To work in a fast-paced newsroom at a newspaper dedicated to covering important stories in the community. To be part of a newsroom culture that is supportive but also challenges its reporters to grow continuously and gives them the tools and feedback to do so. To work for a newspaper dedicated to diversity, transparency and watchdog journalism. Interested in covering beats that could offer a human rights focus.
Education reporter, Statesman Journal (August 2015 to Present)
- Covers nine preK-12 school districts, four higher education institutions and education policy at the Oregon State Capitol. Focuses on Salem-Keizer Public Schools, the second largest district in the state.
- Writes news briefs, daily stories, enterprises and investigative pieces, all with the purpose of holding educational institutions and leaders accountable.
- Highly skilled in cultivating sources, organizing compelling stories in a variety of styles and formats, interpreting data and interviewing combative or reluctant sources. Can turn around cover-worthy stories when editors are in a pinch for content.
- Published more than 1,000 stories.
- Nearly doubled average pageview count (~3,000 p.v.) and engagement time per story (av. 45-60 sec) in the last year. Increased loyal readership via my social media pages and continuous work to build relationships in the community.
- Co-created a diversity team within the newsroom to evaluate the paper’s practices in sourcing, reporting, writing and engagement with underserved populations in our community.
- Created a trauma-informed team in the newsroom that works with statewide officials to develop best practices for journalists while on assignment and/or in the newsroom.
- Continuously expanding expertise by gaining still photography and social video creation skills.
- Nominated for news awards, including for the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and USA Today Network.
Intern, Statesman Journal (June 2015 to August 2015)
- Wrote stories for the mid-sized, daily newspaper on a variety of subjects, including crime and breaking news, sports, causes/nonprofits, homelessness, environment and politics.
- Discovered stories from established sources in the community, via press releases, by listening to the police scanner and by exploring passion topics of the paper.
Willamette University (August 2011 to May 2015)
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and French/Francophone Studies.
- Earned academic, leadership and performing arts scholarships.
- Participated in a variety of campus organizations, including student government and the student newspaper, “The Collegian.”
- Completed a two-year, work-study position as a writer for the university’s marketing department.
Newswriting, AP style and source, beat development. Conversationally fluent in French. Community engagement. Social media management. Grant writing. Microsoft Office. Slack. Chartbeat metrics. LexisNexis. Wochit videos.