Pulse of the Parkway Teaser
filmed, shot and edited by PoP Staff
Running Time: 1 min, 21 sec. Credits: Voiceover - Johnnie Wade, Soundscape Joshua Herrera, "The Nerve" by Albie Reyes, Videographers: Suzanne Morales, Haeli Paris, Eduardo Rossal, Photographers: Guadalupe Pantaleon, Haeli Paris, Shelby Goldberg, Johnnie Wade, Meredith Hall, David Beccera, Ronnie Gonzalez, Joshua Herrera, Alexia Zilliken, Nissa Tzun, Graphic Design: Katrina Albana, Lourdes Trimidal. Edited by Nissa Tzun
Pulse of the Parkway is a multimedia journalism and community project investigating the life and culture of the Maryland Parkway community launched by photojournalism and interactive media design students at UNLV. Pulse of the Parkway aims to serve as a critical conduit between the Maryland Parkway community and the designated municipalities and individuals that service it, including and not limited to the Regional Transportation Commission, assigned politicians, and investors interested in enhancing the quality of life.
Our team is made up of three working groups: Content Creators, who are our investigative multimedia journalists who go out and find interesting and impactful stories to share. The Design Team is our specialized graphic and web specialists who use their design sensibilities to guide our visual storytelling. The Production Team is our social media and public relations experts who know how to spread the message fast online.
How did Pulse of the Parkway come to be?
Photojournalist Aaron Mayes
Visual Curator of UNLV Special Collections
Mayes gives students a tour of his exhibit, "BUILT," documenting Las Vegas' growth and development as a city. July 16, 2018, Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Nissa Tzun
In the early summer of 2018, Professors Jim Laurie and Nissa Tzun put their heads together for their summer classes with the Department of Journalism & Media Studies at UNLV. The line up for Summer III Term was Laurie's photojournalism class followed by Tzun's Interactive Media Design class. Laurie had heard for awhile about a possible light rail project along Maryland Parkway. The two discussed researching this topic and having the classes launch a multimedia community project that would seek out to discover the culture and community of Maryland Parkway while also investigating further the light rail project and the construction and process involved.
In the previous semester, both professors were inspired by photojournalist and Visual Curator for UNLV Special Collections Aaron Mayes' photo exhibit, "Built," which was on display at the UNLV Lied Library for several months. The gallery showcased Mayes' journey through the Las Vegas Valley, unveiling the interesting and sometimes absurd realities of a manmade city coming into collision with the natural desert and mountain rich scene of Southern Nevada. Mayes also spent a large portion of his time photographing the street of Sahara, touching upon the many varied land and city scapes of Las Vegas.
The students of both classes were able to experience a personal tour by Mayes of the "Built" exhibit and ask questions informing them on how to tackle this project. One week later, representatives from the Regional Transportation Commission came to present their project proposals for transportation upgrades for Maryland Parkway and that Friday Ric Jimenez from the Maryland Parkway Coalition came to speak about his work and organization.