Education/Honors

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, May 2013

B.A. in Journalism (online emphasis), B.A. in Art History, magna cum laude, 3.62 GPA

Honors College | President’s Honor Roll  | Elmer Capshaw Award for Outstanding Senior in Art History

                    

Professional Experience

Freelance writer and consultant, Austin, TX, May 2013—present

Current projects include:

Travel blogger for HipmunkBooly Adventures and TravelMagma

Health writer and contributor to Beauty & Wellness magazine, SoundBodyLife and Hubsi. 

Health blogger for dentists in Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas. 

Art writer for Art Focus magazine in Oklahoma. 

Co-wrote a book on tips to be a successful college student, titled Welcome to College!: 101 Ways to Rock Your World.

 

 

University Experience

 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, webmaster and ambassador, Norman, OK, 20 hrs/wk, Aug. 2011—May 2013

Maintained and updated website, added images and edited descriptions of 1600 art pieces in the permanent collection. Photographed exhibition catalogues and merchandise for the museum store web page. Constructed new web pages weekly. Pitched and designed the museum’s blog, creating stories and photographic content. Hosted dignitaries and VIPs at museum social events.

 

Popular Science, American Society of Magazine Editors intern, New York City, June—Aug. 2012

Researched and wrote six bylined articles ranging in topics from NASA to the toxicity levels of poisons. Pitched stories and headlines, attended staff meetings and product shoots and studied the details of the entire editorial and production process.

 

National Press Photographers Assoc. Video News Workshop, assistant to director, March 2013

Attended the video storytelling conference, reported session highlights for NPPA blog and social media outlets.

 

OUStormCrowd, severe weather mobile reporter, January—May 2012

Covered breaking news and weather as a member of an inaugural group of students using only an iPhone for shooting video, tweeting and writing the story.

 

Fort Sill Army Media Training, instructor, Norman, OK, January 2011—May 2012

Intensely interviewed army captains in simulated crisis situations as practice for them. Monthly.

 

Fire and police reporter, The Oklahoma Daily and multimedia newsgathering class, January—May 2011

Reported, photographed and prepared multimedia packages on news events. Covered grass fires (one for eight hours), sat in at the emergency operation center with the PIOs and experienced evening police ride-along.

 

Pulse, OU alumni magazine, feature writer, January—May 2011

Wrote an alumni profile on Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success, and covered a journalism camp for high- school students in this MarCom Award-winning issue.

 

Simplysalmagundi, blogging since 2010

Shared insights from backpacking through Europe, summer of 2013, with a focus on art and architecture. Also covered other art experiences, PopSci internship and NPPA workshop.

 

International Symposium on Online Journalism, participant, Austin, TX, April 2013

Studied the practice and theories behind online journalism.

 

 

Technical Skills

 Proficient in numerous editing, web, video, photography and social media platforms including (X)HTML, basic CSS, InDesign, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro/Pro X, Avid, Instagram and Twitter. Worked with CQ5 Content Management System at the FJJMA for two years.

 

Involvement

OU Integrity Council: Promoted academic integrity on campus. Investigated accusations of academic misconduct, determined sanctions for proven misconduct and mentored students sanctioned for misconduct.

Sooner Ballroom Dance Club: Ballroom, swing, blues and Latin styles.