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Skills

Media Relations
My work in journalism publication has crossed the barriers of interpersonal communications in many ways. Press releases, e-newsletters, media kits, public relations projects, and general blog content on various subjects and events have made their way into the norm. Not to mention the trending Social Media platforms... Next stop: Twitter pitches!
Editorial Design
Indesign, Layout, Content. In the newsroom at CWU I  have learned much about design and copy. Creativity has been instrumental in this four-year study and resulted in my development as a design and content editor. I learn more from my mentors in the industry every day.
Grantwriter
A skill I have been tweaking for my Non Profit Minor.
Interviewer
I list this as a skill as I have really come to value the ability to get an open channel with people and professionals and turn it into a submersion journalism experience and then write it down in 350 to 1000 words. I always audio record my subjects for full attention to the interview-this has worked very well for me.
Photo Journalist
This is just a skill that I have developed as needed for college publications that has really become an asset to my college journo experience.
Feature Writer
Definitely my strongest skill and forming the direction that my career will take after my college career ends in 2014.

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Education

Sep 2011Jun 2013

B A / Media Relations

Central Washington University

References

Tobias Staab

Work experience

Oct 2011Present

Social Media Coordinator

The Vintage Shop

Take company voice and create social media brand. Represent it consistently throughout all social media channels / posting daily content. Create / update Facebook and Twitter with new ideas, events, and promotions. Develop strategy for the store Instagram account.

Mar 2013Sep 2013

Editor-In-Chief

CWU Pulse Magazine
  • Wrote, edited and produced stories for multiple platforms, including Internet and digital channels.
  • Researched and wrote 6 pieces per week for Pulse Magazine.
  • Evaluated and followed up on news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
  • Edited footage to create videos for multiple multimedia platforms.
  • Organized material, determined area of emphasis, and wrote stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
  • Shot video and still photos to accompany news stories.
  • Developed the Twitter strategy for Pulse Magazine reporters and editors.
  • Selected and updated stories and photos for the homepage carousel.
  • Served as a spokesperson and representative for the department at assigned events and other community forums.
Feb 2012Mar 2013

Associate Editor

CWU Pulse Magazine
  • Wrote, edited and produced stories for multiple platforms, including Internet and digital channels.
  • Evaluated and followed up on news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
  • Edited footage to create videos for multiple multimedia platforms.
  • Organized material, determined area of emphasis, and wrote stories according to prescribed editorial style and format standards.
  • Served as head reporter/ lead editor for all staff in support of Editor-In-Chief.
Sep 2011Feb 2012

Photo Editor/ Senior Reporter/Assistant Scene Editor

The Observer
  • Take the company voice and create social media brand.
  • Represent it consistently throughout all social media channels / posting daily content.
  • Create / update Facebook and Twitter with new ideas,.
  • Plan events, and promotions.
  • Develop strategy for the store Instagram account.
Oct 2010Jan 2011

News Editor/ Photojournalist

Los Angeles Collegian

City College provided my first work in the newsroom. In 2010, The Collegian (bi-monthly print newspaper) won seven JACC, SPJ, and College Journalism Affiliate Awards. Three of the awards obtained were for feature stories that I wrote while on staff. An additional award was obtained for my writing a year later for "Best Feature Story" at the JACC Convention in Irvine, Calif.

Oct 2007Mar 2009

Assistant to Director

Ann Taylor Loft
  • Planned and coordinated logistics and materials for board meetings, committee meetings and staff events.
  • Created detailed expense reports and requests for capital expenditures.
  • Ordered and distributed office supplies while adhering to a fixed office budget.
  • Coordinated domestic and international travel arrangements, including booking airfare, hotel and transportation.
  • Managed office supplies, vendors, organization and upkeep.
Apr 2000Jun 2004

Manager

Sisters Tea Company

Restaurant Management and Marketing for 250 seat Tearoom.

Certifications

NJC Scholar 2012

AAJA

Blog

www.msmendesmith.com