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Experience

Freelance journalist, New Orleans, La. July 2019 - present

  • Pitch and produce content with aggressive deadlines for local and national publications

  • Topic areas include news and culture features, profiles, travel, entertainment, food and beverage 

  • Selected publications include National Geographic, Bon Appetit, Liquor.com and The Wall Street Journal

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 2012 – July 2019

City columnist, lead reporter and breaking news editor, Sept. 2017 – July 2019

  • Personal and cultural commentary through columns, social media content and live and produced videos

  • Managed breaking news and crime coverage as editor on duty every Sunday

  • Member of The Times-Picayune Editorial Board

  • Co-developed and co-managed branded social media, including creation of original infographics, photo-illustrations and live and produced videos. The brand quickly owned the proportionally most engaged-with Facebook account in the company.

  • Created series/focus areas on problems facing the Algiers neighborhood, cycling in New Orleans and identifying city infrastructure issues

  • Created and led newsroom-wide workshops including topics like covering traumatic events and sexism in news coverage

Lead news & culture reporter, May 2017 – Sept. 2017

  • Reported on New Orleans’ cultural economy through beat coverage, long-form features, original video and alternative story forms

  • Assisted on breaking news coverage, including removal of Confederate monuments, the August 2017 New Orleans floods and traveled to Houston for Hurricane Harvey coverage

  • Conceptualized, reported and wrote city economy series “Tipping Point” with co-reporter

Lead arts & culture reporter, Sept. 2015 – May 2017

  • Reported on New Orleans Mardi Gras, festivals, music, celebrities and trending content through beat coverage, long-form features, original videos and alternative story forms

  • Projects included Music Families, which featured the stories of nine New Orleans families

Entertainment reporter in Baton Rouge bureau, Nov. 2012 – Sept. 2015

  • As the bureau’s sole entertainment reporter, coverage included music, festivals, dining and other features

  • Led five-person team in covering Festival International in Lafayette for two years

  • Assisted news team as needed, including on breaking news coverage of a chemical plant explosion

Internships

  • News Intern, The Republican-American, June 2011 – Aug. 2011, Waterbury, Conn

  • Features Intern, The Times-Picayune, May 2010 – Aug. 2010, New Orleans, La.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., May 2012

  • Major concentration in print journalism.

  • Minors in visual communication and international studies

  • Editor-in-chief of Legacy magazine, and with three years’ experience on The Daily Reveille newspaper’s copy and design desk

Awards & Honors

  • 2nd place, Best Column, New Orleans Press Club, July 2019

  • Commencement speaker, LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, fall 2018

  • Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors, 1st place in business category, for "Tipping Point" series with Katherine Sayre, 2018

  • Editorial Professional of the Year, Women in Media, Baton Rouge, 2015

Skills

  • General: Story-telling, news judgement, copy-editing, headline-writing, graphic design.

  • Visual: Videolicious, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Suite including PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign and Spark.

  • Content Management & social: Parse.ly, CrowdTangle, Later, WordPress, Arc’s Ellipses and Anglerfish, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, SnapChat.