Resume

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Freelance/Contributor/Stringer  

I cover a mix of politics, entertainment, financial news and more for a mix of local, regional, national and international publications including Teen Vogue, Time Out, British Airways’ High Life Magazine, Business Insider, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, The Daily Dot, Lifestyle Magazine, Miami and Broward New Times, SunFest, South Florida Gay News, SouthFlorida.com, Debt.com, MSN Money, RockSound Magazine, PBS Frontline, Associated Press, Business Insider and The Daily Beast. Read my clips here.

Experience

The Florida Times-Union
Education Reporter: May 2019 – Present

I cover education for one of the largest school districts in Florida — Duval County Public Schools — as well as neighboring counties, along with local government. My role consists of daily beat coverage, digital story-telling and live-blogging duties. I also serve as the publication’s TikTok editor, which functions to connect us to some of our youngest readers. My coverage has ranged from deep dives on a school board’s long-winded fight for a sales-tax to breaking down how local teachers’ salaries leave them needing to work extra jobs to keep up with the city’s cost of living. 

Flamingo Magazine
Associate Editor: January 2019 – March 2019

For this contract position, I oversaw digital and print content for Florida’s only statewide lifestyle magazine. I reported and wrote original stories, including a 10-page news feature while also proofing issues. I managed the publication’s freelance budget, handled freelance correspondence — including recruiting contributors and editing their work — and wrote copy for the magazine’s newsletter. Outside of editorial, I assisted in organizing and promoting magazine related events. 

South Florida Gay News
Digital Content Director: August 2018 – November 2018

In this temporary position, I handled everything web related for SFGN, one of the largest LGBT publications on the east coast. Daily duties included editing and uploading stories to web, managing a daily story budget and creating and sending out newsletters each week. In this position I also trained the candidate that would become the publication’s current web editor. 

Sun Sentinel
Broward County Community News Reporter: February 2017 – August 2018

I covered a range of topics — from city council meetings and politics to retail developments and art shows — for the Sun Sentinel’s community news sector. I covered  the entire county with news, features, crime and business stories. I was also responsible for filming and editing corresponding video assignments to go with my assignments. Having my thumb on about 30 cities resulted in some of my stories being picked up by wire news services and getting placed in newspapers across the country. 

University Press
Senior Editor: July 2016 – December 2016
Editor-in-Chief: June 2015 – June 2016
Other roles included Managing Editor, Associate Editor, Features Editor and Staff Writer between July 2012 – June 2016.

I led Florida Atlantic’s student-run newspaper, a 3,000-circulation paper, with a bi-weekly print edition and web daily. As editor, I doubled the page count of the print edition and moved publication style from glossy magazine to tabloid format newspaper. I also added interactive features to the daily news site covering the 30,000 students at the sixth-largest state school.

DEBT.COM / CONSOLIDATED CREDIT US
Social Media Coordinator: March 2014 – June 2015

I developed a new weekly contests feature, interactive quizzes, lists and graphic quotes for two sister websites while maintaining both websites’ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages. 


Achievements

President
Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro 

I lead the statewide chapter, which has made national headlines for programs and campaigns including Fake News ™, Journalists Against Humanity and The Fake News Game Show. 

Vice President of Programs
Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro 

For this five-time Chapter of the Year winner, I ran and organized grant-funded programs held across the country.


Executive Director Search Committee Member
Society of Professional Journalists National 

Appointed by the President of SPJ National, I was the youngest member of a nine-member search committee, which worked for six months to interview, select and ultimately hire the organization’s executive director. 

Community Coordinator
Society of Professional Journalists National

I served as a liaison between the national board and the five community leaders. Communities include Freelance, Digital, Generation J and more.


Awards 

  • Florida Press Club Awards 2019
    Third place, writing – education news 
  • SPJ Sunshine State Awards 2019
    Third place, Commentary and Criticism
  • SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards 2017
    Winner, regional, Online News (large university)
    Finalist, regional, General News (large university)
  • SPJ Sunshine State Awards 2016
    Finalist, College Journalist of the Year
  • Barbara L. Frye Journalism – Capitol Press Club of Florida
    Scholarship recipient, one of eight to receive $2,000 award 
  • Larry Peterson Investigative Journalism Award 2016
    First place, Online Collegiate
  • Green Eyeshade Awards 2016
    Second place, Best Columnist
  • Palm Beach Post / James M. Cox Jr.
    Scholarship recipient
  • SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards 2013
    Second place, regional, Online Feature Reporting

Public Speaking

As a practicing journalist and president of my local SPJ chapter, I speak regularly at public events centering around journalism, the first amendment, student journalism and more.

I regularly speak to college and high school journalists, either visiting their newsrooms, through Skype-sessions or by going to high school classes. I regularly present multiple sessions at the college media convention circuit.

Presented at:

  • Associated Collegiate Press Spring 2020 convention: San Francisco, California
  • College Media Association Spring 2018 convention: Manhattan, New York
  • College Media Association Fall 2017 convention: Dallas, Texas
  • Florida College System Publications Association Fall 2017 convention: Orlando, Florida
  • College Media Association Spring 2017 convention: Manhattan, New York
  • College Media Association Fall 2016 convention: Atlanta, Georgia
  • College Media Association Spring 2016 convention: Manhattan, New York
  • College Media Association Fall 2015 convention: Austin, Texas

I’ve also spoken on panels hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the League of Women Voters, Western Kentucky University and more.


Education

Florida Atlantic University  I Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Multimedia Journalism 

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