Currently, I am a local editor for AOL Patch in Dedham, Massachusetts, where I’ve worked since June 2010. At Patch, I am responsible for cultivating, editing and assigning stories for a core of local freelance journalists, columnists and bloggers. My work includes covering crime, schools, government, business, sports arts and other hyperlocal topics. I develop the coverage plan that integrates multimedia and I see that plan through, while reacting to breaking news on a real-time basis utilizing site tools and social media equally.
My master’s in journalism work at Hofstra University focused on local journalism and how to sustain it on the Web in the 21st century. I managed a student-run local website at Hofstra, Nassau News Live (no longer a maintained site), where I learned and implemented live blogging and live video tools. I integrated Twitter into coverage, as well as helped develop ways for mobile reporting. I was responsible for helping to train undergraduate students how to use these free web tools.
In the spring of 2010, my master’s thesis focused on a sustainable business model for a local news website. While I’ve become highly interested in Web journalism and business models during my master’s work, I found my love for covering local news as an undergraduate.
During my bachelor’s work at Hofstra, I freelanced and interned for Newsday, the largest daily newspaper on Long Island. The paper covers a diverse area and a diverse range of topics. One day I found myself in the south Bronx, and just a few weeks later I was interviewing then-presidential candidate John McCain at a fundraiser at a mansion. I had the opportunity to work outside of my comfort zone and learn shoe-leather journalism.
My first job in the industry took me back home in Maine. I interned at the Bangor Daily News, where I expanded my journalistic interest from just sports to cops, courts, politics, business and general news. While I worked at the Bangor Daily News, the paper laid off more than a dozen seasoned reporters due to shrinking budgets. That spurred me to begin thinking of how to sustain journalism for future generations.