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Detailed Related Coursework

Applied Organizational Communication Course              Longwood University           Fall 2009

  • Conducted an internal communication audit for the Office of Student Success for a class project
  • Negotiated audit scope, process and confidentiality agreement with client representatives
  • Gathered data through team member interviews and survey research
  • Audit report covered issues such as team member engagement, satisfaction with formal and informal channels of communication, satisfaction with leadership and team member commitment
  • Prepared formal written report and presentation for client that identified communication strengths, areas of concern and recommendations for improvement
  • (Formal report of Communication Audit available in Print Work Samples section)

Computer Mediated Communication              Longwood University           Spring 2010

  • Created and maintained a blog about relationships
  • Learned to utilize different forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, etc.

Advanced Broadcast Production            Longwood University           Spring 2009

  • Created several VOs, VO-SOTs, and PKGs

Principles of Page and Digital Design          Longwood University           Spring 2011

  • Created 2 front pages designs using InDesign
  • Created 1 four page re-design using InDesign and Adobe Photoshop
  • Created 1 curator site and 1 personal website using Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver
  • (Curator site and 4-pg re-design available in Portfolio section)

Advanced Media Reporting and Writing              Longwood University           Spring 2010

  • Published over 70 articles for the student newspaper,  The Rotunda
  • (Examples of articles available in Print Work Samples section and at, just Search Tara Carr)

Brand Development and Loyalty            Longwood University           Summer 2009

  • Learned how to "build the brand" for personal and corporate branding


Graduate of Longwood University with a B. A. in Communication Studies and a concentration in Mass Media seeking employment in the field of admissions, broadcasting, communications, media, journalism, and/or public relations.


  • Reporting
  • Strong communication skills
  • Writing
  • Video and audio editing skills
  • On-camera experience
  • Recruitment
  • Leadership
  • Print and Web design
  • Flexibility/Open-minded
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Work Experience

Longwood University, Office of Admissions

Farmville, VA, United States                                                                                                    September 2011 - present

Admissions Counselor

  • Represent the university to a wide and diverse audience in high schools, community colleges and at college fair programs in-state and out-of-state
  • Develop and implement on-campus and off-campus outreach/recruitment activities for students and families
  • Participate in the full range of regular recruitment activities
  • Coordinate, organize, and conduct presentations for special interest group visits
  • Review student applications and academic credentials and make admissions decisions
  • Manage relationships with high schools within the Hampton Roads, Virginia area
  • Conduct presentations for prospective students and families at weekday and weekend information sessions
  • Develop and maintain communication with prospective students throughout the recruitment process
  • Create reports to monitor recruitment, application, and enrollment activities within the Hampton Roads territory
  • Utilize social media sites such as Facebook, Twiiter, and Pinterest to market the university
  • Film, cast, and edit promotional videos and commercials to promote admissions programs and the university in general

US-China Education

Qinzhou, GX, China                                                                                                                                Jul 2011- Aug 2011

Foreign Teacher

  • Taught English at Qinzhou University in Qinzhou, China (Southwest China) to students who varied in age from 6 years old to 35 years old
  • Learned the unique dialect of Qinzhou, and was immersed in the Chinese culture
  • Learned how to adapt to a culture very different from my own and get around with a very large language barrier
  • Developed firsthand cross-cultural communication skills and understood Chinese business etiquette and protocol


Jeff Halliday

Jeff Halliday taught several of my Communication Studies courses including: Advanced Broadcast Production, Advanced Media Reporting and Writing, and Principles of Page and Digital Design.

I have known Jeff for 5 years.

Ken Perkins

Karen McNew

Karen is the Health Reporter and Anchor at WSLS. I have known Karen for 2 years.

Barbara Ciara

Barbara Ciara was my mentor and internship supervisor at WTKR. I have known Barbara for 3 years.

Sarah Whitley

Work Samples

In The Field

Print Work Samples

Work experience

May 2011Present

African American Relationships Examiner

  • Write relationship advice articles on subject matters specifically pertaining to the African American community
  • Post articles 3 to 5 times a week on
  • Have published over 100 articles including advice, book reviews, and movie reviews
  • Develop and maintain personal brand loyalty with tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Apr 2011Apr 2011

Production Assistant

Clean House, The Style Network
  • Assisted with the Yard Sale for an episode of Clean House for the The Style Network
  • Performed various tasks as needed
Jun 2010Aug 2010

Virginia Association of Broadcasters Intern

Media General, WSLS Channel 10


  • Collaborated and traveled with news crews to cover stories
  • Shot several stand-ups in the field
  • Completed seven stand ups and three packages
  • Logged interview footage


  • Wrote several local and national stories for the newscasts
  • Boothed C, D and E blocks of newscast
  • Gained experience using ENPS


  • Edited VOs, VO-SOTs and PKGs
  • Filmed on tripod and off-shoulder
  • Ingested and Captured footage
Jun 2009Aug 2009


NewsChannel 3, WTKR

Assignment Desk

  • Answered phone calls from viewers
  • Monitored dispatch from surrounding cities
  • Helped to manage reporters and photograpers on assignment


  • Shadowed reporters on assignments
  • Helped reporters research stories
  • Shot stand-ups in the field


  • Ability to go out with photographers
  • Opportunity to film VOs and VO-SOTs
  • Learned how to shoot b-roll from various angles

Overall Experience:  Gained broadcast reporting skills through hands-on experience reporting, filming, and editing; contributed to daily morning planning meetings by pitching story ideas




Working knowledge of ENPS and show stacking, formatting, and timing Wrote over 70 stories for producers at WSLS Channel 10 Proficient in most recent version of the AP Stylebook Good writing and editing skills Experience with production switcher operation
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills Ability to cover news and feature stories Ability to tell stories in multiple forms including VOs, VO-SOTs, and PKGs Ability to work in a fast-paced environment calmly and manage deadline pressures Proficient in current AP Style guidelines Experienced in anchoring/hosting a documentary on Teenagers and Drunk and Distracted Driving, The Student Television Network (STN) webcast awards show, and a United Way Telethon Experienced in journalistic style interviewing  
  Ability to "one-man-band" Knowledge in multiple angle filming with focus on 'shoot-to-edit' approach Experience filming quality video with Flip Cam Experience fliming with cameras using DVs, mini DVs and digital cards
  Strong computer skills and knowledge of television equipment and non-linear editing software (Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Grass Valley) Ability to edit audio using Garage Band Ability to ingest and capture video footage Ability to log video b-roll and sound-bytes