Song Spinner: Joe Lussier

Joe Lussier is the youngest songwriter we’ve featured in our Song Spinner series on I’ve enjoyed all of the musicians we’ve profiled, but after songs dealing with addiction, the death of a father, the financial crisis, and the dark side of religion, it was a nice change to have a young perspective and a […]

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Two stories for Thanksgiving

In a funny bit of coincidence, I worked on two similar stories that were published the week of Thanksgiving. Both involved adoptions, and both took place down the road from each other in Waterford, CT. The first was for the news section, a story about a family and the difficulties they faced in adopting two children.

The Long family was gracious enough to open their house to me for several days. By the time I had finished the story, I almost felt like a part of the family. The second story ran in the sports section as a preview to the Waterford-East Lyme Thanksgiving Day football game. Davonta Valentine, a senior on the Waterford team, was adopted a year ago after a difficult childhood.

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Emmy Nominations

The Emmy nominations for the Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were announced last week. In our first year submitting, was nominated three times. Here are our nominated videos: Spot News: Shenkman Hostage Standoff Arts and Entertainment: The Deaf Kid Who Played Rock ‘n’ Roll Interview/Discussion: Stories of […]

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UConn’s Geno Auriemma: ‘A funny guy all the time’

About a month and a half ago, the idea was presented to me to do a video on the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team and their tremendous winning streak. The team is the focus of quite a bit of media attention, both local and national. The question that assistant sports editor Mike DiMauro and I had was how to give our viewers something they couldn’t see on ESPN or one of the many local news outlets that cover the team every day. As a journalist from a small paper who was covering the team for the first time, I wasn’t about to get insider access above and beyond what everyone else could. That meant 30 minutes or so of open practice maybe once a week, sidelines and post-game press conferences (credentials don’t allow Web video of game action beyond seven days) and whatever interviews we could arrange.

Mike had the idea to focus his story on coach Geno Auriemma’s sense of humor, and we decided this would be a good focus for the video as well. We were able to speak to his assistants and some current and former players, and through their words were able to paint a decent picture of Auriemma’s personality. Everyone talked about his wit, his sarcasm and his one-liners, and I was left to try to find as many examples as I could over the course of a month. We ended up with over three hours of tape to pare down to the best gems.

This was a project that I could have shot over an entire season, or pulled from a career’s worth of archives. Given the limited amount of material we had to work with, I think we did a decent job.

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Connectciut SPJ Awards

The Day had a good night at the Connecticut SPJ awards last night, in both the print and online categories. Read the story here: Howard honored for series on H-IB visas; Huoppi recognized for online features My dog blog (soon to be renamed “Lab Report”) won second place for online commentary. You can check it […]

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Replacing Brightcove

Brightcove,  the video host we had been using at The Day, recently announced that they would be cancelling their free service. This left us with the choice between upgrading to their paid service, or having our account terminated on December 17.  We decided to look for an alternative, and settled on a hosting company called […]

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