Resume

Summary

I recently built a darkroom in my bathroom to develop film and started skateboarding again. I’m also taking improv classes at UCB Theatre and hope to start a secondary acting career to supplement my career in journalism. I’ve received recognition for acting and and journalism, including Outstanding Actor at the Christian Universities Theatre Festival and Media Honor Roll from the Texas Association of School Boards. Other than that, I just do as much as I can as a former Texan journalist living in New York. Live well, y’all.

Facebook | Trending News Curator

May 2016 to Sept. 2016 in Manhattan

I used the company’s internal tools to verify potential trending topic authenticity. I also wrote headlines and summaries for the topics, chose relevant media to accompany the text and tagged the posts with keywords to place them in their proper verticals.

The Lewisville Texan Journal | Interim Editor-in-Chief

Jan. 2016 to July 2016 in Lewisville, Tex.

I assigned and edited stories from staff and contributors at a small, upstart weekly newspaper in my hometown. I also took photographs and wrote stories, columns and blog posts. I continue to freelance stories and compile the calendar for the publication.

The Dallas Morning News | Neighborsgo Editor

July 2014 to Jan. 2016 in Dallas

Produced special weekly newspaper averaging 40 pages for southern Denton and northwest Dallas Counties. Wrote and edited features, news and monthly editor’s note. Posted content online and engaged with public on social media. Produced photos, videos and graphics.

Freelance Journalist

Jan. 2013 to Present

I have had more than 100 stories and photos published in The New York Daily News, The Denton Record-Chronicle, Denton Live and the Houston County Courier.

Dallas Business Journal | Researcher

Sept. 2013 to Jan. 2014 in Dallas

I created and verified dozens of lists of top area companies in various industries, which were included in the 2014 DBJ Book of Lists, using financial statements, government data, surveys and interviews. I also co-wrote columns and blog posts with the research director analyzing surveyed data and list results.

American Heart Association | Communications Intern

May 2013 to Aug. 2013 in Dallas

I was a paid intern at the nonprofit’s national headquarters and was involved with copywriting, editing and promoting scientific news content. I also assisted in maintaining and auditing its social media presence and helped produce a comedic scientific web series.

The Duster Today | Editor-in-Chief

Aug. 2012 to Dec. 2012 in Lubbock, Tex.

I was the editor of a student-produced campus newspaper. The publication had ceased to exist for nearly a decade.  As editor, I resurrected it by exponentially increasing staff size, introducing social media and planning the publication’s return to print.

KCBD News Channel 11 | Intern

May-July 2012

I assisted in producing, directing and reporting for television broadcast but primarily worked in the Web department, writing and editing stories and social media posts.

Education

University of North Texas | Master’s of Journalism

Jan. 2013 to May 2015 in Denton, Tex.

I received the Mayborn Scholar honors designation at the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism.

Lubbock Christian University | B.A. in Music with Business

Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012 in Lubbock, Tex.

I also minored in English and international studies. I graduated as an honors scholar with a GPA of 3.12 and was on the dean’s list in 2009.  I took courses in advertising, marketing, public relations and technical writing. I held an office in Koinonia, a men’s social club geared toward community service and moral living. I was also involved in numerous theater productions and musical performances. 

UNISUL | Study Abroad Program

Fall 2011 in Florianopolis, Brazil

While at LCU, I spent a semester at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina with the International Studies Abroad organization. I took courses in Portuguese, tourism, consumer behavior, and cultural anthropology. I also lived with a host family, which was crucial in developing my conversational fluency in Brazilian Portuguese.

Volunteer

Lubbock Christian University Counseling Center

Spring 2011 in Lubbock, Tex.

I designed logo, posters and t-shirts for campus-wide event.

SENAI Program

Fall 2011 in Itajai, Brazil

I traveled within Santa Catarina, Brazil, as a visiting exchange student to speak with high school students about the English language and the differences between Brazilian and American cultures.