Shannon Walter

Shannon Walter

Journalism Experience

Student Media Experience

Index Newspaper

At Truman's student produced paper, the Index, I work as a reporter and copy editor writing one to two stories weekly. Through copy editing, I thoughtfully read stories to find AP errors and edit understandability. 

Detours Travel Magazine

Detours is the student produced travel magazine for which I am a writer and designer. I travel throughout Missouri, Iowa and Illinois writing about travel destinations. Then I design four to six page spreads.

News36 TV Station

Prepared packages for Truman’s student produced weekly news show.Duties include pitching story ideas, interviews, field shooting, writing a script and editing b-roll. I directed and produced a five-minute television show called Leader By eXample in Truman’s state-of-the-art studio.

Academic Experience

Journalism Experience

As part of Truman’s comprehensive Election Day coverage, I served as the photographer for the team covering events from the state capital Jefferson City, as well as from Columbia, Missouri, in which we attended press conferences and parties for local candidates along with interviewing voters at the polls.Public Relations Experience

Projekt Oskar, a student-led initiative to bring a Russian Pop Superstar to Kirksville April 17, 2009, was a project that culminated with a press conference, colloquium and concert. I was responsible for coordinating backup dancers for the concert show by organizing practices, choreography and acting as a liaison between the dancers and The Oskar.

Recently I organized a fundraiser with a partner to help the local Humane Society. I created a sponsorship package, a flyer about the Humane Society and sign up sheets for volunteers. My partner reserved tables, made signs and budgeted the event.


Journalism is turning away from the traditional print, broadcast and radio writing.  Convergence is the new phrase on everyone's lips.  Rather than being a journalist, I consider myself a "Wordsmith" who artfully paints a story whatever medium or section appears in.  I am cross-trained through print, broadcast, magazine, Internet and public relations writing as a "Wordsmith."  

Work History

Work History
May 2011 - Jul 2012

Lead Support Professional

Chariton Valley Association

I managed a home for two young men with developmental disabilities. My work included daily paperwork, planning activities and events for the individuals, managing and hiring staff, managing finances, planning meetings, and, most importantly, fostering independence for the individuals. The position required me to be organized, creative, and flexible. I was also required to communicate with several businesses, caseworkers, staff, and family members. 

Sep 2010 - May 2011

Direct Support Professional

Chariton Valley Association

I support two young men with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to help them live as independently as possible. Tasks include cleaning, daily hygiene for the individuals, paperwork, passing medication, and much more to enhance their daily life. 

May 2010 - Sep 2010

Communication Intern

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

I traveled throughout Missouri during the summer of 2010 to the state parks to gather footage, photos, and interviews to update the parks web site. I used iMovie to edit videos, iPhoto to edit photos and Microsoft to write copy. My work can be found at I worked on Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Scott Joplin House, Harry S. Truman State Park, Battle of Athens State Historic Site, Boone's Lick State Historic Site, Sappington Cemetery, Iliniwek Village, Thousand Hills State Park and Long Branch State Park.

May 2009 - Sep 2009


Video Marketing USA

I researched and wrote about travel destinations in the 50 states. The position lasted for one summer. The web site is My writing is located under the destinations tab.



Technology Experience

I am competent with broadcast studio and field equipment including Hitachi Z-4500W digital studio cameras, Canon XL1 digital field cameras, 360 Systems  servers, Panasonic DVCPro VTR, Ross Switcher Synergy1 digital production switchers, AudioArts D75  digital audio console with 18 channels, GenCG 4.6 and a Leprecon 624 lighting board.  I also am competent with the following computer programs including Avid Xpress Pro v4.6 video editting program, Adobe Audition 2.0, Microsoft Office 2007 programs including Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, SPSS v16, and InDesign CS3.



2008 Election Photos