I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I want to thank my family, Daily Campus colleagues and UConn Journalism professors for helping me get to this point.
I didn't have much going on last Saturday, so I decided to make an infographic using InDesign. I wanted to look at which Major League Soccer (MLS) teams were dominating Twitter. Twitter follower counts are an interesting gauge of fan interest, interaction and fan base strength.
As it turns out, there were massive differences between the top teams in MLS and the worst teams. Successful teams like the L.A. Galaxy — which has won a record five MLS Cup titles — has the strongest social media presence of them all, with close to 200,000 followers. On the other end of the spectrum is the Colorado Rapids, which has less than 40,000.
Overall it was just fun to work with the data and visualize trends. The league average for Twitter followers was around 90,000. About half the league has broken the 100,000 follower mark.
I posted the infographic to the MLS subreddit, /r/MLS, where it started an interesting conversation and generated close to 90 comments. World Soccer Talk, a popular soccer website, also tweeted it out.
I had a great time making the graphic, and hope to make more in the future. Let me know what you think, and see what trends you can find!
I've finally accomplished something I have always wanted to do. Create a journalistic documentary.
I've just posted "Glass Jungle," a short look at the UConn greenhouses and Clinton Morse, the facility's manager. Morse arrived at UConn in the 1990s after working various odd jobs in retail and wholesale, and now oversees both greenhouses for the university's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
The greenhouses are very cool places to spend a few hours. It's easy to get lost in all of the plant specimens, which come from all over the world. It really is, in some areas, like being in a jungle, with vines and trees stretching up to the glass ceiling.
For a better idea of what I'm talking about, check out my photo gallery from a couple of weeks ago.
There were so many visually interesting opportunities with this project, and I hope the finished product gives testament to that. I had a fantastic time telling this story, but I had an even better time teaching myself how to make high quality video with a DSLR camera, and edit it in Adobe Premiere.
My hope is that one day, with time and experience, I can tell more stories with video.
Sox Prospects, the pinnacle of baseball geek-dom, is a site I've had bookmarked for years. For my money – which I don't even have to spend, because it's free! – the site is the best source for news and information about prospects in the Boston Red Sox system. And for an armchair general manager like me, it's pure, unadulterated sports porn.
So I figured, why not give it a go?
Now, after a couple of weeks, I can proudly say I've been hired by the site as a staff writer. Thanks to Chris and Mike Andrews for the opportunity. I can't wait to get started. Hopefully I play a role in improving the site's already sterling reputation.