Tulsa World Deputy Managing Editor / 2018-present
Assist the newsroom in becoming a leader in the industry by focusing on producing relevant journalism, helping staff, celebrating staff, developing effective processes, inspiring innovation and publishing the best products every day. Supervise digital products and lead digital initiatives for the newsroom, advertising, marketing and circulation departments.
Tulsa World Web Editor / 2007 – 2018
Supervised website and helped on digital initiatives. Project managed and worked with an incredible team to create a custom CMS, responsive website and Apple and Android apps. At one time, managed team of eight and worked with nine developers. Lead eight redesigns and helped put in place initiatives to drive traffic and expand social media presence. Project managed all digital work for the company. Attended editor meetings to go over content plans and offer online ideas to enhance digital offerings and target relevant audiences. Mentored staff on writing, developing online skills and using social media to earn attention for their journalism. After purchase by BH Media in March 2013, started work on corporate digital projects focused on sports and Internet services, helping the company think and execute on revenue ideas that go beyond traditional advertising on the web. Two ideas — OUSportsExtra.com and OSUSportsExtra.com — won Best Online Innovation by the Inland Press Association.
Tulsa World Web content coordinator / 2006 – 2007
Acted as liaison between newsroom and web department, which was a separate company before it was placed in the newsroom under the executive editor. Assisted web editor in gathering and publishing content online and working with newsroom on web special reports.
Tulsa World Features Writer / September 1999 – June 2006
Wrote in-depth feature stories and profiles for Living and Scene sections. Also worked as general assignment reporter with daily deadlines. Won state and regional journalism awards.
The Associated Press Reporter / January 1999 – September 1999
Worked at the Oklahoma City bureau writing and editing stories for newspaper and broadcasting clients. Contributed to reporting of breaking news events.
Oklahoma State University Guest Lecturer at Stillwater and Tulsa campus / 2018-Present
Co-teach Digital Humanities and help School of Media & Strategic Communications with projects.
Tulsa Technology Center teacher at 36 Degrees North / 2015-2018
Designed a course to help small business owners create their digital identities and then produce strategy and tactics to increase engagement and sales.
Oklahoma State University Guest Lecturer at Stillwater and Tulsa campus / 2009 – 2014
Designed an elective class called Internet Communication, which looked at how the Internet has changed journalism, public relations, broadcasting, marketing and advertising. It prepared students with skills and knowledge to succeed in today’s media environment. Students used the Internet to help real-life clients solve their media problems by using online tools. Students created their own websites where they blogged each assignment, posted a resume and completed a portfolio. The focus was on problem solving and creative thinking. This was not a class where students passively listened to a lecture. Treated students like they were working for an agency and class time was spent on collaboration. Parts of the class are included in Electronic Communications, that is now required.
Tulsa Community College Adjunct Professor / 2004 – 2010
Taught classes for journalism and communication majors on grammar, Associated Press style, news reporting and writing. Most students took class in preparation for the Oklahoma State University or University of Oklahoma Language Exams, which they had to pass to be accepted into journalism schools. My students consistently had the highest passing rates of other professors who taught the same class.
Oklahoma State University
Bachelor of Science in news-editorial journalism / 1994 – 1998 Editor in chief of student newspaper for two semesters.