Master of Arts, Journalism — December 2015
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

*Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership (emphasis in Higher Education) — May 2009
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Bachelor of Science, History and Political Science (double major) — May 2004
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina


Graduate Editorial Assistant for Sports — December 2013-December 2015
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Missouri
• Edit copy and help reporters with their writing in accordance with AP and local style guidelines
• Create nightly print budget consisting of local and wire copy, prioritized for newsworthiness
• Pull and edit wire copy and photos, posting articles online and formatting them for print
• Design and proof pages and write headlines optimized for accuracy and visual appeal

Staff Writer/Intern — May 2015-August 2015
Charleston Gazette-Mail, Charleston, West Virginia
• Authored 40+ clips: breaking news, news features, narrative features, etc.
• Served in a hybrid role as a general assignment reporter and feature writer specializing in immersive reporting and narrative storytelling, writing for almost every section of the paper

Lead Sportswriter (Mizzou football beat) — August 2014-January 2015
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Missouri
• Authored 90+ clips: gamers, features, sidebars, commentaries, profiles, etc.
• Organized travel and credentialing logistics for writers and photographers

Editorial Assistant and Writer — May-August 2014
Missouri Life Magazine, Booneville, Missouri
• Wrote long-form features, edited copy and assisted with magazine layout and planning

Sports Reporter — August-December 2013
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Missouri
• Covered two high school football teams and wrote 30+ articles (features, profiles, gamers, etc.)


• Django (the Missourian’s editing and publishing software)
• Adobe InDesign
• Microsoft Office suite (including Excel for basic data culling, analysis and reporting)
• MySQL (basic proficiency)
• DSLR photography and videography (including editing with Photoshop and Final Cut Pro)
• Social Flow, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram


2015 International Regional Magazine Association Writer of the Year (Bronze, under 30,000)
2012 Western Carolina University Young Alumnus Award


Danita Allen Wood — Editor-in-chief, Missouri Life Magazine
660.882.9898, ext. 105/danita@missourilife.com

Jacqui Banaszynski — Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism, University of Missouri

Greg Bowers — Sports Editor, Columbia Missourian

Greg Moore — City Editor, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Scott Swafford — Associate Professor, University of Missouri

*Before I entered journalism, I worked as a faculty member at Clemson University. I taught graduate-level courses in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program from 2010-2013. Prior to that, I was the Associate Director of Clemson University’s Office of Community and Ethical Standards (Student Conduct) from 2008-2010. I also served as an Area Coordinator for Clemson’s student housing department in 2007. I have numerous academic publications and presentations that I’m happy to share with you — I can supply you with a full C.V. Bottom line: I’ve picked up transferable skills in the world of work that make me a better journalist.


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