CV

Education

Queen’s University, Belfast
September 2015-September 2016

Masters of Arts, English; Broadcast Literacy

Florida State University
August 2011-May 2015

Bachelors of Arts, English; Creative Writing
Graduated with honors; magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

Work Experience

Communications Coordinator, The Holocaust Resource and Memorial Center
April 2017-present

  • Optimizing content for website, newsletters, and social media as part of new marketing strategy

Communications Volunteer, Planned Parenthood
January 2017-present

  • Teach volunteers the basics of effective storytelling for television and radio
  • Lead a volunteer group of grassroots organizers; currently planning a major fundraising event for the fall

Facilitator, Women’s March Huddle of Central Florida
January 2017-present

  • Write informational agendas and presentations, statements, and mission goals to support women who want to be involved in local politics

Executive Assistant, SimTech Defensive Services                                          
December 2016-Present

  • Write company materials for employees and contractors; assist in filing of payroll and tax forms

Presenter/reporter, Lisburn 98FM
June 2015-present

  • Produced content about local and national news for a 2-hour show that included expert interviews, researching story content, booking guests, and putting together 4-8 minute radio packages
  • Exercised editorial judgment by choosing unique stories that highlighted individuals and events in the local community to build representation in the media
  • Leading initiative to reformat show into a Women’s Hour-style programme starting in mid-October; partnering with local young women’s shelter to ensure topics are relevant to 18-30 year old audience

Editor and writer, College Magazine
January 2015-June 2015

  • Led a team of 5-7 writers to produce content for an online magazine with a monthly readership of approximately 50,000 university students at the time
  • Chosen by senior editors to interview up-and-coming entertainers and indie label musicians
  • Optimized content for social media platforms, to consistently surpass article share target of 150; 2/12 articles written for site surpassed 1,000 shares

Research Assistant, Florida State University                                                                
August 2012-June 2014

  • Collaborated with two different professors to assist in the writing of university texts
  • Presented new, original research from underrepresented sources that helped create new conversations in the academic field
  • Won Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award for original research design; chosen to present at three separate academic conferences

Editor-in-Chief, The Kudzu Review
August 2013-May 2015

  • Oversaw production of Florida State University’s undergraduate literary journal with masthead and team of 25-30 staff editors
  • Organized and taught weekly classes for 25-30 staff editors on literary magazine branding, outreach, line editing, and design; sought out guest teachers and presenters for each topic
  • Managed social media accounts, increasing engagement by 120% in six months and by 520% over two years

Director, The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
August 2014-May 2015

  • Pioneered programme to offer drop-in advising to encourage students to get involved in research
  • Organised information workshops in collaboration with the Office of National Fellowships and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement
  • Participated in administrative decisions with the SCURC Board of Directors
  • Awarded SGA Bureau of the Year

Sales lead, Victoria’s Secret
June 2012-August 2015

  • Consistently surpassed sales goals by promoting new products and connecting with customers
  • Trained new sales employees on product knowledge and how to work with different customer personalities and needs
  • Maintained an energetic, positive atmosphere with the team and with customers during peak sales periods and holidays

Recent Projects

“No Place Like Home”, radio documentary
June 2016-present

  • Created concept for a radio miniseries about the difficult relationship people often have with their hometowns
  • Currently recruiting participants by exploring my own network of contacts as well as others’ to gather a variety of experiences and ages
  • Producing, editing, and presenting the content and final product in conjunction with Lisburn 98FM

“From the Inside Out”, radio documentary
January 2016-May 2016

  • Co-produced as part of a 3-person team a 28-30 minute radio documentary about Hydebank Wood College, a former young offenders institute; required negotiating recording permissions with the prison
  • Managed the collection of audio interviews from various interviewees; transcribed and edited the interviews; edited the documentary including the final radio cut; co-wrote the presenter script
  • Exercised editorial judgment by choosing interviews that challenged common prison narratives and emphasized the personal stories of each person

“322 Miles”, radio documentary
November 2015-September 2016     

  • Sole producer, editor, and presenter; pioneered an innovative treatment that used the intimacy of radio to tell the literal and emotional true stories of Irish women travelling to England for an abortion
  • Forged lasting relationships with women who had travelled to England for abortions; required a balance of empathy and persuasiveness to ensure participation in the interviews
  • Collaborated with university sound editing department to improve audio cutting and mixing skills

“What is Consent?”, radio clip, Queen’s Radio
November 2015

  • Developed and produced a 4-minute segment in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland on sexual consent education at Queen’s Universiy, Belfast
  • Defined focus in response to “consent classes” opening on universities across the UK and in partnership with executive producer; required a six-hour turnover from conception to finished product
  • Researching statistics from police reports, conducting vox pops, writing interview questions, presenting our segment, and editing the raw audio in the final cut

Skills

  • Writing: narrative treatments for broadcast; web copy; briefs; presenter scripts
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Copyediting
  • Thorough knowledge of broadcasting standards and ethical guidelines
  • Sensitivity training to work with vulnerable persons
  • InDesign: proficient in book functions, creating templates, and integrating images with text
  • WordPress: post creation and editing, website management, SEO and tracking
  • Sound editing: Audacity, Adobe’s Audition, Garage Band
  • Social Media: Google Analytics, SEO, Twitter and Facebook posting and engagement tracking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel (used for scheduling and budgeting)
  • Proficient in collaborative web-based software such as Google Drive, Trello, Dropbox and Outlook to encourage delegation, group calendars, and file sharing

 

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