Every day, I pair my news background with my passion for technology to solve problems for journalists and build experiences for readers.
By day, I work on The Washington Post's apps for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. In Spring 2014, I led the Post's Digital Partner Program through development, beta testing and launch.
In my spare time, you'll find me reading, going to see theater and exploring the city. Know something I should check out? Let me know.Get in contact
Have shipped products for iOS, Android and Kindle and mobile web
Bridge tech divide by working with developers, editors, executives and customer service reps
Get stakeholders to break broad asks into specific deliverables
Act as scrum master and host sprint plannings
Have intimate knowledge of content management systems in use
Regularly dig into technical discussions to find solutions
As part of the Post's aggressive campaign for readers nationwide, this program offered partner publications the ability give each of their subscribers a free yearlong digital subscription to the Post. To date, more than 100 publications have signed onto the program.
I received the publisher's quarterly Outstanding Contribution Award for my work, including:
In the first quarter of 2014, we overhauled our hybrid iPad app — ditching HTML5 views and rebuilding article pages, galleries and section fronts using native technology.
The challenge posed to our team was how to support the rich, embedded storytelling elements — like tweets, Instagrams, YouTube videos, etc. — that are increasingly interwoven into our stories. Using HTML5 views, those elements render mostly out-of-the-box. In native views, it's more complicated.
With experience as a producer in the newsroom, I came prioritized the embedded elements that we would support and kept an eye out for where we needed error-handling. (With a newsroom of 600 churning out hundreds of stories daily, human error is a reality we have to plan for.)
Our efforts paid off:
I play a key role in bridging the divide between the newsroom and technology in the daily upkeep of this app.
Among my contributions:
For every product I've been involved with, part of my role has been getting colleagues up to speed on it. And I'm a frequent stop for coworkers with their ongoing questions about mobile.
Some of the topics I've covered in our newsroom:
Member of the Honors Program and president of the American Copy Editors Society student chapter.
Wrote captions for photo galleries, edited e-mail newsletters and managed the world section front.
Developed SpillSmarts.com, a website explaining the Gulf oil spill to kids, under a five-day deadline.
Vetted story pitches from student reporters, and produced articles, photos and video for ABCNews.com home page, World News Tonight, mtvU, espnU and ABC’s early-morning news shows.
Edited and wrote headlines on universal copy desk, handling 24 A1 pieces. Laid out Evening Edge, a weekly lifestyle publication.
Edited news articles in 180,000-circulation daily paper.
Edited and wrote headlines for news articles and designed full sections. Handled night wire editor duties, adjusting pages for breaking news.
Somewhere in Washington, DC
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