My Journalism Experience

The Campus Voice

For The Campus Voice, I have been the copy desk chief, the office manager, the distribution director, the sports editor and a staff writer.

I started as a staff writer in the spring of 2008.

By the fall of 2008, I was given the position of sports editor. As sports editor, I was responsible with assigning and editing sports stories, training writers in covering sports and I was the primary sports writer.

For the fall of 2009, I became the jack of all trades. I was the office manager, which put me in charge of office supplies and answering the phones. I was the distribution director, which meant that I had to make sure each stack of newspapers was received at its proper location, and I was responsible for moving newspaper stacks so they could become more visible. I was also made the copy desk chief. As the copy desk chief, I was responsible for training an entire new staff of writers in news style; checking all facts, grammar, spelling and AP style; and I worked with the reporters and designers to establish more unity between the staff and create better paginated newspaper.

The Independent Florida Alligator

In my first semester at the University of Florida, I have already become a regular copy editor for The Independent Florida Alligator. Around two nights each week, I spend five to six hours at the newsroom checking facts and correcting grammar, spelling and AP style.

I am also writing as a freelance writer for the Alligator.

Freelancing

In addition to college newspapers, I have published an article covering Jacksonville rugby in Jacksonville's weekly newspaper FolioWeekly.