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Professional experience

Yellow Pages Group: October 2011, Temp Quality Assurance Specialist

  • Edited small businesses’ websites through the Canadian Yellow Pages for this outsourcing office
  • Checked the websites’ design, layout, spelling and grammar, and fact checking.

Illinois Statehouse News: January 2011-May 2011, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity Fellowship

  • Covering the state Capitol
  • Covering issues such as pension funding, death penalty, gambling industry, budget cuts, and more
  • Producing multimedia contents: online and print versions, audio and videos

The Palm Beach Post: December 2010, Features intern

  • Wrote profiles and feature stories
  • Wrote a fashion column

The Indianapolis Star: June 2010 – August 2010, Pulliam Journalism Fellowship

  • Wrote in the business section of the metro department

WESH 2 News, Orlando’s NBC affiliate: January 2010 – April 2010, production news intern

  • Wrote broadcast scripts from news briefs and reports twice a week
  • Wrote the weekend box office results for the Sunday evening shows
  • Assisted the production team during nighttime local news broadcasts with other tasks such as transcribing video tapes and capturing graphics on tape.

The Palm Beach Post: December 2009, breaking news intern

  • Wrote about 20 feature stories, online news briefs, blog entries and breaking news articles in eight days during winter break from college

Orlando Business Journal: May 2009 – August 2009, news intern

  • Wrote features and profiles on entrepreneurs and executives
  • Constructed four data docks to illustrate trends in commercial real estate, construction, banking and diversity in the workplace

The Palm Beach Post: December 2008 – January 2009, metro and features departments intern

  • Worked 30-hour weeks during winter break from college
  • Wrote feature and breaking news stories, online news briefs
  • Compiled obituaries

Campus media

The Central Florida Future: Summer 2008 – Spring 2010

  • University of Central Florida’s community newspaper
  • Covered the Student Senate for three semesters and the 2010 SGA presidential election
  • Wrote investigative stories and presidency campaign UCF donors and UCF minority enrollment rates, environment

Mulitmedia skills

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Flash CS4
  • Audacity, audio editing
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Corel Video Editing Software
  • Soundslides, slide show maker
  • Photography – Canon Rebel XTi
  • SPSS, data mining and statistical analysis

Social Media

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Education

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • summer 2010

Palm Beach State College (formerly Palm Beach Community College), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

  • Associate in Arts
  • summer 2007

References

  • Ben Yount, bureau chief, Illinois Statehouse News, (217) 528-1247, benyount@hotmail.com
  • Eunice Trotter, business editor, The Indianapolis Star, (317) 444-6037, eunice.trotter@indystar.com
  • Ted Evanoff, economy and transportation reporter, The Indianapolis Star, (317) 444-6019, ted.evanoff@indystar.com
  • Rick Christie, breaking news editor, The Palm Beach Post, (561) 820-4405, rchristie@pbpost.com
  • Susan Lundine, managing editor, Orlando Business Journal, (407) 241-2892, slundine@bizjournals.com
  • Dr. Rick Kenney, Scripps Howard Endowed Professor of Journalism, Hampton University, (407) 488- 7898,kenney.rick@gmail.com

Member of

  • Society of Professional Journalists, national and UCF chapters
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, UCF chapter

Other experience

Sales associate – GAP, Palm Beach Gardens and Altamonte Springs, Fla.: August 2004 – December 2010

  • Paid for Associate in Arts degree out of pocket
  • Worked as an assistant visual manager for one year and managed about 25 employees
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