In September 2017, Hurricanes Maria and Isabel devastated nearly all aspects of Puerto Rican life. The recovery has been painful and slow. Aftermath shares the voices of Puerto Ricans living in the wake of Hurricane Maria. We hope the stories of how people are coping and rebuilding can serve as lessons for future natural disasters. We also wish to inform our audience about Puerto Rico's recovery and encourage more people to get involved and join the conversation. We are a group of student videographers and photographers, web designers and developers, reporters and faculty producing an annual project by UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. In past projects, students have reported across five continents and produced award-winning multimedia work. As students, we’re learning the rewards and challenges of reporting on different cultures; as journalists, we are working as a team to tell the stories that are shaping the globe.
Project Credits: Mary Rachel Bulkeley, Peyton Chance, Danielle Chemtob, Matt Couch, Hanna Davison, Alexis Fairbanks, Kaia Findlay, Robert Gourley, Kaitlin Harlow, Jasmin Herrera, Alice Hudson, Connie Jin, Nathan Klima, Alex Kormann, Marissa O’Neil, Gabrielle Palacio, Aubrey Patti, Katie Rice, Elle Sommerville, Maria Vizcaino, Madison Walls, Avery Williams, Darian Woehr, Justin Wynn, Ruijia Zhang
At this very moment, uncontained wildfires are causing destruction all around the world and nothing suggests that this will change in the near future. The climate is changing. The summers are getting warmer and drier – creating ideal conditions for wildfires. One of the most affected areas in the world is the state of California, where the largest wildfires in the state’s history are raging. Last year 9.000 wildfires ravaged more than 1,200.000 acres of land and burned over 10.000 buildings in California. This all happened in a single year. 'That which still stands' is a multimedia project examining the phenomenon of uncontrolled wildfires in the state of California.
A visual and written piece that documents the rising homicide rates mainly in the Southend and Westend of Louisville and how gun violence affects families in a city that is not nationally covered. The project started in September of 2017 and ended April 2018. The project represents a voice to people who were never given a voice in a small city with a big homicide rate. The families of these victims stories are moving and will be remembered.