I’ve worked for a lot of companies since starting out in journalism in 2006. Here they are from most-recent to oldest.
June 2015 to present
I was hired to join Fusion’s news lab to fill a hybrid position. As the ‘bot reporter,’ I would both write blog posts covering daily news of interest to Fusion’s audience as well as design and build interactive editorial projects and internal tools. In December 2016, I was reassigned from the editorial team to the newly-formed FMG Labs group to focus more on the programming side, but I still occasionally blog about the news.
Contingent contract worker - July 2014 to June 2015
I was part of the original team of journalists hired as Facebook contractors to curate the company’s trending section. I helped to write headlines and descriptions for stories seen by millions of Facebook users around the world every day.
Breaking news producer - February 2013 to May 2014
Project Thunderdome was a digital support services bureau for Digital First Media, which at the time owned more than 80 newspapers across the U.S. As the breaking news producer, I would create reports on important news from around the world for these newspapers’ digital editions.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Reporter - July 2010 to July 2012
I covered primary- and secondary-level education for the Gazette, the second-largest newspaper in the state of Iowa, as well as statewide education reform efforts.
The Daily Times
Several positions - July 2006 to July 2010
During my time at the Times, a small newspaper in the Four Corners region of New Mexico, I worked several jobs, including:
Editorial page editor
Explore (arts and entertainment magazine) editor
As the paper’s first online editor, I was part of an effort to modernize the company’s website and improve its online offerings.
Philadelphia City Paper
Intern - September 2005 to July 2006
I added press releases into the alt weekly newspaper’s listings database. One time I got to review a video game (Call of Duty 2: Big Red One for the Nintendo Gamecube). This newspaper no longer exists.