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Summary

I started out as an art student in college wanting nothing more than exposure in my college newspaper. Once we started losing writers, I was pulled in to help carry the load and found that there was more to me than just what I can create with a canvas and paint. I could write, and I had things to say. But more importantly, I began to care about what others had to say; about the ones who had so much to tell and no one and no platform on which to say it. 3 years later, I am still working with and for newspapers for the same reason that I fell in love with the industry in the first place. We have a responsibility to our communities to not only tell the truth and share discoveries that we find; we also have a responsibility to give a voice to those who have none.

Work experience

Sep 2014Present

Editorial Reporter

California Advocate

I am the chief reporter for the Central Valley's only African American newspaper. I primarily write editorials on issues of community interest, as well as cover local events and profile persons of interest.

Additionally, I have also served as a production assistant, aiding in the creation of the paper itself through inDesign and editing stories. 

Dec 2014Present

Reporter-Cartoonist-Youth Mentor

The Know Youth Media

I fluctuate between each job as needed. I am responsible for writing 1-2 articles a month as a reporter, providing illustrations as needed, and guiding our young writers through their process. I also teach workshops at request, my most requested being "News Writing."

Aug 2012Dec 2014

Editor-in-Chief

The Rampage

I served the Fresno City College newspaper for 2 years. In that time, I started out as a cartoonist and was made the Art Director by my second week in. The following 2 semesters I continued as Art Director, but also applied for and became the Arts & Entertainment Editor in my third term. During all of this, I am writing for every section except sports, and laying out the A&E section. In my last semester I was Art Director, A&E Editor, and Managing Editor. The Managing Editor runs the paper and manages the editors and content. I also had to manage the business with our advertisers as we currently were under-staffed and no one to do that job. Our current Editor-in-Chief resigned in her second week and I was nominated by my peers and additional department faculty to take over as EIC, as there were 2 others applying for the post. I eliminated the role of Managing Editor but continued the work of it under the EIC title, and gave my long-held position of Art Director and A&E Editor to other competent staffers.

Education

2010Present

Associates of Arts Degree in Journalism

Fresno City College

I am currently working towards this degree and am only 2 semesters short of receiving it. I originally was working towards a degree in Art but switched over to Journalism after joining the college newspaper staff. I also was president of the Aspiring Press club, which was voted "Best New Club" on campus in 2013.

20052009

High School Diploma

Bullard High School

Graduated with honor for participation in Academic Decathlon for 2 years and honored at The Night of Knights banquet for Academic Excellence.