Category: Portfolio

A mobile platform for a hyperlocal news site

5th June

If you have an iPhone, you can check out the mobile site at I’m still beta testing the Androids. You can download this project summary here or the detailed project overview (complete with tons of mockups and screenshots) here.

I created a mobile platform for Richmond Confidential (RichCon), a hyperlocal news site run by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The website is, and beta testing is mostly done for the iPhone, though not the Android (yet). Check it out on your mobile device. Here’s a longer explanation of the project.

I created a mobile website because they are device agnostic – one version works for all mobile devices (unlike apps). HTML5 allows developers to build richer applications that can be supported on the web. Mobile sites are the future of news.

I led the project. All the functionality is my …

Bay Area Living: Should you rent or own?

29th February

In 2010, there were a number of articles that came out saying that it was better for people to rent property rather than own it in the California Bay Area. Using interactives, data visualizations, videos and text, I lead my team (classmates at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) on this multimedia package.

I worked on the flash interactive at the top, as well as coordinated the project, discussing what story/data needed to be told in what medium.

The programs we used for the data visualizations were Flash and Protovis.

Please click through to the project page.

The Infamous News Quiz

29th February

While I was working as an online editor for Newzwag, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of Agence France-Presse, we wanted to make a news game that would show off your knowledge of current news and encourage people to keep reading. This was one of the strategies we had for getting people to engage with their news. We had a general news quiz, which was on Facebook, but we also had a sports quiz and entertainment quiz. Different renditions of this ended up on Yahoo!, ESPN, the Miami Herald, SFGate and more.

We also made an iPhone app version.

My job was to create questions, find art and occasionally fill in for the editor. We would also have to play the games ourselves for quality control. The best questions are short and concise, which can be difficult to do with complicated topics.

AFP PIX: An iPhone App

29th February

While I worked as an editor for Newzwag, a San Francisco-based subsidiary of Agence France-Presse (AFP), one of my duties was to create and edit photo stories for our iPhone app. Originally, a few coworkers and I started posting photo stories to a blog. We took our inspiration from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog. We also allowed users to share the photos they liked to Facebook.
This was one of my first experiences creating content for mobile platforms, as well as creating and editing photo stories. When we released this product in 2009, it was before people really read more than a couple lines on their mobile devices. We decided to keep things simple: compelling photos with short captions, ordered in a way that tells a story.

For more information on the product (now defunct), see the video below.

Flying solo: One turkey’s Thanksgiving

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13th December

This hen spent Thanksgiving alone, strutting the streets of Richmond.

Just take out the tooth

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13th December

Tooth pulling is usually a last resort, but it’s common among those without dental care.

Richmond High: The Season of Revenge

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10th December

Richmond High’s undefeated football team vows a “season of revenge” after besting Burton High School 16-6 on 09/10/2010.

Korean American volunteers fill void in cancer patient care in San Jose

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12th November

Part of a two-article series on Korean-Americans with cancer in the California Bay Area.

Cancer screenings hard sell for Korean-Americans

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12th November

Part of a two-article series on Korean-Americans with cancer in the California Bay Area.

Twenty-four arrested in food-service employment protests

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12th November

Twenty-four people were arrested while protesting the out-sourcing of food-service workers and janitorial staff at UC Davis.