To do whatever job necessary to make good journalism thrive online – and still get paid for it.
- Extensive work with social media tools and strategy
- Experience in all aspects of digital news production, delivery and strategy
- Newsroom project management experience
- Newsroom trainer
Digital First Media, Interactives Director, August 2012 to present. I oversee the national curation, data and video efforts for Project Thunderdome, the national media entity working in conjunction with the 75 daily newspapers of Journal Register Co. and Media News Group. I work on digital projects across our properties, coordinate content and product partnerships and dabble in product development as it relates to my team.
Member of the Board of Directors, Online News Association, January 2013 to present. Elected by a membership vote in fall 2012.
Digital Projects Editor, February 2012 to August 2012. Leading national curation efforts and coordinating wide-scope engagement projects across DFM’s network of local newsrooms. Working with outside vendors and internal technology resources on product development, specifically on the DFM Social Media Wire, which I led the buildout, training and launch for more than 100 local news sites. Also occasionally traveling to coach local newsrooms on social media, blogging and community engagement.
Adjunct Faculty Member, Georgetown University, May 2011 to present. Co-teaching Social Media for Reporters (Summer 2011, Summer 2013) and Entrepreneurial Journalism (Fall 2011, Spring 2013).
Huffington Post Politics, Social News Editor, April 2011 to February 2012. In addition to running HuffPost Politics’ branded social accounts, I was responsible for working with reporters and editors in the D.C. bureau to bring social elements into everyday stories, news projects and live news events. I also had a role in training staff on social media tools, developing new products and running the day-to-day operations of OfftheBus, our citizen journalism program.
TBD, Social Media Editor, May 2010 to March 2011. I had a lead role in the initial build, launch and branding of local news startup TBD. I acted as “the voice” and “the ears” of TBD on most social media tools and online communities. Working with TBD/WJLA staff, I edited, packaged and syndicated content on online/social media platforms. Also developed social media strategy, planned online/mobile products, experimented with new storytelling tools/formats, trained staff on social media and had a daily role in the breaking news operation. TBD’s social approach to news was cited in its 2011 Edward R. Murrow award for best Online Local News Website.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com, Digital Content Editor/Social Media & Projects, April 2009 to May 2010. Acting as the content “traffic cop” for Cincinnati.Com, I managed across the Enquirer’s many newsrooms to package, present and syndicate content across online/social media platforms, using analytics and SEO to grow audience for our network of sites. I developed social media strategies and worked on new digital products with Gannett corporate development teams. Also had a lead role in developing a local blog network, creating niche hyperlocal sites and converting staff blogs to WordPress.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Social Media Editor, January 2008 to April 2009. I was a key player in our site’s redesign in early 2008, particularly in the implementation of new social networking tools. I ran the Enquirer’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc.), managed our online comments and taught the newsroom how to use social media and multimedia tools effectively. In addition to this role, I was responsible for planning and executing online coverage for the 2008 elections, requiring extensive collaboration across departments.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Online Special Projects Editor, April 2007 to January 2008. Brainstormed, planned and coordinated online features, standalones and special sections with newsroom editors and editorial teams. Also responsible for planning 2007 local election coverage and presentation on Cincinnati.Com.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (online), News Producer, August 2004 to April 2007. Produced and placed daily news on deadline for JSOnline, started and voiced the paper’s daily news podcast and managed online election coverage. I also did a few video and audio projects and wrote a popular blog – Seen and Heard.
WKSU-FM, News Fellow, January 2001 to June 2004. During the time spent earning my graduate degree, I worked here doing off-mic reporting and sound recording for daily radio news programs, writing copy, research and studio production at this locally operated National Public Radio affiliate. Won a 2003 Ohio SPJ Radio Feature award for “Green Bean Casserole”.
Fusion magazine, editor-in-chief, September 2003 to May 2004. Co-created this 8,000-circ magazine for sexual minority issues, where I served as editor-in-chief of print and online. I obtained the publication’s start-up funding, edited the first two issues, built the website and managed a staff of 18 for this continuing twice-yearly magazine. the magazine continues to publish in print and online.
Cincinnati Enquirer, Arts & Entertainment reporting intern, May 2003 to September 2003. My first taste of newspaper reporting included deadline reporting, researching and writing trend stories, reviewing concerts, writing pop culture columns and four weekend magazine cover features.
M.A. in Journalism – Media Management (degree focus in cybermedia), Kent State University, May 2004.
B.S. in News (magazine concentration), Kent State University, May 2002.
Graduated summa cum laude with an additional minor in creative writing.
Digital and Traditional News Skills
In the newsroom: Reporting, micro and macro editing, story planning, cross-staff collaboration and staff training.
More: Digital product innovation/development, online community management/moderation, project management, analytics analysis, recording/producing on-air quality audio, podcasting, still and video photography.
Proficient in most commonly-used social media tools, many content management systems, mapping tools, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Word, Excel, Soundslides, Slideshow Pro, Garage Band, CoolEdit Pro, iMovie, FTP, using content management systems, Pluck Community Management Workbench, Omniture and Google Analytics.
Awards and Recognitions
- Presenter & Keynote Speaker, 2010 Online News Association Conference
- Spring 2009 fellow for the Knight Digital Media Technology Tools Workshop at the University of California – Berkeley.
- Awarded the Walton D. Clarke Graduate Fellowship at Kent State University, which included two years working in the newsroom at NPR affiliate WKSU-FM.
- Placed in the 2001 Hearst Contest for Feature Writing for “Harry Potter Goes to College“
- Received (as editor-in-chief) Best Student Magazine award for The Burr and Fusion magazines from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2002 and 2004 (respectively).
- Received first place for website editing and design for The Burr and Fusion magazines from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2003 and 2004 (respectively).