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SETH MAXON

seth.a.maxon@gmail.com • 845.551.7202 • 370 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001 • sethmaxon.com • @sethmaxon
EDUCATION
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism I New York, NY I M.S. 2013, Magazine concentration Wrote long-form pieces on solar energy financing in and around New York City, Chuck Schumer’s campaign finance donations, sleep deprivation science and aging boaters on City Island. Published several beat stories about West African immigrants in Harlem and the South Bronx. Honors in 3 classes. Trained in investigative skills, multimedia journalism (including CMS, radio/podcast recording, digital photography and audio slideshows) and reporting on campaign finance and lobbying (honors). Courses in journalism history (honors), law, business and ethics. Osborn Elliott-National Magazine Awards Scholar. University of Chicago I Chicago, IL I B.A. with Honors 2008, International Studies Major coursework in globalization, micro- and macroeconomics, urbanism, economic development, social and political philosophy, international relations theory and European/colonial history. Thesis on divergent economic development in Algeria and Vietnam. During third year, completed all classes and assignments in French through study abroad in Paris, at Sciences Po and Nanterre. Contributor to student newspaper. Dean’s List ’05-’06, ’07-’08. Internships in U.S. House of Representatives and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE
Columbia Journalism Review (CJR.org) (November 2012) Published story about a Senegalese radio host who explains U.S. elections and government to audiences in NYC and Dakar. Global City NYC (globalcitynyc.com) (September-December 2012) Reported and wrote stories about New York’s West Africans, including stories about culture, business, politics, media and Hurricane Sandy. Recorded podcast and helped design WordPress website. Chicago Booth Magazine (chicagobooth.edu/magazine) (January-March 2012) University of Chicago News (news.uchicago.edu) (November 2011-February 2012) Full-time freelance with team that reported, wrote and edited UChicago Booth School of Business Spring 2012 magazine. Wrote seven articles, including one on the link between household debt and unemployment and another about America’s educational gap between boys and girls. As freelancer for UChicago News, wrote about a Veterans Day event and an art installation on feasts. Investigative Reporters & Editors (April 2011) Better Government Association (July 2010) IRE investigative workshop on researching individuals and nonprofits. BGA workshop on FOIA requests and Open Meetings Act. In These Times (inthesetimes.com) (August 2009-January 2010) Editorial intern. Edited dozens of articles published in national monthly magazine. Wrote for multiple departments. Published 1,000-word feature about leftists in Michigan cooperating with the state Democratic Party. The Huffington Post—Chicago (huffingtonpost.com/Chicago) (August 2008-January 2009) Editorial intern. Aggregated Chicago stories every day. News items ranged from the city’s Olympics bid, 2008 Elections, Rod Blagojevich’s indictment and more. Wrote roundup of politicians’ reactions to Blagojevich’s arres t. Wrote headlines and captions, created photo slideshows, edited blogs, managed blogger and photo databases.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Freelance Writer, 3C: Chicago Creative Communications (creative.uchicago.edu), Chicago, IL, (September 2011-March 2012) Grant Writer, Latinos Progresando (latinospro.org) (January 2010-August 2011) and Community TV Network (CTVN) (ctvnetwork.org) (March 2012-June 2012), Chicago, IL. With LP, won Knight Foundation community reporting grant.

SKILLS
French (Advanced speaking, reading and writing); Adobe Photoshop; Facebook; Final Cut Pro; Flickr; LinkedIn; Mac OS; Movable Type; MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint; PhotoMechanic; SoundCloud; Storify; Twitter; Vimeo; WordPress

REFERENCES
Ann Cooper, Columbia Journalism School, CBS Professor of Professional Practice in International Journalism akc24@columbia.edu I annkcooper@gmail.com I 212.854.9696 Helen Benedict, Columbia Journalism School, Professor hb22@columbia.edu I benedict.helen@gmail.com I 212.854.3622 Tom Edsall, Columbia Journalism School, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism te2154@columbia.edu I thomas.edsall@gmail.com I 212.854.6042 Joel Bleifuss, In These Times, Editor-in-Chief jbleifuss@inthesetimes.com I 773.772.0100 x 232