Meghan M. Sikkel
18 N Heritage Hill Circle
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, TX May 2012
Meadows School of the Arts
Overall GPA: 3.6
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Major GPA: 3.9
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Minor in Spanish
Spain, Madrid, Spain
Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards
First place Online In-Depth Reporting
4 Year College/University for
First Amendment Award for
Collected and analyzed crime data to produce interactive maps for SMU students to explore crime aroundcampus and in their neighborhoods.
Led analysis of SMU’s compliance with federal Clery Act.
University Honors Program; Alpha Lambda Delta Honor SocietyUniversity Awarded Scholarships: Distinguished Scholar; Rotunda Scholar
January 2012 to May 2012
Wrote breaking news stories for the Web and print Metro section. Pitched and wrote feature stories for Web and print.Wrote on tight deadlines while continuously updating stories. Produced multimedia content, including photos and video.
In the Running
SMU student newspaper August 2011 to May 2012
Edited both Web and print for style and content.
Dallas hyperlocal news publication
June 2011 to August 2011
Wrote content for both Web and print. Compiled research for investigative property tax project.
SMU student newspaper
February 2011 to May 2012
Extensive training in print and digital journalism
Writing for Web and print, blogging, search engine optimization
Proficient in digital tools
Multimedia storytelling through audio, video and photos; data visualization and infographics
Fluent in social media and blog sites
Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress
Advanced computer skills
Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), InDesign, Final Cut Pro, iDVD, Soundslides
Well-versed in the latest version of
The Associated Press Stylebook
Several published photo credits using Canon SLR cameras
Fundación José Ortega y Gasset (Madrid, Spain)
August 2010 to December 2010
Instructed English language to Spanish children ranging from ages 5 to 10
The Woodlands High School yearbook August 2007 to August 2008
Wrote and edited copy. Created book of more than 250 pages using InDesign. Managed staff of 30 students.