Resume

Here you’ll find my resume. I also have a PDF version available if you prefer.

Experience

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas

Sports copy editor/designer, July 2013-Present

  • Edited stories on late-ending games thoroughly and in time to meet deadlines
  • Researched sports statistics to create story-related companion trinkets
  • Boiled sometimes dozens of wire reports down into concise briefs packages
  • Completed design assignments of up to six pages a night on deadline
  • Conceptualized and designed special web projects
  • Blogged about local high school standouts’ college basketball performances twice weekly

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.

Copy editor, Aug. 2010-May 2013

  • Eliminated libelous and biased material to maintain truth
  • Ensured consistency from sentence to sentence and story to story
  • Summarized complex stories with powerful, concise headlines
  • Combined stories from various wire services into coherent, full products, including throughout the Arab Spring and on the night of Osama bin Laden’s death
  • Assisted in training fellow copy editors for new workflow system by giving walkthroughs, writing instructions and answering questions

Media General/The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.

Consolidated editing center copy editor/designer, June 2009-July 2010

  • Selected, edited and placed stories for sports, local and A sections designed
  • Quickly learned stylebooks, people and places of cities editing center served
  • Developed visual thinking and applied it to section fronts on daily basis
  • Discussed story holes with reporters in different cities over phone and e-mail
  • Optimized and posted stories and visual content for Web consumption

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Mo.

Sports copy/design desk intern, Dec. 2008-Jan.2009

  • Designed pages using CCI Layout Champ software
  • Judged, selected and cropped photos for pages designed
  • Pulled wire stories and added a local angle to them when needed
  • Caught copy errors and wrote display text for stories edited

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Copy desk intern, June 2008-Aug. 2008

  • Copy edited national, foreign and business stories and editorials
  • Checked articles for proper grammar, AP style, house style and syntax
  • Verified math and statements in stories
  • Added display text to stories for The Inquirer’s A section

The University Daily Kansan, Lawrence, Kan.

Copy chief, Aug. 2008-May 2009

  • Assigned stories and display text to copy editors in an organized manner
  • Defended against errors in the paper as the last proofreader
  • Answered editors’ questions regarding grammar, style, and facts
  • Watched over breaking news updates on website to ensure accuracy

Designer, Aug. 2008-May 2009

  • Designed news and sports pages and fronts with Adobe InDesign
  • Maintained Kansan design style on pages worked
  • Inserted stories to copyfit on dummy pages
  • Finished postgame pages quickly and efficiently after late basketball games

Sports administration beat reporter, Jan. 2008-May 2008

  • Wrote at least three stories per week on sports administration beat
  • Established and maintained relationships with Kansas Athletics officials
  • Covered events and found enterprise stories relevant to beat
  • Evaluated information from live sources and other sources

Copy editor, Aug. 2007-Dec. 2007

  • Edited story content using Adobe InCopy
  • Prevented copy errors from making their way into publication
  • Composed headlines, decks and photo cutlines
  • Worked closely with reporters to improve the quality of stories

Skills

Proficient:

  • HTML
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe InCopy
  • Quark Express
  • Ellington CMS
  • Experssion Engine CMS
  • WordPress CMS
  • Microsoft Office programs

Moderate:

  • Video editing (Final Cut, Adobe Premiere)
  • Audio editing (Audacity, Adobe Soundbooth)
  • Spanish

Basic:

  • CSS
  • Python
  • Javascript

Education

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Journalism
  • Minor: Religious Studies
  • Concentration: Political Science
  • GPA: 3.49
  • Graduated: May 2009

Humboldt High School, Humboldt, Kan.

  • Degree: High school diploma
  • GPA: 3.9
  • Graduated: May 2005

Awards

  • The Dallas Morning News most outstanding in-house headline portfolio, Q3 2014
  • Arkansas Democrat Gazette CQ Award for Copy Editing Excellence winner, Q2 2012
  • Wrote for The University Daily Kansan when it won the Hearst Award for best college newspaper in 2008
  • 2004 Kansas Scholastic Press Association 3A/4A Newspaper Design State Champion