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Austin, Texas ~ 617-406-8182 ~ laraberendt.com education Bachelor of Journalism: Multimedia Concentration August 2011 The University of Texas at Austin GPA 4.0 Study Abroad: UT Reporting China Maymester, Beijing, Xiejiaqiao, Shanghai, 2011 Academic Honors: Distinguished College Scholar (2011), Graduation with Highest Honors experience: writing & editing Reporter/Writer/Copy Editor May–June 2011 ChinaInFocus.net Beijing, Xiejiaqiao & Shanghai, China Reported, shot photos, and wrote in-depth stories on location in China for web publication with American readership. Interviewed sources through interpreters. Copyedited all site content for grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style. Copy Editor January–February 2011 The Daily Texan Austin, Texas Edited for grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style all sections of country’s largestcirculation university paper. Fact-checked and wrote headlines. General Assignment Reporter Fall 2009 The Daily Texan Austin, Texas Reported and wrote hard news and feature stories. Covered university, business, environment, health and foreign affairs. Met tight publication deadlines. Received praise from sources and editors for producing clean, accurate copy. experience: financial services Financial Planning Assistant Ameriprise Financial Financial Planning Assistant Lincoln Financial Advisors
August 2006–May 2008 Austin, Texas August 2004–June 2006 Boston, Mass.
skills: journalism Writing/Editing: Whiz at hard news and AP style. Strong knowledge of newspaper, magazine, and web story formats. Acute attention to detail. Reporting: Dogged researcher, adept interviewer and time manager. Critical reader and analytical problem solver. Multimedia: Digital photo, video and audio recording. Editing in Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Apple Aperture, iPhoto and iMovie. Web design, content management systems, HTML5 and CSS. Social media, search engine and social media optimization.