resume

Experience

2017-current

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

Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

Beacon Reader

Education

2001-2004

Iowa State University

awards

  • Inaugural class of NABJ-Poynter Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media
  • Fellow, International Reporting Project, South Africa, 2016
  • Member, Online News Association (Board of Directors, 2014-current, member of program committee for ONA 2011 and 2012 conference)
  • Member, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA-Los Angeles board member, 2011-2013) Programming Chair, V3 digital media conference (2013-2015)
  • Best Breaking News coverage, small category, Online Journalism Awards (2015)
  • Best News Website, under 1 million unique monthly visitors, Editor and Publisher (2012, team award)
  • First Place, Roy W. Howard Reporting Competition, “Trudging Toward Twilight” (2004)
  • Second Place, Best News Tweet and Best Facebook Presence, LA Press Club Awards (2012)

Speaking

 

 

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)