Week One of Harvard's Grad Student Strike

"Harvard’s graduate student union went on strike last week on the final day of fall classes. One week later, pickets continue across campus with no end in sight yet. The union announced their decision to strike last month, days after members overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. The union and the University have met for 28 bargaining sessions since October 2018 and tentatively agreed on 12 contract provisions. Differences on key issues, however, remain: They have yet to find common ground on health care, compensation, and a procedure to adjudicate sexual harassment and discrimination complaints. Video by James S. Bikales, Camille G. Caldera, Mariah Ellen D. Dimalaluan, Kathryn S. Kuhar, Thomas Maisonneuve, Kai R. McNamee, Amanda Y. Su, and Ruoqi Zhang | The Harvard Crimson."

When Harvard's graduate students went on strike, I oversaw The Crimson's multimedia coverage. Over the course of three weeks, I was responsible for organizing, editing, and producing photo and video content related to the strike. In addition to spearheading videos and photo essays, I managed live updates from The Crimson's Instagram page.

Boston Marathon 2019: Jenn E. Greiner

"Jenn E. Greiner '21 is running the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). Jenn will be running on Monday as a part of the Harvard College Marathon Challenge. Video by Naomi S. Castellon-Perez, Isabel A. Giovannetti, Kai R. McNamee, Quinn G. Perini, and Amanda Y. Su | The Harvard Crimson." 

In the weeks leading up to the 2019 Boston Marathon, I spearheaded the production of a video profile on Jenn E. Greiner, a student running the marathon. I researched, planned, and executed several video interviews with Harvard affiliates running the marathon before choosing to focus on Jenn. I directed a team of four other reporters and videographers to create the final product. 

American Lyricist: Amanda S.C. Gorman

"Fifteen Minutes Magazine features Amanda S.C. Gorman '20, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. Read more here. Video by Kai R. McNamee | The Harvard Crimson."

The Biggest Hit: Ben M. Abercrombie

"Ben M. Abercrombie '21 was ready for a successful career as a Harvard football player—until an entirely legal hit snapped his neck, compressing his spinal cord and essentially detaching his brain from the rest of his body. Read more here. Video by Kai R. McNamee | The Harvard Crimson." 

In spring 2018, The Crimson's magazine published an in-depth feature on the recovery of Ben M. Abercrombie, a freshman football player who was paralyzed in his first Harvard game. I went with a writer to Ben's home in Alabama, where we conducted interviews and explored his hometown and high school for two days.

Harvard's RSOs Explained

"3 years have passed since Harvard implemented a set of sanctions against unrecognized social organizations — the university now faces a shifting social landscape and two lawsuits. Crimson reporter Shera S. Avi-Yonah describes the sanctions and RSO status in more detail. Video by Kai R. McNamee and Amanda Y. Su | The Harvard Crimson."

At the end of the spring 2019 semester, I led a video project to summarize the developments in Harvard's controversial treatment of unrecognized social organizations over the last 3 years. 

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