The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., February 2016 – present
National homepage editor, October 2017 – present
- Curates content for display on washingtonpost.com and the classic tablet app, including writing headlines and summaries for stories and analyses featured on digital platforms and selecting multimedia to enhance the packages. Coordinates with editors across the newsroom to help select a story mix for the homepage.
- Monitors social media and other news sources for breaking news and collaborate with reporters, editors and the homepage team to edit and send news alerts.
- Analyzes real-time metrics to understand how content is performing on the website and to help guide decisions on what stories to promote.
Homepage producer, February 2016 – October 2017
- Selected content for display on the regional and national homepage and the classic tablet app as a member of the evening homepage team. Responsibilities included writing headlines and summaries for content displayed on the digital platforms, monitoring site traffic, sending breaking news alerts and sharing content on social media. Curated a list of news sources to help the evening homepage team monitor breaking news.
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte N.C., January 2005 – February 2016
Digital News Editor, October 2015 – February 2016
- Oversaw the morning news report on the metro desk, including assigning stories and curating content for the Observer’s digital and print products from sister publications, media partners and other sources.
- Supervised three reporters on the early news team covering topics such as public safety and traffic.
- Coached newsroom on best practices for breaking news, and enhancing content for digital platforms.
News producer and social media manager, May 2013 – October 2015
- Selected and created content for display on www.charlotteobserver.com, and the Observer’s mobile products and social media accounts. Duties included writing and editing headlines and summaries, identifying and creating multimedia elements to enhance content and monitoring metrics on website and social performance.
- Created plans on how to best promote newsroom content on social media, while also monitoring social media and other sources for trending news and feature items
- Served as lead producer for the Observer’s online voter guide, curating and creating content for the primary and general elections. The 2014 guide drew nearly 103,000 page views over a six-week period compared to about 80,000 for a similar period in 2012.
- Co-wrote a set of guidelines to help strengthen breaking news coverage. Participated in multiple newsroom task forces over the years on topics such as best practices on mobile and social media.
- Awarded a week-long fellowship from the Kiplinger Program for Public Affairs Journalism to study topics such as social media, video, ethics in the digital age and planning for breaking news.
Breaking news reporter, October 2011 – May 2013
- Analyzed and wrote stories on public safety, local government and general news as a member of the early news team. Wrote 5-10 briefs and stories a day for our website and the printed paper.
- Served as primary fill-in reporter for government beats, including Mecklenburg County and school board.
- Contributed to coverage of Occupy Charlotte protest movement before and during the 2012 Democratic National Convention hosted in Charlotte.
Mecklenburg County reporter, January 2008 – October 2011
- Wrote breaking and enterprise stories on the board of county commissioners and county management. Topics covered included local and federal probes of the social services and mental health agencies and the impact of the recession and local policies on the county budget and construction spending.
- Used social media to expand coverage of county, earning a “Best Local Newspaper Reporter” nod in 2010 from an alternative weekly. I contributed frequently to the The Paper Trail blog, where reporters and editors shared government documents.
- Offered analysis on county government and other local news through appearances on WCNC-TV, the Observer’s former television news partner; and on Final Edition, a weekly roundtable series on public affairs that aired on WTVI.
General assignment, education reporter, January 2005 – December 2008
- Covered K-12 schools and colleges for the metro desk and two of the newspaper’s regional publications.
- 2013 Media & Law Award from N.C. Bar Association for team coverage of Occupy Charlotte protest movement before and during 2012 Democratic National Convention
- “Best Local Newspaper Reporter,” 2010 critics choice, Creative Loafing
- 2006 Walter Spearman Award for young journalists from the N.C. Associated Press.
TRAINING AND INTERNSHIPS
- Earned certificate of completion for “Social Media Analytics for Journalists: Measuring Your Success” online course from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, June 2015.
- Awarded week-long fellowship from Kiplinger Program in Public Service Journalism, Ohio State University, April 2014
- Earned certificate in Social Media through training partnership between The Poynter Institute’s NewsU and The McClatchy Co., June 2013
- Attended Poynter Institute seminar on “Investigating Local Government on a Budget,” August 2010
- Attended Knight Center for Specialized Journalism seminar on higher education, June 2006
- Cox Newspapers, intern in Washington, D.C. bureau, August – December 2004
- The (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune, intern in St. Paul bureau, May – August 2004
- The Associated Press, intern in Atlanta bureau, May – August 2003
- The News & Observer, intern on state government and Wake County desks, May – August 2001 and May – August 2002
- National Association of Black Journalists; Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (chapter president, 2006)
- Society of Professional Journalists; Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists (chapter vice president, 2014-15; national diversity committee chair)
- Online News Association; selected as volunteer for social team at annual conference set for September 2015
- Community Building Initiative Leaders Under 40 class 2, Charlotte, N.C., June 2012 – May 2013
- Hands on Charlotte, volunteer leader for food project at a local pre-K-8 school, 2012 – present
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science, May 2004
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