I began my media management career at the ripe age of 8 years old. Back then, I was typing up newsletters about my pets and mailing them out to my friends and family. By the time I graduated high school, I was an editor for the school literary magazine and the school yearbook, and was accepted to attend The College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida (Go Gators!).
While earning my degree, I worked part-time as an editorial assistant and served four journalistic internships at both local and national publications. During the spring of my Sophomore year, some fellow students and I founded The SHPiEL, the only Jewish campus newspaper in the country. In my final year at school, a group of classmates and I participated in the Association for Education in Journalism and Communications (AEJMC) National Magazine Start-up Competition. ThatGirl!, our magazine designed for tech savvy preteens, or “screenagers,” won first prize.
When I graduated UF, my work at The SHPiEL had earned me a position as the Arts Director of Hillel, which allowed me to continue my work on the paper while I developed a career in management and marketing.
In the summer of 2009 it was time to set my sights a little higher, so I packed what could fit in my 96′ Corolla, sold what couldn’t, and drove to new york with just $700 in my pocket. I spent the first few months freelancing, but by December I was working as the Community Manager for a social media start-up company called ForTalent.com.
In April 2010 I accepted a position as the Chief Operating Officer of JCorps, a non-profit volunteer organization. It was a learning experience that nurtured my project management skills and allowed me to make a visible impact on both the organization and my community, but it didn’t take long for me to realize it was time to jump head first into the digital media world if I was going to some day become a project manager in that field.
In September of 2010, I joined About.com as an Associate Editor, and a year later moved into a position in Guide Support, my current role, which is a part of the communications and operations team. I have learned the ins and outs of SEO, Internet marketing and site metrics, and work directly with our network of more than 900 Guides to ensure quality and consistency across the network. On a daily basis I improve the tools and resources that support our freelance writers by submitting user stories and tracking their progress.
In order to pursue my goal of becoming a project manager, I enriched my knowledge base and earned a Master’s Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco in 2011. I also took a couple of non-credit, self-paced project management courses to become familiar with project management methodologies.. In the fall of 2011 I enrolled in a Media Management Master’s Degree program at The New School, which includes coursework in marketing, design and economics. I aim to complete my degree by 2014.