Boston University: Master of Science in Journalism with distinction: May 2014
Bucknell University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, cum laude, minor in English: May 2012
Freelance Writer, Editor & Consultant; Remote, January 2013- Present
I'm a freelance writer, editor and researcher working with companies all over the United States on writing, editing, research, and digital media consulting projects. At the moment, this work includes writing for a variety of publications, including The Johns Hopkins Health Review, America's Test Kitchen, Greatist, Her Campus, The New England Journal of Medicine, Scientific American, and Narratively.
I've also worked as a copy writer for a digital health consultancy in Boston and as the lead editor and researcher on several book projects. I frequently consult for journalism conferences all over the world.
Outdoors Editor at the Wirecutter/ New York Times, April 2017-Present
I manage 20 product reviews per year for the Wirecutter's Outdoors section, including developing scientific protocols, managing freelancers, and editing content. I also write several guides of my own each quarter on topics ranging from windbreakers to frisbees.
Editor at Upworthy; Remote, June 2016-December 2016
While working as an Editor at Upworthy, I ran our freelance and licensing programs, which I launched by myself when I joined Upworthy in 2015. As part of this work, I fielded pitches, managed financial and story budgets, assigned stories to freelancers, searched the web for viral content, cultivated relationships with strong contributors, and edited content.
In addition to this, I also managed and edited a team of staff writers. I made strategic decisions daily about content direction, framing, and assignments. I tracked my writers' progress weekly and provided feedback on goals and needed improvements for success. I also coached writers from all across the editorial team on story structure, narrative skills, and story packaging.
Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy; Remote, June 2015-May 2016
As the Executive Assistant of Editorial, I worked with Upworthy's editorial director, Amy O'Leary, on strategic team management, scheduling, onboarding, hiring, training, and other high level administrative tasks. I also filled-in as an editor for our staff writers as needed, managing teams of five on an interim basis and helping them with content decisions, framing, breaking news decisions, and story packaging.
While in this role, I singlehandedly built, launched, and managed our freelance and licensing programs, which were previously non-existent. After 6 months, the program increased traffic significantly (often bringing in several million page views per month, at least). I brought in hundreds of new voices, built an effective pipeline for pitch submissions, contracts, edits, writer training, and payment processing, and produced hundreds of stories from new writers.
Managing Editor at MedTech Boston; Cambridge, MA, July 2014-May 2015
I managed a staff of 15 staff writers, freelancers and interns daily, in addition to fielding pitches, assigning and editing stories, managing the publication schedule, writing feature stories, and managing social media. I also also piloted and implemented long-term projects, including live events, contests, sponsored content, and publishable best-practices guides.
Research Associate & Content Developer at Evidence Based Psychology; Newton, MA, May 2014- Dec. 2014
I created content for EBP internal use and for client use, including pamphlets, reports, research papers, proposals, newsletters and emails. I also ghostwrote and edited Harvard Business Review blogs, and assisted the CEO with the research, development, writing and editing of a book on emotional agility.
Conference Coordinator at Boston University; Boston, MA, September 2013- May 2014
I selected and recruited speakers for the 2014 Power of Narrative Journalism Conference, shaped keynote speeches, created the weekend schedule, booked hotel rooms, and assisted with all logistics on weekend of 400-person journalism conference, including tech setup and managing a staff of 40+ volunteers and BU personnel.
Digital Editorial Health Intern at Boston Magazine; Boston, MA, June 2013 – August 2013
I pitched and wrote four Boston health-related stories per day, including news, aggregation, features, Q&As and round-ups. I also managed Hub Health’s Facebook page, completed various research tasks, and edited freelancer work.
Summer High School Journalism Instructor at Boston University; Boston, MA, May 2013- Aug. 2013
I developed my own J-school curriculum, wrote lesson plans, and taught basic journalism, writing and reporting skills to high school students during three 2-week sessions.
Graduate Research Assistant at Boston University; Boston, MA, August 2012- December 2013
I assisted Ellen Shell, a science journalism professor, with research, fact checking and copyediting for her book (on the psychology of the American work force). I also helped Safoura Rafeizadeh, an editorial design professor, with presentations on the importance of design for writers and editors.
Undergraduate Research Assistant at Bucknell University; Lewisburg, PA, September 2010 – May 2012
I conducted research on sexual assault and the hookup culture, including creating a questionnaire, analyzing data using SPSS, compiling reports, and presenting the findings to students and faculty.