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Kenya Downs

PROFILE Multimedia journalist specialized in television news production. Knowledge and experience in editorial and digital content production and social media engagement. Background in urban and cultural affairs reporting, providing coverage of African-American, AfroLatino and Caribbean communities. EXPERIENCE Associate Producer! Al Jazeera America- The Stream (Washington, D.C.) October 2013 - Present Producer of video elements, social media and research for Al Jazeera America’s The Stream. Responsibilities include field production, story research and social media engagement. Creator of informational graphics and web-exclusive content. Responsible for breaking story of backlash from women of color against revised Army appearance regulations due to rules against natural hair. Leader in pitching and producing special coverage of 4th anniversary of Haiti earthquake including in-depth discussion and analysis of paper trail of money for aid relief. Video Archive Producer-Freelance! Al Jazeera International- Empire (Washington D.C.) May 2013 - September 2013 Field and video archive producer for D.C.-based content for Al Jazeera International’s monthly broadcast, Empire. Responsibilities included field production, D.C.-based booking, conducting taped interviews and editing/producing extended video packages. Manager of all video archive production including research, licensing and editing. Fellow! Investigative Reporting Workshop (Washington, D.C.) August 2012 – May 2013 Reporter and researcher for long-form multimedia investigative projects. Assisted journalists and producers with research and digital content production, and contributed text material for the website and blog. Writer and researcher with team of journalists collaborating on two-year investigation into the organizational network of influence by Charles and David Koch. Manager of social media outreach. Broadcast Associate !CBS News-The Early Show (Washington, D.C) January 2011 - January 2012 Worked on six-person team to produce all D.C.-based content for The Early Show. Responsibilities included field and control room production, booking and scouting of D.C.-based guests and locations. Live and taped interview segment production, one-man-band video and online production. Led audience production for CBS News’ Town Hall on the Economy with President Obama and CBS News’ Town Hall: The Republican View. Intern & Writer! ABC News (New York City & Washington D.C.) May 2008 - February 2009 Assisted with field and studio production of investigative packages with ABC News’ Brian Ross Investigative Unit. Worked with associate producer, and independently, on field production, interviewing and research. Produced one-man-band interview stakeouts and filmed elements of investigative packages for Good Morning America, Nightline and 20/20. Independent, Milwaukee-based reporting featured as part of investigative package into municipal pool’s non-compliance with federally mandated drain regulations. Guest writer for investigative blog including clips on international terrorism and corruption. Intern! NBC- Dateline (Washington D.C.) May 2007 - August 2007 Responsibilities included providing extensive assistance compiling field and studio elements for production of Emmy-Award winning Dirty Dining series including conducting research, undercover work as teenage restaurant patron, logging of sound bites and video selections, editing and writing web material. SKILLS Video production with DV, XD and SLR cameras, non-linear editing with Final Cut and Avid. Editorial knowledge of copy-editing, AP style guidelines and Adobe Creative Suite. Video archival research of agency, creative commons and third-party material. Web production skills include social media outreach, CMS operation, blogging, search engine optimization and basic HTML coding. Professional voice-over artistry including radio news delivery and promotional material. English fluency and Spanish conversational proficiency; currently taking Portuguese courses. EDUCATION American University- Washington, District of Columbia Degree Award Date: August 15, 2013 Master of Arts- Journalism and Public Affairs; Broadcast Concentration Howard University- Washington, District of Columbia Degree Award Date: May 9, 2009 Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude)- Speech Communication major, Broadcast News minor TALENTS & AFFILIATIONS Presenter and curator for Team Soca Radio, an online, Caribbean music and news podcast with global distribution. Professional samba dancer with Zezeh Brazil Samba School. National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of CaribbeanAmerican Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists


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