Education

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2018

SXSW speaker ・ Austin

PolitiFact Palooza attendee ・ Poynter ・ St. Petersburg, Fla.

Newsletter Unconference attendee ・ Lenfest Institute ・ Philadelphia

2017

Women’s Leadership Accelerator fellow ・ Online News Association ・ Los Angeles, New York City & Washington, D.C.

Online News Association national conference attendee ・ Washington, D.C.

National Association of Black Journalists national conference job recruiter ・ New Orleans

Online News Association local leader training attendee ・ New Orleans

2016

Selected participant, Northrop Boot Camp for local government ・ Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association ・ Harrisburg, Pa.


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BACHELOR OF ARTS, JOURNALISM

The Pennsylvania State University ・ University Park, Pa. ・ 2008 – 2012

Led the independent, student-run news organization, The Daily Collegian, as Editor-in-Chief during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and death of Joe Paterno, while working about 40 hours per week in addition to being a full-time student.
Read more: The Daily Collegian.

Studied writing and editing, multi-platform storytelling, women’s studies and Italian

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(Photo by Lexi Belculfine)

Swam with great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa for a McClatchy Newswire story about the tension between cage diving operators and surfers, which topped McClatchy’s traffic for days, as part of an international reporting class
・ 2011 Hearst Journalism Awards, 13th Place in Feature Writing

Profiled John Fetterman — then just a mayor with big dreams for his small steel town — for a semester-long in-depth reporting class
・ 2010 Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards, National 1st Place in Feature Writing
・ 2010 Hearst Journalism Awards, 5th Place in Personality

Interned with The Heinz Endowments’ communications staff in summer 2010, when I wrote a 2,500-word article for h magazine about Pittsburgh’s boomerang effect, edited the magazine and website, and tracked news articles about the foundation


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(Photo by Lexi Belculfine)

GRADUATE

Hopewell High School ・ Aliquippa, Pa. ・ May 2008

Selected as Hopewell’s youngest-ever Hopewell Hi-Lites Editor-in-Chief, a position I held for three years

  • Forfeited my lunch periods and study halls to produce the newspaper in years that the offered journalism class did not fit into my schedule
  • Managed about 15 reporters and photographers at Hopewell Area High School’s monthly student newspaper
  • Designed broadsheet pages, including page one; edited for content; fact checked; wrote articles; made photos

Other academics:

  • Graduated in top 10 percent of class
  • Studied five years of Latin
  • Participated in the Gifted Education Program from second grade through graduation

Other extracurriculars:

  • Received the 2005 Good Citizen’s Award for work on a service-learning project, Hope-In-A-Bag
  • National Honor Society member
  • Co-captain of girls’ varsity tennis team; three time letter-earner; and managed boys’ varsity tennis team
  • Competitive equestrian for a decade