A little bit about me
I am confident that I will be a successful addition to any news organization. My professional experience with research and writing will make me an asset when contributing to online and print content. My passion and ability to work well with others allows me to actively participate in the newsroom. I am a quick learner and very eager to broaden my knowledge of today's news media. Below please find descriptions of my most recent professional experiences.
web producer, WUFT News and Public Media for North Central Florida
I am one of the 10 Newspaper Editing students at the University of Florida chosen to be a web producer in the college's 21st Century News Laboratory. The new integrated news facility is a cross-disciplinary, multimedia news operation that produces news for UF's radio and television stations and online. Under the supervision of Matt Sheehan, the director of the 21st Century News Laboratory and a former assistant news editor for The Washington Post, I produce material for www.wuft.org, which gets about 10,000 unique users a month. Our goal is to enlarge the audience by offering a full-service website that is regularly updated throughout the day.
journalism intern, UF&Shands Communications
In addition, I am a journalism intern with UF&Shands Communications, which represents the Health Science Center at the University of Florida, its six professional colleges and a number of health-related research centers and institutes. I write profiles and articles for the organizations' various publications and radio scripts for Health in a Heartbeat, a daily radio series that airs in more than 53 cities across the nation.
journalism intern, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
This past summer, I was a journalism intern at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a non-profit that works to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists. My responsibilities included reporting and writing on free press and media law issues for the Reporters Committee's quarterly magazine and website. I wrote three articles for the magazine's cover package on convention coverage, while simultaneously writing articles for the website. In addition, I took full advantage of opportunities to meet and learn from journalists, media lawyers and policymakers through seminars around Washington, D.C., I learned firsthand about free-press issues by visiting newsrooms and covering congressional hearings and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
production assistant, The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
Last year, I served as the production assistant at The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. The Brechner Center, which is a unit of the College of Journalism and Communications at UF, is a resource center for journalists, attorneys and other members of the public with questions about libel, privacy, prior restraints, freedom of information and other First Amendment issues. My duties at the Center included researching current developments in media law, writing for and proofreading The Brechner Report, and assisting with the website databases.
editorial/marketing intern, MIAMI magazine
As an intern at MIAMI magazine during the summer after my freshman year, I worked for both the editorial team and the marketing department. Working directly under the editor-in-chief allowed me to hone both my research and writing skills, as my duties included researching for the editor's articles and pitching and writing articles of my own. I was trusted with the tasks of proofreading all copy and fact-checking. While with the marketing department, I wrote event blurbs for the magazine's website, coordinated and attended MIAMI events and assisted with market research. When challenged with the task of managing and creating tweets for the magazine's Twitter account -- which had over 5,000 followers at the time -- I immediately taught myself to navigate the social networking site.