You should know that I’m a news junkie—I usually find myself browsing at least five different sites at once—and I love to write.
You should also know that I’m living a dream. I can’t think of anything else I’d enjoy more than journalism and writing for a living.
In three-plus years working for the Long Island Press, an alternative news outlet, I’ve covered everything from local politics and crime to human interest stories, natural disasters and religion.
During that time, I’ve produced award-winning articles—a mix of in-depth feature stories and long-form narratives—and videos. I was also recognized by the Press Club of Long Island as the 2012 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year. In 2014, I was awarded second place for “Best Writer” at the New York Press Association Awards. I’ve been lucky to work alongside experienced and devoted journalists who do their best to speak truth to power, and to give a voice to the voiceless.
I studied journalism at Hofstra University, where I learned to tell digital stories by using social media and search engine optimization. I have translated those tools to my professional life.
At the Long Island Press is where I was able to implement these techniques—producing dozens of videos, including mini-documentaries about Occupy Wall Street, a toxic plume contaminating Long Island water supplies, and Chelsea Manning’s military tribunal. The plume feature and a video documenting Superstorm Sandy’s destruction, won first and second place, respectively, in the Best Video category at the New York Press Association Awards in April 2013.
While many people lament how digital platforms have upended the media industry, specifically print, I believe right now is truly an amazing time to be a journalist or writer. Reporters have so many tools at their disposal to tell stories, and these digital platforms add an interactive component that print doesn’t.
Thanks for stopping by. Before you leave, please check out my work.