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You can also view or download a PDF of my résumé here.

 

The Des Moines Register — July 2012-Present

Associate sports editor, digital desk/online content — July 2014-Present
Sports copy editor/news editor — July 2012-Present

On the macro level, I manage the Register's full-time staff of four nighttime sports copy editors four to five nights weekly. I work with reporters to brainstorm potential buzzworthy analysis topics to maximize particularly the online audience reach across our varied interest areas. I collaborate with the other editors on staff to properly display our content on the Web during the evening hours and direct the tone, voice and content promoted via the Register's sports social media accounts. Additionally, I craft Web-centric posts of regional interest with high-traffic potential to reach optimal engagement from our digital audience. I also maintain and lead Iowa football's live in-game coverage throughout our online platforms in an extensive, interactive chat module that garners 4,000 or more pageviews per broadcast.

On the micro level, I shape and oversee the production for Iowa's largest circulation newspaper by managing display type and image content for print and online publication. I regularly am the sports news editor, which involves laying out the print section and working with our design team to make the most of each edition's visual potential. When I am the news editor, I communicate with reporters on local and late-breaking copy while managing the nighttime role of the Register's copy desk.

 

Rapid City (S.D.) Journal — January 2010-July 2012

Assistant sports editor — April 2011-July 2012
Sports reporter/copy editor — January 2010-July 2012

Upon my arrival in Rapid City, I quickly improved the copy editing of the section to the point where sports proofs no longer needed to be sent to the news side. It may not seem like much, but that was a major requirement for the department, and I facilitated that quickly. I then took on management of a two-page weekly outdoors and recreation section, which required regular scheduling and management of part-time columnists and writers. I did this while still writing an average of three or four stories a week across beats for the sports section. More recently, I have assumed the assistant sports editor position and am in charge of the sports section two nights a week, which usually requires layout and management of five or six pages. Although sports reporting is a relatively new venture for me, my writing has won The Associated Press second-place awards for Spot Sports in the 2011 Great Plains News and Photo contest and for Sports Feature in the 2012 edition.


The Miami Herald — June-August 2008

Sports copy editing intern — Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing program

I edited six to eight stories nightly in Miami, including an equal mix of staff and wire copy. I wrote display type for print and the Web and helped staff writers rewrite and refine copy. I took charge of stories on Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open win, the Brett Favre trade and the Beijing Olympics. I brainstormed ideas for stats packages and regularly helped fix statistical errors.

Columbia (Mo.) Missourian — January 2007-January 2009

News editor — August 2008-January 2009
Sports copy editor/designer — August-December 2007; August 2008-January 2009
Higher education reporter — January-May 2007; January-May 2008

I wore many hats during my two-plus years at Columbia’s morning newspaper. I have most recently guided reporters in writing and editing sports and news and directly took responsibility for nightly print and online production. I also co-authored a revamped version of the Missourian’s online corrections policy. As a sports copy editor and designer, I created pages mixing national, high school and NCAA athletics. I also edited stories and wrote headlines for both print and the Web. As a reporter, I covered the city’s three colleges and universities, including analysis, on-site and profile pieces.

St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press — May-July 2007

General assignment reporting intern

In St. Joseph, I learned the basics of writing on a variety of stories. I often wrote multiple articles daily and helped fill in on several beats. On my own, I wrote investigative enterprise pieces from state news and localized national stories (e.g., Barry Bonds and steroids, Harry Potter). I also aided a greener intern in story structure and acclimation to a larger newsroom.

Technical experience

Strong comfort level

InDesign; InCopy; CCI NewsGate; Quark; Blox CMS; Django CMS; Presto CMS; Saxotech CMS; Chartbeat; Coyote, Falcon and PlanControl editorials; Facebook; Twitter; Microsoft Office Suite

Moderate comfort level

Photoshop; Illustrator; Dreamweaver; Omniture analytics

Fundamental comfort level

HTML/XHTML; Other Adobe Creative Suite applications

Education and Honors

Bachelor of Journalism '08, summa cum laude, with Print/Digital News emphasis
Minor: Spanish
University of Missouri School of Journalism
GPA: 3.97/4.0

Second place, sports feature, 2012 The Associated Press Great Plains News and Photo contest

Second place, spot sports, 2011 The Associated Press Great Plains News and Photo contest

Second place, sports series, 2011 South Dakota Newspaper Association contest