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Exploring Florida county fairs

Some assignments are more fun than others. Over the last year, I drove thousands of miles exploring county fairs across Florida. Let me back up. Our special projects team wanted to take a look at county fair culture across the state. As we talked it through, things fell into their natural places. The biggest fair. The oldest fair. The biggest midway. You get the picture.¬†Each fair I visited had a unique focus. The first on my long list was the […]

Austin Ramos Jr. vigil

A winter full of spot news

In my experience, the cold months are usually slow when it comes to spot news. Sure, you have accidents due to snow and ice, as well as a house fire or two. But overall, spot news is usually down. That has not been my experience during the last four months or so. I can’t count how many times I’ve been called out of bed in the morning or told to leave an assignment to get to breaking news these last […]

Active shooter training

As I’ve said many times before, some assignments in the life of a photojournalist can be really boring. REALLY boring. But the worst of the worst are worth it for the best. I walked into work one August morning and checked my assignment bin. I did a double take when I read that I was going to a local high school to watch different police organizations do active shooter training. First, I didn’t really know what this meant. Second, police […]

A week of guns

My week started off innocent enough. It was the first day that it really felt like Spring outside. I went to Baker Park to make a warm weather feature. I hadn’t been there for 20 minutes when some kids showed with toy guns – or so I thought. No. They weren’t real guns. But they were airsoft guns and probably didn’t belong on a playground. Some parents called 911 and reported these kids. While the kids weren’t shooting at anyone, […]

Trick shot master – Michael Harsha video

While in a meeting with the newsroom earlier this week, I asked everyone if they had any upcoming stories that they would like me to try and add some multimedia to. Our sports editor spoke up immediately with an idea. He was doing a feature story on a kid that shoots incredible basketball trick shots at the YMCA. Yesterday, I met up with the sports editor and the trick shot champion, Michael Harsha. I have done backboard still shots like […]