Experience

I have more than a decade of journalism, social media, and marketing experience for local, regional, and national organizations. I’m lucky to have written about so many inspiring people, great causes, and fun slices of life along the way, and I’m excited to share that here.

You’ll find on this page:

  • Selected positions I’ve held
  • Projects I’ve spearheaded or helped with
  • Curated clips from each position

Graphic Products | Beaverton, OR

Marketing Copywriter | Oct. 2015 – Present

  • Create and edit written communications and marketing material
  • Develop, write, and edit how-to guides, e-mail announcements, whitepapers, flyers, and more
  • Collaborate with supervisors and peers to develop impactful marketing strategies

Read more: What is 5S?

Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute | Portland, OR

Communications Specialist | Nov. 2013 – Sept. 2015

  • Created and edit content for blogs, magazines, and other communication vehicles
  • Worked with communicators, researchers, and doctors to create relevant content
  • Tailored messages for internal and external audiences, as well as a variety of media
  • Collaborated with patients to share their stories and establish a database of positive Knight experiences in conjunction with the Knight Cancer Challenge

Read more: Cancer and Comedy: Local Filmmaker Explores the Importance of Humor

RootsRated | Portland, OR

Freelance writer | December 2014 – Present

  • Research, report, and write weekly stories about outdoor activities in (and around) Portland, Oregon
  • Collaborate remotely with an editor on tweaks and adjustments to stories

Read more: 10 Reasons to Love the Rainy Season in Portland Perfect Portland Pairings: Adventure and Beer

University of Washington | Seattle, WA

Communications and Media Editor | July 2012 – Nov. 2013

  • Created and edited communications for the UW Alumni Association (including e-mail marketing efforts, print materials, and more)
  • Reported and wrote articles for the UWAA’s magazines: Columns and Viewpoint
  • Contributed to a team blog and maintained UWAA social media properties
  • Collaborated with colleagues to create eye-catching, enticing copy
  • Developed new strategies and ideas for reaching wider audiences with innovative content

The Columbian | Vancouver, WA

Social Media Coordinator | March 2011 – July 2012

  • Maintained the Columbian’s FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest accounts
  • Developed with the input and advice of newsroom colleagues a set of community guidelines to help improve discussion on Columbian.com
  • Developed a Twitter training program and trained nearly 30 reporters to effectively use the service for crowdsourcing, reporting and engagement
  • Created a social e-newsletter, aimed at improving the Columbian’s online community
  • Created and developed training sessions, social media strategies, and company social media guidelines

Read more: 360 social back issues — March 6, 2012 / March 27, 2012 / April 24, 2012

Features News Assistant | Dec. 2005 – March 2011

  • Wrote breaking news stories, large features, trend pieces and entertainment items
  • Helped colleagues create and maintain a Life team blog
  • Developed and maintained a Life team Twitter feed
  • Moderated and guided online discussions about stories
  • Attended informal classes and workshops about video editing and shot video for stories. (Video edited by Steven Lane, Columbian photographer)
  • Taught classes about RSS, Twitter and social media to colleagues

Read more: Clark County Scene’s Soul Man Shari’s in Orchards attains special niche as place to gather Hopelessly Devoted Fans

LivingSocial | Telecommute

Freelance contributor | August 2011 – November 2012

  • Wrote copy for Amazon Local and LivingSocial’s daily deals on tight deadlines for up to a dozen markets
  • Researched each day’s vendors to determine selling points and unique facts
  • Collaborated remotely with an editor to determine new content and establish an editorial calendar

Read more: The Original New Orleans Movie Tour | Gazebo Cafe | French Quarter Phantoms

The VanCougar | Vancouver, WA

Managing Editor | May 2004 – May 2005

  • Managed a staff of 25 writers, editors and photographers.
  • Used editorial judgment to develop story ideas and execution
  • Wrote and edited news stories, features pieces, columns, captions, and headlines
  • Laid out roughly half of the newspaper on a twice-monthly basis
  • Conceptualized a redesign, tripled ad revenue (from $1,000 to $3,000/year) and doubled the page count (from 8 to 16 pages)

EDUCATION

Washington State University | Vancouver, WA

Bachelor of Arts, Digital Technology and Culture | May 2005

  • Earned a Professional Writing Certificate
  • Graduated with a 3.68 GPA
  • Four-time member of the WSU Vancouver President’s Honor Roll
  • Harold F. and Beatrice A. Boutwell Endowed Scholarship recipient (Sept. 2005)

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