Delray: Beyond Isolation
Working with documentary photographer Kenny Karpov, Laura told stories of residents and businesses in the southwest Detroit neighborhood of Delray. The once-booming community suffered massive population losses over the last half century. It’s been said that the area can be seen as a kind of microcosm for the city. In recent years, the building of a proposed bridge to Canada from Delray has further complicated the state of the neighborhood.
As part of the project, Laura produced the feature audio story, Delray Cafe Owner Waits for New International Bridge, which aired on WDET 101.9 FM. The project culminated in two gallery shows that featured an installation of photos and audio. You can explore some of the content from this project online here.
Listen to Detroit
Laura received a SoundCloud Fellowship to produce a prototype for a mobile audio tour of Detroit called Listen to Detroit, in 2012. For the project, Laura and her team created free mobile audio guides that told the stories behind interesting Detroit places. Participants can visit these landmarks and access the free audio guides on-site via their cell phones. They even used to be able to dial the phone number to hear the pieces! Explore the project here.
Dearborn’s Ford Drive In
A sound-rich profile of Southeast Michigan’s last surviving drive in movie theater. This was Laura’s first feature story to air on WDET. It won first place for Radio Broadcast, Feature Reporting for the Society of Professional Journalists – Detroit. Listen to the piece and click through an accompanying slide-show here.