My Resume

sarah_headshot1EDUCATION
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Honors Carolina)
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Reporting, B.A., 2015;
Second major in Political Science, minor in English literature
3.6 GPA; five semesters on Dean’s List

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 2015-present

·       Pitch, report, and write enterprise stories and breaking news contextualizing issues that matter to colleges and universities

Editorial Intern, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2015-November 2015
·       Covered faculty issues, Greek life, college-police relations, and the complex regulation and compliance landscape surrounding campus sexual assault

News Columnist, EducationNC, July 2015-December 2015
·       Write monthly analysis pieces interpreting federal K-12 policy developments and localizing them for a North Carolina audience

State & National Editor, The Daily Tar Heel, August 2014-May 2015
·       Led desk of 25 writers, edited daily stories; beat reporter for the UNC-system Board of Governors
·       Oversaw midterm election coverage in print and online, including N.C.’s major U.S. Senate race
·       Wrote breaking news stories about court rulings on gay marriage, N.C.’s voting law, and a bomb threat on social media site Yik Yak
·       Developed enterprise on the problems that adjunct faculty face nationwide and at UNC-CH

Reporting Fellow, UNC News Bureau, January 2015-May 2015
·       Part of a UNC-Chapel Hill course including 20 top journalism students across all media disciplines
·       Reported investigative stories for publication in North Carolina news outlets; story about rising public-university tuition was a Sunday A1 package in Monroe’s newspaper (suburb of Charlotte)

Copy Editing Intern, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2014-August 2014

·       Handled edits, headlines and photo captions for 10-12 stories daily as a rim editor
·       Gained strong command of AP style; fine-tuned breaking crime stories on tight deadlines

Staff Writer, La Jeune Politique (Paris, France), January 2014-August 2014
·       Wrote short stories and columns in English about French politics and culture for online news startup

Assistant Editor and Senior Writer, The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.), August 2013-December 2013
·       Helped manage a staff of 25 writers on the State & National desk and edited their stories
·       Wrote enterprise on historically black colleges, faculty retention and degree program elimination

Stringer, Bloomberg L.P., July 2013
·       Reported for two weeks on state legislative hearings concerning abortion bills in North Carolina

Summer State & National Editor, The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.), May 2013-August 2013
·       Collected nearly 40 bylines, including on K-12 education, university budget cuts, student loans
·       Managed a handful of staff writers and edited their stories; often took photos to accompany stories

Equestrian Correspondent, The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.), May 2012-May 2013
·       Re-launched a weekly section with news, features and columns on Moore Co.’s horse community

Co-editor, Carrboro Commons (Carrboro, N.C.), January 2013-April 2013
·       Oversaw coverage of the Carrboro community for an online publication as part of a UNC-CH course
·       Wrote feature stories on greenway development, historic neighborhoods, high school athletics

Newsroom Intern, The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.), May 2012-August 2012
·       Wrote news, features and columns for Moore County’s award-winning community newspaper
·       Reported on town council events, business and sports; developed multimedia package on CrossFit
·       Collected more than 30 bylines; gained expertise in portrait and sports photography

Staff Writer, State and National Desk, The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.), September 2011-May 2013
·       Wrote weekly articles on topics such as law school troubles and college costs for immigrants
·       Covered 2012 N.C. gubernatorial race on Election Day, blogging and writing on a tight deadline

SKILLS
Copy editing
Intermediate photography
Basic audio and video shooting
Intermediate French speaker
Proficient in Microsoft Office, InCopy/InDesign, Internet research

ACTIVITIES
Member of UNC Club Cross Country and Track team

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Volunteer with Durham, N.C. public schools (January 2013-April 2013)
·       Mentored high school journalism students