Conrad Fox

International reporting projects, migration and robotics



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  • Design concepts based on radio soap opera familiar to rural audiences
  • Custom podcast feed

Vidas Cruzadas

The home page for an episodic Spanish-language radio story about migration between Central America and Mexico. The series followed two young boys on a solo trip from El Salvador to the United States, as seen through the eyes of their waiting parents. Along the way, it told the stories of other migrants, weaving a rich narrative of uprooting, movement and homecoming. The drama was reportage, not fiction, but it was aimed at community radio stations who asked us to tell it in a manner similar to the radionovelas their audiences were accustomed to. For this reason, the design is reminiscent of a soap opera, featuring a dramatic collage of migrants in the banner image. The banner looks melodramatic, but the people in the photos are real, and they tell their stories throughout the series. Other images draw on references to travel and to drama with photos taken by our journalists framed to look like polaroid snaps, and key characters as the famous loteria cards of Latin American childhood.

The series was also distributed as a podcast, and I created a custom podcast feed of the episodes on the backend.


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For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.