Colleen Wright Online Journalist

My Work.

experience

The Independent Florida Alligator

Student Government Staff Writer [Dec. 2013 – present]

Contributing Writer [Aug. 2012 - Dec. 2012]

Columnist and Blogger [Jan. 2012 - April 2012]


• The Independent Florida Alligator is the nation’s largest student-run, independent newspaper
• Student Government governs 50,000 students and manages a budget of $5 million
• Responsibilities include Student Senate meetings, elections and general university news
• Average of five stories a week written on tight deadline
• Past positions include contributing writer for campus and metro stories, sole freshman and female columnist in spring 2012 and a blogger with posts that had the most views of any other blog on alligator.org.

WUFT.org: “Morning News in 90”

Anchor and Producer [January 2013 – present]


• Selecting stories, writing scripts, anchoring and editing 90 second news updates for the website using Adobe Premiere
• Covering campus and metro stories

The New York Times

Freelancer [Oct. 2012]

ABC News Radio at the 2012 Republican National Convention

Runner [August 2012]


• Assisted with the set up and pack up of radio equipment, editorial production and organization of the radio booth

The Miami Herald

Intern and Freelancer [June 2010 – present]


• Internship based with The Miami Herald Editorial Board, writing editorials, feature stories, breaking news, personal “Just A Thought” column; assisting with research, managing social media networks and producing videos [June 2011 – Dec. 2011 and summer 2012]
• Reporter covering Miami-Dade County high school football games, filming and compiling highlights for immediate posting and tweeting live game updates; large fan base established through Twitter [Aug. 2011 – Dec. 2011]
• Self-producing and packaging stories, combining self-produced video, written article and radio bit for publication, including 1A display story for Ramadan

NABJ The New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Reporter [May 2012]


• 17-day all-expenses paid intensive program with the New York Times in New Orleans
• Front page lead article on The Times-Picayune cutbacks
• Youngest reporter at the institute

Miami’s Community Newspapers

Columnist [Nov. 2009 – Jan. 2011]


• Monthly article “Teen Talk” on issues concerning teenagers
• Syndicated in local community newspapers throughout Miami-Dade County

Leadership Magazine

Freelance feature writer [Nov. 2010 – May 2011]


• Articles covered topics such as school leadership, academics and teamwork

Seniority Matters

Blogger [June 2011 – Dec. 2011]


• Paid technology blogger for www.senioritymatters.com

Freelance Writer/Videographer


• Last project was a video for Lourdes Castillo de la Pena, Florida Commissioner on the Status of Women, aired at the 2012 RNC

skills


• Conversational in Spanish
• Proficient in Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere; Twitter, Facebook and CCI Software, Audacity, Basic HTML

education


• University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism [Jan. 2012 – May 2015]

extracurricular


• Secretary of the UF Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists [April 2012 – present]
• Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists [2011 – present]
• Member of the National Association of Black Journalists [2011 – present]

honors & awards

The Miami Herald Thirlee Smith Jr. Minority Scholarship Winner [June 2010]


• Eight-week, 20 hours a week paid internship and $500 scholarship during summer 2010

First Place Winner of The Miami Herald Haitian Earthquake Commemoration Project [Dec. 2010]


• One of eight students selected to commemorate the second anniversary of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake for $1,800 scholarship.

The Miami Herald CUPY nominee [Dec. 2011]


• Nominated for coverage of the Occupy Miami march and Miami-Dade high school football

References available upon request


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