Wiped, Flashed, and Rekitted: The International Black Market of Stolen Cell Phones
“Wiped, Flashed, and Rekitted: The International Black Market of Stolen Cell Phones,” a master’s project by Alexandra Garretón (’15), Chris Schodt (’15) and Jake Nicol (’15) combines video, animation, text and data visualization in an immersive package that explores the rise of cellphone theft and how the devices are being sold abroad.
Garretón, Nicol, and Schodt traveled to Chicago and to Brazil for their reporting. The trip to Brazil was partially funded by National Geographic, which published one of the videos and some of the data visualizations.
AWARDS & HONORS:
The project was nominated for a 2016 National News & Documentary Emmy Award for "New Approaches Documentary," won a 2016 Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence: Digital from the RTDNA and was named a finalist for the Online News Association's top award for student projects.