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Politics

Election Eve 2016

In the hotly contested battleground state of North Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hosted opposing rallies in Raleigh, NC on the eve of Election Day, Monday, November 7, 2016.


Red, blue and purple: A year in N.C. politics

North Carolina saw presidential visits, big name politicians, civil disobedience and the most expensive senate race in American history while the nation looked to the purple state for answers in a mid-term election that changed the nation’s balance of power.

First Place News Picture Story:  North Carolina Press Photographer Association’s Pictures of the Year Contest.

Honorable Mention News Picture Story: Southern Short Course’s pictures of the year contest.

 

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Gubernatorial Inauguration

I can’t remember the last time I had a six column photo on 1A:

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Conventioneers offer impressions of Charlotte and the DNC

DNC delegates and conventioneers share what they like about Charlotte and what impresses them the most.

Credits:
Travis Long
Mika Chance
Jeffrey Sholar
Laura-Chase McGehee


School Board in Turmoil

In 1976, after years of unpopular and failed proposals, North Carolina’s General Assembly merged Raleigh City schools with Wake County’s sprawling suburban school system in an effort to mitigate “white flight” and comply with court-mandated desegration. The district’s integration efforts eventually established a magnet program regarded a as a model for promoting balanced diversity in the classroom.

Today the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is North Carolina’s largest public school district and the 17th largest in the United States with 143,289 students attending 163 schools during the 2010-11 academic year.

In 2009, an off-year election held in the county’s suburban outlying districts ushered in a Tea Party-backed school board majority that campaigned to end socioeconomic diversity based school enrollment. Promising their constituents neighborhood schools, the new conservative majority voted in 2010 to disregard the socioeconomic factors to determine school assignments.

“When you want to dismantle that, based on political ideology, not based on educational research, there’s something real wrong about that and we have to challenge it,” said North Carolina NAACP President William Barber.

Update – : January 13, 2011 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, voiced his concerns for WCPSS in an editorial for The Washington Post.

Update –  January 19, 2011: Wake County School Board member John Tedesco and the school system’s diversity controversy was the featured subject during The Colbert Report’s segment “The Wørd: Disintegration.”


Legislators Face Off NASCAR-Style


North Carolina state legislators face off in the Pit Crew Challenge with members of the Red Bull pit crew team at the state legislature building.

Credtis:
Footage and editing: Travis Long


The Legislature in 30 Seconds


A video montage of the North Carolina House and the Senate as they gavel in a short session.

Credits:
Footage and editing: Travis Long, Ted Richardson
Music: “Possesive,” YACHT, ASCAP

Colleague Ted Richardson and I were assigned to make a video of the first day of the NC legislative session.

Yawn…

Sorry, I get sleepy just thinking about it. This was Ted’s first day in the new video rotation and I didn’t want him to get a bad taste in his mouth right out of the gate. We decided to keep the video short and sweet with quick cuts and some sped up clips. I focused on long sustained wide shots and Ted keyed in on details.

I called my wife and asked her to scour our iTunes playlist for a 30 second ASCAP song that was fun with lots of beats I could easlily edit to. She suggested “Possesive” by Y.A.C.H.T. and sent it to me via ftp.

We used the fit to fill function in FCP to speed up clips and match them to the beat by setting in and out points on the sequence where we wanted the clips to sync up.


Obama Campaigns in Greensboro, NC


One of more than a dozen videos produced for newsobserver.com during the 2008 democratic primary.

Credits:
Footage and editing: Travis Long