Hi there.

I'm Taylor. I work at the Seattle Times and I’m interested in audience engagement, investigative reporting and journalism education.

About Me

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 newsroom's investigative team.

I also write an independent 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 engaging with audiences can enhance traditional investigative reporting.

An overview of my past experience (and here's my resume):

  • 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. Let's talk about travel, books, dogs or whatever else is on your mind.

Engagement + Digital 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 currently work on the Seattle Times' digital team and I've also worked in audience engagement at Politico Europe and the Columbia Missourian. Here's an overview of my experience:

Seattle Times

  • Oversee longterm social media strategy for the Times' flagship accounts, reaching hundreds of thousands of readers across the Pacific Northwest

  • Curate the seattletimes.com homepage, balancing news judgment with analytics and data

  • Work on a team to manage breaking news coverage, with responsibility for social media and push alerts

  • Develop digital and engagement strategies for complex investigative projects

  • Share analytics data with the rest of the newsroom to help guide coverage decisions

Columbia Missourian

  • 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

  • Collaborated with engagement team to develop the Missourian's first community awards program, collect nominations from citizens, create a special section and host an award ceremony

  • Presented to local community groups, explaining our publication’s reporting process and discussing their ideas for coverage

Politico Europe

  • Initiated weekly analytics reports for the production team and evaluated four months of analytics at the end of my internship

  • Developed plans for reaching specialized policy-focused audiences; created a strategy to share evergreen content from archives

  • Produced Facebook Live videos hosted by reporters

  • Wrote a draft comment policy for the website to encourage civil, productive conversation

Work With Students

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.

The Online News Association named me an MJ Bear Fellow in 2019 for my work with The Lead. The fellowship recognizes innovative digital journalists under age 30.

I've also coached students around the country and spoken at Online News Association, the Nieman Foundation, Investigative Reporters and Editors and Journalism Education Association conferences.

Sign up for the newsletter and read the archive. These are a few of my favorite issues:

Reporting

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.

Seattle Times

The latest dating app at one Seattle event: PowerPoint

Exploring Portland on a one-woman weekend trip

Watch Woodland Park Zoo’s baby giraffe prance around in his new therapeutic shoes

How The Seattle Times covered the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941

Columbia Missourian

Lack of maternal health care puts pregnant women at risk in rural Missouri

MU medical school retains accreditation, has two years to make big fixes

After Clinton's defeat, some Columbia women mourn lost chance for a female president

College of Arts and Science faces financial instability as O'Brien departs

Charlotte Observer

North Carolina businesses feel the pain of cuts to seasonal worker visas

Need a new hobby or stress reliever? Try throwing axes at this Charlotte facility.

POLITICO Europe

Belgian football club levels playing field for refugees

The Maneater (student newspaper)

After stepping down as chancellor, Loftin isn't dwelling on the past

Provost Garnett Stokes brings experience with faculty morale and Title IX

Investigative Reporters and Editors

The Home Team: Sometimes your best resources are inside your own newsroom

Lessons from the Storm: Three journalists reflect on covering Hurricane Harvey

Poynter

As local newsrooms shrink, college journalists fill in the gaps

Georgetown student journalists report from Louisiana to trace the school’s history of slavery

Digital startup Colorado Sun plans to cover the whole state in greater depth

MediaShift

What "engagement reporting" is and why it matters

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