Skills: Honesty and integrity in keeping with the ethics of good journalism. An interest in people and what makes their stories special. The know-how as an interviewer to help draw those stories out of people. The talent of a good writer to find engaging ways to tell those stories. An attention to detail crucial to editing. A deeply ingrained work ethic and desire to make things better. Love for entertainment consumption and analysis, from movies and music to video games and food. Extensive knowledge of AP Style. Experience as a photographer, primarily events, with a focus on live music and food. Experience as a copy editor and with editorial management.
Assistant Managing Editor/Copy Editor/Editor
22nd Century Media / Orland Park, Ill. / 2010-Present
-Hired as assistant editor for two weekly newspaper.
-Promoted after 10 months to editor of sister paper in Homer Glen.
-Given additional duty as sports copy editor four months after editor promotion.
-Promoted six months later to assistant managing editor.
-Handle writing, assigning and editing a variety of news, life & arts, and sports features.
-Manage weekly budget, as well as freelance and staff writers, and photographers.
-Work with designers to plan covers, sidebars and other visual elements.
-Help managing editor with week-to-week operations of the editorial team.
-Won four Illinois Press Association awards for 2011.
Freelance Writer and Photographer
Various / 2004-Present
-Freelance publications have included A.V. Club Chicago, USA Network’s Character Arcade, Maxim, SouthtownStar, Post-Tribune, Chicago Innerview, BuzzFocus.com, GraphicNovelReporter.com.
-Served as contributing editor and writer for AMP Magazine (music, video games and comics).
-Experience with podcasting, video, blogging and photography.
Regional Publishing Corp. / Palos Heights, Ill. / 2007-2009
-Covered a variety of community news for six towns (writing and photography)
-Won second-place IPA for “Best Coverage of Taxation” in 2008 and a third-place NINA for “Best News Story Series” in 2009.
University of Iowa / 2006-2007
-Earned a double major in English (with creative writing focus) and journalism.
-Graduated cum laude.
-Previously earned associate’s degree from Moraine Valley Community College.
-Graduated from Marist High School.