Work

Pippen Ain’t Easy (April 2012-November 2014) | Pippen Ain’t Easy Portfolio

Staff Writer/Social Media Manager
  • Live tweeted Chicago Bulls games on PAE’s Twitter account
  • Wrote recaps, features, and editorials on the Chicago Bulls and other NBA-related topics
  • Promoted from social media reporter to social media manager in February 2014
    • Managed the site’s Facebook and Twitter accounts

The Sports Post (September 2013-December 2013) | The Sports Post Portfolio

NBA Writer
  • Pitched editorial story ideas to NBA editor
  • Wrote editorials on NBA-based topics

The Daily Illini (September 2013-May 2016) | The Daily Illini Portfolio

Sports Writer
  • Pitch any Illini sports-related story and write after approval
  • Compiled the pop culture grid (April 2015-December 2015)
    • Came up with four questions for beat writers to ask athletes, gathered answers from writers, put together in an email to send to the sports department, emailed sports information directors for athletes’ headshots
  • Illinois women’s golf beat writer (September 2013-May 2014)
    • Wrote previews and recaps for tournaments, features on golfers
  • Illinois women’s gymnastics beat writer (January 2014-May 2014, January 2015-May 2015)
    • Wrote previews and recaps for meets, features on gymnasts
  • Sports columnist (August 2014-December 2014)
    • Wrote columns on any non-Illini sports topics

Hoops Addict (May 2015-February 2017) | Hoops Addict Portfolio

Columnist
  • Pitch column ideas to editor
  • Write weekly columns after approval from editor

Illio Yearbook (September 2013-June 2017) | Illio Yearbook Portfolio

Co-Editor-in-Chief
  • Oversaw creation of a Top-10 “Best of Show Yearbook 300+ Pages” as named by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association National College Media Convention
  • Worked with the other co-editor-in-chief to plan book and manage staff of about 20 general staff members and two assistant editors
  • Coordinated with co-managers of Illini Media to manage Illio’s budget and yearbook production
  • Hired and recruited assistant editors and staff
  • Designed yearbook cover, layout templates, modules
  • Created yearbook theme and developed accompanying elements to maintain theme throughout book
  • Planned ladder and brainstorm coverage ideas to create content that covered a campus of 44,000-plus students
  • Edited spreads: proofread copy, approve photos and layout designs
  • Submitted and edited proofs for publishing company
  • Managed and posted content to Illio’s social media accounts
    • Twitter: 400 followers; Instagram: 260-plus followers; Facebook: 800-plus likes
  • Helped advertise/promote yearbooks and senior portraits by collaborating with Illini Media marketing team
Photo Editor (2015-16 school year)
  • Oversaw and helped all staff photographers
  • Approved photos used for yearbook
  • Staff photographer (September 2013-May 2015)
  • Photographed events and games for yearbook spreads
  • Assisted writer in developing captions for photos
Staff Designer (September 2013-May 2016)
  • Inputted necessary elements (photos and copy) onto spreads using the appropriate layout template(s)
Social Media Representative (2014-15, 2015-16 school years)
  • Manage and post to the Illio’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts

The Bulls Charge (June 2014-Present, but currently inactive) | The Bulls Charge Portfolio

Owner/Editor (May 2015-Present)
  • Made transition from Weebly-hosted site to own domain
  • Manage and run the blog and all social media accounts affiliated with it
  • Provide news, updates, previews, recaps, columns on necessary Chicago Bulls-related topics
  • Post live play-by-play tweets on @BullsChargeLive
Contributor (June 2014-May 2015)
  • Write articles, columns about any NBA-based topics
  • Post live play-by-play tweets on @BullsChargeLive

NCAA Gym News (April 2017) | NCAA Gym News Portfolio

Freelancer
  • Provided coverage of the Illinois Regional for NCAA women’s gymnastics
    • Posted live updates of the meet on Twitter
    • Wrote a recap
  • Wrote a feature concerning the various ties between the 2016-17 Illinois and UCLA women’s gymnastics teams

National Basketball Players Association (June 2017-August 2017) | NBPA Portfolio

Communications Intern
  • Coordinate with senior multimedia writer to create online content: articles and social media posts
  • Assist in posting to NBPA Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Retweet posts concerning NBA players’ lives: camps, community work, off-court interests, etc.
  • Contact players’ publicists to obtain photos and quotes as content to post on the NBPA’s Instagram account
  • Do research for and write weekly “Off-Court Report”: article that compiles off-court activities NBA players have done that week
  • Help give input and create graphics when needed
  • Organize the online agent directory

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