make Lawrence the town it is. In previous years, the Journal-World filed the nominees into categories, but not this year. Going off that idea – lack of hierarchy – I used CSS3 and HTML5 to package these people in a … Continue reading »