Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Aug 2009

Intern

YRichmond, Powered by C3
  • Designed multimedia elements, including video, podcasts, and print materials dramatically increasing website traffic
  • Maintained a social media presence on Facebook and Linked In to help engage interns in the program
  • Assisted in organizing and preparing networking and professional development events for young professionals to showcase the Richmond region
Dec 2008 - May 2009

Multimedia Production Assistant

CarMax
  • Conceptualized and created video newsletters regarding company news for bimonthly distribution to over 13,000 company employees
  • Produced multimedia communications based on interviews and discussions to inform associates of new products and company rollouts
  • Assessed training needs and produced tailored training videos for web publication using Adobe Captivavte
  • Produced an intern recruitment video to promote the company's internship program to potential hires
  • Wrote associate communications on behalf of senior management to recognize associates for superior customer service
Sep 2007 - Dec 2007

General Assignment Intern

WRIC TV8
  • Wrote VOSOT's, researched story ideas, and interviewed sources to assist in producing relevant and compelling newscasts
  • Pitched a story idea regarding a university protest, which made the "A" block during the nightly news
May 2007 - Aug 2007

CNN Presents Intern

CNN
  • Contributed to research and ideas for CNN documentaries generally produced in a three month to one year period
  • Worked on the production, character selection, and segment decisions for Emmy award-winning series "Black in America"
  • Gathered video feeds, identified sources and acted as liaison between producers and the field for the production of an urgent documentary regarding the Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007
  • Interviewed and featured live on American Morning and Anderson Cooper 360, per the request of CNN president Jonathan Klein, pertaining to earmark research and members of congress that sparked outrage among CNN executives
  • Assisted in preparations and implementation of CNN's first-ever YouTube debate to help ensure an effiicient and effective live broadcast
  • Wrote an article for the internal publication, All About Media, to inform CNN associates about behind the scenes activities and events at the YouTube debate in Charleston, SC
  • Fulfilled video from server, built stack reels, and logged video to assist producers in production of shows 

Education

Education
Jun 2008 - Jul 2009

M.S

http://www.vcu.edu

In graduate school we focused more on the power of convergence journalism and how to effectively tell stories using every available medium. We learned that being multimedia journalists require a mindset change. One must be able to visualize various using multiple elements and also have the skills and experience to utilize them.

Aug 2004 - May 2008

B.S

http://www.vcu.edu

During undergrad, I studied and practiced broadcast journalism. We focused on creating relevant and engaging newscasts, but also the art of storytelling. We were given the opportunity to learn from some of the best in industry, while perfecting our skills on shooting video, writing for television, and identifying informative sources.

Skills

Skills

Social Media

Social Media is not only a tool to connect and reconnect with friends, if used strategically and correctly it can also be used to create an interactive individual brand, to advance news stories, or even for a company to better communicate with its customers. Through the social mediums listed below I have created an effective online identity for myself as a multimedia journalist and as a way to research and promote media.   Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Businesscard2 Podbean Wordpress

Multimedia

Adobe Products: Photoshop CS3, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamwever. and Captivate Googlemap for storytelling pruposes Podbean for creating podcasts to enhance stories Soundslides for producing compelling audio slideshows  

Video shooting and non-linear editing

I have expereince in shooting video using a variety of different prosumer video cameras. While I am most familiar with using Adobe products for editing, I am also familiar with Final Cut Pro.

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Certifications

Certifications
2008 - Present

History in the Making Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
2005 - Present

Emerging Leader Award

VCU's Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
2007 - Present

Multicultural Academic Achievement Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
2004 - Present

Comcast Student Achievement Award

Comcast
2007 - Present

Recipient of Carol Simpson Scholarhip

National RTNDA chapter
2007 - Present

Recipient of Scott Stevens Scholarship

VCU School of Mass Communications