Work History

Work History
Jan 2011 - Present

Copy Desk Chief

The Daily O'Collegian

I proofread each page of the paper daily, checking for Associated Press style and other grammatical errors with the help of three copy editors. I also work with a team of four reporters on enterprise reporting about open records and other legal issues in Oklahoma.

Previous positions: 

Managing Editor (fall 2012)

Crime Reporter (2011-2012 school year)

Opinion Columnist (Jan-May 2011)

Aug 2012 - Present

News Correspondent

Tulsa World

I cover crime and breaking news in Stillwater for the largest daily newspaper in Northeastern Oklahoma. I will also be an intern during summer 2013.

Apr 2012 - Present

Crime Reporter

OKJailbirds, LLC

I maintain a minimum six-byline per week quota for a monthly publication. Groups of Oklahoma counties publish magazines each week featuring mugshots and stories about recent arrestees. I write stories for 20 counties in Oklahoma.

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

Intern

Student Press Law Center

I will work during the fall 2013 semester while attending college at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., as a member of the National Student Exchange program. My duties include writing news flashes about student press rights and writing stories for the SPLC's magazine.

May 2012 - Jul 2012

Intern

Drumright Gusher

I wrote news and feature stories, designed pages, sold advertising and helped distribute a weekly newspaper. My internship was supported by a grant from the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Party Hostess

Funtrackers Family Fun Center

I hosted children's birthday parties, balanced cash drawers and assisted with customer service.

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Oklahoma State University

Minors in Spanish language and Marketing

Completed 110 hours toward graduation plan with a projected graduation date of May 2014

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Non-degree student

Bowie State University

I will attend BSU as a member of the National Student Exchange program during the fall 2013 semester while simultaneously completing an internship at the Student Press Law Center.

Skills

Skills

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Social Media

I effectively use Twitter as a tool to share my reporting with followers and other media personnel. My Twitter allows me to engage in conversation with my audience and tailor my writing to their interests.

Crime reporting

Associated Press style

InDesign

Spanish

I have a working proficiency in Spanish language.

Honors and Awards

Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association:

-College Newspaper Journalist of the Year (Division 1) - 2013

-First place, individual investigative reporting - 2013

-Third place, individual reporting portfolio - 2013

-Honorable mention, individual general news writing - 2013

-First place, third place and honorable mention, editorial writing - 2013 (as a member of the O'Collegian editorial board)

Mark of Excellence, Society of Professional Journalists (Region 8 - college)

-First and second place, breaking news reporting, large (more than 10,000 circulation) - 2013

*Region 8 is comprised of Oklahoma and Texas

Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Pro Chapter (college and professional) - 2013

-awards in Divisions A and B (more/less than 50,000 circulation)

Scholarships:

Oklahoma Press Association/Daily O'Collegian scholarship, fall 2013-spring 2014Oklahoma State University Walker Stone scholarship, fall 2011-spring 2013The Daily O'Collegian Newsroom Mark of Excellence, fall 2011-spring 2012Oklahoma State University Hispanic scholarship, fall 2010-spring 2014Wells Fargo Dependent Children scholarship, fall 2010-spring 2012

Other:

Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation internship grant recipient, summer 2012Oklahoma State University Dean's Honor Roll, spring 2011Oklahoma State University President's Honor Roll, fall 2011