A little bit about me…<br />I find beauty in little things <br />I’ve been writing and making photographs since high school<br />I love to read - historical fiction, biography, educational, <br />you name it<br />I love to travel and explore new places<br />I make great biscuits, cranberry sauce, carrot cake, and lasagna<br />I use my talents as a writer and photographer to tell personal stories<br />
Education<br />2006<br />BA in English <br />Minor in Journalism<br />Mississippi State University<br />2011<br />Projected MA<br />Communication<br />Marquette University<br />
Career<br />2006<br />General Assignment Reporter<br />Daily Times Leader<br />West Point, Miss.<br />2007-2008<br />Education Editor<br />Starkville Daily News<br />Starkville, Miss.<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Experience<br /><ul><li> 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.</li></li></ul><li>Newspaper Awards<br />2008 Better Newspaper Contest<br />Mississippi Press Association<br />2nd Place <br />Best Picture-Story Combination<br />Shared award with editor<br />3rd Place<br />Best Special Section<br />Shared with news staff<br />
Community Involvement<br />2007-2008<br />Member<br />Kiwanis Club<br />Starkville, Miss.<br />2008<br />Oktibbeha County Leadership FORUM<br />Starkville, Miss.<br />2008 - New Member of the Year<br />Newsletter editor, Public Relations Committee co-chair, Builders Club Committee member<br />Honorable Mention – Newsletter, Kiwanis District Convention<br />Graduate<br />Year-long leadership training course for area professionals<br />
Photography Experience<br />Several high school photography courses<br />State-level Scholastic Art Awards as junior and senior in high school<br />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<br />Photography for two newspapers<br />Independent Study of Photography graduate course<br />Engagement photos and some wedding photography for friends<br />
Goals and Dreams<br />Gain a writing and photography position after graduation in May 2011<br />Make a meaningful difference<br />Travel to British Columbia, Machu Picchu, Japan, and more<br />