Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Pinball Giver

Since 2013, Daniel Spolar’s nonprofit Project Pinball has donated almost two dozen machines to children’s hospitals across the United States. He speaks with Uncommon Journalism about his organization's efforts to bring comfort to severely ill children, their families and their care providers one ramp shot at a time.

A GENEROUS JACKPOT: Since 2013, Daniel Spolar's nonprofit Project Pinball has donated more than 18 units to children's hospitals in 17 states, with at least five more to be installed by year's end. “We’re trying to help these kids and give them these tools they need to help with their stay and their recovery," he said. "It's a physical thing, and that's why it works in a hospital setting." (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CDC Director Addresses the 'Unprecedented' Risks of Zika

According to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Zika virus poses a "most urgent situation" – but is the United States adequately prepared to respond to the public health crisis?

DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said much more funding is necessary to safeguard U.S. citizens against Zika. "It really is impeding our ability to protect American women from this virus," he said at a June 9 presentation in Atlanta. (Photo Credit: James Swift)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Bun-less Revolution

For five years, Californian Richard Axton tirelessly campaigned for Taco Bell to bring back the Fritos-loaded Beefy Crunch Burrito. Now that the cult favorite item is once again on the fast food chain’s national menu, Axton reflects on his half-decade long crusade – and how his journey demonstrates the impact of social media in changing the nature of consumer/brand relations.

A FREEDOM FIGHTER FOR FRITOS: 28-year-old Richard Axton has waged a five-year struggle against the Taco Bell upper brass to bring his beloved Beefy Crunch Burrito back to the fast food monolith's menu. After mobilizing more than 41,000 online troops, the nation's sixth-largest quick service restaurant surrendered to the 'Beefy Crunch Movement' earlier this year. (Photograph courtesy of Richard Axton)