Here is my crowning achievement as a Features Editor, our Accent on Halloween week.
My features section has daily themes of Health, Family, Food, Movies, Arts & Entertainment and Life and Style. So for Halloween, we delivered Halloween coverage for each one of these themes.
Sunday Life & Style: Real-life Ghostbusters
Monday Health: Phobias
Tuesday Family: DIY costumes
Wednesday Food: Spooky Halloween treats
Thursday Movies: Top 10 best horror villains
Friday A&E: Horror house Acres of Terror.
I call this my crowning achievement because on top of planning and assigning this week’s section, I shot photos for two out of the 6 centerpieces (do-it-yourself costumes and Acres of Terror), I designed and did layout on all sections (as I usually do) and I wrote the Movies centerpiece on Horror movie villains, I wrote my Indiewatch weekly movie review on “Trick ‘r Treat” and a column for Friday’s centerpiece on the Acres of Terror horror house (it was scary as hell).
It was a crazy week, and I was glad it was over when it was, but it will remain my crowning achievement because it forced me to challenge myself and to hone all of my skills as editor, photographer writer and designer. So without further adieu, enjoy the fruits of my and my reporters’ labor.
Great photos for this cover design of the Grand Cities Zombie Music Fest (October 2013.) Instead of the usual regular zombie illustration, this year I wanted us to talk to those who were prepping for the event. We interviewed a “zombie” and a nonprofit group participating in the event who also based their theme off of “Resident Evil.”
I wrote and designed this Sunday centerpiece, also on the fly. #newspapers. My feature reporter had a family emergency, and this was at the start of our Sunday section, so I was too stubborn to go with a wire story. It was a rough week, but I’m proud of the final product. This design is visually engaging, informative and on a topic that’s becoming more prevalent in the mainstream.
Whipped up this centerpiece image in Adobe Illustrator. I’m partial to this cover because before this we hadn’t featured actual party, entertaining coverage in our Friday Arts & Entertainment section. We also have a large drinking culture in Grand Forks, so I really wanted to open up nonalcoholic St. Patrick’s Day alternatives for a wider range of readership.