A day in the lab

I spent the day in the Community Media Lab from when Steve Buttry, director of community engagement for Digital First Media, came to do in presentation at 9 a.m. on digital storytelling, which focused on liveblogging. My normal hours in the lab on Wednesdays are 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and instead of leave and come back I decided to remain the rest of the day.

It was relatively quiet so I did work related to several stories, including an update I posted on the case involving an Ypsilanti Township man who shot a 15-year-old boy last month. I also pecked at a story I did Tuesday on the gunshot noises that caused two Dexter Community Schools to be placed on lock down briefly while county sheriff deputies investigated the noise, which was determined to be someone doing target practice within earshot of the schools near Walkabout Creek. I’m hoping to do an update soon with some feedback from the superintendent based on the results of the investigation.

At 2 p.m., things became more lively as Eastern Michigan University Professor Norman Tyler came in with some students to do presentations for their site planning studio course, a capstone course for their last semester before graduation to receive degrees in regional and urban planning. Since I was there I sat in on the presentations and am planning to write a story on it soon. Basically the students planned future development of a parcel designated a Brownfield site in the city. Their conceptualized designs are only for educational purposes and they had some pretty interesting ideas.

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