JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

USA TODAY

Homefront editor
November 2010-present

  • • Oversees the selection and presentation of editorial content on the home, news and world pages to ensure accurate, fast and compelling delivery of latest news to a general audience
  • • Manages and mentors a 24/7 staff of eight, from veteran to rookie journalists
  • • Coordinates daily with content and distribution editors in every section and on every platform, including tablet/mobile and digital development
  • • Monitors audience traffic and behaviors, using this data to drive improvements
  • • Handles breaking news and major events, including the 2012 political campaigns and conventions, Osama bin Laden’s death, tsunami in Japan, Super Bowl, Oscars

Multiplatform producer
July 2010-November 2010

  • • Served key role in forming wireframes, architecture and design for Your Life vertical, including health, wellness and lifestyle content
  • • Created and ran the USA TODAY Your Life Facebook page and @USATODAYhealth on Twitter (went from 0 to 52,000 followers, making it 3rd most popular for USA TODAY)
  • • Analyzed competitors; researched, interviewed potential content partners

Online producer
April 2008-July 2010

  • • Increased page views in health, religion, education and pets about 50%
  • • Guided bloggers, informed by social media, Google trends and Omniture surveillance
  • • Collaborated with reporters, editors, database gurus, photographers, designers and copy desk, managing breaking news packages and long-term enterprise projects
  • • Trained team of 24 in variety of Web publishing tools and concepts, including search engine optimization, photo editing, basic HTML, blogging and social media
  • • Chosen by editors to analyze and help improve technical and workflow efficiencies
  • • Wrote more than 200 blog posts as well as several articles for multiple platforms

Assistant news director
June 2005-March 2008

  • • Edited homefront, creatively balancing breaking news and enterprise from every section
  • • Served as major point of contact for production and promotion of breaking news events, including Katrina, ’06 British terror plot, Virginia Tech deaths and elections

THE CURRENT, Washington, D.C.

Freelance reporter  
April 2006-July 2007

  • • Reported dozens of stories on local trends, artists and leaders; all centerpieces

THE EAGLE, American University, Washington, D.C.

Secretary, Board of directors
2010 to present

Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Features Editor, Reporter
August 2001-March 2005

  • • Oversaw print and Web redesign; more than tripled traffic to TheEagleOnline.com
  • • Managed 30 editors, writers, photographers, designers and 60 freelancers
  • • Led staff to 2nd place Best Overall Non-Daily Newspaper, Mid-Atlantic Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence; SPJ awards for Editorial Writing, Sports Columns; Associated Collegiate Press 2nd-place Best of Show; Pacemaker finalist
  • • Created manuals on ethics, copy editing, interviewing techniques, news judgment

THE PRAGUE POST, Prague, Czech Republic

Intern           
February-May 2004

  • • Selected, prioritized, wrote briefs for stories for an international expatriate audience

THE YORK DISPATCH, York, Pa.

Reporting intern
Dec. 2003-Jan. 2004

  • • Reported local news/features, from sex crimes to NASCAR, several for front page

EDUCATION

American University BA Journalism, BA Literature
May 2005, 3.65 GPA

HONORS

  • • Earned dozens of daily newsroom awards and two weekly “body of work” awards for “exemplary,” “creative” work, including reader engagement and blog management
  • • American University Presidential Scholarship, full tuition, 2001-2005
  • • American News Women’s Club Scholarship, 2004
  • • Nominated by the School of Communications dean and professors for the Outstanding Service to the University Community Award
  • • Nominated by fellow students for the Stafford H. Cassell Award for “exemplifying total, selfless dedication to the university, profound energy, and reliability as well as intellectual curiosity, friendliness, and helpfulness”
  • • Nominated for the Bruce Hughes Award for performing “outstanding service to the university community and demonstrating unusual depth and maturity in leadership abilities”

ACTIVITIES

  • • Online News Association member
  • • Volunteer web and social media editor of neighborhood monthly, The Southwester
  • • Volunteer, K-9 Lifesavers dog rescue group

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