See a brief, and outdated PDF’d version of my résumé here.
The Times Herald — (Port Huron, Mich.)
- Local government reporter (July 2015 — present)
Follow and reports on the goings-on of community governments primarily in St. Clair County, and some in Sanilac County. Regularly meet with key sources and government leaders to cultivate stories. Manages time and story load in a widespread beat of well more than a dozen township, village, municipal and county agencies.
- Pitched, picked up or pursued the following examples (see more on some below):
- ‘Dark store’ appeals costing local governments thousands
- Stocks Creek flooding trickles toward resolution after 20 years
- Not too small for transparency: Small communities struggle with FOIA
- Investments pile up for one Port Huron neighborhoods
- Officials balance promises to retirees, budget woes
- Patients, towns want relief from state’s foggy pot rules
- 10th Congressional race heats up with 5 GOP contenders
- Towns awash in liquor licenses
- Hired lobbyists win some, lose some
- Women getting bigger roles in local government
- Unlikely to budge, residents brace for U.S. presidential election
- Algonac, Clay Twp. residents try to take communities back
- AFC ‘families’ struggle to balance costs, rules, needs
- Pitched, picked up or pursued the following examples (see more on some below):
McDonough County Voice — (Macomb, Ill.)
- Editor (September 2012 — June 2015)
Oversaw a usual five-person newsroom and stringers. Planned weekly budgets, enterprise coverage, centerpieces and multimedia. Assigned, edited and decided where to place stories. Participated in quarterly in-depth regional GateHouse Media projects. Planned for and accommodated corporate GateHouse “Inner Circle” standards, including two videos and photo slide shows a week, holding an active presence on social networks and others. Designed three to six news pages for this five-days-a-week newspaper. Posted and prioritized online content. Shot and produced videos. Shot and edited photos. Wrote occasional daily stories and long-term features. Special (or favorite) efforts include:
- Multi-tasking daily production amid trials and other court coverage, as well as breaking news
- Leading weekend multi-platform event coverage, particularly features, photo series and video
- Experimenting with page design, including daily pages, photo pages and alternative front-page layouts
- Bringing into fruition and facilitating a six-person reader advisory board, which meets once a month to evaluate the paper, its goals and other related concerns.
- Overseeing a series of specialty content projects geared toward specific areas of readership.
Central Michigan Life — (Mount Pleasant, Mich.)
- Staff Reporter (August 2011 – April 2012)
One of many on staff
Covered a wide variety of stories on the city of Mount Pleasant beat, including municipal meetings and stories that stem from them, as well as community features and localizations.
- Online Coordinator (August – December 2011)
One of two coordinators on staff
Managed online packaging, story links, input of photos and multimedia, small adjustments in Web stylesheet coding and appearance of the website. Created and adjusted landing pages. Promoted content via Facebook and Twitter, and interacted with followers. Monitored posting, activity and comments.
- Editor in Chief (August 2010 – May 2011)
Managed a staff of nine editors and about 100 reporters, photographers and videographers. Oversaw content management of cm-life.com. Monitored posting and activity for the @CMLIFE Twitter page and CM Life on Facebook. Ran thrice-weekly budget meetings. Handled or intervened in any disputes between personnel or with the public. Special efforts included:
- Organizing an operational transition from an InCopy-based system of editing stories to use of the online WordPress plugin EditFlow in efforts to promote a 24-hour editing mentality — that news cannot wait to be published only during office hours
- Metro Editor (January – May 2010)
One of three news editors on staff
Advised and managed a staff of about 10-plus reporters. Assigned and edited off-campus stories. Participated in budget and editorial board meetings. Posted stories to the Web. Directed community reporting of seven beats. Special efforts included:
- Culminating ideas and organizing content for three monthly Community sections (see example, section B)
- Managing up-to-date information on local accidents and crime on a Web Police Log
- Senior Reporter (September 2008 – May 2009)
One of six senior reporters on staff; published about 120 stories
Coveredthe city of Mount Pleasant beat, CMU’s developing medical school and university administrative position searches. Special efforts included:
- Regularly meeting with city officials to help increase community coverage in CM Life
- Filling in for the regular administration reporter during the weekend of former CMU President Michael Rao’s resignation
The Arizona Republic — (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
- Pulliam Fellow (June – August 2011)
One of 16 fellows; sole fellow in Scottsdale
Reported and generated ideas for health coverage in Scottsdale, including hospital administration and medical treatments growing in popularity. Developed a close, working relationship with a senior center after writing several senior issue-related stories. Notably found, researched and wrote the story about the rising number of hoarders being discovered in Scottsdale and across the Valley, including one in-depth interview with a hoarder.
The Buffalo News — (Buffalo, N.Y.)
- Cityside Intern (May – July 2010)
One of three metro interns; published more than 40 stories
Covered general assignment and breaking news. Notably wrote about a political rally for N.Y. gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, the aftermath of a 15-year-old’s murder and the bringing home of a Russian-used P-39 Airacobra fighter plane that had been built in Western New York. Special efforts included:
- Filling in one shift for the night police reporter at The News’ downtown police bureau
Jackson Citizen Patriot — (Jackson, Mich.)
- News Intern (August – December 2009)
Sole intern on staff; published more than 100 stories
Coveredthe Summit Township and Jackson District Library beats, breaking news and general assignment. Special efforts included:
Erie Times-News — (Erie, Pa.)
- News Intern (June – August 2009)
One of four news interns; published more than 30 stories
Reported general news and features. Worked six audio clips for the Web. Filled in for three weeks of 5 a.m. Web reporting shifts.
- Dark store/big box tax appeal story — (December 2015) Wrote, reported and researched details, interviews and data for a Sunday long-form, in-depth story on the effect of big-box retail stores appealing property values to the Michigan Tax Tribunal using empty stores as value comparison. Explained it’s something dubbed the “dark store” method, wherein the appeals are often successful both in the tribunal or settled with the local governments, affecting the total tax revenue for several tax-capturing agencies.
- GHM/MCV Labor Day premium edition — (September 2013) Planned for, designed and budgeted a small holiday special edition within a short period of time after regional GateHouse personnel instructed the staff to assemble content specifically labor- and workforce-based. Personally wrote two features and assigned four other stories for this eight-page section. Gathered and held a short series of other contributed content to include on the edition’s inside pages.
- MCV Adult Active Living tab section — (April 2014) Planned for, designed and budgeted this quarterly, elderly adult-focused promotional tab for several weeks. Requested a press deadline extension to accommodate coverage of a local Senior Olympics event, and executed both extensive photo and feature coverage. Additionally assembled submitted content and assigned additional photo and feature work to help stock the tab.
- In-depth police body camera project — (January 2015) Proposed a joint-enterprise feature on the utilization of police body cameras with two other community GateHouse newspapers in the region. Coordinated and arranged personal and two other reporters’ source work to assemble into one larger story. Located and photographed a body camera being utilized by a local university public safety officer, so art could accompany the story.
- GHM/MCV regional travel guide— (May 2015) Planned for, co-designed and budgeted this annual, 64-page feature section. Additionally coordinated all stories and photos from journalists at more than a dozen GateHouse daily and weekly newspapers in the region over just short of a month’s period.
- Construction lien and service debt spreadsheet — (June 2011) Explored and learned how to use features in Microsoft Excel, and transfered work into a public Google spreadsheet. Utilized a Maricopa County public records data base, downloaded and filed dozens of mechanic’s (or construction) liens to help measure debt accumulated in commercial development at the Scottsdale Quarter. Data used in a staff reporter’s story.
- Five-story adjunct faculty series— (Spring 2009) Proposed, researched and wrote a collection of articles examining the prevalence of adjunct, or contingent, faculty.
- Universities have increasingly turned to hiring adjunct faculty to balance enrollment, budgets
- Tenured faculty face larger workloads, find themselves replaced by temporary instructors
- Adjuncts make careers out of a position designed to exist for a short time
- Administrators struggle to work out way temporary, tenured faculty positions are financed
- Majority of students don’t pay attention to ranking of professors
- 9/11 commemorative coverage— (Fall 2011) Suggested a package and wrote the lead story. Helped storyboard sequences for a short documentary. Conducted 11 contributing interviews. Built a special landing page to showcase the 10th anniversary of September 11.
- Three-part foreclosure series — (April 2012) After being assigned a story about abandoned buildings, a series on foreclosure in mid-Michigan was researched and proposed. First story concentrated on introducing the issue with statistical data and a feature on a local couple, who were found after working with housing officials. Second story focused on getting help. Third aimed to include the lender’s point of view.
- Web and Social Media
- Blogspot, CoverItLive, Facebook, Flicker, Google+, Instagram, Issuu, Saxotech, SocialOomph, Twitter, Tumblr, Vimeo, Vuvox, WordPress and YouTube
- Computer Programs
- Adobe InDesign, InCopy and Photoshop; Microsoft Word and Excel; Audacity, CCI, iMovie, NewsEditPro, Photo Mechanic, Quark, and Soundslides
- Central Michigan University (2007 – 2012)
Bachelor of Science
Major: News-editorial journalism
Graduated: May 2012
- Recent Academic Honors: Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 semester
- Journalism classes taken include Writing for the Mass Media, Information Gathering, Basic Media Photography, Intro to Graphics and Visual Communication, Intro to Online Journalism, Reporting, Editing, Magazine and Feature Writing, Public Affairs Reporting, Media Law, Current Issues in Mass Communication International and Cross-cultural Mass Communication, and Racial Diversity: Mass Media’s Role
- Illinois Newspaper Editorial Contest — 2013 Division D
- First Place Editorial for “A Hindering Hold Up.” One of two recipients. Responsible for a personal assembly of arguments and reorganization of final editorial. This covered the severe lack of transparency from the then-sheriff of an adjacent county.
- Third Place Photo Series for “Those were the Days.” Only recipient. Responsible for the shooting, editing and layout of the included photos, depicting a weekend of Heritage Days.
- Society for Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence
- 2009: First Place Breaking News Reporting for “Rao on the Move.“ One of four recipients. Responsible for lead breaking story on cm-life.com.
- 2011: First Place Online News Reporting for “Remembering 11.“ One of three recipient. Responsible for main feature story, coordinating landing page and finding and interviewing on-camera sources.
- Both SPJ Region 4 first place projects went on to become national finalists.
- Michigan Press Association 2011 Better College Newspaper Contest — academic year while editor in chief of Central Michigan Life, staff recipient
- First Place General Excellence Division One
- First Place Online Newspaper Division One