“Diversion Discussion” was a weekly news-column published in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead that answers residents’ questions about the proposed Red River flood protection project.
The accompanying online blog provided those columns and more, including the latest news regarding the ongoing effort to secure the diversion.
The blog averaged 4,000 page views each month, making it one of the top 10 most-read sites among The Forum's two dozen staff blogs. It was discontinued in August 2012. [Sunday columns are available here, and an archive version of the full blog is accessible here.]
I worked for The Forum for three years as a local and federal government and politics reporter from August 2009 to September 2012. But my career with The Forum began in 2007 with my first internship. That 12-week experience challenged and expanded my skills as a journalist, while also helping me learn more about a familiar community through a new perspective.
Two years later, I joined the Forum staff immediately after graduating from Michigan State University in August 2009. My primary coverage areas originally included: North Dakota and Minnesota federal government and politics, federal court, and West Fargo city government.
For most of the 2012 election cycle - as I did previously in all of 2010 - I led the campaign and election coverage for North Dakota's U.S. Senate and House races. I also maintained a blog on North Dakota political and government news, which included campaign analysis.
In fall 2011, newsroom-wide reassignments gave me additional challenges. On top of my original beats, I also took over coverage for the city of Fargo, Cass County (N.D.) and matters related to the Red River diversion project. These beats gave me further opportunities to report on politics and government issues affecting the Fargo-Moorhead metro community.
Here are samples of my work at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead:
"Feeling trapped by diversion, Oxbow couple hopes for way out" • April 14, 2012
"Corps approves diversion study" • Dec. 21, 2011
"Diversion Discussion: Specific mitigation yet to come for landowners" • Dec. 4, 2011
"N.D. finally has U.S. attorney nominee" • Feb. 4, 2010
"Dorgan won't run" • Jan. 6, 2010
2012 Candidate Close-up • December 26-27, 2011 • As an introduction to the 2012 campaign season in North Dakota, I produced a multimedia project featuring the seven candidates for U.S. House and the four candidates for U.S. Senate. The project included Q-and-A interviews in print, with accompanying video interviews online.
"Flickertales from The Hill" included news and analysis on federal government and politics related to North Dakota, with a special emphasis on the state's congressional delegation.
The blog averaged 7,300 page views each month, making it one of the top five most-read sites among The Forum's two dozen staff blogs. It was discontinued in August 2012. [An archive version is accessible here.]
Political reporter Kristen M. Daum, of The (Fargo, N.D.) Forum, appeared as a guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" to discuss then-Sen. Kent Conrad's retirement announcement and what it would mean for the 2012 U.S. Senate race in North Dakota.
"Cultures in Conflict" • June 9-14, 2011 • This was a six-part series publishing in The Forum and Inforum.com, which included written stories, video interviews and an interactive map. I profiled five local individuals who were born in countries around the globe that face social unrest, political change and/or cultural conflict. Then, The Forum invited each of these individuals to participate in a roundtable discussion about international and cultural issues.
Election 2010 wrap-up • November 4, 2010 • To conclude The Forum's 2010 election coverage, I produced an audio slideshow highlighting North Dakota's highly competitive U.S. House race. I shot the photos, captured the audio, edited the media, and built the slideshow by myself. Click to watch on inforum.com:
Recorded using Sony Cybershot DSC-H55. Edited using Windows Movie Maker.
Captured using Sony Cybershot DSC-H55.
Through a collaboration between Forum Communications-owned properties, Forum reporters regularly contribute to news reports on WDAY AM-970 - primarily through a weekday noon news show, but also by calling in breaking news to the station's morning and afternoon talk shows. (The noon news show was discontinued in September 2010.)