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A digitally savvy writer, editor, producer and storyteller

Work History

JULY 2006PRESENT 

Freelance journalist 

Various 
  • Cover breaking news and feature stories for PRI, The Guardian, Minn Post and AFP 

July 2016Present

Digital producer and writer 

America Abroad 
  • Write digital articles based on radio scripts and interviews from the monthly podcast
  • Write relevant social posts for each article
Apr 2015June 2016

Social Media Journalist 

Public Radio International 
  • Wrote and reported features focused on international youth activism, refugee resettlement 
  • Worked with World In Words podcast team to make stories more visual and shareable 
  • Organized two college forums on the Syrian refugee crisis (at Macalester College and Harvard University) 

Accomplishments: Improved traffic on my assigned vertical, recruited  and worked with multimedia freelancers, wrote several of the top shared posts for PRI.org in 2015. *Note: This was a temporary, grant funded position. 

Oct 2013Feb 2015

Digital News Editor

Fusion Media Network 
  • Edited and supervised reporters and freelance video producers
  • Edited video scripts and produced videos for TV and web
  • Wrote breaking news stories
  • Worked closely with social media team to determine formats and strategy for stories  

Accomplishments: Led coverage of protests for the disappeared Ayotzinapa students in Mexico, which reached hundreds of thousands of people on all platforms and was widely shared in Mexico and the United States. 

May 2012Oct 2013

Editor in Chief

The Sacramento Press
  • Edited and managed small team of reporters, freelancers, interns, copy editors
  • Helped devise strategy for community contributors and social media accounts
  • Hosted video chats on local neighborhood and political issues
  • Organized events and workshops

Accomplishments: Increased unique visitors by 18.45% (year over year) during budgets cuts. Launched new verticals that drove traffic, engagement and revenue.  

Mar 2009Apr 2012

Online producer

The Miami Herald
  • Produced/edited homepage
  • Managed a network of local blog partnerships
  • Edited interns and freelance contributors for downtown/midtown section
  • Wrote articles for print, for 1A, 1B, Sports, and the locally zoned editions

Accomplishments: Doubled unique visitors for downtown/Midtown section on MiamiHerald.com and helped build an engaged online and in person community of contributors and followers.

Dec 2007Aug 2008

Staff Writer

The Goose Creek Gazette
  • Covered crime and city politics, wrote features
  • Took photographs for my own articles

Accomplishments: Wrote a three-part series that won an award, and a cover story for an alternative weekly in Charleston, S.C.

Jan 2007Dec 2007

Reporter 

The Press and Standard 
  • Covered crime and local politics
  • Took photographs for articles, contributed to quarterly glossy magazine

Accomplishments: Won three state awards in first two years as a reporter,  wrote 10 to 12 stories a week under constant deadline pressure. 

YouTube highlights 

I worked with videographers in the field to commission and produce videos, helping to shape the angle, talking them through the story, and then working with video editors to polish and publish the final product. 

Languages

English

Native speaker and writer

Portuguese 

Conversationally fluent, regularly conduct interviews and reach out to sources via text or email.

Spanish

Regularly conduct interviews and communicate with sources via text or email.

Education

20032006

B.A.

Temple University

Majored in Geography and Urban Studies with minors in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. 

Awards and Certifications

Jan 2012Feb 2012

SEO training

McClatchy Interactive
Search Engine Optimization training for editorial staff. 
Jan 2007Jan 2008

Weekly Newspaper Division awards 

South Carolina Press Association
- First place for profile writing (2007) - Second place in the spot news category (2007) - Second place for short story (2007) - Second place for series (2008)
Jul 2008Jul 2008

Narrative Writing on Deadline

Poynter INSTITUTE 
A week-long seminar class on writing narrative stories on tight deadlines. 

Digital skills 

  • Trained in complex content management systems for online and print publishing
  • Basics of HTML, blogging platforms, database reporting  
  • Very familiar with SEO strategies and social headline writing 
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Omniture, Google Analytics, Doubleclick for Publishers, Google Fusion Tables, ScribbleLive, Storify, Audacity, iNews, Avid, Final Cut Pro