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Education- Elon University-Class of 2019-Bachelors of Arts in Journalism

 

Executive Director
Elon News Network

February 2018- April 2019

  • Directed news coverage for online, print and broadcast platforms of Elon's converged student media organization, with special emphasis to ENN’s website and digital presence

  • Led staff to The Pacemaker Award by the Associated Collegiate Press— student media's highest honor

  • Won national first place award by Society of Professional Journalists for co-bylined story on Confederate monument protests at UNC

  • Coordinated with managing editor of newspaper and news director of broadcasts to determine best presentation of stories while holding final editorial call on all content

  • Directed coverage of Elon's presidential inauguration, two hurricanes and midterm elections. 

  • Managed a staff of over 70 reporters, editors, designers and analysts as the top leadership role in the organization

  • Handled administrative duties and oversee organization's budget with consultation from advisers

  • Led weekly staff meetings and set agenda for workshops and retreats with the organization's executive staff

  • Acted as liaison with the Elon community by maintaining relationships with community leaders and representing ENN at official functions

Investigative Reporting Fellow
News21

January 2018 - August 2018

  • Nominated by faculty in the School of Communications to represent Elon University at one of the most prestigious journalism fellowships in the country


  • Independently researched, investigated and developed sources in multiple cities for enterprise story on hate crimes against transgender sex workers


  • Supported multi-byline story on hate crimes against LGBT individuals on a nationwide scale

  • Reported under the tutelage of Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor of the Washington Post

Intern/Correspondent 
The Charlotte Observer

March 2015 - June 2018

  • Reported on sports, metro and investigations desks during 2017 internship. Freelanced for Observer since 2015

  • Won professional award from North Carolina Press Assocation for co-bylined A1 investigative story on HIV rates in Mecklenburg County. 

  • Broke news of LeBron James' unannounced visit to Charlotte. Tweeted video which earned 11,000 views, 66 retweets and 83 favorites

  • Live tweeted events, reported on hard deadlines, proactively sourced enterprise and spot news stories

  • Notable stories included changes in an impoverished neighborhood Mecklenburg County Health Department failures, ACC Football Media Days, and high school sports coverage

Managing Editor
Elon News Network

March 2017- February 2018
Formerly news editor, assistant news editor, reporter

  • Oversaw the assignment and placement of stories and photos so that the newspaper may be completed and published in an orderly manner.

  • Directed coverage of new university president, student deaths, inclusivity concerns and other important stories to campus community

  • Produced eight special editions including a new president edition in 36 hours, Best of 2017 Edition and Black History Month Edition

  • Helped craft new ethics manual

Researcher and Reporter

Imagining the Internet Center

December 2017-December 2017

  • Aided in reporting on the official doccumentaoin for the Internet Governenace Forum that was sent to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Conducted over 50 man-on-the -street interviews with professionals from Microsoft, Google and many officials from international governments

Reporter
NABJ Student Projects

August 2017-August 2017

  • Selected for highly competitive, all expenses paid fellowship to report on NABJ's 2017 National Convention in New Orleans

  • Reported rapidly on enterprise stories, copy edited, tweeted live from events and produced three newspapers on deadline

  • Invited to highly ESPN Pro Camp to learn story telling and professional development skills

AWARDS

 

NCPA First Place Award for County Government Reporting

Won professional state award by North Carolina Press Association for co-bylined investigative A1 story on rising HIV rates in Mecklenburg County

2018 SPJ National Mark of Excellence winner for General News Reporting

Won national award for co-bylined story on Confederate monument protests at UNC

2018 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker

Led staff to win Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award — student media's highest honor.

2017 Top 15 Finalist in Hearst Journalism Awards

Placed 11th place in prestigious national competition for Enterprise Reporting

2017 Top 20 Finalist in Hearst Journalism Awards

Placed 18th place in prestigious national competition in Digital Storytelling

2017 Top 5 Finalist for ACP Multimedia Package

Earned 4th place at Associated Collegiate Press national competition for Best Multimedia Package

2017 CMA Best of Show

The Pendulum won 'Best of Show' award at Collegiate Media Association conference

2017 NCCMA Best of Show

The Pendulum won Best of Show for newspaper and online website (small school category)

2017 NCCMA First Place for Sports Writing

Won first place for Sports Writing at North Carolina College Media Association (small school category)

2017 NCCMA First Place for Digital Storytelling

Won 1st place for digital story telling at North Carolina College Media Association ( small school category)

James Wesley Willard II Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of James Wesley Willard II, a student in Elon University's School of Communications who died in 2005. It is awarded to a student in School of Communications who has a strong academic record.

Professional involvement

 

National Association of Black Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists

Associated Press Sports Editors

Elon University's President's Student Leadership Advisory Council

Elon University School of Communications Student Advisory Board

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

SKILLS

 
  • WRITING 

  • COPY EDITING 

  • AP STYLE 

  • VIDEO EDITING 

  • SOURCE BUILDING 

  • ADOBE INDESIGN

  • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP 

  • ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

  • MULTIMEDIA REPORTING 

  • INTERVIEWING 

  • VIDEO SHOOTING