ENR Internship Clips

I’ve been out of New York for two months now (it feels like forever ago!) and working on a freelance basis with ENR while I get settled in St Louis. A summary of what I did this summer seems a bit late, but it’s better than never. Here are the articles that I worked on while I had the pleasure of working with the Record’s editors and reporters.

  • Study: Global Contract Disputes Worth Less, Last Longer, June 5, web only
    This was my first story in the newsroom, regarding a study released by contract dispute consulting firm EC Harris in London. It was my first international reporting experience!
  • Despite Transparency, Dispute Erupts on California Library Project, June 25, web and print
    This story started as a simple look into a new library project in Palo Alto, but grew in scope as my reporting turned up webcams, progress reports, city council meetings, and even the original construction and design contracts. They painted a picture of a public works project burdened with change orders and finger-pointing.
  • How Radisson Hotel Owners Stiffed the Subs in Wisconsin, July 13, web with visualization
    This story was one of my most popular, staying at the #8 spot for most visited page on ENR in July. Viewers stayed an average of four and a half minutes, in part because the story also included an interactive timeline in the body. Incorporating the timeline in ENR’s CMS deserves its own blog post. Happily everything worked out and the timeline application has accompanied more stories since I left.
  • Dramatic Digs Mark Panama Canal Expansion Progress by Aileen Cho and Luke Abaffy, July 23, panorama viewer
    I can’t claim any responsibility for this great story, but the viewing windows for the two panoramic images are an example of problem-solving under deadline. My editors asked if I knew a way to display the complete photos, rather than chopped up or shrunk down to fit our CMS’s built-in photo formats. Looking for a quick solution, I worked out a way to use custom-sized iframes to give readers a closer look.
  • Can Leo Linbeck’s Super PAC Remake Congress?, July 30, web and print with slideshow
    For one of the magazine’s first election season articles, I got to interview a Texas construction titan with his own super PAC. The web version got around 800 distinct visits in its first week. Web analytics showed that 10% of the article’s viewers also visited the slideshow, which contained graphics illustrating political spending in the super PAC’s successful primary races.
  • Judges Overturn Same-Sex Harass Verdict Against Boh Bros., July 31, web and print
    This is a write-up of an appellate court’s decision to reverse a verdict of same-sex sexual harassment, which was originally decided against Boh Bros. In a week, this short article had more than 1000 unique visits. It even touched off a wider data-driven investigation into same-sex sexual harassment suits in the construction industry (also by me).
  • Univ. of Ill. Voids Design Contract After Ethics Review, July 31, web and print
    This article netted 1700 unique visits in one week, with visitors staying an average of two minutes to read about the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana voiding a design contract for fear of the appearance of conflict of interest in the bidding process. The article also got comments, which is exceedingly rare on ENR since new comment regulations were enacted; and on August 2 it appeared in the Architectural Record, ENR’s sister publication.

All but one of the articles are behind paywalls now. If you’re interested in my work, contact me: I can get copies of the stories in PDF form. Thank you for reading!

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