I am a journalist-turned-product manager and I spend my days working on The Washington Post's iOS apps. I also led the Post's Digital Partner Program through its initial launch and have previously worked on our apps for Android/Kindle Fire.
Outside of work, I'm often found out for a run on the Mall or catching a movie at E Street Cinema. If you really want to get me talking, ask me about rural issues (I'm a farmer's daughter from Nebraska), STEM education or musical theater.
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Featured by the App Store as one of Apple's Best New Apps when it launched, this all-new app is focused on delivering an unencumbered and highly visual reading experience to the Post's growing national and international audience.
Early reviews pushed the app to a 4-star average in the App Store, making it the latest successful launch for our team of editors, designers and engineers.
Among my contributions to this project:
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 250 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. Unlike when using HTML5 views to render content, these didn't work out of the box.
But our efforts to go native paid off:
I led this project from the initial brainstorming stage through launch. Our app includes:
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:
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