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SKILLS

Writing | Photography | Videography | Adobe Suite | Google & Microsoft Platforms | Social Media | Research | Content Management Systems | Web & Print Layout Design | Coding (HTML5, CSS)

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Government & Climate Reporter | Charlottesville Tomorrow

March 2019 – Present

  • Cover city, county, and state policies/elections with special focus on equity, race, and climate.
  • Collaborate with the editorial team and freelance journalists to create digital and multimedia journalism projects that offer solutions to long-standing problems.
  • Develop trusted source networks among government leaders and staff, in addition to community and nonprofit leaders.

Freelance Multimedia Journalist | Style Weekly, Capital News Service, The Virginia Mercury

September 2017 – Present

  • Created the visual trailer for the “Southern Nightmare” podcast in partnership with Style Weekly and WRIR radio
  • Tracked the progress of more than 70 gun-related bills in Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly for an article featuring a Las Vegas survivor that was picked up by several publications throughout the state
  • Documented Virginia’s 2017 general election through photography, written articles, and videos, to include profiles of the Lt. Gov. candidates and a Style Weekly Facebook video of a campaign event that garnered more than 4.6K views

Reporter | Richmond BizSense

September 2018 – January 2019

  • Broke news of the Board of Pharmacy’s selections for Virginia’s first five medical cannabis dispensaries
  • Scooped a story on The Giving Wall, a fusion of philanthropy, technology, and municipal government, to benefit low-income residents with specific one-off needs
  • Published over 70 stories on startups, small businesses, and the intersection of politics and business
  • Learned key jargon and technical concepts to understand businesses in their context
  • Expanded journalist toolkit of working with public records and searching databases

Multimedia Intern | ABC 8 WRIC

May 2017 – August 2017

  • Managed social media and website content on the night of Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial primaries
  • Filed over 50 Freedom of Information Act requests to assist the station’s lead investigative reporter
  • Conducted field interviews for various stories including city officials, property owners, and citizens in crisis due to fire and accidents
  • Produced over 20 multimedia packages to enhance stories for web and broadcast

Editorial Intern | GayRVA.com | RVA Magazine

January 2017 – May 2017

  • Tracked 10 LGBT-related bills in committee at Virginia’s 2017 General Assembly
  • Interviewed a Libyan college student who was renewing her visa abroad during the travel ban
  • Profiled candidates and reported on campaign events for the House of Delegates and the Gubernatorial primaries

Managing Editor/ Reporter | The New School Free Press

September 2012 – December 2014

  • Reported on breaking news to include Occupy Wall Street events and Hurricane Sandy (while I was temporarily displaced myself)
  • Managed the workflow of a staff of 20 reporters and 5 fellow editors
  • Served as primary liaison between the editorial board and printer
  • Edited across all sections of the newspaper
  • Contributed to print layout and design
  • Contributed to online posting and social media management

 

PEER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Resident Assistant

The New School, New York, NY | August 2013- August 2015

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA | July 2017 – May 2018

  • Organized and facilitated various programs for residents
  • Provided customer service and addressed various needs or crises while on-and-off duty serving a resident hall with over 400 students
  • Served as a resource of information for the community and role modeled academic achievement

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Press & Politics conference| POLITICO Journalism Institute | November 2018

Online Verification Course | First Draft News Organization | January 2019

 

EDUCATION

M.S. Multimedia Journalism | Virginia Commonwealth University | May 2018

Capstone: “Taking Aim: an examination of gun laws in Virginia” (documentary)

 

B.A. Journalism + Design | The New School | May 2015

Capstone: “Tweet to Kill: Islamic State’s use of social media for self-promotion” (multimedia/long-form)