March 2015 — Present
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I write about what's going on in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area. That means covering municipal governments, planning and development, and interesting people in the community. I am also writing about how the planned Purple Line light-rail project could affect the area. I used to cover the city of Rockville.
I kept track of the many boxes of books mailed in as nominations for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. I sorted the books, made sure they were eligible, added them to a spreadsheet and mailed them to the contest judges. I also answered questions from authors and publishers about the entry process and eligibility rules.
I edited other reporters' work and updated the website. I also coordinated stories for a daily email newsletter, blogged breaking news and promoted our work on social media.
Wrote news and feature stories for weekly print and daily online editions. Developed education beat and worked on team coverage of state elections.
Covered campus events and wrote movie reviews and editorials. Learned inverted pyramid and feature writing, as well as interviewing skills and writing on deadline. Honed news judgment while developing compelling story ideas and locating knowledgeable sources for myself and other writers. Localized national stories and found new angles to refresh reporting on recurring events. Adapted stories when events were cancelled and sources fell through. Followed trends in assigned beats, which included the arts, theater and education.
Wrote three to five local news and human interest stories per week about a variety of topics. Learned the pace of a professional publication. Learned about local market and culture to effectively research and write stories.
Worked on teams to produce four package reports, which included conducting interviews, shooting video, writing copy and editing the different elements together. Co-anchored two live news shows and conducted about six on-air interviews, in addition to pre-taped lead-ins and monitor reports. Timed live broadcasts and learned how a daily TV news show is produced.
Edited stories for accuracy and style. Wrote articles and headlines and prepared pages for publication using Adobe InDesign six times per semester. Assessed writers’ skills and delegated stories to best utilize their interests and abilities. Coached and encouraged writers and gave constructive criticism. Analyzed story ideas and collaborated with other editors to produce article budgets. The paper was named “Best College Newspaper in the South” by the Southeast Journalism Conference for 2010.
Covered speeches in press releases using inverted pyramid style of news writing, paying attention to news values, the speakers’ main points and the specifications given for the assignments. Turned around clean copy in a timely manner.