Experience

Journalism Experience

ESPN.com, Associate editor, May 2014 — present

  • Digital editor with the ESPN West Coast Bureau, including work on breaking news desk, copy desk, ESPN LA, ESPN Chicago and ESPN Dallas.

  • With an eye toward clarity, accuracy and fairness to the reader, edit digital content across every sport and city on the night copy desk. Package stories with video and photo and maximize SEO. Edit all home page MEMs, video captions and mobile updates.
  • Coordinate with bloggers and sport editors for local coverage and immediate game reaction content for city sites. Manage home page presentation, including news links and video updates and creation of MEMs and carousels.
  • In conjunction with field reporters and the television sports team, manage and create digital breaking news coverage. Monitor news wires, build and post breaking news stories, and streamline digital content with videos and mobile.

ESPN The Magazine, Associate editor, June 2011—May 2014

  • Conceive, assign, produce and edit biweekly MLB coverage with a team of baseball editors
  • Manage The Mag’s Twitter and Facebook presence, increased from 900 fans and 2,000 followers in Sept. 2011 to 70,000 and 122,000 by May 2014
  • Coordinate with agents, writers and photographers to plan, assign, produce and edit monthly Techniques and Body Shots
  • Boost The Mag’s digital presence with online stories, iPad content, photo galleries, SlackerRadio & FlipBoard
  • Monitor and distribute internal content plans for each issue
  • Build web files and transfer magazine stories to espn.com biweekly
  • Interview athletes who visit the ESPN campus and write Mag Minutes for print and online
  • Research, report and write interstitial graphic spreads in the magazine
  • Communicate and coordinate with teams to get access and schedule photo shoots
  • Edit online Q&A supplements to The Body Issue
  • Write the table of contents

Missouri School of Journalism, Planning and Communications assistant, August 2010—May 2011

  • Editor of The J-School, the online journalism alumni magazine
  • Conceptualized title and cover
  • Created story lists
  • Researched, sourced and assigned stories
  • Worked with student writers through story drafts
  • Collected photos and videos
  • Micro- and macro-edit all copy
  • Directed and edited infographics.
  • Coordinated Web layout
  • Wrote news releases for the Journalism School website
  • Planned, attended and covered School events
  • Worked with network of faculty and alumni for J-School promotions

Shape Magazine, Bookings and Entertainment editor’s assistant, May—August 2010

  • Negotiated with publicists to book celebrities for covers, fit reports, and beauty, fitness and fashion spreads
  • Wrote cover profiles and interior copy
  • Researched subjects, wrote interview questions, drafted story proposals
  • Scheduled and attended photo shoots.
  • Proofread story drafts, copy edited pages
  • Researched and wrote “hot stuff” pages

Vox Magazine, Books and Endnotes Editor, January—May 2010

  • One of three department editors among 16-editor staff producing a weekly Columbia, Mo., city tabloid
  • Researched, pitched and assigned stories
  • Coordinated with student reporters, photographers and designers
  • Attended and pitched at weekly 50-person staff meetings
  • Micro- and macro-edited multiple drafts and galleys
  • Fact-checked stories
  • Posted content online and Tweeted stories.
  • Compiled calendar
  • Met 10 weekly deadlines
  • Planned future issues and developed evergreen content
  • Worked shifts as feature editor and associate managing editor in charge of cover, TOC and calendar.

Columbia Missourian, Information Graphics Designer, January—May 2010

  • Researcher and designer for charts, maps, diagrams and interactive graphics for the daily newspaper and website of the Missouri School of Journalism
  • Enterprised with neighborhood reporters to develop graphics for micro-local newsletters

Chicago AthleteEditorial Intern, May—August 2009

  • Writer and Web editor for monthly endurance sports magazine
  • Wrote monthly features (on biking for transportation, places to swim, a spectators’ guide to the Chicago Marathon), athlete spotlights and event coverage for print and online
  • Proofread issues, edited feature stories, maintained website (calendar, blogs, results, news)
  • Wrote a history of the Chicago Marathon feature for the 2009 marathon program, to be read by 2 million people

Newcity ChicagoEditorial Intern, June—August 2009

  • Reporter and copy editor for weekly entertainment and culture magazine
  • Wrote features and event coverage on city happenings
  • Assisted with fact checking and research for feature stories

Columbia Missourian, Reporter, January—May 2009

  • Neighborhood beat reporter for professional daily newspaper and Web site of the MU journalism school
  • Wrote biweekly neighborhood newsletter with micro-local coverage
  • Worked with residents to generate content
  • Participated in weekly beat and daily budget meetings, worked weekly breaking news shifts

The Northwest Herald, Stringer, May—August 2008 

  • Assignment reporter for Chicago suburban daily with circulation 40,000
  • Covered high school graduations, library and city council meetings, music and heritage festivals, talent contests, local figures and more

The Northwest Herald, copy desk intern, May—August 2007

  • Assistant to the night news editors and designers of 40,000 circulation suburban daily
  • Copy edited and fact checked stories
  • Designed pages for front and local sections
  • Conducted final checks prior to nightly deadline

Leadership Experience

Journalism Ambassador, Missouri School of Journalism, January 2009—May 2010

  • Guide for prospective students and parents visiting the Missouri Journalism School
  • Provided tours of the school, participated in information sessions and recruitment trips

TigerX Instructor, MizzouRec, January 2009—June 2011

  • Instructor and demonstrator for eight weekly strengthening and Pilates classes
  • Worked in team atmosphere to encourage and motivate participants
  • Completed semester-long training and certification course

Peer Adviser, MU Residential Life, August 2008—May 2010

  • Student instructor and facilitator of college introductory course for 22 freshmen Walter Williams Journalism Scholars
  • Planned events and faculty interactions, developed community atmosphere, handled student affairs in a journalism community of 180 residents
  • Managed and edited monthly hall newsletter
  • Served as a 2009 training leader planning activities and leading workshops and discussions

President, MU Magazine Club, August 2009—May 2010

  • Planned meetings, seminars and activities, coordinator of communications and advertising
  • Networked with alumni and other professionals for trips to magazines in St. Louis and Kansas City
  • Planned five-day, 18-magazine New York City trip with four more participants (24 total) and for $4,000 less per person than previous years
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