EDITOR, KMI MEDIA GROUP ROCKVILLE, MD 2010-PRESENT
Editor of the Military Medical/CBRN Technology and Military Training Technology magazines with KMI. Those are two of several of the group’s publications and the medical magazine focuses on new technologies, programs and initiatives within the DoD, VA and industry that are aimed at improving military healthcare. As editor, I assign stories to freelancers, edit those and write stories of my own as well. I’m involved in production of the magazine from beginning to end.
SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER ALEXANDRIA ALEXANDRIA, VA 2011-PRESENT
Recently volunteered to coordinate Volunteer Alexandria’s social media efforts and help with their Web site. Creating a social media strategy for their biggest annual event coming up as well as extending the strategy beyond that. Posting to their Web site and coordinating information and content across multiple platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
MILITARY REPORTER, MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER MONTGOMERY, ALA. 2007-2010
I covered Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, the veteran community, Reserve units and other military-related organizations in the state. In 2008, I completed the first ever civilian media series on the Officer Training School at Maxwell. I consistently lead military coverage in the region, developing strong professional ties with the military community and breaking stories. Created a military blog, Facebook page for the blog (River Region Military) and a Twitter feed (@Jenn822) for military news. I also took the lead on many of our social media efforts at the paper. I was tasked with covering additional beats, schools, a county, city and a city housing authority in addition to the military. Regularly wrote five to 10 stories per week.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2009-2011
I served as the director of Region 3, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, until last week. I’m responsible for assisting professional and student chapters, coordinating regional conferences and representing the region on the national board. I revived and ran the Alabama Pro Chapter for two years and was on the Virginia Pro Board for two years prior. I continue to mentor a reporter at the Fayetteville Observer through the SPJ mentoring program, a journalist in Atlanta through the Diversity Fellows Program, as well as students throughout Alabama and the region. I also serve on the Generation J committee designed to provide programming for young journalists. This summer, I’ll take over as the vice president of the DC Pro Chapter of SPJ.
REPORTER/INTERN, FREDERICKSBURG FREE LANCE-STAR FREDERICKSBURG, VA. 2006-2007
I was hired as an intern out of college and hired full time six months later to cover Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George county school systems as well as Germanna Community College. As an intern, I covered general assignments ranging from crime, weather, weekend duty, politics to military. I wrote a majority of the copy for a special section on the opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. As an intern, I wrote stories for each section to get additional experience.
INTERN, DAILY PRESS NEWPORT NEWS, VA. 2004-2006
Reported a variety of general assignments. I regularly wrote cover stories for the communities section and several A1 stories.
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. — Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2006
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand — Semester Abroad, July-November 2005
Troy University, Alabama — Masters of Science in International Relations, expected completion 2011
Ball State University, Indiana —certificate in emerging journalism, Building Communities program, 2011
I’ve interned/worked at newspapers since 11th grade and held leadership positions at student papers. I’ve used PageMaker, InDesign and Photoshop to produce school papers. I started a subscription program at the CNU paper as the managing editor. I also established a statewide college journalism conference in Virginia that continues for three years. I’ve attended many journalism conferences and other professional development workshops including the military-media workshop sponsored by the journalism school at the University of Kansas and the McCormick Foundation. I’ve also made an effort to travel, going solo to Peru, Slovenia, England, Paris and Venice, and Australia while I studied in New Zealand. I started blogging about my travels in 2009 (jenntravel.blogspot.com).
Jim Crawley Award for regional reporting, 2009, Military Reporters and Editors
President’s Award, 2010, Society of Professional Journalists
National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, 2010, Alabama Secretary of State
Society of Professional Journalists
Military Reporters and Editors