Resume

 RELATED EXPERIENCE

Program Assistant, August 2013 – April 2014

Middle East Studies Program, Jerusalem

  • Worked with a team to run a rigorous study abroad program.
  • Managed email communication with the program’s nearly 1000 alumni.
  • Wrote and proofread academic documents, promotional material, correspondence and website updates.
  • Exercised judgment and discretion when handling students’ emotional, physical and academic struggles.
  • Interacted with people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Provided administrative support to the Director by managing the program’s daily schedule, coordinating meetings and lectures and organizing the electronic filing system.
  • Managed regional travel for a group of 18 students while staying within budget.
  • Supported students through cultural transitions and coached them on developing intercultural skills.

Social Media Producer, May 2012 – July 2013

abc27 News, Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Successfully created and implemented a campaign to increase the station’s social media fan base and interactions by nearly 50 percent in 14 months.
  • Increased the station’s Klout score by 17 points, bringing it 17 points higher than any other station in the market.
  • Juggled multiple projects while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Pitched and produced stories with creative standup and live components for abc27’s evening broadcasts. 
  • Wrote up to two dozen stories a day for abc27.com. 
  • Developed sources to obtain insider information.
  • Reported on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and published one-of-a-kind court notes.
  • Acted as an advocate for the viewers during daily editorial meetings – pitching stories they were concerned about and pushing for coverage of topics they were interested in.
  • Trained staff members – both young and old – on the effective use and management of social media.

Reporting Intern, February 2012 – April 2012

abc27 News, Harrisburg, Pa.   

  • Wrote scripts and developed visual storytelling skills by shooting and editing news packages.
  • Conducted research and rewrote broadcast scripts for online publication.

Editor-in-Chief,  August 2011 – May 2012

Swinging Bridge, Messiah College, Grantham, Pa.

  • Vetted story ideas, contributed content and ensured adherence to AP style and journalism ethics while remaining ultimately responsible for the production of a timely newspaper.
  • Maintained an up-to-date and professional online and social media presence.

Contributing Writer, September 2011 – December 2011

PoliticsPA, Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Took initiative to produce and edit informative and concise articles for an online news service while promoting content on various social media news venues.
  • Developed and maintained a network of sources to be the first to provide readers with breaking news and exclusive interviews.

State Capitol Reporting Intern, May – August 2011

Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association, Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Managed multiple projects at once; successfully developed in-depth features while aggressively working to track down information for daily stories.
  • Stayed up-to-date on local and national news, initiating projects and suggesting story ideas based on trends and current events.

Reporting Intern, February – April 2010

Market News International, Washington, D.C.

  • Pitched, wrote and researched articles in a fast-paced environment, paying careful attention to organization and detail.
  • Worked on deadline to attend Washington, D.C. events, recognize interesting news elements and produce high quality wire service copy
EDUCATION      
Bachelor of Arts in journalism, May 2012
Minor in anthropology
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Related Coursework: Newswriting, Magazine Writing, Investigative Reporting, International News Communications, Photography for Journalists, Journalism Research
Middle East Studies ProgramJanuary – April 2011
 Egypt, Turkey, Israel/Palestine & Jordan
Related Coursework: People and Cultures of the Middle East, Conflict and Change in the Middle East, Islamic Thought and Practice, Arabic
Washington Journalism Center January – May 2010
Washington, D.C.
Related Coursework: Reporting in Washington, Washington News and Public Discourse

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ghana, West Africa, September 2002 – May 2008

  • Strengthened my ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people

Jerusalem, Israel, August 2013 – April 2014

  • Developed an in-depth and practical knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian and Israeli cultures and societies and Arabic language

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Photoshop, Excel, Access)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop,Bridge, Premier, Audition, Dreamweaver, InDesign)
  • Basic HTML, WordPress, WorldNow
  • Google platform (Gmail, Calendar, Drive)

LANGUAGE

  • American Sign Language (minimum professional proficiency)
  • Spanish (limited working proficiency)
  • Arabic (elementary proficiency)
  • Twi (elementary proficiency)
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