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Paxton Media Group

The Herald-Palladium — St. Joseph, Michigan
June 2015 – present
Features editor
I am responsible for managing the paper’s features/obits desk. I curate, edit and paginate content for the food, Sunday feature, religion, entertainment and community pages. I am the lead editor for our group Health Monthly section (inserted in six papers). I occasionally write and take photos when I’m not too busy doing everything else. About once a week, I work a shift on our pagination desk, which designs pages for 12 company papers. And I manage the paper’s Facebook page.

The News-Dispatch — Michigan City, Indiana
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. 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 non-traditional stories for The Herald-Palladium’s Sunday Focus page.

Capital Newspapers

Wisconsin Dells Events — Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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. During my tenure, my work was recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association with an award for business coverage, the paper won a WNA general excellence award and our circulation increased.

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, Minnesota
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, Michigan
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 for the newspaper.

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.

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