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Tampa Bay Times

Business Reporter
May 2015 – Present

I write about tourism and retail news for the business section of the Tampa Bay Times. My beat was expanded to include the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and local entrepreneur Jeff Vinik. I assist with website management for the business page and help manage the business section’s social media channels. I assist with planning on enterprise projects for the business staff and am developing a  business news podcast for the section.

 

Heels Down Media

Media Director
July 2016 – Present

Heels Down Media is an international equestrian publishing and marketing company. I write and edit stories for the company’s three media platforms: Heels Down Magazine, a digital monthly equestrian sport magazine for young adults, Horse Junkies United, a daily web blog that shares amateur horse owner and rider content, and Stable & Spice, a fitness and health blog for equestrians.  I’m a host for a twice-monthly podcast called Heels Down Happy Hour. I also edit The Rollback, a weekly e-newsletter that shares equestrian-related news and current events. I assist with social media and website management functions, contest marketing and editorial planning.

 

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Assistant Projects Editor
May 2014 – May 2015

I serve as a manager on special  projects and help keep reporters and editors on track with team goals. I set strategies to reach larger audiences through social media and establish partnerships with other publications and affiliates.  I also lead the Herald-Tribune innovation team and assist with best practice sessions of social media and digital tools in our newsroom.

I am the editor-in-chief  of a new start-up publication geared toward young professionals in the Southwest Florida community, called unravel. I lead the coverage by assigning and editing connect and contributing personally. I, along with an executive team of four in our newsroom, led the design and construction of the site.   The digital publication launched in Feb. 2015.

Business Reporter

September 2012 – May 2015

I break news and write consistent enterprise stories on the tourism and retail beats for the Herald-Tribune, a Halifax Media Group-owned company in Southwest Fla. I shoot and edit my own videos and photos to supplement my stories, and push articles through social media.

I interned for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune during the summer of 2009. My work was published in a variety of sections, mostly covering cops and courts in Manatee County. I had more than 60 clips published that summer.

Project highlights:

Published “The Cost of Life” on May 25, 2014.

Managed social media and engagement for “Home to Havana,” published July 8, 2014.

Managed social media and engagement for “Andre Bryant Investigation,” which published Sept. 22, 2014.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Business Reporter
July 2011September 2012 (1 year 3 months)

I broke news and wrote original enterprise articles about retail and  the yachting industry for the business section of the of the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As a multimedia reporter,  I created videos relevant to the business section and shared stories through social media.

Career highlights:

Late night menu options growing in South Florida, Aug. 4, 2012

Craft beer bars aim to slake South Florida’s thirst, Sept. 2, 2011

St. Augustine Record

Staff Reporter

May 2010June 2011 (1 year 2 months)

I covered the crime beat for this daily community newspaper in Northeast Florida. Aside from writing breaking news, I also wrote local enterprise stories for the daily print product, shot and edited video to supplement stories and assisted in maintaining the website and social media sites.

Career highlights:

The Seductive Killer Drifter original piece for The Daily Beast.

The Stranger segment for NBC Dateline.

 

Orlando Business Journal

 Business Reporter (Part time)

February 2010May 2010 (4 months)

I covered the banking, finance and law beats part-time during my last semester of college. I wrote daily stories three times a week, contributing to the online and print editions.  I interned at OBJ from August to December in 2008, where I wrote business profiles, news and feature stories for the weekly journal, web and other inlet publications. I also covered my own “anatomy of a deal” beat.

Central Florida Future

 News Editor

August 2009May 2010 (10 months)

I served as one of two news editors that edited and assigned stories for the news section of the twice-weekly edition of the UCF student paper. I came up with story ideas, pitched them to writers, worked with writers on drafts, edited stories, copy edited and helped layout stories for print.

 

Career Highlights:
Beta Theta Pi fraternity suspension coverage

 

Bonnier Corp

Editorial Intern

January 2009May 2009 (5 months)

As an intern, I wrote feature stories for the web and print, helped copy edit and assisted in managing the website for Wakeboarding Magazine and WaterSki Magazine. I worked regularly with programs like InDesign, wrote HTML/CSS code, web content management systems, Dreamweaver and Final Cut Pro.

Observer Newspapers

Editorial Intern

May 2008August 2008 (4 months)

I copy edited stories, assisted with print layout in InDesign and wrote stories for two community weekly papers: the Winter Park Maitland Observer and the Oviedo-Winter Springs Voice.

 

Education:

University of Central Florida,  Orlando, Fla.
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Humanities minor
Graduation Date: May 7, 2010

 

 

Awards:

 

Extracurricular

Organizations:

Journalism & Women’s Symposium Vice President, Oct. 2015 to present

  • Responsible for planning the Conference & Mentoring Project programming for 2016

Journalism & Women’s Symposium board of directors, communications co-chair, Oct. 2014 to present

Journalism & Women’s Symposium  member, July 2013 to present

  • Led social media and tech (Google Drive, Facebook, Basecamp Twitter) break out sessions at CAMP 2013
  • Assisted in reviewing and selecting the JAWS 2104 Diversity Mentoring Fellow by reading and ranking incoming applications
  • Nominated to board of directors position in Oct. 2014

Sarasota Young Professionals Group  At-Large Chair, Jan. 2014 to May 2015

  • Member since Jan. 2014. Chair term Oct. 2014 – May 2015
  • A part of the leadership team behind the 2015 State of Jobs conference

 

Leadership positions:

  • Tampa Bay Times’ What’s in Store retail columnist, May 2015- present
  • Unravel editor-in-chief, Feb. 2014 – May 2015
  • Innovation Team Leader, Herald-Tribune, Sept. 2013 – May 2015
  •  Sun Sentinel’s Shop-O-Matic retail blogger, Sept. 2011- Sept. 2012
  • Ed2010 Magazine Club, President, Aug. 2009- May 2010
  • Knight Living Magazine, Content Editor, Jan. 2010 – May 2010
  • Reax Music Magazine, Contributing Writer, Aug.  2009 -August 2011
  • Central Florida Future, “Venue Views” columnist, Aug. 2009 –  Dec. 2009
  • Pegasus Mascot Team, Knight Rider, Aug. 2008 – Jan. 2009