I AM: An editor and educator who bridges the gap between journalism’s past and future. In an era of change, I bring clarity of mission to a newsroom and classroom with steady, innovation-driven leadership rooted in time-tested tenets of the craft. I cultivate relationships that deliver valuable results in a cost- and time-efficient manner for audiences and the journalists who serve them, as well as for students and a campus that exists to better them.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Student Media assistant director
Help lead the department, composed of four professional staffers and approximately 100 students, that is the steward of the OU Daily multimedia student news organization, which is among the most celebrated university student publications in the United States.
Student Media newsroom adviser
Coach and mentor independent student journalists at The OU Daily. Helped students create an integrated, platform-agnostic, approximately 75-person newsroom that works across digital, magazines and newspapers with a wage budget of $160,000. Provide ongoing training and feedback on all aspects of newsroom’s operations from creation to consumption. Helped coach 12 placements in the Hearst Journalism Awards in two years and 15 overall, as well as three consecutive Associated Press Sports Editors student contest winners.
Student Media adviser for digital, design and yearbook
August 2014-December 2018
Daily grew unique visitors 195%, page views 175%, social following 360% and football game day page views 4,500% in my first four years while winning College Media Outlet of the Year, a Gold Crown and a print Pacemaker, a digital Pacemaker runner up and placing four in APSE’s top 10 student contest. Helped send students on to more than 75 internships or jobs. Helped stabilize, elevate Crimson Quarterly magazine as a successor to Sooner yearbook.
Adjunct instructor, Gaylord College
JMC 3023 Feature Writing, JMC 2033 Writing for Mass Media
March 2012-August 2014
Created an authoritative, aggressively growing digital brand that owned the sports media space in the state and nation for our core subjects. Managed 28-member staff and $1 million-plus budget.
Assistant Sports Editor
January 2008-February 2012
Responsible for daily operations. Drove 77% and 61% three-year increases in page views on core college beats, respectively, while supervising six staffers. On-site editor at 2011 BCS title game.
Assistant Bureau Chief
Reconfigured weekly magazine-style community news sections in Portland suburbs.
News and Sports Copy Editor and Slot
June 2000-December 2006
Edited six-day INS project that led winning entry for 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Wrote newsroom’s Native American style guide, and led initiative to expand policy of not running Native mascot names.
University of Oklahoma
Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism | 2000
Poynter Institute Leadership Academy
Career-development program for high-potential, mid-level newsroom managers
Maynard Institute Media Academy at Harvard University
Entrepreneurial leadership immersion partnership with Nieman Foundation
Newspaper Association of America PowerMind Fellowship
Program designed to further careers of 12 executive-track minorities
SELECT HONORS & PRESENTATIONS
• College Media Association Distinguished 4-year Newspaper Adviser, 2020
• Published “How The OU Daily transformed into a digital-first newsroom” in MediaShift, 2018
• College Media Association Honor Roll 4-year Newspaper Adviser, 2017
• Presented “Quit talking about going digital first. Learn how to do it” at CMA17
• Presented “Making Metrics matter” session via webcam at CMA15
• National Headliners Awards’ 2nd place for journalistic innovation, 2015
• Northwest SPJ’s 2nd place minority coverage, 2004; NAJA’s 1st place features, 2004