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Aug 2008Present

Design Intern

FedEx Global Education Center
  • Design promotional materials, including posters, calendars, postcards, flyers and brochures, for cultural events
  • Work with departments across campus to promote global events through design
  • Participate in art installations and host events at the Global Education Center
Oct 2011Present

Information Architect / USA TODAY

Gannett Co., Inc.

  • Work with internal stakeholders to refine series and event-related concepts driven by editorial content teams
  • Gather requirements and create wireframes based on business goals to help define strategy and features
  • Develop thorough documentation to support USA TODAY and Gannett digital organizational objectives
  • Collaborate with project managers, ad sales, analytics, design, and development for project implementation, often in an agile scrum environment
Aug 2010Oct 2011

Multimedia Designer

Gannett Co., Inc.
  • Project manager for company roll out of aggregation vendor technology across Gannett's 105 media properties, including USA TODAY, The Detroit Free Press, The Indianapolis Star and The Tennesean
  • Training and support around all ContentOne content aggregation projects
  • Design lead on custom content projects, including Black Friday holiday sales, Civil Rights in America, and 2010 national elections
  • Liaison with Gannett sales teams on sponsored digital content verticals
Sep 2009Aug 2010

Content Specialist

  • Perform market research assignments to develop new products and identify ways to better reach audiences
  • Generate content to feed into new products and maximize efficiencies between our 84 newspapers, 22 television stations and digital properties
  • Create designs for various special projects 
  • Work with aggregation vendors to produce topic pages deployed across the network
Jun 2009Sep 2009

Gannett Talent Development Program

Gannett Co., Inc.
  • Participant in Gannett's 2009 Talent Development Program
  • Completed 10 weeks of training with Gannett ContentOne, including rotations throughout the news, design, research and content teams, as well as various training webinars to familiarize myself with the 105 property media company
Jun 2008Aug 2008

Design Intern

The August Jackson Company

  • Assisted with company rebrand via creative brainstorm and logo redesign process
  • Contributed to client event presentations by image searching, creating graphics and editing Keynote documents later viewed by groups of 50-250 people.
Mar 2008Apr 2008

Marketing Communications Intern

International Herald Tribune

  • Aided in the planning and facilitation of the IHT-sponsored exhibition, “‘68: The News, The Stories, The Photographs,” held at London’s National Theatre
  • Assisted and attended meetings with the IHT Communications Manager
  • Maintained record of IHT media coverage and managed the media databases
Jan 2007Dec 2007

Assistant Design Editor

The Daily Tar Heel

  • Created the layout for the University of North Carolina’s daily newspaper, voted by the Princeton Review as the “Best College Newspaper” of 2008
  • Designed pull-outs, tab covers, front-page graphics, story logos, and features illustrations
  • Trained staff and attended newspaper budget meetings


Aug 2005May 2009


Major concentration in Visual Communications

Major coursework:Computer Graphics, Newspaper Design, Magazine Design, Multimedia, Infographics, Photography, News Writing, News Editing, Media Law, Media Ethics

Minor in Business Administration, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Minor coursework:

Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Global Business, Operations Management, Strategic Management

Honors: Dean's List, all semesters

Jan 2008May 2008

Boston University's London Internship Program

Coursework: British Journalism - Culture & Society, Advertising in the UK, International Business Seminar

Internship: Marketing Communications Intern at the International Herald Tribune


Wireframes, user flows, documentation
Content Management Systems
Proficiency with Lingospot aggregation technology, Integration with Saxotech news content management system
Coding languages
Familiarity with HTML, CSS, Javascript
Microsoft Office
Miscrosoft Word Miscrosoft PowerPoint Miscrosoft Excel
Operating Systems
Mac OSX Windows
Adobe Flash
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe InCopy Adobe Acrobat


Laura Griest

Vanessa Whittall

"I found Courtney to be reliable, conscientious, efficient and hard-working. She has an excellent telephone manner, impeccable time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks. Courtney is a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Courtney for any role."


UNC Design Portfolio

Newspaper Design

Promotional Design

Magazine Design

London Internship Program


Talent Development Program


Driven, detail-oriented and innovative media professional focused on delivering digital products that engage and delight audiences. A designer and journalist at heart, I thrive working in a team environment to bring compelling ideas to life. Areas of expertise include information architecture, user experience and social media.


  • Information Architecture
  • User Experience
  • Social Media
  • Web Design
  • Digital Media
  • Usability Testing
  • Fashion
  • Travel