My real video content training began my junior year at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I spent two years prior learning copy editing, building a story, and finishing general studies courses. Junior year I began my convergence reporting semester - the most valuable of my education. My professors taught me how to work with unique gear to craft a story from start to finish. This included working with still images and video, creating packages using the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, script writing and working under pressure on tight deadlines.
After that semester, I could take a small idea, draft an engaging script, shoot all the footage and photographs, take the material into a lab and produce fully formed content. This experience formed me into the hardworking content producer that I am now.
Around this time, I was also turned onto the idea of content producers being active consumers. My supervisor at my final internship expressed to me that to be a modern creative type, I have to take in all forms of media. Creating an amalgamation of what I have been inspired by and what I see my peers creating, will truly be the future of the field.
My Career So Far
My early work was all done in partnership with the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I have worked for Newsy, an online news publication owned by Scripps, that creates video content. In my time there I found stories, wrote and edited scripts and produced content for videos. I have also spent time working at KBIA 91.3, the NPR affiliate in Columbia, Missouri, where I worked for a show called Intersection that discussed community news. My responsibilities were to curate web content, transcribe interviews, choose engaging photographs and cut audio files to put on the web.
The summer after my junior year I took an internship at a small creative house called Tasty Productions. We were responsible for creating videos for numerous YouTube channels, as well as provide content fillers for the company that owned us, AdKarma. Our primary content was done for a celebrity news website, Celebified, which is where I stepped from behind the camera to in front of it.
My formative years were spent moving all over the country. I have lived in San Antonio, Seattle, Miami and southern and central Missouri. Through journalism, I aim to experience more of the world, both inside and outside the United States.
Outside the studio you are likely to find me preparing for an outdoor excursion, whether it is fishing, floating, or backpacking. I spent the summer of 2015 in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northwestern New Mexico working as a park ranger. During my time there I got to live and work in some of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen.