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Summary

I am a 21-year-old student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am a Mass Communications major with an emphasis in journalism. My minor is English, with an emphasis on creative writing. I am set to graduate in May of 2011.

I feel I have developed a strong writing style through both classes and writing for the MSU student newspaper, The Reporter.  I am ready to step into the real world and hope to find a journalism internship at a publication based in the Twin Cities area.

Objective

To obtain a spring or summer internship in the field of public relations, journalism or broadcasting in the Greater Mankato area or the Twin Cities.

Education

Aug 2007Present

Bachelor of Arts

Minnesota State University, Mankato

I have attended Minnesota State University, Mankato since the fall of 2007. While at MSU I have maintained a 3.84 GPA and have been named to the Dean's List each semester.

In the spring of 2010, I was awarded the Mass Communication Department's award for outstanding junior achievment.

I expect to graduate May 2011.

  • Major: Mass Communications, Journalism emphasis
  • Minor: English, Creative Writing emphasis
  • Related Course Work: Media Writing I and II, Media Ethics and Criticism, Magazine Article Writing,

            Photojournalism, History of Mass Communications, Multimedia Writing, Mass Communications Law,

            Fundamental Speech Communication and Writing and Speaking for Broadcast

References

Dave Aas

Dave Aas is the owner of a successful, family-owned hardware store in Bloomington, Minn. The store, Valley West Do It Best Hardware is a certified dealer of Toro and Stihl power equipment as well as Weber grills.

Mavis Richardson

Mavis Richardson earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at MSU for two years, and holds the rank of assistant professor. Richardson's scholarly research includes coverage of American Indian protest events by various print media. She has public relations and journalism professional experience and teaches introductory mass communication, public relations, ethics and writing courses.

Charles Lewis

Chuck Lewis is an alumnus of MSU's mass comm program. He began teaching at MSU in 1986 as a teaching assistant while earning a master's degree in history. After earning that degree, he taught full time in the mass comm program for two years before enrolling at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in mass communication. He then returned to the MSU mass comm faculty and has earned tenure and the rank of professor. His teaching specialties include introductory mass comm courses, basic and advanced reporting, history, ethics and visual communication. Before joining the MSU faculty, he worked as a newspaper reporter, photojournalist and professional photographer.

Amy Lauters

Amy Mattson Lauters received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master's degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in history and American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She taught at Wichita State University for two years before joining the MSU faculty in 2008. She was also the program director for WSU’s TRIO Communication Upward Bound.

Work experience

Jun 2005Present

Assistant Manager

Valley West Do it Best Hardware

Valley West Do it Best Hardware is a full-service hardware store, specializing in home improvement and power equipment. The store is a certified Toro, Stihl and Weber dealer.

  • Supervised up to six staff members per shift
  • Trained new staff members
  • Responsible for closing the store at the end of each shift
  • Delegated daily duties to staff members
  • Effectively handled customer complaints through problem solving and open communication
  • Served customers efficiently and effectively
Sep 2010Present

Staff Writer

THE MSU REPORTER

The Reporter is the student newspaper at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It is a biweekly paper. Issues come out each Tuesday and Thursday in both print and online format.

  • Wrote informational news stories on a variety of topics, including politics, crime, health, business, university issues and student organizations
  • Sought out, contacted and interviewed sources for news stories
  • Wrote under biweekly deadlines
  • Wrote within AP Style guidelines
Nov 2009Mar 2010

Recording Secretary/Voting Member

Minnesota State University, Mankato Newspaper Board

The MSU Newspaper board is a committee designed to debate and revise the bylaws and guidelines of the Minnesota State University, Mankato student newspaper, The MSU Reporter.

  • Member of board designed to revise student paper guidelines and bylaws
  • Debated and contributed to revisions of student paper guidelines and bylaws
  • Interviewed and voted for incoming editor-in-chief of The MSU Reporter
  • Recorded minutes of monthly Newspaper Board meetings and distributed copies to board members 
Oct 2008May 2009

Plumbing Sales Associate

Menards

Menards is a nationwide chain of hardware stores. Each Menards offers a wide range of products, including plumbing, lumber and electrical supplies for commercial and residential construction.

  • Provided efficient and effective customer service
  • Maintained and stocked products within plumbing department
  • Sold bathtubs, toilets, showers and other plumbing accessories

Skills

Foreign Langauge
Completed sequence of Elementary Spanish Classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato   Completed two full years of Spanish at Thomas Jefferson High School   Knowledge of vocabulary and conversational Spanish
Computer Experience
Proficient in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint   Experience with Adobe Photoshop   Experience with iMovie video editor and Audacity audio editor   Experience in creating slide shows with Soundslides software   Proficient in social networking applications such as Twitter and Facebook   Experience with online media such as wordpress blogs and RSS feeds

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