News of Orange County

Associate Editor, Staff Writer/ Reporter, October 2016- March 2017

Working at a newspaper established  in 1893 has been a dream, and a learning lesson for my first journalism gig. I both cover daily news, but I also have to understand a different readership than the design-friendly, progressive and social media-minded readers of past publications.

It has taught me to work in a newsroom with the basics: a pen and paper, old newspaper print, and to listen well and pay attention to the people I meet – both while reporting and while grabbing my cup of coffee in the morning, or my beer at night. 

Our print readership is vastly different than our online readership, and I renew print subscriptions for elderly people who think we are still in the 1990's and our online readership declares we need a new, and cleaner, website. I won't disagree.

In my time here, I've sharpened many of the skills I was passionate about in college. Multimedia journalism and social media connection. Working on finding my voice in my writing and being comfortable to tell a story in my own way rather than conforming to another writer's style. 

I have met incredible people with my time in Hillsborough and I would not trade this time I've spent here for the world, it has been humbling and time of learning when I should speak, rather than speaking when I want. 

But I am ready for a bigger position because my qualifications are too small for this paper – they need space to roam and this paper simply cannot quench that anymore, neither should it, as the readership differs from the readership of places I desire to work. 

I invite you to read my work as a journey, rather than judging one piece by my writing merit. I have my favorites featured first, but as I am a storyteller, I also have my story to tell. Please read more!

Appalachian Voices

Editorial Assistant, January 2016- May 2016

Contribute news and feature articles to all print, online and newsletter content, structuring voice to match the publications expertise research and obligation to environmental issues. Update ongoing calendar online and for every publication. 

Appalachian Voices is an environmental nonprofit focusing on conservation and protection of land, air and water across the central and southern Appalachian region. The Appalachian Voice, the organizations bi-monthly publication, has a 61,000-copy distribution across a 9-state region.

The Appalachian

Managing Editor, Chief Copy Editor, News Reporter, Graphic Designer, August 2014- May 2016

At Appalachian State University I dipped my toe into many different roles of journalism. Before I was the managing editor of The Appalachian student newspaper, I previously began as a graphic designer, then news reporter, chief copy editor and lastly the managing editor, where I took all of those skills and combined them – redesigning a newspaper in both design, and readability and writing style aspects.

My senior goodbye does a good job of summing up my time at The Appalachian. 

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