Journalist turned communications specialist. Leverages writing, editing, and research talents to promote company values in a variety of mediums. Deadline-driven and highly motivated.
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Exceptional attention to detail
Brand development and management
WordPress and HTML
Communications CoordinatorDec 2010 - Current Livingston Parish LibraryLivingston, LA
Serves as the primary point of contact for incoming media calls, including requests for meetings and interviews with library administration.
Drafts and distributes press releases and photographs to media about ongoing library events and initiatives. Submits all library events to media for publication.
Attends library events to take photographs. Submits photos and press releases to media to raise library profile in community.
Designs and distributes library's monthly newsletter to library branches, community, and e-mail subscribers.
Designs and distributes advertising for monthly programs to library branches, edits flyers submitted by branch librarians, and establishes library-wide publications useful to patrons (annual report, literacy, bookmarks, reader's advisory, app guides)
Established and maintains all library social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, Flickr, Youtube)
Oversees and adheres to the communications department budget.
Planned and launched innovative, creative and effective communications campaigns, such as Livingston Parish Book Festival, which resulted in more than 1,200 attendees its first year.
Maintains company web pages using WordPress and HTML.
Staff WriterMay 2009 - Dec 2010 Baton Rouge Business ReportBaton Rouge, LA
Wrote and edited stories for multiple platforms, including digital newsletters Daily Report AM and Daily Report PM.
Researched and wrote 3 pieces per two weeks for Baton Rouge Business Report.
Evaluated and followed up on news leads and news tips to develop story ideas.
Worked the East Baton Rouge Parish government, banking, and insurance beats, and covered bond issues, city-parish politics, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on local insurance carriers among many other topics.
Followed through on beat sources, contacts and leads to gather information for stories.
Business ReporterFeb 2007 - May 2009 Hattiesburg AmericanHattiesburg, MS
Wrote enterprise articles on business, area trends, and economic development
Created magazine-style profiles and features along with breaking news outside of the business beat
Reestablished the Hattiesburg business beat by developing and maintaining sources
Took photos and incorporated online elements including live blog and video into coverage
Wrote weekly column about economic growth and development
Master of Science: Mass Communications2008 University of Southern MississippiHattiesburg, MS