Nick Escobar

I am Nicholas Escobar, a graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am from the southern suburbs of Chicago. I worked at The Daily Illini, the independent student newspaper at the university for three years. In my time there I was a reporter, the metro editor, the design editor and a designer. I have covered elections, both in the field and in house, worked on a redesign and rebuilt the design desk at The Daily Illini. My passion lies in page design but I also have experience with multimedia including audio, audio slideshows and video. After Poynter I will be looking for a job as a designer or for something involving multimedia.


Personal Narrative – Nick Escobar

Click here to download Nick Escobar’s personal narrative in a lossless Quicktime format. … Read more

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My morning in a Segway gang

Five men tear down the sidewalk along North Shore Drive in St. Petersburg, Fla. The group cackles like a villainous biker gang from a Charles Bronson movie. With the mist of Tampa Bay against their faces, they force women to reel in their dogs and bikers to peddle on grass.

The ruffians cruise at 12 mph past the million-dollar homes of the Old Historic Northeast neighborhood north of downtown.

They are kings of the sidewalk. These men ride Segways.

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These men — I am one of them — are part of a guided Segway tour along a stretch of St. Petersburg’s Tampa Bay beachfront.

The tour departs from the St. Petersburg Museum of History at the entrance to the Pier.

We go through an intense five-minute training session learning how to use the gray personal transports.… Read more

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A history of 532 Beach Drive NE

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Street Smart

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Brown pelican life cycle

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Pelican pop quiz

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Welcome to Northeast!

The Northeast beat extends father north — and east — than any other Summer Fellowship beat. It’s bordered on the east by Tampa Bay, and it’s northernmost point, Snell Isle, is surrounded mostly by bayou. To the north, it’s adjacent to the Woodlawn neighborhood of St. Petersburg, and to the east, the East of 34th Street beat. It incorporates most of Downtown St. Pete, and its southernmost points reach all the way to the Southeast and Maggiore beats.

Northeast is home to the Kids & Kubs 75-and-older softball league, local and chaincoffeehouses, public parks with banyan trees and carnivals galore. Its shuffleboard club is the new hip thing and the alphabet is everywhere. Read some earlier stories about the beat here and here, but don’t forget to check back on Wednesday, June 13, for a new perspective and new stories from Northeast St.… Read more

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