Work Experience


Independent Digital Consultant, Journalist, and Developer – March 2009 to Present

For the past several years, I’ve worked on a number of freelance journalism assignments, digital consulting and web design projects, and developed serious games. My work has been published in the Hechinger Report, East Bay Express, Oakland North, Bay Citizen, and Patch.com.

 

Lecturer at San Francisco State University – San Francisco, CA – August 2016 to Present

I teach a class about Online Journalism for the Fall 2016 semester, where we cover how journalists can leverage the web to enhance their reporting and tell deeper stories using multimedia, data, and other technologies.

 

Digital Communications Manager at EdSource – Oakland, CA – April 2013 to April 2016

I helped develop and implement a digital media strategy for the organization, created data-driven and interactive web projects, maintained and customized the WordPress website and collected and analyzed traffic analytics. I worked with reporters to enhance their stories using data and other digital storytelling mediums.

 

Instructor at UC Berkeley Knight Digital Media Center – Berkeley,CA – Oct. 2013 to Dec. 2014

In this role, I taught introductory classes in data visualization that include data theory and design, mapping, charting and best practices in the industry. I’ve worked with a diverse group of students from different sectors, such as non-profit, government and media.

 

Editor at Dygest Inc. – San Francisco, CA – March 2012 to October 2012

I helped create content for a mobile app startup called Scoople. The app is a news aggregator that gamified the news consumption experience of its users by making it competitive by predicting how others would respond to details of news items.

 

Founder of The Reporta – Arcata, CA – March 2010 to November 2010

This was a news blog I created to cover Humboldt County politics. I covered the Eureka City Council and Humboldt County Board of Supervisor races extensively using multimedia, campaign finance reporting, and collaborations with other journalists.

 

Project Coordinator for Student Press Law Center – Arcata, CA – January 2009 to April 2009

Worked with students at Humboldt State University on a national FOIA project led by the Student Press Law Center. I helped coordinate assignments, provided feedback on requests and appeals, and maintained a database of the project’s progress.

 

Staff Reporter at Eureka Reporter – Eureka, CA – January 2008 to November 2008

Before the newspaper folded in 2008, I worked the Eureka politics beat and assisted with the newspaper’s court coverage. Most notably, I covered the trial of David Gundersen, a former Blue Lake Police Chief on trial for allegedly raping his wife.

 

Editor-in-Chief at HSU Lumberjack – Arcata, CA – August 2007 to December 2007

Section Editor/Reporter at HSU Lumberjack – Arcata, CA – February 2006 to July 2007

Over the course of three semesters, I worked on the Community, Features, and Opinion sections of the weekly newspaper as an editor, where I solicited content, wrote stories, edited, and did layout on the sections.

 

Education


UC Berkeley – Berkeley, CA – Master’s Degree in Journalism – 2011 to 2013

Focus on multimedia. Member of The Leadership Committee.

 

Humboldt State University – Arcata, CA – B.A. Journalism – 2005 to 2008

Activities include Humboldt State Lumberjack Newspaper and Osprey Magazine.

 

Honors


  • Education Writers Association Award 2014, First Place in Data Journalism in a Small Newsroom
  • Innovation Committee for ONA 2014-15 Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education
  • Online News Association Award Finalist, 2013
  • Google-AP Scholar, 2012
  • Redwood Mensa Award for Creative Non-Fiction, 2007
  • Outstanding Contribution to The Lumberjack Newspaper 2007/08