Vitae/Resume

Vitae/Resume

Education

University of Florida, December 2015
M.A., Mass Communication
Specializing in Journalism
Thesis: The Evolution of Hill Country Music: An Examination of Media Coverage and Marketing of R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough
Advisor: Dr. Bernell Tripp

Spring Hill College, December 2010
B.A., Mass Communications
Specialized in Print Journalism
Senior Project: Brackish Mojo
 
Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Spring Hill College
Feature Writing (CMM 261-01), Spring 2017

  • Students created five stories using feature-style writing intended for publication in print or on the Web
  • Focused on teaching the fundamentals and techniques necessary to craft high-quality feature stories, specifically: Participation & Immersion; Profile; Commentary/Column; and Human Interest.
  • Students learned about the history of feature writing, covering notable journalists, historic articles, and literary writing styles.
  • Carefully selected in-class reading material and designed in-class writing assignments.
  • Graded all projects and provided detailed feedback.
  • Created syllabus, rubric(s) and curriculum.
  • Created course blog that included a detailed breakdown for each assignment, digital copy of the syllabus, and resources and tutorials.

Adjunct Instructor, Spring Hill College
Multimedia Journalism (CMM 321-01), Fall 2015

  • Students completed three major multimedia projects designed for web publication
  • Explored the different elements that make up effective narrative storytelling for (1) audio stories, (2) still photo galleries and (3) multimedia pieces.
  • Students learned the technical skills necessary to complete each type of storytelling, after which they produced pieces suitable for their professional portfolios.
  • Graded all projects and provided detailed feedback.
  • Created a course Soundcloud, Flickr and YouTube account where students uploaded their final projects.
  • Created syllabus, rubric(s) and curriculum.
  • Created course blog that included a detailed breakdown for each assignment, digital copy of the syllabus, and resources and tutorials.

Instructor of Record, University of Florida
Editing (JOU4201), Fall 2015Students facilitated dual roles throughout the semester: Web Editor and Content Creator.

  • Worked with the Web Editors in the newsroom, helping them edit submitted stories for content quality and AP Style.
  • Worked with Content Producers one-on-one, helping them develop story ideas, OKing story pitches and enforcing deadlines.
  • Guided students on how to create social media posts for different platforms, including: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Graded shift assessments, daily stories and enterprise stories.
  • Selected stories suitable for publishing on WUFT.org, and published.

Teaching Assistant, University of Florida
Editing (JOU4201), Spring 2014; Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Summer 2015

  • Students facilitated dual roles throughout the semester: Web Editor and Content Creator.
  • Worked with the Web Editors in the newsroom, helping them edit submitted stories for content quality and AP Style.
  • Worked with Content Producers one-on-one, helping them develop story ideas, OKing story pitches and enforcing deadlines.
  • Responsible for grading stories.
  • Responsible for publishing stories to WUFT.org.

Adjunct Instructor, Spring Hill College
Special Topics/Tech Tools: Smartphone Reporting (CMM499), Spring 2013
Assisted the department’s transition from traditional to digital reporting by leading a one-credit-hour skills-based class.

  • Instructed students how to prepare brief multimedia news stories, suitable for their portfolios, using personal devices such as iPhones, Android and their computers.
  • Created syllabus, rubric(s) and curriculum.
  • Created course blog that included testimony videos from former students, former student’s digital works, additional resource links and tutorials.

 Guest Speaker, University of Florida
Mass Communication Theories (CMM6400), Fall 2014
Lectured on the Digital Divide.

Exploring the Digital Divide.”
 
Guest Speaker, University of Florida
Social Influence in New Media Environments (MMC6936), Spring 2014
Lectured on Social Identity and Social Categorization Theory.

  • “Unpacking groups: Leaders, Minorities as Leaders, Marginal Members/Black sheep, Scapegoat, Overachievers and Negative Deviants.”
     
    Lectured on the concept of the Market Maven.

“The Market Maven & Personal Influence: Opinion Leaders, Early Adopters & General Marketplace Influencers.”
 
Professional Experience

Sports Photographer, WUFT News
Online Public Media Station
October 2014 – March 2016

  • Shot still photographs of University of Florida athletics, specifically football and basketball.
  • Edited photos, wrote captions and created a gallery of select shots from each sporting event for WUFT.org – published on web immediately following each event.
  • Live tweeted photographs from the field/court, and posted photos to Instagram in real time as well.

 Web Editor, WUFT News
Online Public Media Station
January 2014 – December 2015

  • Worked with radio and TV reporters on adapting their stories to text, intended for web publishing.
  • Reported radio news for hourly, which included editing sound and package.
  • Helped news managers vet reporter’s pitches in daily, morning meeting.
  • Monitored site’s CMS (WordPress) for stories needing to be published, edited, fact-checked, or removed.
  • Created posts for stories, which included the following: writing headline, excerpt, selecting featured image and uploading edited text.
  • Wrote content for site when breaking news occurred.
  • Edited and published stories.
  • Edited submitted photos and created galleries for WUFT.org

Freelance Writer, Lagniappe
Independent Newspaper, Mobile, Ala., Circulation 25,000 + 80,000 readers
June 2012 – August 2013

  • Created multimedia news stories for website.
  • Wrote news briefs and cover stories.

Multimedia Editor/Staff Writer, Lagniappe
January 2011 – December 2011

  • Managed social media and email blasts: Twitter, Facebook and Mail Chimp.
  • Responsible for converting and uploading each print issue into Web format, suitable for Pageturn Pro.
  • Created model for shooting and editing multimedia news stories.
  • Wrote news briefs, cover stories and Web exclusives.

Intern, Lagniappe
January 2010 – December 2010

  • Wrote news briefs, cover stories and Web blasts.
  • 30 + hours weekly as a full time student.
  • Responsible for managing subscriptions distribution.
  • Wrote horoscopes and managed music listings (50+ venues).

Music Editor, Fishbowl Records
Online Publication/Blog
December 2011 – May 2012

  • Created unique hiring model using incentives and exposure as primary form of payment.
  • Generated article topics and then assigned to writers.
  • Edited and reviewed submitted articles.
  • Maintained contacts with high profile agents/artist/industry professionals.
  • Wrote album reviews, profiles and Q&As.

Contributing Writer, Fishbowl Records
May 2011-December 2011

  • Responsible for generating story ideas.
  • Wrote album reviews, profiles and Q&As.

Contributing Writer, Sense Magazine
Glossy Magazine, Fairhope, Ala. Circulation 10,000+ (during employment)
January 2011 – December 2011. May 2012 – Septmeber 2012

  • Responsible for generating story ideas.
  • Produced feature style stories.

Sports Stringer, Mobile Press-Register
Daily Newspaper, Mobile, Ala., Circulation 100,000+ (during employment)
August 2009 – December 2009

  • Created short, accurate 90 word summaries of game results phoned in.
  • Electronically filed summaries.

 
Skills

  • Highly skilled storyteller using several mediums including: still photography, multimedia, print, and audio.
  • Research specializing in media effects, mental illness in the media, media and society, and popular culture.
  • Creating coursework, rubric(s) and syllabi for collegiate level courses in fields of mass communication.
  • Proficient in creating websites and operating CMS, such as WordPress and Drupel.
  • Social media savvy with several platforms including: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
  • Highly proficient with Adobe Creative Suites, specifically: Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere.
  • Highly proficient with editing still images in Photo Mechanic.
  • Extensive knowledge, of DSLR equipment, specifically Nikon products.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software, specifically: Word, Power Point, and Excel.