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After receiving my master's degree from Northwestern, I accepted a graduate fellowship with CNN.com and, later, a job. During my time there, I produced CNN and wire stories for the site in breaking news and daily situations, building the articles out with photos, fact boxes, related links, and interactive elements, like galleries and explainers.
While most of my work was news producing, I managed to work in some original material. I started with an interview-based photo gallery in the CNN Center atrium, talking to visitors about the possible baseball strike, and continued from there.
Sept. 6, 2002: Cities
responding to 9/11 'wake-up call'
Jan. 28, 2003: Talkin'
with the Big Man
April 8, 2003: Military
man Brooks steps up to the mike
April 10, 2003: Garner
seeks to reprise his success
June 25, 2003: Coalition
deaths fewer than in 1991
Also serving as CNN.com's representative to the network's Military Desk, I rewrote packages from television; interviewed CNN's contributing staff of generals, then shaping Web-only columns; and tracked down answers from our experts to the site staff's military-related queries.
Prior to the war's start, in addition to my Web producing, I also wrote introductions for the site of interviews conducted by CNN International's The Music Room. Credited introductions to interviews included those of Oasis and David Bowie. Uncredited introductions included Darren Hayes (formerly of Savage Garden), Britney Spears and Usher.
Design influence: Greetings from Asbury Park NJ.
© Patrick Cooper 2007