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Journalism Experience

Finance & Commerce and Minnesota Lawyer | Twin Cities

  • Web Editor and Staff Writer (fall 2015-present)
  • Manage the websites, social media accounts and digital strategy of a daily and a semiweekly newspaper, including working with a team to introduce new products and features for a growing readership.
  • Edit freelancer and staff stories for print and digital publication.
  • Use web traffic analytics to regularly strategize with colleagues about the best ways to tell and share stories online.
  • Write cover stories and a regular political and legal history column covering topics such as the anti-Semitic smear campaign that successfully swayed the 1938 Minnesota governor’s race, an abusive husband who derailed the career of a female politician and a congressman who lied about the size of his crowds.

CBSMinnesota.com | Twin Cities

  • Web Producer (summer 2014-fall 2015)
  • Wrote breaking news and feature stories on diverse topics such as teen pregnancy, biohackers, sick leave legislation, lurking laws, illicit massage parlors, wireless internet expansion, a police scanner nut and an autodidactic acrobat.
  • Made final editorial decisions on homepage content and rewrote television news packages as web stories. Created breaking news alerts and communicated with more than 100,000 Facebook fans and 50,000 Twitter followers.
  • Rewrote television news packages as web stories.
  • Posted and updated content from AP wire, cut video from newscasts, create breaking news alerts.
  • Once wrote a perfect headline: ‘Tennis Coach Is Game To Set Consecutive Match Record’

Patch.com | Twin Cities

  • Local Editor (summer 2011-winter 2014)
  • Edited and managed community journalism websites in the Minneapolis area.
  • Told stories through narrative writing, pictures, videos, and social media.
  • Covered breaking news, crime, courts, city council, education, sports, business and features stories.
  • Held long-term beats, developed community sources, pursued stories through open records applications.
  • Served as regional specialist in video journalism, covered high-stakes stories and taught colleagues to use software.
  • Organized and attended events to promote the Patch brand.
  • Received several quarterly and annual awards for work ethic, innovation and flexibility.
  • Gained attention of local news sites, including Bring Me the News, City Pages and the Star Tribune.

Washingtonian Magazine | Washington, D.C.

  • Editorial Intern (fall 2010)
  • Wrote articles on real estate, summer camps, and Washington events for print and Web
  • Contributed research and writing to features packages, fact-checked articles and listings

Freelance Writer

Atlantic Media Company | Washington, D.C.

  • Research Associate (spring 2009)
  • Researched proceedings of the 110th Congress for the 2010 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics.”

The Mac Weekly | St. Paul, Minn.

  • Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, News Editor, Staff Writer (fall 2006-spring 2010)
  • Supervised staff of 20 editors, managed $30,000 annual budget, made final editorial decisions.
  • Introduced Twin Cities news summary section, added original videos to website, joined social media sites.
  • Edited articles for content and grammar, prioritized placement of articles in newspaper, formatted pages.
  • Created and assigned story ideas, counseled writers on journalistic skills, determined news section content.
  • Researched context of articles; interviewed students, staff and faculty about articles; wrote articles.

Education

Macalester College | Graduated magna cum laude (May 2010)

  • B.A.: Political science, sociology

Georgetown University | Study away program

  • Capital Semester on Political Journalism, The Fund For American Studies (spring 2009)
  • Courses: Economics and Public Policy, Public Affairs & Journalism, Theories of Constitutional Interpretation.

Awards and Honors

  • Hearst Journalism Fellowship Finalist
  • Awarded first place for investigative reporting in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2007-08 College Newspaper Contest
  • Awarded 2010 Open Government Journal Research/Essay Contest prize; paper published in July 2010 edition of journal
  • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society

Skills

  • Computer: Microsoft Office, HTML, CSS, LexisNexis, Photoshop, Quark, InDesign, K4, Tableau, InCopy, iMovie, iNews, WordPress, Sienna, WorldNow, Audacity, Facebook, Twitter
  • Language: Intermediate Spanish
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