Louis Goggans/ Reporter /MicroMemphis
Louis Goggans was of the six original reporters for MicroMemphis.com - a hyperlocal news site started by the University of Memphis Department of Journalism in the Spring of 2011. The students covered the Cooper-Young neighborhood, an eclectic, tight-knit community located in the city of Memphis. During its first semester of operation, the site received coverage in the Memphis Commercial Appeal; the Memphis Business Journal; and CBS affiliate, WREG-TV. Work from the site was also used republished on the website of NBC affiliate, WMC-TV. This is a report created by Journalism professor Lurene Kelley that documents some of Louis' most significant contributions to the success of www.micromemphis.com.
- Louis 'live tweeted' a Cooper-Young Community Association meeting. Few major developments came out of the meeting, but he did a fine job of finding what would be most important to a small community.
- Louis' background is newspaper/magazine, but for MicroMemphis he produced his first natural sound package. His video story was republished on the website of NBC affiliate WMC-TV.
- Louis' beat was recreation. He centered on cycling, one of the most popular activities in Cooper-Young at the moment. He maintained a page dedicated to recreation and Tweeted about recreational-related activities.
- In addition to reporting for Micromemphis, Louis was a intern this semester for Memphis' alternative weekly, the Memphis Flyer.
- Louis even spoke to the student chapter of NABJ about his experiences at a writer for a niche publication.
- Louis was one of the most dedicated to his beat and found a number of interesting and off-beat stories about recreation in Cooper-Young. He also found an interest in video storytelling and plans to pursue it more thoroughly as another reporting avenue.
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