Multimedia Projects

Samples of some of my multimedia journalism

Americans keeping up the caffeine intake during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a critical toll on the way people live across the globe, including the way Americans live. From the shutdown of schools and businesses that keep the U.S. on its toes, the major health crisis led to an economic crisis. In this economic crisis, the coffee industry suffered massively without customers coming to get a daily cup of joe.

According the National Coffee Association, Americans that generally drink coffee away from home "decreased by 20 percent." The nationwide lockdown and the impact it had on small businesses, including local coffee shops, has a financially negative affect.

However, despite the unfortunate crisis, Americans started to brew their own coffee and learned to move the coffee shop to their respective home. There was a major coffee trend from TikTok for "whipped coffee," also known as "Dalgona Coffee," a known Korean specialty coffee.

The aftermath of the pandemic, and the influence of social media trends has led to an increase of making coffee at-home, rather than buying coffee. Occasionally, coffee consumers have supported local coffee shops through purchasing a beverage or coffee beans to keep them open. Then, those same consumers save the extra buck by making their own brew each day.

The COVID-19 pandemic has lended to a large percentage of Americans brewing their own coffee at home and learning to create special forms of coffee - like an iced caramel latte!

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Timeline of the Murders of Officers Joering and Morelli

The timeline gives a brief overview of the 2018 murders of officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. There's explanation of the situation regarding perpetrator Quentin Smith, and the two officers on Feb. 10, 2018. For more coverage of the situation from 2018, WSJ provides coverage of the situation.

2021 Suicide Rates

Suicide affects individuals across the world, and it is a noted statistic being taken into April 2021.

The graphic demonstrates the suicide rates by a country’s rank and between the male and female sexes. The male suicide rate is significantly higher in comparison to female suicide rates, despite countries like Lesotho and Myanmar that have a high female suicide rate than male suicide rate. 

On the national level, the United States suicide rank is 27, with the suicide rate at 15.3. The male suicide rate at 23.6 and the female rate at 7.2.

The country in the top suicide rank is Lithuania with the male suicide rate being at 58.1 and the female suicide rate being at 9.5 per 100,000 people in the nation. The country in the low suicide rank is Antigua and Barbuda with the male suicide rate being at 0 and the female suicide rate being at 0.9. There is a distinction between the two nations and their populations, Lithuania being at 2.794 million (2019) and Antigua & Barbuda being at 97,118 (2019). The statistics demonstrate how suicide massively affects populations worldwide, though certain numbers may be significantly higher compared to others.

If you or someone you know is struggling or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, reach out to the Wood County Crisis Line (419-502-4673) or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

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