content creation, management and editing
I worked as an editor at newspapers for 6 years, overseeing writers, copyediting and managing various artists/designers, in addition to writing stories when needed.
skills on every screen/medium
Responsive web design, print layouts, back-end programming, presentation design, trade show booth layouts: You name it, I've done it.
user-centric design focus
Ultimately, I believe the best design is that which allows the user to accomplish whatever task they're attempting to complete. Everything else is dressing.
full coding toolkit
WordPress blogs, eCommerce, full-fledged apps: I've designed 'em, I've done the front-end coding, I've done the back-end programming, I've written BASH utilities.
Inarguably the weakest skill of the bunch, but I know my way around Apache and Linux, though I definitely dislike knowing how to do the same thing four different ways depending on distro.
Penn State College of Medicine
May 2016 - Present
Campbell, Harrington and Brear
Aug. 2015 - May 2016
Working for a full-service ad agency, I delivered internal and client web projects, including custom application development, ecommerce and traditional websites. This included a variety of front-end languages and back-end PHP work, updating/upgrading already developed themes and building them from scratch. I was responsible for planning and DevOps on all technical projects, as well as administering web servers, our internal email and storage servers. I worked across a variety of content management systems in order to fit to what the client is comfortable with. I also developed long-term strategy for the web business.
Nov. 2014 - Aug. 2015
York Daily Record
innovation editor/assistant editor
July 2012 - Nov. 2014
In carving out my role as Innovation Editor (a brand-new position) at this 24-7 news organization, I focused primarily on two key areas. The first, and most immediately visible, had me helping plan and execute public-facing projects, sites and tools to enhance our news coverage and brand focus. This included a new way to present databases online, several responsive-design projects and a video. The other aspect, which I considered just as — if not more — important, involved making sure that we were using technology internally to make people more efficient/reduce their workload. I also helped manage/train two direct reports. As assistant editor, I helped oversee the production of four daily newspapers, as well as weeklies and special sections, managing three direct reports and a dozen in total. In the digital sphere I worked on a number of projects, including social media tools, content curation tools, on-demand databasing tools, live election tools, and iPad apps.
Farmington Daily Times
Jan. 2011- July 2012
Though originally hired as the online editor, my position was never so narrowly defined at this daily newspaper. For the first nine months of my tenure, I served as a primary page designer, doing news pages around six times a week. While doing this, I also maintained our main website and created mini-sites for special events, as well as handling IT troubleshooting and maintenance. I oversaw all online and print design, and managing two full-time page designers and two photographers.
Pacific Northwest Inlander
June 2010 - Dec. 2010
In addition to editing all print copy for clarity, structure, grammar and AP style for this weekly newspaper, I also edited external publications (the bi-monthly health magazine and advertising projects) and was responsible for final proofing on all publications. I wrote news, arts and culture stories for print, as well as biographies and health stories for the health glossy. I also contributed to the blog regularly (at least three times a week), including a weekly series that regularly drew three to four times as many readers as the average post.
web publication specialist
Sept. 2009 - June 2010
2009, BA History
Washington State University
2014 Pennsylvania Newspaper of the Year - Best Use of Video
2014 Digital First Media Innovator of the Year
2013 EPPY Finalist, Best Mobile App Under 1 Million Readers
2013 Keystone Awards Honorable Mention, Best Headlines
Member, Digital First Media IdeaLab
2009 ACP Best Newspaper Spread
Phi Beta Kappa