I've written for NEWS OUTLETS, INDEPENDENT MAGAZINES,
AND ART, CULTURAL, and educational ORGANIZATIONS.
Take a look at My FULL writing portfolio for all of my work.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Website and Publications
I currently work full-time at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). In addition to my primary role as the communications coordinator and copy editor for DesignWorks, the school's in-house design studio, I write the majority of stories for MCAD's annual alumni magazine, NEXT, and annual donor newsletter NEXT NOW. I also contribute features to MCAD's website.
Nonprofit news website
I interned at MinnPost, a nonprofit, high-quality news source based in Minnesota, in the fall of 2013 as part of the HECUA: Writing for Social Change program. I wrote and photographed in-depth feature stories on the trafficking and prostitution of women in Minnesota—a previously little-reported topic for the organization—as well as assisted reporters with research for stories on education and addiction. I also took on a self-directed video project and longer-term photo project capturing Twin Cities landmarks for the site’s future use.
Independent print magazine
I joined the small team at independent Minnesota-based magazine thirty two as an editorial and publishing intern, moving up to an associate editor and media producer position a year later. Unfortunately now defunct, thirty two’s mission was to publish long-form, thought-provoking pieces on creativity and innovation in the Midwest. Joining the magazine early in its life allowed for wide-ranging involvement. I created written and photo content for the magazine, edited stories, and helped coordinate social media rollout. I met with the editorial team weekly to brainstorm ideas, manage administrative tasks, and plan promotional events.
I also headed several special projects. In the summer of 2013, thirty two held two pop-up dinners in creative spaces to bring together ideators and creative thinkers to celebrate the future of the Twin Cities. I provided photo and video coverage of the events. Additionally, the fourth issue of the magazine included a local music mixtape. I acted as a project manager, communicating with artists and agents, collecting the songs and packaging them into the final product.
The riveter magazine
independent print magazine and website
When I was in Russia in August 2015, I could see physical traces of the country’s Soviet past everywhere I went. I was born in Russia just after the fall of Communism in 1991, and moved to the United States with my parents at the age of three, but the larger-than-life statues of Lenin had always been hard to ignore on return visits. This past time, after five years away from Russia, the gleaming red star on top of the Kremlin and the sculptures of working men and women in metro and train stations caught my attention. I began to wonder why these relics are still there, and what they might mean for the country’s current state of affairs, as well as its future. I explored my questions through a range of interviews and compiled my findings into Soviet Traces, a story and photo essay featured in The Riveter, a Minnesota-based magazine that celebrates narratives and longform storytelling by women.
Student-run news website
I honed my storytelling chops at TommieMedia, St. Thomas' award-winning, student-run online news organization. After joining the second semester of my freshman year as a photojournalist and reporter, I quickly moved up to the position of chief photo editor for my sophomore year. In that role, I acted as chief of quality control for content and post-production of all photos and worked with reporters and photographers in helping them plan shoots and take and edit photos. I spent two years at TommieMedia reporting on a vast range of topics, creating photo slideshows and video packages on deadline, hosting several episodes of a sports talk show, and regularly writing, anchoring, and producing short news and sports segments. My work yielded awards for Best Photo Slideshow (2012) from the Associated Collegiate Press, Best College Sports Multimedia Feature (2011) from the Visual MN (Formerly the Minnesota News Photographers Association), and Mark of Excellence Awards (2012) from the Society of Professional Journalists.
- Paralympian uses AARC pool to train, aspires to win gold (Won 2011 Best College Sports Multimedia Feature from Visual MN)
- A day in the life at St. Thomas (Won 2012 Best Photo Slideshow from the Associated Collegiate Press)
- Student tattoos: more than skin-deep
- Senior creates job with service-based software (Story picked up by and photo featured on The Line)
University of St. Thomas
Website and Publications
opus college of business
BUSINESS SCHOOL BLOG
I worked for two years as a student web and digital content assistant for the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. In this role, I profiled and photographed noteworthy graduate business students and alumni on the business school's Opus Magnum blog.