Laura Herrera

Educational Background:
Bachelor of Journalism in Watchdog Journalism
Minor in Women's & Gender Studies; Political Science
Multicultural Certificate
University of Missouri; Columbia, Missouri

Reporting Experiences:
General Assignment Intern                                                                                         May – August 2012
Tampa Bay Times                                                                                                           Tampa Bay, FL
-  Composed more than 15 full-length articles, ranging from in-depth features to breaking news, on deadline as well as a multimedia package and photographs.
-  Assisted in coverage of Tropical Storm Debby for the Hernando county community regarding the impact on businesses and flooding issues in residential homes.
-  Corresponded with local law enforcement regularly for daily crime reporting and briefs.

Digital & Print Reporter                                                                                             January 2010
New York Times Student Journalism Institute                                                                Miami, FL
-  Covered news, such as the Haiti earthquake anniversary, regularly while writing a special in-depth project.
-  Developed in-depth story on online classes within traditional schools that ultimately ran in NYT national section.

Education Beat Intern                                                                                                  August 2009 - May 2010
The Miami Herald                                                                                                          Miami, FL
-  Pitched and produced stories published in online and print edition of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.
-  Fed sources and quotes into Metro desk stories from Haiti Earthquake relief efforts to school board meetings.

Staff Writer                                                                                                                    April 2008 - March 2010
OUTLOUD Multimedia                                                                                                  Miami, FL
-  Specialized in musician interviews and live performance reviews for the online and print bi-monthly publication.
-  Promoted the paper through one-on-one interactions with concertgoers outside of major South Florida venues.

Work Experiences:

Career Specialist                                                                                                           January 2012 - Present
MU Career Center                                                                                                          Columbia, MO
-  Participated in over 120 hours of training to assist students with resumes, cover letters and self-assessments.
-  Developed programs through the diversity committee, like a professional growth workshop for LGBTQ students. 

Media Liaison                                                                                                                August 2011 – May 2012
MU Women’s Center                                                                                                        Columbia, MO
-  Composed press releases to disseminate to local news media for large speaker events using strategic writing skills.
-  Communicated daily with guests and more than 20 co-workers to provide quality resources and a safe space.

Professional Affiliations:
Vice President                                                                                                                 December 2011 - Present
Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority Eta Chi chapter                                                                  Columbia, MO
-  Coordinated bi-monthly educational meetings for over 60 new members with presentations on the organization’s history and bylaws, as well as provided activities on diversity and campus involvement.

Founder & President                                                                                                      January 2011 - Present
National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association MU chapter                                         Columbia, MO
-  Developed the chapter’s mission and educational resources, like a presentation on LGBTQ media coverage.

Member                                                                                                                         September 2010 - Present
National Association of Hispanic Journalist                                                                 Columbia, MO
-  Coordinated multiple events for visiting filmmaker Gloria LaMorte and publicized events through social media.  
- Fluent in Spanish
-Photography (digital and film)
- Software: Final Cut Pro, Audacity, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

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