Commentary: “You’ll be stopped again…”

The following is my account of an incident that happened Washington Avenue SW between E and D street SE on Friday, February 7, 2014 around 3:30pm. He walks up, glistening from sweat, wearing gray shorts and shirt. He comes out of the daylight and into the shaded area underneath the train bridge where I am […]

Women Who Speak Through the Streets

Female graffiti and street artists share their message in a subculture dominated by men by Anthony J Rivera The article posted here is a version submitted for a final project in the Interactive Journalism program at American University and has been edited for publication. UPDATE: READ THE PRINT VERSION OF THIS STORY IN THE MAY […]

The Little-Known Backbone of D.C.’s Music Scene

Paperhaus’ Alex Tebeleff Bolsters The City’s Do-It-Yourself Community by Anthony J Rivera The article posted here is a version submitted for a final project in the Interactive Journalism program at American University and has been edited for publication. UPDATE: READ THE PRINT VERSION OF THIS STORY IN THE APRIL 2014 ISSUE OF MID CITY DC […]

Far Side Of Complexity

How ProPublica Created Their Own Interactive Voting Rights Map by Anthony Rivera When ProPublica wanted an interactive map showing readers that states with a history of voter suppression had suddenly changed their laws since the Supreme Court reversed a key part of the Voting Rights Act, Kara Brandeisky had to become an interactive mapmaker pretty […]

Live by the Bomb

Graffiti Writers and Street Artists Still Dare to Tag Up D.C. by Anthony J Rivera Washington, D.C. — My smartphone screen chirps on the bar just as I order a beer. It is a text message from OCB – a graffiti writer. “No offense but how do I know I can trust u,” he writes. […]

The Enforcer on the Streets and on the Ice

READ THIS STORY IN GEORGETOWN PATCH WASHINGTON, D.C., May, 2013 — Brett Parson has always felt a duty to stand between the vulnerable and whatever might harm them. Few communities are perceived as vulnerable as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender (GLBT) community. Parson is a former NHL referee. He’s a police officer. He is one of […]

Johnna Knows Good Startups

When Johnna Rowe accepted an invite to Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis 2008 Food Blogger Challenge she never realized her chicken pot pie recipe would be a little too elaborate for a live show. Other bloggers there had more experience in front of the camera, said Rowe, 30. She had only been writing about food in Washington, […]