Resume

Experience

Los Angeles Times

May 2019 - present

Dec. 2020 - present

Product Manager

  • I guide the development of GrapheneCMS, the Times’ custom CMS, working with engineers and newsroom stakeholders to gather requirements, define improvements, identify bugs, and coordinate software releases.

  • Focus areas have included tools for newsroom planning and workflow, new story formats for curated lists of content, and improved navigation between related stories.

Aug. 2019 - Dec. 2020

Associate Product Manager

  • Helped guide the development of GrapheneCMS

  • Projects included new tools for photo editors and archivists, new content modules for the utility journalism team, and new story formats.

  • Helped craft product, design, and engineering workflows

May 2019 - July 2019

Creative Technologist Intern

  • Worked on an interdisciplinary team of seven interns tasked with innovating methods of storytelling

  • Acted as a designer, developer, and project manager

  • Projects for the summer included building a workflow for augmented reality stories, linking together related content of different formats, and using speech-to-text and natural language processing with podcast recordings

Oct. 2018 - Apr. 2019

Design Consultant

USC Annenberg Media

  • Redesigned Annenberg Media’s email newsletter to optimize for trust and “news fluency” in the reader

  • Designed and sent out a survey to verify whether the redesign had a positive impact on metrics of news fluency

  • Won an award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for the project

Feb. 2018 - May 2019

Teaching Assistant

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

  • Provided help and guidance to the students in introductory and advanced web development courses, including grading

  • Courses are designed to provide coding skills to students who are not computer science majors

May 2018 - Aug. 2018

Siri Editorial Intern

Apple

  • Worked with writers, designers, and engineers to write for and design user interactions with Siri

  • Helped create and implement processes to revise existing Siri content

USC Annenberg Media

Sep. 2015 - May 2018

Jan. 2018 - May 2018

Product Manager

  • Designed and built newsroom products through web development, including a Messenger chatbot and landing pages for Annenberg Media properties

  • Crafted the newsroom’s ethics guidelines and an accompanying website as part of the Trusting News project

May 2017 - Jan. 2018

Managing Editor for Digital Storytelling

  • Led a restructuring of our 200+ member newsroom to enable greater cross-platform cooperation and more cohesive learning opportunities for our student reporters

  • Helped create a Snapchat news show for a college-age audience

  • Helped manage social media promotion for an audience of more than 50,000

Oct. 2016 - Apr. 2017

Senior News Editor

  • Oversaw the development of a new website and secondary magazine-style site, from conception to production

  • Helped create an email newsletter, chatbot, and app

  • Edited the contents of the weekly email newsletter

Feb. 2016 - Oct. 2016

News Editor

  • Led writing and editing efforts in the student newsroom during weekly shifts, guiding student reporters through their work

  • Handled coverage of breaking news scenarios

Sep. 2015 - Feb. 2016

Staff Reporter

  • Worked with other reporters to craft stories that were important to the USC student and faculty population

Mar. 2017 - Sep. 2017

Design Assistant

USC Annenberg School of Communication

  • Created brand identities and marketing campaigns for events put on by the Critical Media Project and the fashion communication initiative, including digital and print formats

  • Worked with vendors to coordinate printing of materials

May 2017 - Aug. 2017

Digital Production Intern

azcentral / The Arizona Republic, part of USA TODAY NETWORK

  • Produced multimedia content to complement stories on the website, such as photo galleries and social videos

  • Performed front-end web development for long-term special projects in the features department

  • Managed social media accounts with a combined following of roughly 40,000 people

  • Gathered and presented content for trending stories

  • Curated section fronts for the website and newsletters

Jan. 2016 - Apr. 2016

Assistant City Editor

Daily Trojan

  • Worked with other reporters to craft stories that were important to the USC student and faculty population

Apr. 2015 - Aug. 2016

Designer & Production Assistant

Shoob Photography

  • Conceptualized, designed, and helped implement a website redesign

  • Streamlined workflows to reduce backlogs in printing

  • Designed a new set of school support catalogs and other materials to client specifications

  • Created pitch materials to sign schools as clients

May 2014 - May 2015

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Enochs Wingspan

  • Managed a staff of 20 students to create a yearbook that went on to win several national awards from the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association, and Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Education

Class of 2019

University of Southern California

B.A. Journalism

  • Minor in Web Technologies & Applications
  • Minor in Law and Public Policy
  • 3.93 cumulative unweighted GPA

Technical Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Layouts: InDesign

  • Images: Photoshop, Bridge & Camera Raw

  • Media: Premiere and Audition

Prototyping tools

  • Sketch

  • Adobe XD

  • Figma

  • InVision

Back-end development

  • Servers: PHP, Laravel, Node.js, Express

  • Databases: MySQL, MongoDB, Cloud Firestore

  • Firebase & Google Cloud Platform

  • Python

Front-end development

  • Building blocks: HTML, XML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript

  • Vue.js & Nuxt.js

  • React Native

  • Mapbox

  • Apple News Format

Awards

Feb. 2020

Award of Excellence, Best of Digital Design

The Society for News Design

The Times’ 2019 “101 Best Restaurants” list won an Award of Excellence as part of a portfolio in the category Story Page Design – Arts, Entertainment, Food, Travel & Lifestyle from the 2019 SND Best of Digital Design competition. I co-designed the site with Genesia Ting.

June 2019

Second Place, Best of the Web

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

The “news fluency” newsletter design project I worked on with Prof. Laura Davis won this award from a journalism education organization in the category “App from an individual/team/single class.”

Feb. 2019

Third Place, 2019 Disrupt the News Challenge

Broadcast Education Association

The Rundown, a Snapchat (and later Instagram) news show that I helped create, won an award for its ability to make “the traditional [broadcast] format more attractive to younger audiences.”

Apr. 2018

Mark of Excellence Finalist, Best Independent Online Student Publication

Society of Professional Journalists Region 11

Awarded for the creation of Neon, an online magazine at Annenberg Media that explores college culture.

Apr. 2018

Mark of Excellence Finalist, Best Use of Multimedia

Society of Professional Journalists Region 11

Awarded for a story on Neon, an online magazine at Annenberg Media that explores college culture, that included interactive elements and an embedded Spotify playlist.

May 2017

Second Place, Best News Writing - Student Media

Los Angeles Press Club

This award was given for a story I wrote about a student who was forced to leave USC because he could no longer afford it. The story explored the college financial aid system at USC and nationwide.

Conferences

Feb. 2020

SRCCON:PRODUCT

OpenNews

Session Facilitator

I helped facilitate a session discussing metrics for success for content management systems.

Aug. 2019

AEJMC Toronto

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Presenter

I presented on ‘news fluency’ work I’d done with Laura Davis and accepted an award for that work.

Feb. 2018

Mega-Conference

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

Panel Speaker

I spoke as part of a panel of students discussing the future of news.

Oct. 2017

ONA17

Online News Association

Student Newsroom & Innovation Lab

I participated in the ONA student newsroom, a group of 20 students and 16 mentors who worked to cover the ONA conference online.