Meghan M.

Sikkel
18 N Heritage Hill Circle  The Woodlands, TX 77381  281-639-8508  msikkel@smu.edu  meghansikkel.com

EDUCATION
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX Meadows School of the Arts Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Minor in Spanish SMU – in – Spain, Madrid, Spain Fall 2010 May 2012 Overall GPA: 3.6 Major GPA: 3.9

AWARDS AND HONORS
Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards First place Online In-Depth Reporting—4 Year College/University for “Light of Day Project: Campus Crime” First Amendment Award for “Light of Day Project: Campus Crime” Collected and analyzed crime data to produce interactive maps for SMU students to explore crime around campus and in their neighborhoods. Led analysis of SMU’s compliance with federal Clery Act. University Honors Program; Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society University Awarded Scholarships: Distinguished Scholar; Rotunda Scholar

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Breaking news intern for The Dallas Morning News 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.
Highlights included: Post-tornado coverage, including stories, photos and video. Political feature stories for “In the Running” print feature.

Copy editor for The Daily Campus, SMU student newspaper Edited both Web and print for style and content. Intern for Advocate Magazine, Dallas hyperlocal news publication Contributing writer for The Daily Campus, SMU student newspaper

August 2011 to May 2012 June 2011 to August 2011 February 2011 to May 2012

Wrote content for both Web and print. Compiled research for investigative property tax project.

SKILLS
Languages Conversational Spanish 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 Photography Several published photo credits using Canon SLR cameras

OTHER EXPERIENCE
English Instructor, Fundación José Ortega y Gasset (Madrid, Spain) Instructed English language to Spanish children ranging from ages 5 to 10. Editor-in-Chief of The Claymore, 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. August 2010 to December 2010

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