I am a 21-year-old multimedia journalist currently working full-time for the Daily Iowegian and as a contract photographer for ICON SMI, based in Centerville, Iowa.
My official title at the Daily Iowegian is “Sports Editor.” However, I routinely handle crime, investigative and breaking news tasks as a multimedia journalist producing text, photo and video simultaneously for both the print edition of the Daily Iowegian, and the newspaper’s website. Beginning in 2014, I am also in charge of creating an additional collection of interactive databases and visualizations using open source tools coupled with knowledge of several different programming languages.
At the Daily Iowegian, I oversee the paper’s online and social media ventures. I first began implementing a strong social media presence and an online-first approach with breaking news upon my arrival to the Daily Iowegian in March 2011. This helped the Daily Iowegian’s website over the 2 million pageview mark for the first time in it’s history in 2011. Web stats from 2010 — prior to my arrival — increased between 20-40% for visitors, unique visitors and page views in 2011. In 2012 and 2013, those stats continued to improve.
With my guidance of the newspaper’s online presence, the Daily Iowegian has been transformed from a print-only product to a multimedia news organization with live streaming video, around-the-clock breaking news, HD video and multiple photo galleries updated several times each month. Behind the scenes at the Daily Iowegian, I have either repaired or installed office-wide servers as well as solving other computer-related issues. I have also assisted with the massive transformation of our editorial department’s move to a layout hub in Michigan, which created the need for new computers, additional hardware and training of new software.
I’ve mastered the art of juggling multiple projects and roles simultaneously, often writing code for a multimedia data project while writing sports stories, communicating with police sources and covering breaking news as it happens throughout the day. When I’m not on assignment for the Daily Iowegian, I photograph several sporting events of state-wide and national importance for ICON Sports Media, Inc. around the midwest.