Work History

Work History
Apr 2013 - Present

News Editor

Foothill Dragon Press

I am responsible for editing all news articles and mentoring all reporters. 

Aug 2013 - Present

News Reporter and Editor

Foothill Dragon Press

Our mission as an online-only publication is to provide the Foothill community with accurate, responsible, thought-provoking and timely journalism.  The Dragon Press was awarded with an Online Pacemaker, the most competitive scholastic journalism award in the U.S., in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and designated with All-American status from the NSPA four times.

  • Research and report in-depth topics through local and national sources
  • Report breaking news
  • Publish and manage content on Wordpress
  • Train news reporters
  • Edit all news articles
Aug 2013 - Present

President

Foothill Technology Girl Up

I founded a women's advocacy club on my campus called Girl Up, an initiative of the UN, that advocates for girl's rights in developing countries.

  • Write letters, call and hold meetings with political figures in regards to pertinent bills
  • Plan, execute and run fundraisers
  • Hold education events to raise awareness in the community and U.S.

Skills

Skills

News Writing

I interview sources, do investigative reporting and organize information into fluid stories.

Interviewing

I can communicate well with sources and ask coherent and pointed questions.

Social Media & Storify

I know how to manage a Facebook and Twitter page, post blurbs for articles, choose SEO friendly tweets and livetweet an event. I can embed all posts and create a Storify, a feed that tells a story through social media posts.

Content Management on Wordpress

I can effectively edit, use word-processing skills and use coding skills to manage the "backend" of our Wordpress website.

Keyboarding

I can type 99 words per minute. 

Audio Editing & Souncloud

I can use Soundcloud to record audio clips or interviews from my phone, and then edit them for clarity and export them to mp3s. 

HTML and CSS Coding

Awards and Accolades

National Awards:

2nd place Investigative Reporting from Camayak- "New California law gives public schools more power to punish off-campus cyberbullying"

AAJA J-Camp attendee- I was accepted into AAJA's JCamp for the Summer of 2014. JCamp is a six-day intensive journalism training for high school students. Students learn from professional journalists and get hands-on training in writing, photography, television broadcasting, online media, and reporting. Sessions and workshops are led by experienced journalists from top media companies. JCamp is an all-expenses-paid program with travel, meals and lodging covered by AAJA’s partners.

Connecticut Health I-Team Camp attendee- This summer investigative reporting workshop will provide up to 25 high school students (per camp) with the opportunity to develop investigative reporting skills in a unique workshop environment led by distinguished local and national journalists.

ASNE Youth Advisory Board Member- As ASNE’s Youth Journalism Initiative plans for future programs and activities, the student advisory board members will serve as the voice of young journalists. They will let us know what is important to them and their peers. We will have an open dialogue throughout the year to share ideas and input. They’ll help us promote our programs and tell us what we could be doing more of. They’ll help us brainstorm new ideas for future contests on this site, as well as on social media.

Local Awards from the VC Star:

1st place News Writing- "Former Foothill teacher Chris Prewitt struck fatally by car"

1st place News Series- "SPECIAL REPORT: New Common Core math standards sweep until Foothill amid criticism and doubt" and "Incoming freshmen to get new math classes as district chooses 'integrated pathway'" 

Character Trait: Courage

This year, developing the character trait of courage has been one of the most important things I've focused on. It is extremely difficult, especially if you are shy or reserved, to walk up to someone and ask for an interview. It takes courage to tell the truth when it might negatively affect you, to face moral or ethical dilemmas head on, to ask for help and to be willing to have your articles torn apart. Being a courageous journalist also means being willing to live on the edge at all times, and being ready to dive in at a moment's notice. Through my experience this year, I've learned that I might have to turn on the "journalist" switch at any time, and my life has been changed because of it.

Initiative

1. Being a Team Player:

Throughout my experience on the Dragon Press, the importance of collaboration and communication has become even more important to me. I strongly believe that a well-functioning newsroom needs to have everyone feel included and part of the collaboration process. Without this, reporters do not have a stake in their publication. Because of this core belief, I have consistently offered resources and advice to other students. I have also offered my support in editing and brainstorming article ideas. At my request earlier this year, peer-editing was reinstated to our workflow.

2. Breaking/Pressing News:

Throughout the year, stories will break and we automatically need someone there to report them. As a news writer, it's been difficult to always be "on duty" and never quite know when I will be needed to write a story. It's nerve-wracking, but worthwhile to dedicate myself to writing breaking news. I automatically have to take initiative and make sure the news is posted in 3 to 4 hours.

3. Investigative Reporting:

From ASB Budget Cuts to Common Core to Cyberbullying, I've fallen in love with investigative reporting this year. By deeply researching one set topic, I can provide a holistic picture of one set topic and how it affects our community. This year, I reported on the ASB Budget Cuts and shared how they would be affecting our school next year. This was the first time the ASB Budget was made public to the student body.

Community

Tutoring- I tutor 1st to 5th graders through Project Understanding at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura. I talk students through problems, helping them with homework, teaching them how to read, practicing multiplication and division tables, teaching them basic math principles and using educational tools and games. I have accumulated 100+ community service hours.

National Speech and Debate Association- I am the Speech Captain of Foothill's speech and debate team. I have one first place in novice Public Forum debate and first place in Varsity Public Forum debate at the Fullerton invitational tournament. I have qualified to the California state tournament in national extemporaneous speaking for two years and international extemporaneous speaking for one year.

Counselor in Training- Every summer, I volunteer at Camp Whittier in Santa Barbara as a Counselor in Training (CIT). My responsibilities include: chaperoning children, playing games with them, planning and executing a carnival, covering counselor's shifts, running the snack stand and filling out paperwork, and doing bonding activities.

Girl Up- My sophomore year of high school, I founded a Girl Up club at Foothill. Girl Up, a branch of the UN, works to promote a girl's right to safety and an education. I founded a women's advocacy group called Girl Up, a branch of the UN. I advocate through political action, fundraise and educate others.

Political Action and Awareness Club- I am the master of debate for PAAC, meaning I lead all debates, help plan events and am involved in local community politics. PAAC holds 2 to 3 debates monthly on current events, such as the current political climate in Ukraine, gun control and drug dog use on campus. 

Education

Education