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 at The Kansas City Star, I spent several weeks 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 videos I shot and edited.
“Slam Poetry Community to Open Wordshop Space” – 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.
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.
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 first came to the University of Missouri, 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).
“MU Storm Chase Team Pursues Severe Weather” – September 2013
The JagWire (2009-2012)
Thanks to a wonderful journalism teacher and mentor, I first became involved with journalism early 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 years ago, I still am most proud of the pieces I wrote for the publication. I was able to spend a great deal of time reporting and editing every story. During 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 look for stories in every person I encounter.
“Coaching Evaluations Under Scrutiny” – February 2012