When Ryan Sellers pulls up next to someone on his bike and asks to take a photo, he’s not sure what kind of reaction he’ll get.
“Nobody’s expecting a guy to come up with a camera. I never know where a conversation is going to lead,” said Sellers, 27, a Midtown resident.
In February, Sellers started a photo blog called True KC, offering snippets of insight into the lives of Kansas City residents he encounters on bike rides and walks through the Plaza, Midtown, the Crossroads, East Side and more. Continue reading
Mitch Smith, a Chicago Tribune reporter who graduated from Blue Valley High School, wrote a story this week reflecting on Sunday’s fatal triple shooting in Overland Park.
“On Facebook and Twitter, my friends and former teachers mourned the loss of life, told stories about Reat and repeated variations on the line you always hear when an act of hate interrupts the most normal of days in the most normal of places: “I never thought it could happen here,” wrote Smith, a 2009 graduate of Blue Valley High. Continue reading
Here’s a fun tale from the Milwaukee area: a woman who grew up in Waukesha, Wis., and now lives in Jefferson City, sent the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel a check for $5.
When she was a child, she took a pile of quarters from a pile of Sunday papers outside a convenience store. She thought they were there for the taking. Years later, the innocent theft ate at her conscience. To make amends, she sent the J-S a check.
Read the story here.
Matt Tait, the KU football beat writer for the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com, was named to Editor & Publishers “25 Under 35″ list.
Tait, who joined the paper in 2007, covered high school sports before taking over the KU football beat when Dugan Arnett, now with The Star, left. Continue reading
The family of Graciela Olivas, who was killed as KCK cops pursued a suspect, has hired a law firm to investigate her death, and the role of the police department and General Motors may have had in it. Olivas was the mother of KCTV reporter Sandra Olivas.
Christopher Stewart was charged with murder after his car allegedly struck Graciela Olivas’ car in February.
The family hired the firm after another car chase involving KCK ended in an 8-year-old girl’s death. The family also alleges the airbags in Olivas’ car, which is part of a GM recall, did not deploy.
Clear off the mantles! KC’s news organizations are winning recognition for their work. The latest:
The Star’s Eric Adler won the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award for his story “Life of the Party,” which details how a terminal cancer patient said goodbye to the world (the story is no longer available on The Star’s site, but can be found here.)
The Star’s Dugan Arnett, Darryl Levings, Mike Fannin, Steve Shirk and Kathy Lu were finalists for the IRE Awards for their reporting on the Maryville sex assault scandal that caught national attention.
KSHB’s investigative powerhouse was also a runner-up for an IRE Award for their story, “Trail of Dirty Deeds,” which investigated widespread real estate fraud in the Kansas City area.
The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Tim Carpenter and Celia Llopas-Jensen were awarded the Victor Murdock Award by the Kansas Press Association for their reporting on the policies of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Star’s Miriam Pepper was given the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award by the KPA.
Kansas City’s two public media entities are joining forces. KCUR and KCPT announced their partnership last week.
The two organizations will collaborate on agriculture stories, as part of KCUR’s Harvest Public Media project. Also in the fold is the Kansas Health Institute, which will contribute health reporting.
Bill Mayer, who worked for the Lawrence Journal-World from 1950 to 2010, died Thursday. He was 88.
Mayer, a navigator on a World War II Army bomber, served in numerous capacities at the Journal-World, including managing editor and executive editor. He wrote a sports column published in the paper for 60 years, until his formal retirement in 2010. Continue reading