Experience

Connecticut Senate Democrats Office

Outreach Coordinator (Temporary) | January 2019 - Present

  • Collaborate with legislative, and press aides for five state senators to organize constituent and press events on topics, including, education, firefighters, economic development, and healthcare during the January-June 2019 legislative session

  • Organized small business council of a dozen-plus businesses and State Senator Christine Cohen to discuss, including, paid family leave and minimum wage

  • Coordinate with Director of Communications and video team to film Facebook Lives of press conferences and identify opportunities for social content

  • Co-manage State Senator Norm Needleman’s social media pages, write social media copy, and research community news in his district to share in posts

 

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, voting rights, and internet hacking.

  • 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.

 

Viacom

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.

 

Part2 Pictures

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.

 

iCRV Radio

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.


Skills

Writing Experience Interview/Q&A, News Reporting, Feature Writing, Social Media Copy, Blogging, Essays, News Package and VO Script Writing, Reviews/Recaps, Press Releases

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, Photoshop, 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

Technology – JVC GY HM890 Field camera, JVC GY 150, tripod, Apple mobile products


Strengths

  • Pre-production for Non-Fiction, Talk, Television and Radio News Programming

  • Social Media Management, Publishing, and Live/Video Content

  • Reporting on Social Issues and Culture, (ex. LGBTQ rights, Opioid Addiction, Grassroots Activism, etc.), and Community/Local News

  • Booking and Conducting Interviews (on and off-air)