I am a 22-year-old college senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism & new media with a minor in political science at Towson University, Maryland’s second largest university located in the greater Baltimore area.
I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of The Towerlight, a weekly independent student newspaper at Towson University, with content coming out online daily. As the Editor, it is my duty to copy edit every story that is printed in the paper. I also work to develop original content to the paper, and assign stories to the writers on staff as I see fit. On a daily basis, I work to keep the newspaper running smoothly, and I assist other editorial members in any larger tasks they may be taking on. I was previously the news editor of the paper before being promoted.
Under my leadership, The Towerlight has finished in the top three twice for the Society of Professional Journalist’s award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in Region 2, which covers Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and North Carolina. I’ve also won several SPJ awards for my work as a reporter at The Towerlight, including being a finalist for breaking news and general news reporting awards in 2013.
This summer, I completed an internship with the sports desk at The Baltimore Sun. I mainly work with the copy desk, editing stories and writing headlines and cutlines while working to produce the sports section every night. However, I would also be assigned sports feature stories to write on my own schedule, and at night I will work on any smaller breaking pieces for the website, further strengthening my experience as a reporter.
In addition to The Towerlight, I currently have several sports writing positions, including being a breaking news writer for the fantasy sports site RotoWire, covering the MLB and NBA. During those seasons, I work late-night news shifts, watching games and news feeds for any breaking news. When something changes with a player, I write a quick update for that player, source it, and the update gets posted on the website and sent to RotoWire subscribers who have those players on their rosters.
I recently started writing for the NFL website Pro Football Spot, covering the Cleveland Browns and writing two articles per week.
Finally, I am also a writer for the site Bullets Forever, which is part of the SB Nation network of sites.
When I expanded my role at RotoWire and accepted the position with Bullets Forever, I unfortunately had to leave my position as a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and as a fantasy sports writer for eDraft. I started as a sports writing intern for B/R in the winter of 2013, and was eventually promoted to featured columnist at the end of my internship. As a featured columnist, I wrote one or two columns per week about the Washington Wizards, often working with my editor to develop original ideas. One of my final projects with the site was participating in the 2014 NBA Re-Draft, where I took control of the hypothetical Wizards in a re-draft of every single player in the NBA. I have also worked for eDraft for roughly two years. I passed the mark of writing 200 pieces for the site. I mainly wrote about fantasy football, and during the season, I wrote weekly advice pieces for daily fantasy football leagues, and tailored my writing to two different daily fantasy sports websites, FanDuel and DraftKings. I also filed weekly quarterback rankings for owners to use as reference, and did a weekly power rankings piece.
Last summer I was an intern in the Office of Communications at the Library of Congress. I worked on a number of articles for the Gazette, the staff newspaper at the Library, as well as the Library of Congress Magazine. I also worked with the public relations office to write press releases and work on promoting the National Book Festival through social media and traditional marketing techniques.
Previously, I wrote for two blogs, Capitals Outsider and Nationals Outsider, both owned by Gunaxin Media. I wrote roughly one article per week for either blog for about six months, covering the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals, respectively. For Capitals Outsider, I attended practice roughly once every two weeks, giving me experience with interviewing professional athletes and coaches in a locker room environment.
During the summer of 2012, I was an intern for The Southern Maryland Enterprise, my hometown newspaper. I worked closely with the community editor to come up with feature story ideas. I carried out all of these ideas on my own, and ended up writing 10 features by the end of the summer.
While my writing experience is currently very sports-heavy, I am also very interested in the field of politics. With The Towerlight, I headed up the 2012 election coverage for the paper, analyzing student and faculty opinion on many of the hot-button issues in the election, including Maryland referendum items, such as same-sex marriage and the Maryland DREAM Act.
In my free time, I am an avid viewer of sporting events, and listener to sports talk radio. I also enjoy reading comic books, but mainly DC. Superman, Batman and Green Lantern will always be my favorites. I’m also an open lover of metal and pop-punk music. Everyone needs to listen to August Burns Red and The Wonder Years at some point in their life.
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