Catherine Elsby

Freelance Photo Editor & Journalistic Photographer

Location:Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
2 Skills
James Madison University – Bachelor of Arts Harrisonburg, VA
Journalism Major (School of Media Arts and Design) May 2012


Patricia Doles Photography May 2011-August 2012
Photographer’s Assistant Lavallette, NJ
• Set up lighting for indoor and outdoor photo shoots
• Operated the company’s blog and Facebook page
• Updated content on multiple social media outlets frequently

Daily News-Record December 2010-June 2012
Freelance Journalist Harrisonburg, VA
• Wrote monthly articles for the publication’s Business Journal
• Researched accounting, IT auditing, finance, and other business aspects pertaining to the publication’s monthly topics
• Conducted interviews both in person and over the phone for each article

UWC Monthly (JMU Publication) August 2011-May 2012
Editor/Writer Harrisonburg, VA
• Edited articles for the University Writing Center’s monthly newsletter using the AP Style Guide standards
• Wrote monthly articles on assigned topics
• Performed interviews and researched topics to acquire material for articles

JMU University Writing Center August 2011-May 2012
Writing Tutor Harrisonburg, VA
• Assisted undergraduate students and graduate students in every stage of the writing process
• Acted as group leader for my weekly tutoring group—found articles for the group to read, initiated conversations about the articles, facilitated conversations about relevant tutoring topics and issues of the week
• Broadened my knowledge on writing in different subjects, such as science, business, and philosophy

The Breeze (JMU Publication) January 2010-May 2012
Contributing Journalist Harrisonburg, VA
• Wrote sports and feature articles for assigned topics
• Carried out correct newspaper etiquette, ethics, and style

Daily News-Record August 2010-December 2010
Intern Harrisonburg, VA
• Wrote numerous articles for the Daily News-Record and its supplements (Business Journal, Rocktown Weekly and Bloom Magazine).
• Composed the “Question of the Week,” a column in Rocktown Weekly
• Executed the “Question of the Week” column each week, and took the photos accompanying the column


UNITY of Greater New Orleans August 2012-August 2013
AmeriCorps VISTA New Orleans, LA
• Served as the Capacity Building Coordinator for the leading agency in a collaborative of more than 60 homeless organizations
• Planned and coordinated trainings and workshops for the staff in New Orleans’ Continuum of Care
• Updated our nationally recognized registry with new clients’ information
• Conducted focus groups at varies agencies and shelters in order to acquire client input and feedback
• Acted as the Volunteer Coordinator for UNITY’s 2013 Point In Time homeless count

Students Helping Honduras Volunteer March 2011-May-2013
Student Worker Honduras, CA
• Assisted the villagers of Villa Soleada in building a children’s home through Students Helping Honduras
• Taught English to the children of Villa Soleada in the village’s library
• Led a fundraising campaign for a new construction project to build an elementary school

ProWorld Volunteer March 2010-May 2013
Student Worker Belize, CA
• Helped build an orphanage with other ProBelize volunteers