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The Random Person Project is UMD Assistant Professor John Hatcher’s attempt to prove that everyone has a story worth telling. Hatcher was inspired to begin this project by David Johnson, a newspaper reporter for the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho. For over twenty years, Johnson picked people at random from his local phone book and wrote about them.
Each year, Hatcher assigns his students the task of contacting, interviewing, and writing a story about one person they have never met before. He admits it isn't always easy for students to find someone willing to speak to them. However, those that do share often relate compelling stories of adversity and accomplishment. Here are just a few of the people interviewed this year and their stories. You can read more articles at LakeVoice.
LakeVoice is an online publication produced by the Editing 2 class at UMD. The LakeVoice newsroom is run by students and the content is written by students, but the news is about the community. LakeVoice strives to be a bridge between the UMD campus and the Twin Ports community.
Troy and Jennifer McDonald’s four-year-old daughter, Emma, has spina bifida. The McDonald family is now leading the charge to build a playground in Proctor that is safe for children with disabilities.
25-year-old Bryon Maslow from Isanti explains how he came to be a truck driver.
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