SB Espoir Intern
SB OverSeas
October 2018 – Present | Brussels, Belgium

+ As an intern at SB Overseas with the SB Espoir project, I work directly with the project coordinator to plan, develop, fundraise for and execute the SB Espoir activities that take place on the weekend at three accommodation centres for young refugees in Brussels.

+ Additional tasks include: writing weekly articles for the Brussels Express, curating and releasing monthly newsletter via MailChimp, managing social media for the SB Espoir project, updating the organizations’ website, attending networking events in Brussels, writing funding and award applications

Team Leader,
Media Resource Team
Voice of America
September 2017 – December 2017 | Washington D.C.

+Communicated with breaking news and assignment desk throughout the day on incoming feeds/breaking news. Coordinated assigning of events throughout the day with the co-team lead. Prioritized key events according to the hot news topics of the day, with the guidance of senior editors and reporters. Managed team schedules with co-team lead. On-boarded and trained new members of the team.

+ Continued to perform daily functions of a Media Resource team member, including clipping sound bites, monitoring live feeds, logging events and extracting material to the video library. See more information on these tasks in the next work experience entry

+ Ran weekly MRT meetings to go over the work of the week, what to look for in the future and other work notes

Media Resource Team 

Voice of America
August 2015 – September 2017| Washington D.C.

+ Clip sound bites in real time from speeches and other events with VIPs (such as President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Carter, etc.) for correspondents to use both in 1 to 2 minute web videos, Facebook videos and other social media, produced TV packages and written stories. Also, communicating with reporters, editors & producers to get the most significant news from the event as fast as possible.

+ Monitor, tag, log and extract events from news feeds. Such events include press briefings from the State Department, Pentagon and White House, live footage of migrants landing or being processed in countries like Greece and Italy, town hall meetings of presidential candidates including Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, among other events.

+ Communicate with other media loggers on the priorities of the newsroom per day, including which events are the most news-worthy for pulling soundbites and need to be logged and extracted.

+Use Dalet Plus system to process events using the media logger and asset manager tools.

+ Prep metadata for TV video packages for archive, watching each video to catch technical mistakes, bad video or audio, etc. and communicating with producers, correspondents and editors

+ Attend weekly meetings with all 9 media loggers and the other parts of the Media Resource Team.


Editorial Research &
Communications Intern
January – May 2015 | Washington D.C., Remote

newsletter+ Aggregated news from regional news sources (such as The Straits Times, EUobserver, Deutsche Welle, MercoPress, etc.) while sticking to two strict deadlines and the rush of international news.

+ Once news is aggregated from all seven regions (Africa, Europe & Central Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle West, North America, South America and South Asia), content is loaded to the website using Drupal content management system, ordered by importance and published.

+Tweets are also written and scheduled for sharing throughout the day, as well as creating the daily newsletter using MailChimp and sending it to over 6,500 subscribers. [RIGHT: Screenshot of a portion of the newsletter]


Editorial Intern
The Hill newspaper
August 2014-November 2014 | Washington D.C.

+ Completed research assignments for stories to be published in print and online.

+ Navigated government and non-governmental websites for statistical information about topics ranging from congressional donation information to details of earmarked legislation.

+ Contacted congressional offices and organizations such as the DSCC and NRSC for information pertaining to topics assigned by editors.

+ Reported on research findings, including talking to professors about policy including earmarked legislation and other such topics.

Projects: Laws plummet in post-earmark era (October 15, 2014)“The number of bills signed into law has plummeted since Washington politicians banned earmarks. Since the 2010 moratorium, Congress passed the fewest laws in 20 years — 72 in 2013. The number dropped to the double digits in 2011 and 2013 for the first times since 1995.”
Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power (January 5, 2015)
Goodell under fire in DC (September, 9, 2014)


Managing Editor
Fourth Estate
May 2014- December 2014 | Fairfax, Va., George Mason University

+ Worked with head and section editors on weekly content, ensuring both copy content quality and cohesiveness of all story elements– from main copy to visual accompaniments, microcontent etc.

+ Communicated with co-managing editor and editor-in-chief on expectations and goals for the section editors and reporters.
+ Worked with Student Media office to ensure access to resources and coordinated students interested in working for Fourth Estate.

Planning/designing 13 issues of Fourth Estate Weekly, Orientation Guide 2014 to Holiday Guide

Liveblog: Elections 2014
(November 4, 2014)


Digital Media Intern
January 2014 – April 2014 |Washington D.C.

sundays at eight+ Used INDY content management database to modify website content; streaming live video, editing copy, uploading images
+ Web produced live political events (i.e. press briefings, congressional hearings, think tank events) by preparing information for release and taking notes to update content for immediate release to the C-SPAN audience
+ Created high-quality images using Adobe Photoshop for website using images from Associated Press, WDCPix and other major image providers; tested the images for the site using Adobe Dreamweaver
+ Assisted in website project for Brian Lamb’s new book,  Sundays at Eight; organized programs, created images
+ Participated in editorial meetings with other web producers and website management to understand unbiased and balanced objectives
+ Communicated with other web producers on website content as well as event producers on details for individual events


Print News Editor
Fourth Estate 
George Mason University’s student news in the first year after the online and print merger of July 2013.
August 2013 – December 2013 | Fairfax, Va., George Mason University
+ Communicated with reporters via email, phone and in person on developing, writing and editing stories in AP Style to go to weekly print newspaper.
+ Investigated complex topics within the university such as faculty pay, undocumented students and strategic plan initiatives.
+ Worked with other editors, executive editor, editor-in-chief, online editors, copy chief, managing editors to improve content on both print and online by creating multimedia content.
+ Used Google Drive to manage and edit copy during the week and create schedule of stories, on a two-week basis.
+ Layout and design an average of 10 content pages in the news section per week, including creating new designs and utilizing skills of newspaper design rules, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
+ Interviewed several high-ranking professionals in Mason community such as the university president, vice provost, vice president of finance administration and vice president of university life.
+ Exposed to community events such as state elections and covered election events such as the Lieutenant Governor debate.
+ Facilitated communication between reporters and photographers, illustrators, graphic artists and designers to produce cohesive final print product for faculty, student body and Mason community.


News Editor
George Mason University’s student newspaper before the online and print merger of July 2013.
December 2013 – June 2013 | Fairfax, Va., George Mason University
+ Created and assigned stories to group of 5-10 student staff writers, working closely with them on researching, interviewing and writing for the story.
+ Produced between 7 to 10 pages of content weekly. This process included conception and assignment of the 6 to 7 stories, communicated with photographer and designer on visual accompaniments, following, assisting and overseeing writers through reporting process, copyediting and layout designing for final presentation in newspaper.
+ Responsibilities separate from managing reported stories included Man on The Street, News in Brief, Mason in The News and Tweets of the Week compilation.
+ Created the GMU Problems Column in the news section to address concerns voiced by students through Twitter. Each topic included an expert interview as well as other resources to address the issue.

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