Resume

Awards

New York Press Association: second place, Best Niche Publication for the Rockaway Times, 2014

The Nation Institute's I.F. Stone Grant Award for Emerging Journalists, 2013

SPJ Region 10: second place, health reporting for “Onalaska Cancer Cluster, 2012

C.B. Blethen Award to The Chronicle Staff for “Centralia Fire Aftermath: Extraordinary Moments of Heroism, Compassion," 2012

SPJ Region 10: third place, social issues reporting for “Finding a Home for the Holidays," 2011

Scripps Howard Foundation’s Semester in Washington Fellowship, 2011

Education 
B.A. Journalism, 2010; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. Produced “The Cost of Food,” a short film exposing the working conditions of farmworkers in the U.S.
Developed course to teach fundamentals of trauma journalism as part of the UCF Research Fair. 

Skills

Multimedia: Photography, videography
Digital: HTML, CSS, content management systems, Wordpress, e- newsletters, social media, SEO
Software: Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, Dreamweaver
Other: Copy editing, basic Spanish, driver's license and car

Memberships

ΛΠΗ, National Communication Association Honor Society
• National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Experience

Co-founder, Transborder Media
Tijuana, Mexico + New York, N.Y.
One of three co-founders of a transmedia storytelling collective focused on empowering communities and effecting positive change. Helped establish organizational structure, created portfolio website, developed social media and marketing strategy, assisted on film shoots. Currently co-producing a full-length documentary film about U.S. veterans who have been deported to Mexico.

Freelance writer, photographer and social media manager; 2010 - Present
Worked as a stringer for amNewYork. Published in the Queens TimesLedger Newspaper, Voxxi, the Florida Independent, the Seminole (Florida) Chronicle. Worked as a stringer for the Associated Press during the 2012 elections.

Manager of Digital Media, Coalition for the Homeless
Jan. - March 2015 — New York, N.Y.
Managed the organization’s website and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Tracked website and social media traffic and analytics. Took and edited photographs and videos. Drafted and edited blog posts.

Reporter and web editor, Rockaway Times Newspaper
June - Dec. 2014 – Queens, N.Y.
Helped found a weekly publication that covers the Rockaway peninsula in New York City. Research, report and write all news stories. Copyedit entire book prior to publication. Responsible for maintaining the website.

Research Assistant to Wayne Barrett, Investigative Reporter
February 2013 - May 2013 — New York, N.Y.
Investigated and prepared interviews for high-profile subjects. Provided research support by combing through databases and submitting FOIL requests.

Senior Reporter, Chronicle Newspaper
Sept. 2011 - Sept. 2012 — Centralia, Wash.
Covered the legislature, gay marriage debate, gubernatorial candidates.
Beats
included transportation, health, economic development. Uncovered scandal
involving councilman who failed to pay more than $140,000 to the city.
Stories
published in the Seattle Times, The Spokesman Review, others.

News Editor, Central Florida Future, Dec. 2009 - May 2010 — Orlando, Fla.

Internships:
Jan - April 2011: Editorial intern, Hispanic Link News Service, Washington, D.C.
Aug. - Dec. 2009: Web Intern, Sport Diver Magazine; Winter Park, Fla.
May - Aug. 2009: Production Intern, NBC Universal, New York, N.Y.