I grew up in Central Illinois and went to high school at University Laboratory High School on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I also attended the U of I for undergrad and majored in news-editorial journalism. Immediately after I graduated in Spring 2002, I was selected for a Dow Jones News Editing Internship and Knight Ridder Fellowship, and spent the summer as a copy editor in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Duluth News Tribune. They were very lovely to me.
After my summer internship, I attended grad school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and received my MSJ degree with a concentration in New Media, which at the time was the school’s program for people who wanted to focus on interactive and online journalism. I learned a great deal while reporting from Medill’s downtown Chicago newsroom.
I spent my last semester in Prague, working for a news service called Transitions Online. They cover the former Soviet republics and the Balkans, and it was my job to copy-edit and fact-check the articles. I also created graphics to illustrate the articles, which gave me the opportunity to put Stalin in blue eyeshadow and a nice set of pearls. It was a proud moment.
My first job out of school was as the senior online content producer for the Winston-Salem Journal in Winston-Salem, N.C., where I learned a great deal about the realities of newspaper publishing.
I bid JournalNow goodbye in May 2008, and moved to Chicago, where I worked as a senior online content producer for Legacy.com. Legacy.com was the leader in the field of online obituaries, with more than 700 newspapers as clients. Faced with the economic downturn, they had to lay off 8% of their staff, so I was let go in 2009.
From 2009 through 2010, I worked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an academic hourly employee. In my largest project, I redesigned and built three new websites for the Office of the Vice Provost of Human Resources.
In October 2010, I was hired by the ABA Journal as a web producer. The ABA Journal is the monthly magazine for the American Bar Association, and reaches half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers. I am currently the Deputy Web Editor for the magazine, where I edit blog posts; moderate comments; produce multimedia segments to accompany magazine coverage; and act as the podcast editor.
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