Additional writing clips can be viewed online here. 

The Kansas City Star (June-August 2015)

In addition to my social media, web and video responsibilities for The Kansas City Star, I spent the last several weeks of the summer reporting and writing feature pieces for the print edition of the paper. My stories about youth slam poetry and a city-wide restoration boom were published as the section front for the arts and entertainment and business sections of the paper. The online packages of both stories also featured video feature pieces I shot and edited to compliment the pieces.

“Slam Poetry Community to Open Wordshop Space” – August 2015

“Kansas City’s Restoration Boom Builds on Strong History of Preservation” – August 2015

Missouri Business Alert (May-August 2014)

In summer 2014, I was able to continue my interests in business and entrepreneurial journalism as a reporter for Missouri Business Alert, an online business publication affiliated with the University of Missouri. During my time at the publication, I curated and wrote original articles on topics ranging from business to politics. I also ran social media efforts, and produced multimedia for the website. My work at the publication gave me experience reporting for a startup, and I really enjoyed my time in a new age newsroom.

“Educators Use Maker Movement to Spark Student Interest in STEM Careers” – June 2014

“Columbia Businesswoman Publishes Entrepreneurship Novel” – June 2014

Silicon Prairie News (August-December 2013)

In the summer of 2013, I helped promote Maker Faire KC, an event celebrating technology and innovation. The experience was my first real encounter with the entrepreneurship and maker community. I was immediately drawn to the excitement and energy of the participants of the festival, and I knew I wanted to continue to explore entrepreneurship.

I started work as a student editor and contributor for Silicon Prairie News in August 2013. The Omaha-based news publication covers startup, business and technology news in the Midwest. I wrote weekly articles about the startup community in Columbia, Mo., and I worked with a small team in Columbia and the larger SPN team to produce content.

“Square Co-founder Jim McKelvey Stops in Columbia to Talk LaunchCode” – October 2013

“iSelect Fund Promotes Venture Investments for Early Stage Startups” – October 2013

Maker Faire Kansas City blog (May-August 2013)

Maker Faire Kansas City was held for the third year in summer 2013, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the event team. Through out the summer, I managed the event’s social media accounts, created an event app, wrote copy for the program materials and posted blog to promote the festivities. Below are a couple of sample blogs I wrote last summer.

“Meet the Maker: Super Awesome Sylvia” – June 2013

“ArcAttack Returns” – June 2013

The Maneater (August 2012-May 2013)

When I came to the University of Missouri last year, I knew I wanted to get involved with the student newspaper. I wrote a number of stories throughout the year, and I also worked a weekly shift as a copy editor for the Maneater in spring of 2013. Below are a couple of my favorite clips from the publication, including I story I interviewed Gandhi’s grandson for (dreams do come true).

“Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Visits MU, Speaks to Student and Faculty Crowd” – April 2013

“MU Storm Chase Team Pursues Severe Weather” – September 2013

The JagWire (2009-2012)

Thanks to a wonderful journalism teacher and mentor, I became involved with journalism earlier in my high school career. I really can’t put into words how much my four years on the JagWire staff as a reporter, news editor and finally editor-in-chief changed and shaped my life and future career goals. Though my work for the JagWire concluded several years ago, I still am most proud of some of the pieces I wrote for the publication. I was able to spend meticulous time reporting and editing for every story. My senior year my journalism adviser convinced me to apply for numerous journalism competitions. In 2012 I was named Kansas High School Journalist of the Year, and I went on to be named a runner-up for National High School Journalist of the Year. J101 with Mrs. Habiger will forever be my journalism home and the place where I learned to see the beauty in the story within myself and every person and source I encounter.

“Coaching Evaluations Under Scrutiny” – February 2012

“Local ‘Flying Machine Man’ sees Shawnee with an Aerial View” – June 2010

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