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Megan McCourt

Megan McCourt

Associate Director

Small Girls PR

NY

Currently a PR practitioner and captain of the #BossLadies team at SGPR, but my true ambition is to be President of the United States in 2024 (come at me, Kanye).

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“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth
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Journalism. Politics. Communications. Social media. The environment. Inspiring future (and current) leaders.

President of the United States in 2024

Girl Scouts of the USA

Communications Specialist

• Formulated PR plans for internal initiatives (fall recruitment and cookie season) and produced assets for multiple national campaigns.
• Handled incoming PR requests by liaising with journalists, writing talking points, prepping CEO Anna Maria Chavez and staffing her during interviews.
• Built foundational documents, like fact sheets, one pagers and press releases. Wrote blog posts, all-staff memos and official statements.
• Created a spreadsheet of famous former Girl Scouts, and worked with an external agency to vet a list of 100 potential former Girl Scouts.

The Rosen Group

Account Executive

—Managed multiple accounts, including the American Homebrewers Association, Taste of Home, Dear Doctor magazine and BlackSocks.
—Garnered top-tier press hits for clients in The New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR, Yahoo! News, AP, Bloomberg Businessweek, Denver Post and more.
—Launched a "Save the Bees" campaign for Bee Raw honey that got tweets from Samuel L. Jackson, Mario Batali and Christy Turlington.
—Created a social media strategy plan for Bee Raw to increase engagement, and wrote all social media content for multiple platforms.
—Designed and publicized multiple social media contests for magazine brands, drawing an average of 3,000 entries per contest.
—Provided media training to clients for print and broadcast interviews. Wrote a document of interview basics and hosted in-person training.

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PPR Worldwide

Account Supervisor

▪ Drives Dell’s global brand strategy for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
▪ Secures top-tier media, such as MSNBC, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., CNNMoney, etc.
• Organizes and runs events such as the Dell 1-5-10 Series, the #DellLounge at SXSW, and the DWEN Summit.
• Creates, manages and staffs press and speaking opportunities for Dell's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Elizabeth Gore.

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The Hill

Social Media Manager/Editorial Assistant

—Managed multiple social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Quora and Foursquare.
—Engaged and built online communities. Ran a Twitter with a following of more than 275,000 and quadrupled the Facebook fan base to more than 16,000 in six months.
—Wrote and posted all content across each platform, including an average of 150 tweets per day and 15 Facebook posts per day.
—Developed connections with and pitched bloggers in the political sphere to get stories placed in order to increase reach and viewership.
—Tracked analytics using HootSuite, Buffer, Crowdbooster, Facebook Analytics and Google Analytics. Made weekly and monthly reports.
—Covered parties, events, receptions and celebrity appearances in D.C. by taking pictures, finding scoops and writing articles.

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U.S. House of Representatives

Intern for Congressman Mike Honda

—Wrote constituent letters, blog posts, talking points, “Dear Colleague” letters, memos and composed a 200-page intern handbook.
—Generated a press packet for a STEM education bill, including a press release, fact sheet, summary of endorsements, Op-Ed and blog post.
—Compiled press clips, staffed the congressman, attended hearings, analyzed research, booked tours, answered phones and sorted mail.
—One of 23 in a program run by Sylvia and Leon Panetta; attended weekly lectures with D.C.’s top politicians, journalists and lobbyists.

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California State University, Chico

Senior Public Relations Intern

—Established PR internship program for the College of Communication and Education.
—Hired and supervised a junior intern.
—Wrote stories about interesting things occurring in all departments and had them placed in the School of Education newsletter and The Orion.
—Designed and wrote a brochure explaining the School of Education's teaching credential options.

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Tehama Group Communications

General Manager

—Managed 20 consultants and oversaw nine accounts in the student-run public relations agency.
—Coordinated and ran weekly agency meetings, reorganized the office and monitored all agency activity.
—Redesigned Chico State’s student Web portal and created a PDF “Guide to Success” in an effort to help students graduate on time.
—Communicated between all levels, positions and teams.

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Tehama Group Communications

Editorial Director

—Edited all agency generated work before it went to clients, print or the Web.
—Taught weekly writing workshops.
—Coached agency staff on grammar, AP style, story structure and lead writing.
—Worked as an account executive for the College of Communication and Education account. Wrote and edited stories, aided in design and communicated directly with the clients.

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Wildcat Recreation Center, Chico State

Public Relations Assistant

—Aided new school gym with informing students about classes, trips, contests, hours, rules and opportunities.
—Wrote blurbs for the website, disseminated information through word-of-mouth and proposed new marketing solutions.

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Jones Public Affairs

Public Relations Intern

—Pitched regional and national publications, landing print, broadcast, Web and radio hits.
—Helped build, distribute and administer a nationwide survey; collected data.
—Wrote an issue of the company newsletter and ghostwrote a published article.
—Compiled media results from media monitoring.

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Scripps Howard News Service

Multimedia Reporter

—Wrote for a national online news wire, covering the country’s capital. Followed Supreme Court cases, protests, the State Department and more.
—Shot, edited and uploaded videos; took photos; designed charts and sidebars for stories.
—Uploaded everything to the Web and promoted with social media.

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Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial Intern

—Followed breaking news for Chico's daily paper.
—Unearthed many local in-depth feature stories.
—Wrote pieces on short deadlines and covered a wide variety of issues.
—Responsible for some photography.

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The Orion, Chico State

News Reporter, Assistant Features Editor

—Monitored breaking news events in town and on campus for the weekly school paper.
—Crafted stories capturing the essence of individuals on campus and in the community.
—Covered clubs, programs, people and performances.

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La Voz, De Anza Community College

Features Writer

—Contributed critiques, reviews and profiles to the school's weekly newspaper.

The Epitaph, Homestead High School

News Editor, Designer, Photographer, Ad Sales

—Coached a staff of writers, edited stories and reported hard-hitting news.
—Took pictures, designed pages and uploaded paper to printers.
—Produced content for all sections.
—Sold, placed and edited ads.
—Worked on all aspects of production and delivered paper once a week.

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California State University-Chico

BA, Journalism, Public Relations, News-Editorial, Political Science

De Anza College

AA, Liberal Arts, Journalism