"No More Tummy Aches for Stephen" wins the 2013 Colorado International Film Festival

Announced August 2013, my CU Boulder Journalism thesis project was the winner of Best Documentary Directing in the Colorado International Film Festival Colorado International Film Festival. Thank you to the Jerger Family and Temple Grandin School

Stephen is a child with Asperger syndrome, his transition to a school that caters specifically to his needs was imperative to his life, family and educational success.

"Modern Feminism: Digital Activism" Panel at the Conference for Media Reform in Denver, 2013

Journalists, activists, and citizens concerned about a free and democratic press gathered in Denver earlier this month for the National Conference for Media Reform. Listen to my report below as I cover the highlights of “Modern Feminism: Digital Activism” and we’ll hear from today’s female non-profit leaders.

If you want to listen to the entire broadcast of “Modern Feminism: Digital Activism” and other presentations from the conference, go to @freepress-sound.

Aired on KGNU 88.5 FM Boulder/Denver

Second Wind Foundation - Emerge 5K Walk/Run raising money for suicide counseling services for at-risk youth

Colorado is the 39th state in the country in terms of mental health coverage. Boulder, on the other hand, has many suicide prevention organizations, and they all deal with different areas of help, assistance, and education. The Hope Coalition provides education on depression and suicide for the elderly and Colie’s Closet has depression and suicide peer educators within the Boulder Valley School District. I sat down at a local coffee shop with the Executive Director and a parent activist of a local non-profit that provides direct counseling to youth in the area. 

Visit SWFBC.org for more information about Second Wind Fund of Boulder County.

They will have a 5k Walk/Run April 28th called "Emerge" - they need people to register, volunteer and donate. It will be at the Boulder Reservoir and Kutandra will be performing at 9:30am - register at runningGuru.com/event/emerge.

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Amy Goodman on the Future of Media Reform at #NCMR13

Journalists, activists, and citizens concerned about a free and democratic press gathered in Denver earlier this month for the National Conference for Media Reform. On the first day of the NCMR, in downtown Denver, I was able to catch Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now, to discuss the future of media reform.

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"Metamorphosis" - Celebrating the life of a local fallen teen

Colorado has the seventh highest suicide rate in the nation. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Colorado, compared to third in the nation. According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in the Boulder Valley School District, 1 in 4 high school students have reported feeling sad or hopeless for two or more weeks as a given time — the definition of clinical depression. Inspired from a local teen suicide tragedy, a composer and music teacher in Boulder Colorado created Metamorphosis, an extravaganza playing at the Dairy Center later this month. I sat down with the creator and the mother of the teen at a local coffee shop to discuss the show’s inspiration and final completion. 

Metamorphosis will be playing at the Dairy Center from April 12 through 14 and April 19 through 21. You can buy tickets at the diary’s website, thedairy.org

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National Conference for Media Reform - Denver, CO

If you will be attending the National Conference for Media Reform next week, April 5-7 2013, (run by Free Press @freepressplease stop by my booth in the Commons area on April 5th. I will be presenting my journalism projects at 10am for about 2 hours. I will discuss my current project with the Colorado Chautauqua and my thesis documentary on Asperger syndrome among other projects. Later, I will be attending the various fun seminars, like Amy Goodmans', and recording pieces for KGNU. 

Watch the conference live starting April 5th: http://conference.freepress.net/stream

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Women and Technology: What's Holding Women Back?

Women have come a long way in US history, from women’s suffrage to the feminist movement, it seems that females are in almost every sector of the economy. However, only 25 percent of information technology positions are held by women in the U.S., that is down from 36 percent in 1991. It is not for a lack of interest or ability. Girls are 56 percent of all students that take Advanced Placement test in US high schools and they are 46 percent of all students who take the AP Calculus test. The interest in math is present, however, girls are only 19 percent of all students who take AP computer science test. I find that the answer to the lack of women in technology could lie in school curriculum and informal education. 

If you know of a high school girl interested in computing you can apply her to the Aspirations in Computing Award through the National Center for Women & Information Technology website at ncwit.org/.

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