Connecticut Senate Democrats Office
Outreach Coordinator (Temporary) | January 2019 - Present
Organized 30 in-district events for state senator Needleman, Cohen, and Lesser to address issues including first responders, school regionalization, seniors, and paid family medical leave
Organized roundtable discussion comprising of law enforcement, non-profit and healthcare professionals, and a mother and daughter impacted by opioid addiction for State Senator Needleman
Managed State Senator Needleman’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, starting March 2019, increasing total following by almost 25% and Twitter following by over 60%
Coordinated tour of farm/garden center growing hemp for State Senator Cohen, Commissioner of the CT Dept. of Agriculture, First Selectman of Killingworth, and leadership for agricultural and hemp associations.
Coordinated tour of Penn Globe and meeting with company leadership to discuss manufacturing jobs in CT and healthcare costs for employees for State Senator Cohen and Representative Candelora
Worked with communications team to FB Live press conferences, live-tweet Senate debate on minimum wage and paid family medical leave, and designed social media graphics on legislation passed or state budget provisions
In focus: America
Manager | August 2018 - Present
A self-started independent news project highlighting local and national reporting on politics, culture, and “human discovery” (technology, healthcare, the environment) through daily social publishing on Twitter and the biweekly ‘In Focus’ newsletter.
Follow 60+ news outlets covering the general span of the U.S and exercise news judgement to determine reporting to highlight on Twitter and include in newsletter. News outlets include NBC News, PBS NewsHour, Dallas Morning News, Vox, The Denver Post, and several NPR member stations
Publish ‘In Focus; newsletter, a compilation of several articles, videos, and podcasts, focusing on a current events topic. Prior editions focused on industries facing employee shortages, LGBTQ community of Appalachia, Alabama, and voting rights
Live tweeted Season 5 of CNN's This Is Life with Lisa Ling, CNN Florida Gubernatorial Debate, and MSNBC Beto O’Rourke Town Hall in 2018. *All 3 projects detailed further in Projects section*
The Impact News
Associate Editor | January - May 2018
Management position supporting the Managing Editor and leading 10+ staff writer team with fellow associate editor to cover Westchester County (NY) and New York City.
Led politics and social issues coverage through reporting on, including, opioid addiction, survivors of mass shootings, immigration, and political activism, which earned the 2018 Quill Award for Excellence in Journalism
Co-wrote a long-form news story on opioid addiction in Westchester County from a law enforcement, family, and county government perspective.
Managed newspaper’s social media coverage (live tweeting, posting on IG, and scheduling relevant columns to be published on Facebook) for March for Our Lives and 2018 Women’s March NYC
Collaborated with digital news team to write scripts for, provide elements, narrate, voice-overs, and/or edit videos, including, a Halsey Women's March speech social video that has earned 5X the average number of views and social video of soundbite from interview with Chantal Ncube to accompany feature on her.
Wrote several columns on intersection of social issues and entertainment and sports, including, country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgrave’s message of inclusion in her work and arguing for a revival of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP for its representation of an entrepreneurial young black woman as the main character.
Supported staff writers by booking interviews for their stories, assisting with research, and pitching topics for them to report on.
Edited columns and updated feature stories on WordPress-supported website with fellow associate editor.
Staff Writer | September 2017 - January 2018
General assignment type-position covering mainly Mercy College campus events and Westchester County through news stories and features.
Reported on, including, the LGBT community of Westchester County, student food insecurity on campus, and domestic violence in college.
Co-wrote news package script and narrated voice-over for news package on DACA shown at 2017 Media Studies Showcase
Reported on and provided social media coverage of Voices 4 Chechnya Rally and March protesting LGBT persecution in Eastern Europe and Asia. Social media coverage (personal Twitter & Instagram) earned 394 views on IG Stories, and 2,398 impressions and 258 total engagements on Twitter.
Supported digital news editor produce video content by booking interviews, serve as point of contact, and off-camera interview people.
Wrote recurring columns on, including, race and gun rights, diversity in late-night television, controversy over Jemele Hill statements, and coming out as LGBTQ.
Logo Social Media Intern | September 2017 - April 2018
Supported the VH1/Logo social media team by maintaining effective social publishing, develop engaging social content, and compiling social analytics data.
Wrote engaging social media copy and scheduled posts promoting NewNowNext.com news stories, and VH1 and Logo digital and television programming to Logo’s over 1.1 million following across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Pitched concept, managed talent research, and contributed to the writing and editing of the moderator’s script for Facebook Live of 3 individuals discussing how their status as HIV-positive has impacted their personal and professional lives. The Facebook Live earned 110K+ views
Managed Tumblr channel for entire duration with the team, and the Facebook and Twitter channels on several days the social media coordinator worked outside the office.
Collaborated with the social media coordinator and individually to develop social content addressing bullying, mental health, and trans rights.
Compiled data on performance of several social content campaigns. Created LGBTQ History Month and Tumblr evergreen September-November 2017 social reports reviewed by VH1/Logo social management.
MY Entertainment TV
Development Intern | June - August 2017
Supported the MY Entertainment TV development team with in-development television projects, pitching reality show and docuseries ideas, and research.
Collaborated with development coordinator on travel blogger series. Researched, reached out, and scheduled Skype interviews with potential bloggers.
Researched talent and locations for Investigation Discovery and Bravo series ideas and pitches.
Assisted development team with MTV reality competition pitch by providing feedback on competition rules and researched stock images to use.
Assisted producers for Ghost Adventures with previewing and sorting video submissions for Halloween Special social media competition.
Production Intern | May - August 2017
Supported the production office manager and producers at Part2 Pictures assigned to CNN’s This Is Life with Lisa Ling and 2019 docuseries Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta.
Researched for the associate producer of Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta the healthcare, diet, and holistic medicine practices of several countries and summarized into research packets for the film crew
Transcribed interviews, conducted research, and fact-checked and annotated voice-over scripts for “Chinese in America” and “Age of Consent” of This Is Life with Lisa Ling Season 4.
Performed equipment runs, answered phones, and assisted office manager with organization of materials and files.
Pitched unscripted and documentary series ideas to the development team.
Production Intern | May - August 2017
Supported the executive producer, technical producer, and talk show hosts at iCRV Radio to develop and produce weekly talk shows and 20 minute interview segments focusing on the Connecticut River Valley and southern central Connecticut at-large.
Booked, pre-interviewed, and assisted guests to go on-air guests for CRV Farm Stand and Library Chat programs, and several segments per week.
Supported executive producer by pitching segment ideas, compiling research for potential guests to book or for interviews, and answered phones.
Updated website events calendar and wrote descriptions to accompany event listings.
Writing Experience – Interview/Q&A, News Reporting, Feature Writing, Social Media Copy, Blogging, Essays, News Package and VO Script Writing
Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Medium, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics, Crowd Tangle
Computer and Design – Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Word Press, Canva, Pablo by Buffer, Wix.com, Squarespace
Marketing – Content Marketing, Field Marketing, Influencer Research
Production – Content Development, Research (Background, Interview, Talent), Booking Guests, Transcribing, Video Editing (Adobe Premiere, Edius Pro 7) Slate Setup, Floor Managing
Intra/Interpersonal – Time Management, Verbal and Written Communication, Project Management, Public Speaking, Customer Service, Professional Development, Team Leadership
Technology – JVC GY HM890 Field camera, JVC GY 150, tripod, Apple mobile products
Pre-production for Non-Fiction, Talk, Television and Radio News Programming
Social Media Management, Publishing, and Live/Video Content
Building relationships with community organizations and businesses
Reporting on Social Issues and Culture, (ex. LGBTQ rights, Opioid Addiction, Grassroots Activism, etc.), and Community/Local News
Developing project proposals for community outreach, news content, and social content
Booking and Conducting Interviews (on and off-air)