Some of my experience
Freelance work: Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine, KBIA and KOMU.
Noticias Monteverde, Monteverde, Costa Rica — Chief Newsroom Editor
January 2022 to December 2022
Noticias Monteverde, or The Monteverde News, is a young bilingual newspaper in the tropical mountains. Alongside a small staff, we put the first stories of this town down on paper for everyone to freely access. I helped decide the values of the company and the goals for its future. I taught reporters to be critical of their methods, worked with translators on how to best represent stories and grew a newsroom in a foreign country. My mission is and always will be to create inclusive, thought-provoking content that connects us across country lines, across cultures and across conflicts.
Proctor Academy, Santa Elena, Costa Rica — Latin American History and English Teacher
January 2022 to December 2022
Proctor Academy is a private boarding school in New Hampshire that sends students around the world each semester. While teaching in Santa Elena, I was able to create an honest, open intellectual environment where we challenged one another’s assumptions, asked questions without shame and supported one another’s learning. The spark and tenacity of my students still inspires me.
Noticias Monteverde, Monteverde, Costa Rica — Reporter
August 2021 to December 2021
While working on my Master’s research project, I also worked at a local bilingual newspaper. I wrote and pitched environment and health stories, I worked on social media creation and production and helped with web development. I helped my boss with the vision and mission of the newspaper and was hired as Chief Newsroom Editor.
Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Mo. — Staff Photographer
June 2020 to July 2021
The Columbia Missourian is a local newspaper. While working there, I had the opportunity to pitch stories, execute assignments, work with others, in and out of my department, and make thousands of photos. It taught me how to work efficiently and tactfully, often with little information on my assignments. It allowed me to connect with sources in new ways. I challenged myself and my department to tell more environment stories and I learned how one story can make a difference for a whole community.
Vox Magazine, Columbia, Mo. — Digital Editor & Writer
January 2019 to December 2019
Vox Magazine is a city-focused publication whose mission is to touch on community life, culture and trending topics. While there, I pitched and wrote online (environment/science) stories as well as produced others’ online stories. I worked on weekly newsletters, helped run our social media accounts (both creating and pushing content) and tracked analytics. This job taught me that creativity flows best when people feel safe, supported and seen, and that a publication is nothing without passion from the people that run it.
Indian Express, Delhi, India — Reporting Intern
May to August 2019
The Indian Express is a national English-language daily newspaper. While there, I gratefully shadowed reporters, pitched and wrote stories, and got to see another culture up close. I worked on the environment and health beat and covered anything from the local health clinic system to groundwater depletion. This job taught me the privilege of talking to everyday people. It taught me that I know very little and I must never stop asking questions.
Decoding Science, Columbia, Mo. — Staff Writer and Photographer
January to December 2019
Decoding Science is a public relations news outlet under the University of Missouri with the goal of bringing science to the non-scientist. While there, I learned to combine PR work and storytelling. I learned how to be a science communicator through hours of decoding complex scientific journal articles and interviewing scientists from countless fields of study. I ran our social media alongside creating and producing content for our website.