Experience

The Huffington Post, Staff Reporter, Washington D.C., May 2014 – Present

  • Research and report on national news stories – mainly focusing on race relations, LGBT rights and Islamophobia
  • Cover breaking news events like the protests in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s funeral
  • Pitch compelling and gutsy stories such as the KKK being a terrorist organization
  • Blogged about ‘black-on-black crime,’ ‘all lives matter,’ and other issues prior to starting internship

USA TODAY College, Contributing Writer, Virtual Position, May 2014 – December 2014

  • Produce content for USA TODAY’s college website
  • Focus on short news stories, opinion pieces and the slices of campus life that typically aren’t covered

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, Student Copy Editor and Social Media Producer, New Orleans, May 2014 – June 2014

  • One of 26 student journalists selected to work under leadership of The New York Times and The Boston Globe
  • Composed feature articles and blog posts for print and web
  • Wrote headlines and photo captions for print and web
  • Fact-checked and edited articles for grammatical errors, accuracy and clarity
  • Created schedule in order to push content over social media
  • Wrote tweets for articles, blog posts and student profiles

The Daily Tar Heel, Assistant Special Sections Editor, Chapel Hill, NC, August 2013 – April 2014

  • Produce pullout sections covering major events that occur during the UNC academic year
  • Manage between 20 to 30 staff writers
  • Fact check articles and create links to appropriate sources
  • Worked on 2 week deadlines

The Daily Tar Heel, Reporter, Chapel Hill, NC, August 2012 – April 2014 

  • Researched and covered business, crime and politics in Orange County, N.C. as well as campus life
  • Published in a newspaper with a daily circulation and readership of 17,000 and 38,000, respectively
  • Wrote and compiled data for an enterprise piece that spearheaded a national conversation on low black male enrollment
  • Created a Storify, which received over 1,865 views, covering student reaction to an anti-abortion protest
  • Worked on 1 to 5 day deadlines

USA TODAY, Collegiate Correspondent, Virtual position, May 2013 – August 2013

  • Researched and reported on national news stories for USA TODAY such as the student debt crisis and crowdfunding
  • Published on USATODAY.com, which has a daily readership of 6.6 million and USATODAYcollege.com, which features the most online student written content

Additional Experience

Black Life BloggerInside Craven’s Mind, Virtual position, June 2013 – Present

  • Manage juliacraven.wordpress.com/inside-cravens-mind
  • Compose posts pertaining to different facets of black life
  • Fact check blog posts and create links to appropriate sources
  • Gained a knowledge of search engine optimization via tagging and categorizing posts
  • Fostered an increase of 700 views in a 4 month timespan and had over 1,700 views to date

Skills

Expert: AP Style, Google Drive, Lobo, WordPress, Audacity, Windows Live Movie Maker, Social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Foursquare, YouTube, Tumblr, and Instagram), Basic HTML and web design, Storify, Windows 8 and below, Mac OS X, Pages for iOS and Keynote for iOS
Knowledgeable: IBM SPSS, Adobe Photoshop, InCopy, and InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Timeline JS, Info.gram and SEO

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
B.A., Global Studies, Concentration in International Politics
Minor in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies

Memberships and Honors

2nd place, NC College Media Association Statewide College Media Awards (2014). Selected out of hundreds of reporters for schools with an enrollment of 6,500+ students to win an award in news writing.

National Association of Black Journalists, Member

National Society of Leadership and Success, Member