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Work experience

May 2009Aug 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 2008May 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 2007Dec 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 2007Aug 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

Jun 2008Jul 2009

M.S

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 2004May 2008

B.S

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

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.

References

Amy Jordan

Amy was my departmental manager at CNN, during my internship. Under her guidance partnered with my ambition, I had a very memorable and engaging internship experience in which I was presented travel opportunities and television appearances never before experienced by an intern previously. According to Amy, the other department intern and I set the bar for future interns that have yet to be reached.

Laura Morris

Laura was the Assignment Editor during m y internship period at WRIC TV8. she was my manager at the time, as well as mentor who recognized my diligence and passion for the profession early on. Laura constantly commended my hard work, which constatnly won me kudos from reporters, when assisting them in the field.

June Nicholson

I first met June during the summer of my prior to my first year of college. She was the director of a summer journalism workshop I attended sponsored by the Dow Jones. After successfully completing the program, I was hired as workshop counselor the following year. Since then I have had the pleasure of learning from her throughout my collegiate career and being inspired by her desire for journalism and mass media.

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Portfolio

Certifications

2008Present

History in the Making Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
2005Present

Emerging Leader Award

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

Multicultural Academic Achievement Award

Virginia Commonwealth University
2004Present

Comcast Student Achievement Award

Comcast
2007Present

Recipient of Carol Simpson Scholarhip

National RTNDA chapter
2007Present

Recipient of Scott Stevens Scholarship

VCU School of Mass Communications

Summary

With 5 years of experience as a multimedia journalist, I am passionate and about the field of journalism and motivated by the social media world. As a multimedia journalist, I am constantly seeking new and innovative ways to leverage the power of print and broadcast media through the Internet and social media.

Multimedia Portfolio

Interest

I love reading motivational and professional development books that inspire and challenge traditional mindsets. Reading is a relaxing way to escape from the mundane to a place of solitude. Of course I enjoy writing, or I'd need to change professions as soon as possible. 

I enjoy networking and meeting new people. I am really active in social groups around Richmond, especially those catering to the young professional community.

I like traveling and exploring the world. While I have yet to travel outside the country, I've been quite a few places within the States. My personal goal is to visit the every state at least during in my lifetime. Exploring new cultures is a great way to broaden your horizons.