In Spring 2014, I had the unique opportunity to take a class that founded our own news-source called The Bridge. The Bridge is a long form, cross-platform class in the College of Mass Communications at Middle Tennessee State University in Mufreesboro, TN.
For Episode 1 of The Bridge, I produced 14 minutes of original content. I did 3 pieces; a 2 part series on the Holly Bobo murder case, and a profile on a paralyzed veteran who was told he would never walk again, yet stands tall once more thanks to a strong will and innovative medical technology. I also anchored and co-wrote the broadcast. It was truly an incredible experience.
In Part 1 of “Justice for Holly”, I highlight the timeline of Holly’s disappearance and search, and then chronicle the early days of the murder trial. In part 2 I divulge into the community support angle of the story. I share the stories of countless Bobo family supporters who have stood by the family during their darkest days.
In “Hero Stands Tall: The Gary Linfoot Story”, I interview Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Gary Linfoot, who was paralyzed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Through community support and hard work, Gary is walking again using a new suit called the “Exsoskeleton”. It’s a truly inspiring story of perseverance and family unity.
In Fall 2013, I assisted in founding the Bragg Innovative News Network. Like The Bridge, BINN is a long form, cross-platform, multi-media class in the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
For our inaugural broadcast, I did a 10 minute, in depth, piece on the controversial Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. For the story, I interviewed Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Within hours of the interview being posted on YouTube, it went viral. The Tennessean, Tennessee’s largest newspaper, ran a story on comments the Lieutenant Governor made in my interview. It also got the attention of CAIR, the Council for American-Islamic Relations, who denounced Lt. Gov. Ramsey based off the comments he made. The video was also posted on various anti-muslim websites.
The full story, divided into 2 parts, aired on December 2 on the Bragg Innovative News Network’s first broadcast, on MT10, the student-run TV station that airs throughout Middle Tennessee on various cable providers.
A full web version of the story can be found by clicking here.