Breaking news editor at Digital First Media
Online Media | Greater New York City Area, US
I think a lot about news, storytelling, social media, technology and the goal of mixing it all into better-than-ever journalism. I love working with great reporters and developers and editors and photographers. Also, I love Twitter.
Specialties: Breaking news, social news, social media strategy, story editing, line editing, local news, news writing, news blogs, Web story telling, Web production, long-form reporting, recruiting and hiring, content management, project management, writing, basic HTML, basic photo editing, page design.
2012 - Present
Breaking news editor / Digital First Media
Associate editor / KPCC.org at Southern California Public Radio
Overseeing creation of breaking news coverage, improving social media feeds and social news integration, helping create a radio-to-Web workflow, improving how radio stories are presented on the Web, developing strategies to compete in a crowded local news market. Duties include developing story ideas, improving social media and social news presence, working with reporters in the field on developing/breaking news, and working with other editors and program producers to improve digital news.
News editor / TBD.com
Helped launch the regional news website TBD.com including hiring more than 20 reporters and Web producers and producing original content plan. Post-launch, directed breaking news coverage and editing, managed about eight reporters and Web producers and was chief liaison to WJLA TV news staff to coordinate coverage. Monitored metrics to direct home page programming and shifts in coverage. Also worked with developers to refine content management system, troubleshot technical problems, designed breaking news and Web producing workflow, helped manage social media accounts and brainstormed development of new products.
Managing editor / The Capitol Hill Current/Voice of the Hill
Streamlined production of the 13,000 circulation Voice of the Hill, guided the redesign of the print edition, orchestrated the revival and redesign of the website, and managed and recruited dozens of freelancers. Previously was a staff writer covering Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle and general assignments, along with copy editing and layout tasks.
Health education volunteer / Peace Corps Mali
Served in West African nation of Mali as a health education volunteer in a village of 2,000 people. Major projects included:
■ educating mothers through skits on prenatal health and childcare during weekly vaccinations in which more than 700 children and hundreds of mothers were inoculated against yellow fever, polio and other diseases.
■ initiating a weekly infant growth-monitoring program that is tracking more than 250 babies to ensure proper nutrition is leading to weight gain.
■ starting a revenue-generating soap project with a village women’s group to teach women how to make soap, sell it and use the profits to start their own micro-loan group.
Copy chief / The Daily Illini
Was staff writer, campus editor, in-depth editor and copy chief.
Reporting intern / The State Journal-Register
Worked as day and night police reporter and wrote feature stories for other sections.
Reporting intern / Anchorage Daily News
Wrote general assignment stories for metro and features including spot news, trends, cops and courts.
Reporting intern / Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Wrote more than 100 stories including spot news, features, in-depth features and entertainment stories, wrote weekly column about community groups’ accomplishments, worked during school year and summer.