Experience

2018-present

The Arizona Republic

Director, Audience Innovation

2017-2018

NowThis

Editor-at-large

2013-2016

University of Southern California

Adjunct Professor, Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication

2014-2016

reported.ly

Deputy Managing Editor
West Coast Producer

2013-2014

Digital First Media's Thunderdome

Senior Producer, Breaking News

2010-2013

89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Mobile Product Manager
Associate Editor, Social Media and Outreach
Social Media Specialist and Community Editor

2009-2010

Consumertrack

Managing Web Editor, Go Banking Rates and Go Insurance Rates

2008-2009

The Loop 21

Web Editor

2006-2012

Blogger

2006-2008

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Night Web Producer
North County Reporter

2005-2006

Kansas City Star

Government Reporter, Neighborhood News (fellowship)
Freelancer, FYI section

About Me

I’m a journalist, writer and editor with a bent for digital media and new storytelling forms.

Contact

Freelance

Membership Puzzle Project

Spaceship Media

American Press Institute

Beacon Reader

Education

2020 - current
2001-2004

Iowa State University

awards

Research and major publications

Redistributing power in communities through involved journalism

American Press Institute

The empathetic newsroom: How journalists can better cover neglected communities

DataJournalism.com

Designing data visualisations with empathy

Speaking

Speaker, ONA19, Real Life Local News Revenue Experiments
Emcee, 2018, SRCCON:POWER
Speaker, Mobile Me & You, 2018, “A Call for Experimentation
Speaker, International Journalism Festival, 2018, “The evolving ethics of social newsgathering
Trainer, APME Newstrain Seattle, “Maximizing social media for branding and engagement
Moderator, 2017, Define American Film Festival
Speaker, 2017, ONA Reno
SPJ Western Regional Conference, 2017, “Digital Tools and Innovation
Public lecture, Big Ideas podcast and University of Technology Sydney (Australia), 2017,  “Trust and truth in the digital age: The challenges facing news organisations in 2017
ACP Midwinter National College Journalism Convention
2017, “A New Kind of Gig” and “Covering Abroad from Afar”
Trainer, SPJ Journcamp, 2017, Tools for social media reporting
ACP Midwinter National College Journalism Convention
2016, “A New Kind of Gig” and “Covering Abroad from Afar”
Trainer, SPJ Journcamp, 2016, Tools for social media reporting
Keynote Panelist, ONA 2016, “reported.ly: The Story of Digital Media
Speaker, Bindercon Los Angeles 2016, “Digital Engagement Across Language Barriers
Speaker, SXSW, 2016, “Making Distributed Content Work in News
Speaker, AAJA 2016, “Real Talk on Mental Health in the Newsroom
Trainer, SPJ JournCamp 2015, “The New Reporting
Speaker, Society of Professional Journalists, 2015 Western Regional Conference, “Digital Storytelling
Speaker, AAJA, 2015, “Using Twichatgrams to tell your story
Associate Judge, Sigma Delta Chi Awards, 2015
Speaker, ONA 2015, “Blood on the Screen: Dealing with Vicarious Trauma Via UGC
Speaker, JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges), 2015, “Beyond a Tweet: Social Media Reporting and Verification
Master Class speaker @ Skillcrush on career trajectories, 2014
Trainer, SPJ JournCamp, 2014 “Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Digital Media Apps and Tools You Can Use Now
Speaker, AAJA 2014 “Building things people actually use”
Speaker, EIJ 2013 “Curation Station
Speaker, UNITY 2012 “Platform Portability
Speaker, ONA 2012 “Healthy Ecosystems in Digital Newsrooms
Speaker, ONA 2011 “SMO is the new SEO
Unconferences: ONA dCamp on mobile (2014), Hardly Strictly Young (2011), Newsfoo (2011) Spark Camp: Data (2012)
Advisor: Alhambra Source ReporterCorps (2012)