I’m a news producer on The Seattle Times' digital team, where I develop audience engagement strategies, connect with readers through social media and work with the investigative team on digital strategies.
On the side, I write a weekly newsletter called The Lead to provide resources and connections for student journalists in college and high school.
I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in investigative and international reporting. I’m especially interested in how investigative reporting and audience engagement can connect more organically.
An overview of my past experience:
At the Poynter Institute, I reported on the future of news with a focus on student media.
At the Columbia Missourian, I led a team focused on bringing community engagement into the reporting process and reported on health and higher education.
At Investigative Reporters and Editors, I wrote and edited resources for thousands of investigative journalists.
At POLITICO Europe, I developed engagement strategies to reach an international audience.
In my free time, I love being outside, traveling, and cooking things besides my all-time favorite food, mac and cheese. Let's talk about travel, books, dogs or whatever else is on your mind.
In fall 2018, I created a weekly newsletter called The Lead for student journalists in college and high school. I saw a lack of resources for student journalists and wanted to make it easier for them to connect. The newsletter addresses the unique challenges student journalists face, features student work from across the country, and curates tools, resources, internships and training opportunities.
Other reporting on student journalism:
I'm passionate about bridging the gap between newsrooms and the communities they serve by fostering connections online and face-to-face. I don’t define the world of “engagement” as solely social media (although I can do that, too) — I believe newsrooms need to build trust with their readers in order to tell their stories and serve them authentically.
I’ve worked on audience engagement teams at multiple newsrooms, partnering with reporting teams, developing digital strategies and planning in-person events. Samples of my past engagement work are below.
Led a team of ten students focused on bringing community engagement into the reporting process for Columbia’s daily city newspaper
Planned a campus outreach event to start discussion with students about the #MeToo movement; created a quiz to test students' knowledge of their Title IX rights and an informational flyer to give them afterwards
Presented to local community groups, explaining our publication’s reporting process and discussing their ideas for coverage
Oversaw all social media accounts and responded directly to reader messages
Managed social media accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers during breaking news, such as French and Dutch elections, Brexit negotiations and a terrorist attack in London
Researched and developed plans for reaching specialized policy-focused audiences; worked with a team to develop a long-term social media strategy
Created a strategy to share evergreen content from archives
Produced Facebook Live videos hosted by reporters
Moderated comments and created a draft comment policy for the website
My favorite stories combine data with narrative to show how policies affect real people. I’ve reported on education, health, public safety, business and other local issues. I’ve also examined the ever-changing news industry and covered new developments in journalism. Selected stories are below.
The Maneater (student newspaper)
Interactive Timeline: A Historic Fall at MU — The Maneater
I created an interactive timeline with another editor using Timeline JS to contextualize the events of the tumultuous fall 2015 semester at the University of Missouri. It was cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national outlets and became The Maneater's most popular piece of content ever with over 200,000 views.
Investigative Reporters and Editors
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