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PORTFOLIO OF WORK

Work Highlights

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I GOT MY ASS KICKED AT EVE WRESTLING AND HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE

Buzzfeed Community, 2018

"A few women have taken the class before and are able to easily swing their bodies over their heads and rise like mythical water-creatures. When it’s my turn, I learn that the act of heaving one’s entire body over one’s delicate head does not come easily for everyone and halfway through the move I flop to the side, appearing more dead fish than water nymph."

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HOMELESS WOMEN IN LONDON ARE DENIED DONATED MENSTRUAL SUPPLIES

Buzzfeed Community, 2018

"Ms Piper tried walking into a food pantry on one of her first weeks in the city, whose location she learned from another person living on the street. She claimed she was denied access to the pantry because she had her dog, Bonnie, with her. Ms Piper was later told, by another homeless person, that she needed proof of having lived on the streets of a specific borough for at least five years before any shelter or food pantry would help her."

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LONDON MODEL GETS REAL ABOUT RACISM IN THE INDUSTRY

Buzzfeed Community, 2018

"At London’s Fashion Week last September, the 23-year-old recalled being one of only two mixed-race models on her runway and left alone until the end by the hairstylists and make-up artists.

'None of the artists would come near us,' Ms Stone said of her first time at Fashion Week. 'The experience made me feel like who I was was problematic.'"

 

Campaign Coverage

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SAMUEL GEBRU KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN FOR CITY COUNCIL

Neighbor Media, CCTV, 2017

"A small white room with ceiling fans gently swirling the humidity around, creaking wooden floors and painted metal pipes jutting out of the walls, and a simple pine podium stood in front of an eye-catching blue and orange sign that read: Samuel Gebru for City Council."

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DENNIS CARLONE ANNOUNCES CITY COUNCIL REELECTION BID

Neighbor Media, CCTV, June 2017

"Carlone is running for his third two-year term as City Council member, but he comes from a background that includes more than 40 years serving as a planner, architect, and urban design consultant for the city. In his career Carlone has had the opportunity to understand and value the impact development can have on a community, and vice versa, he said.

'The truth is you work with experts, the people who know the issues – neighbors, small businesses, nonprofits, advocacy groups.'”

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HARVARD STUDENT NADYA OKAMOTO KICKS OFF CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN

Neighbor Media, CCTV, June 2017

"The campaign recently launched an internship program for college or high school age volunteers who would like to make a regular commitment.

'We’re working with people of color, with youth, with people of all ages, with people who just have an interest in changing Cambridge,' said Janover."

 

News Coverage

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WOMEN'S MARCH TAKES OVER BOSTON COMMONS

Neighbor Media, CCTV, 2017

"'We can whine, or we can fight back,' shouted Sen. Warren over the cheers, 'And me, I’m ready to fight back!'

Pointedly absent from the collection of political leaders on stage was Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. In the crowd of marchers, a few began the chant, 'Where’s our governor?' It lasted only a minute, but the sentiment was heard."

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AIR QUALITY "ILLEGAL" IN KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA

2017

"Cllr Nicholls introduced the motion for debate on air quality and climate change out of concern over decreased life expectancy and other health concerns related to air pollution.


'In September, the mayor of London triggered the capitol’s emergency air quality alert for the seventh time in 13 months, because of the shocking state of our city’s filthy and illegal air,' said Cllr Nicholls."

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RAFT PROGRAM PREVENTS HOMELESSNESS, SAVES TAXPAYERS MILLIONS

Spare Change News, 2017

"Currently, a pilot program is providing financial education to clients of RAFT, in the hope to prevent them from needing additional assistance and keep them out of crisis.

'Because they’re in crisis, it’s difficult to look beyond, ‘how do I get through this month and next month?’” explains Fitzgerald."

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REPORTING THE PANDEMIC'S EVER-CHANGING FACTS

April, 2020

"We are living in a reality seemingly pulled from a dystopian science fiction novel. Now, people are scared and looking for answers. With much still unknown about COVID-19, these answers often aren’t readily available. Meanwhile, data and expert advisories change frequently."

 
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THE WORLD'S ONLY CURIOUS GEORGE STORE IS NOT LEAVING HARVARD SQUARE COMPLETELY

Neighbor Media, CCTV, 2017

"The Cambridge community has been fiercely supportive of the store from the beginning. Meetings of the Cambridge Historical Commission have been attended by lovers of the store, and Adam Hirsch himself appeared at the first meeting toting a large Curious George stuffed animal.

Hirsch began a petition days after the news became public back in September. With an original goal of 6,000 signatures, the change.org petition now has 5,855 and has increased its goal to 7,500.

But the petition was not one of protest.

'There’s nothing to protest,' Hirsch explains."

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ADULT BICYCLE TRAINING PROGRAM STRUGGLING IN CHELSEA DUE TO STORAGE SHORTAGE

2017

"BikeMinded provides free drop-in cycling lessons for Chelsea residents. The majority of those who come tend to be Muslim women who live in the World’s End Estate.


The aim of the program is to promote health and wellness in the community and to encourage environmental sustainability. For the women in attendance, the ability to ride a bike could be liberating and give them mobility they have not had before, said Marina Kroyer, Sustainable Living Coordinator for the program."

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MOVE FOR EQUAL GENDER PAY IN NHS: A LOOK AT ROYAL BROMPTON HOSPITAL

2018

"Data from Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, released in response to a Freedom of Information request, ahead of the official report, revealed that the gender pay gap is still an issue across almost every department within the Royal Brompton Hospital.


Looking at the 1650 full time, permanent employees across eight departments, 1100 of which are women, the average salary for men was 4% higher than the salaries of women. The only department where women earn a higher average than men is Allied Health Professionals, where the average salary for women is 7% higher than men."

 

Humor Writing

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HOW TO THROW AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY IN YOUR 20'S TO PROVE YOU'RE GROWING OUT OF THAT STAGE OF LIFE

Medium, 2019

"The blessed day arrives. You and Jess scramble to finish set-up while her boyfriend in the kitchen makes a #MeToo joke about role reversal that you both pretend not to hear and every five minutes you congratulate each other on #adulting so well. Ten minutes before go-time, you are in your bedroom taking cleansing breaths and blow-drying the pit stains out of your one silk blouse."

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GUIDELINES TO MY VAGINA

Medium, 2018

"6) Remember: Our staff are here to help you!


Craig has been with us since 2013. He works security on nights and weekends, so we can all feel safe. Even though Craig isn’t the most personable troll in My Vagina, we consider him family and he’s always good for a handful of loose raisins and a campfire story. So don’t forget to bring your flashlight!"

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I GOT MY ASS KICKED AT EVE WRESTLING AND HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE

Buzzfeed Community, 2018

"A few women have taken the class before and are able to easily swing their bodies over their heads and rise like mythical water-creatures. When it’s my turn, I learn that the act of heaving one’s entire body over one’s delicate head does not come easily for everyone and halfway through the move I flop to the side, appearing more dead fish than water nymph."

 

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