Product Deployment Manager
TownNews, Rayos Platform
February 2019-March 2021
Analyzed existing news websites’ structures and clients’ wishes for new sites, then developed site build blueprints to lead and expedite build team’s work. Investigated new uses for existing tools to speed up site builds. Created product improvement requests for new and existing features to improve workflows and capabilities available for site editors. Worked on site CSS.
January 2018-February 2019
Worked with newsrooms and other members of GTxcel’s implementations team to launch news websites on GTxcel’s WordPress platform. Investigated new features/integrations and developed best practices for their use in site building. Consulted with GTxcel’s developers to help guide new feature development and troubleshoot issues.
May 2016-January 2018
Assist magazines and TV stations on GTxcel’s content management systems by working with developers, troubleshooting issues, making CSS adjustments, building pages, researching solutions to coverage challenges and answering editors’ questions.
Health News Writer/Producer
PresentNation (formerly part of BringMeTheNews)
November 2014-March 2016
Part of a team of nine writers hired to help shape the editorial voice of this health news startup. Wrote curated health stories for a national audience. Trained team of writers to create infographics using a third-party application. Left when company ceased operations.
National News Editor
Internet Broadcasting (later LAKANA)
August 2010-November 2014
Served as lead weekend national editor for nearly 60 television websites. Created galleries and interactive features. Experimented with IB’s content management system and third-party applications to find new ways to display content and track news. Copy edited and posted stories, videos and interactive content. Managed and tracked analytics for IB’s link-sharing feature.
Ahwatukee Foothills News
March 2010-July 2010
Covered education, business and general assignments for this community paper in Phoenix’s Ahwatukee Foothills area. Created multimedia pieces for www.Ahwatukee.com and assisted with website updates.
East Valley Tribune
June 2006-March 2010
Covered school and town hall beats for this 100,000-circulation newspaper. Produced and contributed to online content including interactive features, soundslides and audio features. Served on a web task force aiming to increase traffic to the paper’s site.
The State Press
August 2005-May 2006
Managed production of Arizona State University’s 22,000-circulation daily student newspaper, directing a staff of about 60 student journalists. Previously served as a city editor, assistant web editor, assistant editor for a special section covering ASU’s Presidential Debate and reporter.
The Associated Press
May 2005-August 2005
Wrote and contributed to between five and seven stories a week for distribution over the Arizona and national wires. Became familiar with general operations of the AP.
Kolbe Corp/The Center for Conative Research
June 2003-June 2006
Copy edited and wrote for promotional material, white papers, books, indexes and other projects. Periodically served as videographer and video editor for events.