As Wikipedia notes: “Jordan was one of the first monkeys to travel into space. As part of the NASA space program, Jordan, also known as ‘Old Reliable,’ was launched from Cape Canaveral on December 13, 1958 in the U.S. Jupiter AM-13 rocket. The rocket would travel over 1500 miles and reach a height of 310 miles before returning to Earth and landing in the South Atlantic. Unfortunately a technical malfunction prevented the capsule’s parachute from opening and, despite a short search, neither his body nor the vessel were ever recovered.”
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I got my start in news multimedia production for The Roanoke Times / roanoke.com before diving into public safety and general assignment reporting. My work has appeared in The Bristol Herald Courier, The Daily Progress, The Coalfield Progress and The Virginian-Pilot, among other publications.
As a multimedia producer at The Roanoke Times, I did daily website maintenance using in-house and industry standard content management systems; news and webcast video production, including live-streaming of events; front-end webpage design; news writing; online copy editing; use and assessment of SEO strategies; special projects and other assignments. I helped launch and maintain the paper’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, and went on to lead and coauthor a newsroom initiative to define ethical standards for reporters when using social networks.
My award-winning reporting later focused on the public safety beat, with a mix of general assignment stories. I’ve authored numerous enterprise and breaking news stories, including front-page and local centerpiece articles. My experience includes covering a wide range of topics, from capital murders to cat shows to presidential candidate stops.
I’m now multimedia Web producer at Virginia Tech, where I’m responsible for the coordination, dissemination, training in and analysis of video, photography and other multimedia on Virginia Tech’s website and social media presences.
My mom is super proud of me.
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“It is not your responsibility to complete the task of perfecting the world, but neither are you free to desist from doing all you can.” – Jewish proverb