One of The Maneater’s Long Reads from the spring 2015 semester was named a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Multimedia Story of the Year contest.
The Long Read, published April 1, is titled “Accessibility in Greektown.” A freshman writer, Alana Saad, looked at how easy (or hard) it was to get around Greektown with a disability, especially in a wheelchair. There have been a few women who have gone through formal sorority recruitment in wheelchairs, but not many. And Saad talked to one to put a personal twist on the story.
One of the graphics incorporated into the Long Read include a list of all the Greek chapters and whether they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. The chapters were asked to answer if they had: 1) an accessible front door; 2) an accessible side entrance; 3) a bedroom on the first floor; 4) a restroom on the first floor; and 5) if they had an elevator.
There are also two videos that accompany the text for this multimedia story: one with the woman (Scarlett who recently went through recruitment in a wheelchair and one with MU’s former Campus and Community Relations Chairman, who talked about how campus isn’t even that accessible.
Zach Baker, photo editor, produced the videos for the Long Read. Michael Cali, a staff photographer, took many of the pictures and helped with the visuals for the story. Ben Kothe, then-graphics manager, produced the graphics. Molly Duffy, then-Long Reads editor, was the editor in charge of the Long Read. And Carlie Procell, Online Development editor coded the multimedia piece.
The winners of the Multimedia Story of the Year will be announced at this year’s Associated Collegiate Press conference Oct. 31 in Austin, Texas. Last year, The Maneater was awarded with three honors in the Multimedia Story of the Year category.