FRONTLINE documentary benefits from MLIS student's workTuesday, January 17, 2012
Renato Rodriguez played an important role in the FRONTLINE documentary "Nuclear Aftershocks," which aired February 17 on KCTS. Rodriguez conducted the archival research to identify the video and photos used in the documentary. He worked with the producers to develop a wish list of items they felt would support the storyline: The implications that the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan may have for the U.S. nuclear safety.
Through extensive research, he found the materials, contacted vendors, identified licensing fees and created a database of contacts and tags for the producers to use as they finalized the materials needed for the show.
Rodriguez has a ten year career in television, most recently as an associate producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting where he worked on "History Detectives" and other shows. He left his job to become an MLIS student in September 2011. He now works in the UW Library Special Collections as a graduate assistant.
Visit FRONTLINE to find out more about "Nuclear Aftershocks."