Allyson Rae Escobar

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Los Angeles / New York 909-418-4791 allysonraescobar@gmail.com allyson-rae.com @heyallysonrae

EDUCATION
C I T Y U N I V E R S I T Y O F N E W Y O R K G R A D U AT E S C H O O L O F J O U R N A L I S M - N E W Y O R K C I T Y
Master of Arts: Journalism - (August 2017 - Expected December 2018)
L O Y O L A M A RY M O U N T U N I V E R S I T Y - L O S A N G E L E S
Bachelor of Arts: English major, Journalism minor - (May 2014)
EXPERIENCE
FREELANCE WRITER - NEW YORK CITY / SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (APRIL 2017 - PRESENT)
Covering a wide variety of beats including community news, Asian American issues/profiles, immigration, religion,
race, transportation, crime, food, lifestyle, and neighborhoods for digital and print publications.
• M O T T H AV E N H E R A L D - N E W Y O R K ( A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 - P R E S E N T )
Cover immigration and race beats in the South Bronx, for print/digital.
• VOICES OF NY - NEW YORK (AUGUST 2017 - PRESENT)
Write stories and take photos, covering Asian American issues and events.
• N B C N E W S A S I A N A M E R I C A - R E M O T E ( M AY 2 0 1 6 - P R E S E N T )
Pitch and write news features/profiles on Asian American issues, events and subjects, collaborate with editors to
create content for NBC News’ Asian America digital vertical.
• LOS ANGELES TIMES COMMUNITY NEWS - ORANGE COUNTY (OCTOBER 2016 - AUGUST 2017)
Pitched, wrote, and took photos for Orange County, CA news and features to The Daily Pilot and TimesOC, local
publications of Los Angeles Times Community News. Covered beats including transportation, health, crime, traffic,
weather, food, and neighborhoods.
• T H E P R E S S - E N T E R P R I S E - I N L A N D E M P I R E ( J U LY 2 0 1 6 - A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 )
Photographed and covered community news, events and features in Riverside County, CA for print/online.
• C AT H O L I C M E D I A - V A R I O U S / R E M O T E ( M AY 2 0 1 6 - A U G 2 0 1 7 )
Catholic religion writer/photographer pitching and covering faith-related stories, church events, and news features
for publications of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Diocese of Orange in Southern California -
Angelus News, Orange County Catholic, and Inland Catholic Byte.
• L O S A N G E L E S - B A S E D / F I L I P I N O M E D I A - VA R I O U S / R E M O T E ( A P R I L 2 0 1 6 - A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 )
Contributed news, food, lifestyle stories to KCET Food & Living, Inquirer.net, New America Media, and LA Weekly.
D I G I TA L P R O D U C E R , B A L I TA N G A M E R I C A - R E M O T E ( D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 - P R E S E N T )
Manage website, social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) of Balitang America, a daily national broadcast
news program of ABS-CBN; The Filipino Channel. Edit/post news reports, scripts, video packages in English/Tagalog.
GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTER/INTERN, ASIAN JOURNAL - LOS ANGELES, CA

( S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 2 - M AY 2 0 1 6 )
• Covered all beats (news, politics, immigration, arts & culture, lifestyle, business, entertainment, profiles/features)
for news stories relevant to the Filipino-American community. Worked in small newsroom setting with editors to
pitch ideas, find content for six national print/online editions. Copy-edited, photographed; conducted research
and interviews. Managed community calendar and weekly news roundup.
E D I T O R I A L I N T E R N , K C E T L I N K - B U R B A N K , C A ( J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 4 - M AY 2 0 1 4 )
• Wrote, copy-edited and produced content for 'Artbound' arts and culture public TV broadcast program and
website. Developed weekly e-newsletter. Strengthened @KCETArtbound social media presence.
LEADERSHIP, SKILLS, AND INTERESTS
• Photojournalism (Fujifilm/Canon); radio (Marantz)
• Wordpress; blog management, CMS, SEO, social media
• Programs: Microsoft Office, Adobe Premiere Pro, management (Hootsuite/Tweetdeck)

Adobe Illustrator, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, ProTools, • Languages: English & basic Tagalog (Filipino)

Google Docs/Slides/Spreadsheets
• AP Style
• Asian American Journalists Association - Executive Leadership Program (2016), AAJA LA-Chapter Peter
Imamura Memorial Scholarship winner (2017), AAJA National Mentee of the Year (2017)
• Social media coordinator/intern for non-profit GoInspireGo.com
• Plaridel Award Winner - Philippine American Press Club (2015)
• Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture - marketing intern/volunteer. Recognized for
service by CA State Senator Ted Lieu. (2013)
• Isang Bansa (Filipino Club) Secretary; Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA) Fellow/Secretary
• The Loyolan (college newspaper) campus writer; Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) Vice President
• Volunteer service in the Philippines (2011), El Salvador (2013), Mexico (2013), and Argentina (2014)