Portfolio – Writing & Research
I have many years of experience as a journalist, photographer, web designer/developer, and numerous other types of work. Through out that rather eclectic academic and professional career, however, runs a common thread. I am fascinated with storytelling. Whether it is with words, still images, audio, video, data visualizations, or a host of emerging forms of communication, I love storytelling, be it fiction or non-fiction.
This portfolio provides an overview of the work that I’ve done over the years and gives you a peek at what I’m experimenting with now in the form of transmedia storytelling.
- Transmedia Storytelling: The Structure & Design of Stories Told Across Multiple Media (December, 2011)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Transmedia Franchising: Driving Factors, Storyworld Development, and Creative Process, The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies (October, 2018)
- What in the World? Storyworlds, Science Fiction and Futures Studies , Journal of Futures Studies (December, 2015)
- Tales of Our Tomorrows: Transmedia Storytelling and Communicating About the Future, Journal of Futures Studies (March 2014)
- Footprints of the Future: Timelines and Exploratory Forecasts in Futures Research, Journal of Futures Studies (May 2009)
e-Books & Enhanced e-Books
- Technology & the Future: Managing Change and Innovation in the 21st Century (April 2014) (Amazon.com)
- A chapter on the technology life cycle can be downloaded free.
- A Bitter Fog (November 2014) (Amazon.com) — Publisher
- Transmedia Storytelling: An Author’s Guide to Story Design, Audience Engagement, and User Interaction. Download the first chapter of an enhanced e-book (text, still images, and interactive links) about transmedia storytelling. NOTE: You will need Amazon’s Kindle Reader app — which can be downloaded free — in order to read this chapter.
Digital Stories (Text & Computer Art)
- Psych Ward – Computer-based artwork and text (View digital story)
- Rage – Computer-based artwork and text (View digital story)
- Event Horizon – Computer-based artwork and text (View digital story)
- Ears of the Earth – Computer-based artwork and text (View digital story)
Storytelling using Social Media
Here is a small sampling of various types of narratives I’ve done involving different forms of media. (NOTE: Some of these files are very large and may take a few minutes to load.)
- Reflections on My 9th Birthday – Short-form digital storytelling using audio. (Listen to audio story)
- Autumn at 59 – Serialized presentation of images and text using Pinterest (View Pinterest)
News & Feature Stories
- “Reclaiming Live”, SZ Magazine, Summer 2012: A short profile of how hope helped in the recovering from a serious mental illness. (Download PDF)
- “Coming of the Molecular Age”, Social Technologies, Spring 2009: An example of a technology forecasting brief for corporate clients. (Download PDF)
- “Whitewash: The Dioxin Cover-Up”, Greenpeace Magazine, March/April 1989: The story cited by Project Censored has having national significance. A digital version of the story is posted on PlanetWaves (see online story) or you can download a scanned version of the original story. (Download PDF)
- “Safety Last: Tests That Fail the Test”, Macleans, August 25, 1980: This is one of more than 80 stories I did in the early 1980s that resulted in the Citation of Merit for Meritorious Service in Canadian Journalism (see section at the bottom of this for more information). (Download PDF)
Infographics & Data Visualization
- Data Visualization (EPA Superfund Sites in New York State) – An interactive map showing contaminated sites across New York state. (View Map)
- Timeline of Trends and Events – A series of timelines developed over the past two decades to document a broad range of social, technological, economic, political, and environmental trends and events. See the link below to download a journal article on the theory behind these timelines.
- You can check out what Michael Friendly of York University has to say about my original timeline in the DataVis.ca website. Look at the first chart in the “Correlated Histories” section of the web page.
- Infographic #1 (Information Technology) – A PDF developed using Adobe Creative Suite (View PDF)
- Infographic #2 (Technological Eras) – An interactive PDF developing using Adobe Creative Suite (View PDF)
National Journalism Awards
- Citation of Merit – The Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Canadian Journalism (1981): My series of investigative stories into fraud in the safety testing of drugs, pesticides, and other chemicals at The Regina Leader-Post was presented with the Citation of Merit. The Roland Michener Award is one of the highest distinctions in Canadian journalism. It is presented by the Governor General of Canada to Canadian news organizations whose reporting “is judged to have made a significant impact on public policy or on the lives of Canadians”. (For more information see The Michener Awards Foundation)
- Project Censored – 10 Best Censored Stories of 1988 (May, 1989): My investigative story “Whitewash: The Dioxin Cover-up” was cited as the number two censored story. Sonoma State University’s Project Censored conducts “research on important national news stories that are under-reported, ignored, misrepresented, or censored by the US corporate media.” Each year, between 700 and 1000 news stories are submitted to Project Censored, which reviews them for coverage, content, reliability of sources and national significance. It publishes an annual ranking of the top 25 most censored nationally important news stories. (For more information see Project Censored)