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.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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)
Investigative Reporters and Editors
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