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Paxton Media Group

The Herald-Palladium — St. Joseph, Mich.
June 2015 – present
Features editor / social media manager
I am responsible for managing the paper’s features/obits desk. I curate, edit and paginate content for the health, food, Sunday feature, religion, entertainment, home & garden, technology and community pages. I also am in charge of our Health Monthly section. I manage the paper’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, and help with Twitter, too. I occasionally write features and take photos when I’m not busy doing everything else. About once a week, I work a shift on our pagination desk, which designs pages for 12 company papers.

The News-Dispatch — Michigan City, Ind.
September 2013 – June 2015
Local news editor
I was responsible for editing local stories, choosing wire, editing photos and sending everything to our pagination hub in Michigan. I finalized the budget, uploaded content to the Web, assigned stories, sent pictures to The Associated Press and occasionally created graphics. I monitored Web comments and posted updates to Facebook and Twitter. I also wrote the occasional story, snapped photos and wrote a column about internet virality.

Paxton Media Group pagination hub — based at The Herald-Palladium
April 2011 – September 2013
Page designer/copy editor/reporter
I helped design pages for some of Paxton Media Group’s daily newspapers and weekly shoppers. My duties included editing copy, designing next-day and special section news pages, downloading AP pictures, choosing story placement, processing pictures with Photoshop, proofing pages, uploading stories to the Web and occasionally creating graphics. When I left, I was designing deadline pages – including A1s – for two daily newspapers every night. In my free time I also wrote nontraditional stories for The Herald-Palladium’s Sunday feature page.

Capital Newspapers

Wisconsin Dells Events — Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
July 2008 – April 2011
General news reporter
My primary job responsibility was reporting city, business and police news. I also wrote human-interest and features stories, and I occasionally covered sports. My other duties included shooting and processing pictures, copy editing pages for style and design mistakes, uploading pictures and stories to the Web, and creating and maintaining the paper’s Facebook page. When the news or sports editor was out of the office, I was in charge while continuing my reporting assignments. I edited copy, worked with the paper’s sister publications on story coverage and designed pages. My stories appeared in all nine of our sister papers in south central Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin State Journal.

College newspaper

The Minnesota Daily — Minneapolis
September 2007 – May 2008
Cops and courts reporter
I reported crime- and court-related stories for the university newspaper – the largest student-run daily newspapers in the country, and what was then the fourth largest newspaper in Minnesota. My weekly duties included a police blotter – highlighting reports from the Minneapolis and university police departments. My other stories were a mixture of hard news and features.

Internships

Lillie Suburban Newspapers — North St. Paul, Minn.
September 2007 – December 2007
News reporter intern
During my senior year at the university, I interned once a week for a family of newspapers in conjunction with a class about community journalism. I wrote feature stories on crime, the arts, sports and education.

The Herald-Palladium — St. Joseph, Mich.
May 2007 – August 2007
News reporter intern
At this 40-hour per week internship I wrote stories on many topics: criminal court, municipal meetings, crime, societal trends, the environment and event coverage. I also wrote Sunday feature stories and human-interest profiles.

Blog

January 2010 – present
A blog detailing the life of my two children, mostly through pictures, but also through tongue-in-cheek commentary.

Etsy

Andy’s Antiques and Farm Decor
November 2015 – present
When I’m not working or blogging, I’m running my one-man Etsy shop. I pick, photograph, list, promote, package and sell antiques from my family’s 100-year-old Southwest Michigan farm. I also recently opened a physical location: a booth at M43 Antiques in Bangor, Mich.

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