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Washington University: New Media and Communications Specialist
Trailnet, Marketing & Communications Manager
Led social media, PR & marketing campaign, wrote press releases, created graphics; cultivated relationships with support organizations, constituents, supporters & donors
Xlr8.org, Media Marketing Master
Created and curated media content for XLR8.org; led social media & marketing campaign; sold social online matching platform to communities across the U.S.; assisted in business development
Reported for EIJNews.org on a major journalism conference.
Techli.com, Video Journalist & Columnist
St. Louis, Missouri. Columnist, video journalist, & host of interview show. Using social media & marketing to promote stories as well as assisting in business development.
Building online customer base for e-commerce sector of companies including Dell, Apple, VISA & AT&T. Marketing, training and leading partners. Led 6 team members in creating marketing plan for 50+ companies as well as led workshops & training sessions and oversaw marketing efforts.
LUTV News, On-Air Talent
Anchored weekly newscasts, hosted talk shows and served as talent for NFL Draft Show. Assembled news packages presented during live newscasts.
LUTV News, Senior Producer
Shot, reported and managed personnel for newscasts. Wrote and edited news stories, graphics and teases, created rundowns and managed personnel.
Graduate Assistant, The Legacy & LindenLink
Researched and wrote news reports, opinion pieces and reviews for Lindenwood University’s student newspaper and its online version, respectively. Copy-edited and proof-read.
Graduate Assistant, LUTV
Edited, ran camera, directed and produced sporting events and in-studio productions; directed efforts of Work and Learn staff as shift supervisor.
KCLC 89.1 The Wood, Radio Play-by-Play and Color Commentary
Broadcaster for St. Louis area high school football. Experienced operating equipment used in studio, and on remotes. Commentated the Missouri Class 3 2012 State Championships Game.
Bavarian Broadcasting, Intern
Television station in Würzburg, Germany. Conducted research, sifted archive material, worked editorially & created own news reports.
Antenne Niedersachsen, Intern
Radio station in Hannover, Germany. Wrote news reports and on-location comments. Prepared and conducted interviews.
Experience with Design Thinking, Microsoft Office applications, Avid, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, html/css, podcasts, content management, WordPress, video production, camera operations, reporting, writing, copy-editing, anchoring, producing, directing, iNews, social media marketing, public speaking.
Fellowship in Global Journalism, University of Toronto: 9/2015-5/2018
M.A. in Communications, Lindenwood University: 1/2012-5/2014
University of Virginia – Semester At Sea program: 1/2013-4/2013
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, United Kingdom: 9/2010-3/2011
B.A. in History and Specialist Journalism, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany: 10/2008-10/2011
Volunteer at London 2012 Olympic Games at media center in the Olympic Park. Key responsibility: customer service.
Global Ambassador for Semester At Sea: represented and promoted the program at Lindenwood University; spoke about Semester At Sea in classes, organized a SAS table and assisted future voyagers.
English teacher at Pholwitaya Bilingual School in Hat Yai, Thailand: assisted foreign and Thai teachers with teaching Thai school children (June & July 2014).
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Executive Director, Trailnet
Founder & CEO, XLR8.org
RJI Fellow at Reynolds Journalism Institute
Lawyer, civil rights advocate and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union
Founder of Stanford’s d.school (Institute for Design at Stanford), CEO & investor
Entrepreneur & founder of the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado
LUTV News Director & Assistant Professor of Communication – Lindenwood University
Andrew Allen Smith
Assistant Professor of Communications – Lindenwood University
Dean of the School of Communications – Lindenwood University
LUTV Operations Director & Assistant Professor of Communication – Lindenwood University