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Oct 2009May 2012

Web Editor/Staff Writer

MSU Reporter

I began as a staff writer primarily focused on Arts and Entertainment reviews, but expanded my role over time to a utility editor, mostly for A&E but also for the News section, in addition to editorials. I also worked on in-depth reporting, including stories on local drug dealers and an interactive database of university salaries.

In addition to writing and reporting, I was hired as a copy editor, overseeing the articles in the paper and also assisting in the paper's overall design.

In Fall 2011, I started The Verbal Hearables Podcast with A&E Editor Brian Rosemeyer. The show was recorded and posted regularly, and Brian and I, in addition to co-hosting, wrote, edited, and posted each episode to the Reporter's website, the podcast blog, and iTunes.

As of January 2012, I was named the Web Editor for the paper and endeavored to create a web presence for the Reporter that extends beyond a simple redundancy of print content.

Jan 2012May 2012

Writing Intern

Tim Walz for U.S. Congress

As an intern for Tim Walz's campaign for re-election in Minnesota's 1st District, I assisted in drafting press releases, talking points, and letters to the editor, while also keeping abreast of current news topics, assisting with opposition research, coordinating donor lists using systems like NGP, connecting with supporters via social networks, and promoting the candidate's efforts in passing legislation such as the STOCK Act.

Jan 2010Jan 2012


After the dissolution of Pajiba's Music section (explained below), I started a music site with a handful of writers, including former writers of Pajiba and Pitchfork. was a mostly editorial music site that produced reviews, essays, lists, interviews, etc. five days a week.

As Editor-in-Chief, I assigned, edited, and posted all the articles written by my staff. In addition, I became extremely familiar with multimedia services such as Grooveshark, YouTube, SoundCloud, and more.

I designed the site within a Wordpress theme, Arras, that I heavily overhauled using CSS and HTML. Also, while our logo was designed by Randy Olson, I did, using Photoshop and Illustrator, take the opportunity to custom design banners for our site for special occasions.

AudioSuede grew greatly in audience and staff; over the course of the site's life, we had writers from all over the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

As of January 2012, the site was closed due to the time constraints of its staff.

Here are some examples of my work in writing reviews, essays, interviews, and lists for the site.

Nov 2008Sep 2009

Music Writer


I wrote music reviews and editorial content as part of popular movie blog Pajiba's freshly-launched Music section. I joined a team of writers in covering new releases and weekly music news posts, as well as the occasional group lists. I had several posts reach into the highest hit counts the Music section ever received.

The section was eliminated from the site in September 2009.


Aug 2007May 2012

Bachelor of Arts

Minnesota State University

GPA: 3.53 (graduated Magna Cum Laude)

Organizations: Vice President - Society of Professional Journalists, Mankato Chapter (Sept 2011 - May 2012)

                          President/Founder - Maverick Comedy Club (Sept 2010-May 2012)

                          Vice President - Concert Choir (Aug 2008-May 2009)


I feel that my extensive background in both journalistic and creative writing, my dedication to multimedia exploration and social media interaction, and my personal understanding of many aspects of local and national culture and arts distinguishes me from many of my fellow writers.

I have a drive to explore what I can do, and that carries into learning about the world around me. I want to know things. And when I set out to learn, I do. And because of the way I learn, I'm able to articulate my knowledge through my writing, both journalistically and creatively.

While my background is primarily in arts and entertainment reporting, I find my greatest thrill comes from in-depth and feature reporting. I strive to get as thorough a picture of any story as is possible before I call it done, and I don't settle for less than the best possible work I can provide on a given piece.


Andrea Fetherston

Finance Director for Tim Walz for U.S. Congress. Worked together closely during my internship with the Walz campaign.

Kyle Ratke

Editor-in-Chief of the MSU Reporter beginning in Fall 2011. Previously, MSU Reporter Sports Editor. Host of the popular Kid's Take podcast.

Chris Bosman

Staff writer for Prefix and AudioSuede. Former staff writer for Pitchfork.

Ellen Mrja

Professor of Mass Media, University of Oxford Guest Speaker on the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, and faculty advisor for the MSU Reporter and the Mankato Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.




Beyond simple MySpace HTML work, I've had some experience with using HTML to build minor elements in site design. In fact, I got some extra tutelage in HTML in college courses on Online Writing and Digital Design.
I basically had to teach myself all the various CSS tricks to build, as the site was designed with a template that needed a lot of tweaking and editing. It took a couple months to get everything worked out to the design the site currently carries, and though I'm not an expert in CSS by any means, I'm much more knowledgeable about it now than when I started.
My experience has been primarily with short video assignments using a Flip camera, but I've used more advanced video equipment in shooting and editing live concerts and comedy events.
Co-hosting and editing the Verbal Hearables podcast has given me an opportunity to expand my public speaking skills and helped my writing sound more pleasant.
Wordpress is the primary blogging platform for every website I've started or edited (,,,, etc.).
Adobe Creative Suite
Extremely proficient in Photoshop and Audition, and extensive experience with InDesign and Illustrator. Some experience with Dreamweaver and Bridge.
Microsoft Office Suite
Frequent use of Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Outlook, including formatting and design work in addition to basic uses such as word documents and presentations.