A little bit about me… I find beauty in little things I’ve been writing and making photographs since high school I love to read - historical fiction, biography, educational, you name it I love to travel and explore new places I make great biscuits, cranberry sauce, carrot cake, and lasagna I use my talents as a writer and photographer to tell personal stories
Education 2006 BA in English Minor in Journalism Mississippi State University 2011 Projected MA Communication Marquette University
Career 2006 General Assignment Reporter Daily Times Leader West Point, Miss. 2007-2008 Education Editor Starkville Daily News Starkville, Miss.
My educational and professional experiences cover a broad range of writing, photography, design, and other communication elements.
I am well-educated in writing for a variety of disciplines.
After college I worked for 2.5 years as a newspaper reporter and education editor. I wrote articles nearly daily and usually provided accompanying photographs
I also learned Adobe InDesign. I designed and launched a new weekly education section for The Starkville Daily News.
For the past year-and-a-half I've worked as a teaching assistant while earning a MA in Communication at Marquette University. Several courses are part of a Digital Storytelling Certificate - giving me an opportunity to combine my passion for writing and photograph in new ways.
Newspaper Awards 2008 Better Newspaper Contest Mississippi Press Association 2nd Place Best Picture-Story Combination Shared award with editor 3rd Place Best Special Section Shared with news staff
Community Involvement 2007-2008 Member Kiwanis Club Starkville, Miss. 2008 Oktibbeha County Leadership FORUM Starkville, Miss. 2008 - New Member of the Year Newsletter editor, Public Relations Committee co-chair, Builders Club Committee member Honorable Mention – Newsletter, Kiwanis District Convention Graduate Year-long leadership training course for area professionals
Photography Experience Several high school photography courses State-level Scholastic Art Awards as junior and senior in high school During college I worked for campus photographers learning Adobe Photoshop, digital asset management (keywording for online database, image archiving, file naming, etc.), digital photography, and more Photography for two newspapers Independent Study of Photography graduate course Engagement photos and some wedding photography for friends
Goals and Dreams Gain a writing and photography position after graduation in May 2011 Make a meaningful difference Travel to British Columbia, Machu Picchu, Japan, and more