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Olivia M. Smith www.OliviaSmithOnline.com JOURNALISM & MEDIA EXPERIENCE Al Jazeera America, New York, N.Y., News Producer Nov. 2013-Present Produce segments, packages for primetime shows. Report on national and international news. Write scripts and on-air copy. Cut video, coordinate live shots, oversee aspects of production, cover topics from breaking news to features. Assist with web videos. Multimedia Journalist, New York, N.Y., Freelance Reporter Aug. 2011-Present Report for media organizations. Published by outlets including CNN, The Daily Beast, MedHelp.org, Style Section LA/HuffPost. NY1 News, New York, N.Y., On-Air Reporter Feb. 2013-Dec. 2013 One-woman band: shot, wrote, edited and reported deadline-driven stories on-air in a number one market. Covered geographical beats daily in N.Y. and N.J. Reported on a range of topics from breaking news to Hurricane Sandy, health, education and culture. CNN, New York, N.Y., Master’s Fellow May 2012-Dec. 2012 Awarded fellowship to rotate through New York bureau. Pitched and published stories, including an article on a meat allergy featured on CNN.com’s homepage. Field produced for shows. Covered breaking news and events like court hearings and the UN General Assembly. Wrote business stories for CNNMoney. Worked on AC360 and other live shows: chased news, researched. Columbia Journalism Review, New York, N.Y., Editorial Intern Jan. 2012-May 2012 Wrote about journalism events for CJR’s website. Contributed reporting and fact-checked articles. Pitched and published stories, including “A New App for Citizen Journalists” about digital tools for media companies on The News Frontier. CBS News, New York, N.Y., 60 Minutes Intern Jan. 2011-May 2011 Researched and created fact files for producers. Conducted phone interviews and transcribed tapes. Worked on in-depth stories, one involving rape on a college campus: assisted with selecting sound bytes and organizing legal documents. MTV Networks, New York, N.Y., Digital Marketing Intern Sept. 2009-Dec. 2009 Created media blog for marketing team on digital news and social media. Composed PowerPoints on company statistics. New York University Television Station, New York, N.Y., Broadcast Technician Oct. 2007-Dec. 2009 Selected and scheduled programming for NYU’s internal channel, including student work, lectures and films. The Valley Sun Newspaper, La Cañada, Calif., Reporter July 2004-Aug. 2009 Received more than 30 bylines for news, features, science, sports and culture stories. Pitched and reported front-page exposé about rats on the high school campus. Created and launched Q&A column for the weekly newspaper. EDUCATION Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, N.Y. May 2012 Master of Science Broadcast Journalism- Classes included investigative seminar and digital media workshops. Covered Italian community beat: print articles, radio pieces, videos and audio slideshows. Managed student site. Awarded honors. New York University, New York, N.Y. May 2011 Bachelor of Science Media, Culture & Communication with a focus on marketing and liberal arts. Panelist for career discussions. Studied abroad spring 2009 in Paris, France. Contributed to student publications. Dean’s List scholar. SKILLS · Multimedia: Proficient with video and audio recording (DSLR and JVC HD cameras) and editing (Final Cut Pro, Dalet, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Avid Interplay Central). · Social Media: Vimeo, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Active with accounts, blogging. · Computer Software: MS Office applications- Excel, PowerPoint, etc. News software- iNews, ENPS, CMS. · Languages: Familiar with Spanish. HONORS & ACTIVITIES · Al Jazeera America Post-Launch, 2013-2014, Structured new primetime shows, shaping style of content and specials. · Awarded German-American Fulbright Grant, 2012, Explored German media in Berlin on a 10 day seminar. · Columbia Graduate Honors, 2011-2012, Received honors for reporting, exposé featured at first innovation exhibition. · Photography Honored, 2010-2011, Analog photography featured at NYU exhibitions. · CBS Interview on Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, 2010, Discussion on social media and Generation Y. *References available upon request.
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