In 2016, metal fabricator Cory Fass stripped his chopper motorcycle down to the naked frame. When he welded, I observed. I asked questions while he was grinding steel and polishing aluminum. I learned about motorcycles, design, craftsmanship, and a lot about Cory Fass. 

To Say Something is sixteen lessons, sixteen things I learned or confirmed about saying something through visual elements during the hours spent witnessing a custom chopper come to life in a Kansas City double door garage. This class is to help photographers, visual communicators, draw closer to their unique expression, to point to something, to say something. 

Statement of Doctoral Objectives


Master of Arts in Journalism, Regent University

Research Interest

Media Sociology, Doctoral Program

Research Plan

Ethnography; journalist of journalists studying the inner workings of news and media decision making.

Why Missouri School of Journalism

Mizzou method for unbeatable experience in hands on learning; associate with a J-school of the highest professional and ethical standards; benefit from the tremendous on campus synergy and serendipity.

Future Goals

Staff writer and photographer for Kansas City Star; full time contributor to On the Media at WNYC; researcher and writer for Pew Research Center; teach journalism at University of Missouri.

Cory MacNeil