I’m a fourth-year undergraduate studying journalism, computer science and design.
I will graduate in March 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism, a minor in computer science and a certificate in human-centered design innovation from Northwestern University.
My work and interests surround the future of journalism, ranging from user-centric news experiences to business models and journalism practices.
On the Northwestern campus, I was the publisher of campus newsmagazine North by Northwestern and the sponsorship lead, treasurer and assistant project manager for campus engineering team Northwestern Formula Racing.
News Design at The Washington Post
While on residency at The Washington Post, I designed stories for online and for print, with a specific focus on using available tools to bring together story elements in the best way to tell the story to readers.
Here are a few examples.
Other News Design
I sometimes get bored and design things for fun. Here are a few examples.
Chicago Sun-Times Guides
During my time at The Chicago Sun-Times, I developed a visual language and writing style for information about major entertainment events, such as the Pokémon Go Fest and Lollapolloza.
The guides focused on communicating a lot of information succinctly while still maintaining an approachable, conversational style. I pioneered the use of emojis in headings and the use of official CTA line colors to help readers navigate the lengthy guide.
Here are some published examples.
From time to time, I write a few essays and stories. Here are some examples.
We learn about Ethan’s backstory and hidden struggles with being gay, too, in Love, Simon — a backstory that’s never explored for Elliot in Alex Strangelove. While we learn early that Elliot’s father threw him out because he was gay, we never hear much more of that story. That’s upsetting, particularly since LGBT youth homelessness is a serious issue: The Williams Institute at UCLA Law has found LGBT youth are significantly more at risk of experiencing homelessness, and while it’s not mentioned in Alex Strangelove, LGBT youth are also at significantly higher risk for suicide.
These are real issues, and that Alex Strangelove (and Love, Simon) barely acknowledged such problems is disturbing. These films are normalizing LGBTQ stories and celebrating the successes of equality movements, but they’re choosing to obsure the realities of being LGBTQ in today’s society. For heterosexual, cisgender audiences who have never personally dealt with these situations, films like Alex Strangelove are probably their few glimpses into these life stories, and failing to include social issues erects a facade that LGBTQ suffering is a thing of the past.
“And now, Alex Strangelove,” self-published in Leo Ji Stories, June 23, 2018
Other things I do
I sometimes take photos of things on my phone and upload them to Flickr.
Sometimes I get bored, and write some poetry. (It’s not that good.)
Some days, you are far away. And then I miss you —
dashing off to Los Angeles, or Chile, or whatever far-flung place next that I’ve never been to.
Other days, you are nearby —
just up the street, perhaps
or around the corner
Let’s get in touch! What’s your favourite method of communication?