Uprooted is a bilingual, interactive multimedia project that tells the story of Venezuela’s migration crisis through the stories of Venezuelans who fled their homes and Colombians who made room for them. It is easy to get lost in the sheer numbers while covering Venezuela’s crisis, and in the policy decisions that are driving people from their homes. Our series explores the people it is affecting most deeply, as well as the intrinsic, historic connection between Venezuela and Colombia. We chose Medellín because it is the second largest city in Colombia and one of the most popular areas for Venezuelan immigrants to re-settle. Our goal with this project was to tell the story of Venezuela’s migration crisis through the stories of ordinary people who represent it. Stories like that of “Maria” - a young mother who had to sneak away from her terrified children to migrate to Medellin seeking employment to remit money for them. She soon found the only occupation available to her - sex work. So she perseveres in a life she hates with the dream of one day bringing her girls to her. This and many other stories in Uprooted share the stories of the crisis in an intimate way with documentary films, long form text, graphics, interactives and more.
Most of us don’t think much about recycling. We rinse our yogurt containers, crush our milk cartons, and break down our boxes. We pause in front of public waste bins, puzzling over how to classify single-use forks or coffee cups. But once our trash hits the curb in a blue or a brown or a green bin, we forget about it. Welcome to Minh Khai, Vietnam – where California’s plastic finds new life. The global recycling trade has brought economic benefits to Minh Khai, but also substantial health and environmental costs. The village was listed as one of Vietnam’s worst polluters by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Life expectancy has declined for residents, as cancer rates have climbed. Yet for the recycling workers of Minh Khai, these costs are worth it. Business owners have built legacies from which to support their children and grandchildren. Trash-pickers who began collecting waste 40 years ago now make salaries greater than the national average for Vietnam. This multimedia web package probes the experiences of Minh Khai’s residents as they wrestle with the blessings and curses of an empire built on our trash. It consists of a print narrative, short film, portrait series, and interactive data graphics.
The Pain We Cause is a multimedia project about the entanglement of incarceration and addiction in the state of Kentucky. The first chapter of the project follows Amy Mckeown through the difficult transition between jail and life at home as she struggles with her own recovery from drug addiction. The next chapter focuses on a local jail's rehabilitative efforts and practices within their community of Bowling Green, Kentucky. As a whole, the project aims to look critically our country’s system of crime, punishment and justice in the context of addition and recovery.