If you prefer straight, by-the-facts information about who I am and what I can do, then this is your page. Here is my resume, last updated June 2012.

(You can also view my resume as an embedded Scribd document by clicking here.)


  • 2008-2010, Bachelors of Science, Communications Studies and Journalism
  • 2005-2008, Associate of Arts, Grand Rapids Community College.

Positions Held

  • 2010-2012, Social Media Manager | Save India’s Youth
  • Post stories and manage Facebook and Twitter accounts for up-and-coming future non-profit organization. Duties include scheduling posts using HootSuite.
  • 2009, Jan – July, Web Help | Grand Valley State University, Grand Valley Lanthorn
  • Develop special projects, coordinate online ads for placemen
  • 2008-present, co-host / co-founder | What’s New in News
  • A weekly podcast talking about media issues affecting journalism. Duties include drafting list of topics for discussion, helping to manage/maintain web site (
  • 2007-2008, Web Design Editor | Grand Rapids Community College, “The Collegiate”
  • Developed web site, created content, created/placed ads, maintained online division. Job of “Web Design Editor” created to accommodate work done.
  • 2007-2008, Staff Writer | Grand Rapids Community College, “The Collegiate”
  • Covered faculty and staff issues and concerns, including contract negotiations.
  • 2003-present, Cook / Waiter | Russ’ Restaurants
  • Cook, grill, prep, and take customers orders, high-pressure job, working solo and with small teams.


Radio News Intern, WGVU News, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Winter 2010)

News / Web Intern, WOOD-TV8, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Fall 2008.)



  • Michigan Press Association, Deadline Story, “Faculty Contract Finally Reached,” Third Place, Division III, 2008.
  • Michigan Community College Press Association, Online Publication, First Place, 2008.
  • Michigan Press Association, Best Online Newspaper, First Place, Division III, 2008.

The Collegiate (earned while on staff)

  • 1st place, General Excellence, Michigan Press Association (2008)
  • 2nd place, General Excellence, Michigan Community College Press Association (2008)
  • 1st place, David L. Adams Apple Award for a two-year Tabloid Newspaper

Community Involvement

  • Artist, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, Mich. “64 Workers Lose Jobs,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 2011.
  • Volunteer, Gilda’s LaughFest, Grand Rapids, Mich. Venue Captain, 2012- present.
  • Volunteer, Gilda’s LaughFest, Grand Rapids, Mich. Film/Go-Do teams, 2011.
  • Volunteer, Grand Rapids 4th of July Family Fireworks, Grand Rapids, Mich. 2011.


“The Collegiate,” writer, 2007-2008. (Including six front page stories.)

Professional Organizations

  • “The Collegiate,” student-run newspaper at Grand Rapids Community College.
  • “Grand Valley Lanthorn,” student-run newspaper at Grand Valley State University
  • WOOD-TV 8, Grand Rapids, Mich. (intern, Fall, 2008)
  • WGVU News, Grand Rapids, Mich. (intern, Winter 2010)


  • 2009, Tug, extra (credit status unknown)
  • 2008, To Live or Die in Dixie, extra (unaccredited)

Computer Skills

Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word,  iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Movie Studio,  PowerPoint, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, WorldNow Content Management System, FOX Interactive Media Content Management System, Mac OS, Windows.

News Writing

Through my experiences at The Collegiate and at WOOD-TV, I have been well-trained in how to write for print publications as well as web sites. Current educational curriculum is helping me to learn the broadcast side of the industry, writing not only a news script but knowing the director’s cues as well.

Interests and Activities

New Media, Online Journalism, Print Journalism, Television, Entertainment, Entertainment Industry, Interviews, Photography, blogging, social networking, writing, creating film/TV projects that may or may not ever see the light of day, much less make it to the drawing board.

What I have to offer:

Perseverance, a hard work ethic and a weird sense of humor. I am left-handed, a middle child in a family with eight, and home-schooled K-12. I have traveled to Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and New York City. I can bring a broad perspective with a good understanding for many different types of people and personalities. My award-winning work at the Collegiate, plus my experiences as an intern for and as web help for the Grand Valley Lanthorn, has given me great appreciation and respect for news and media professionals. I can be enough of an extrovert to communicate with others, and an introvert long enough to give others a chance to tell their stories.

Social Media Skills:


  • Facebook: An active user, couple hours/day. Comfortable navigating message boards, groups, fan pages, knows how to create fan pages.
  • Twitter: Active user, updating on web site and phone. Regularly interacts with members of community, mainly local media, and on occasion, celebrities. (@replies from @kim, @kerrymuzzey, @rajsku and @patkiernan.) In addition to, I am familiar with TweetDeck, HootSuite, TwitterLocal, TwitPic, yFrog, TwitTangle, and Digsby.
  • LinkedIn: My public profile is available for viewing at:
  • Blogger: Have used for a few personal blogs, including current blog: Used Blogger at The Collegiate (GRCC) to create additional paper sections dedicated to music, books, the arts and a column on journalism issues. Have experience with customizing the layout, using widgets and tweaking the code.
  • WordPress: Used currently for my resume web site: Am very comfortable posting there, but prefer Blogger for my personal web site due to the free CSS stylesheet variations.
  • Tumblr: Not too experienced with it, prefer the interface of Blogger and WordPress due to familiarity. However, I would recommend Tumblr to someone new to blogging and wants to figure out an easy way to do so. FriendFeed: I can navigate it, I have an account, and I understand its value. Currently exists mainly as a backup for my Tweets.
  • Similar to FriendFeed. I can navigate it and use it fine. It is not a primary microblogging service for me personally.
  • Flickr: I know how to use it, I’ve had Pro accounts before and know how to hook Flickr up to Twitter as well. (I primarily use TwitPit for my personal Twitter account.)
  • Gizmo5: A VOiP SIP-based service similar to Skype. Comfortable using Gizmo5 to call up others with a SIP number and record conversations for podcasting.
  • Scribd: Preferred service for sharing Word and similar documents online.
  • SlideShare: Used before for backing up PowerPoint presentations. Example:
  • Zoho: An online presentation software. PowerPoint-like. Used before in a Broadcast News class to insert all graphics and video for a mock newscast. Example available:

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