Sari Lesk Multimedia journalist

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Reporter experienced in media including print, radio and digital. Proven abilities in reporting,
photography, videography, social media, search engine optimization and editing.
The Journal Times | Reporter | Nov. 2017-Present
• Report on local government and higher education with multimedia tools.
• Assist in editing news stories.
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin | Reporter | June 2014-October 2017
• Reported on government, education, business and nonprofits in Stevens Point area with
multimedia tools.
• Used search engine optimization strategies and social media to increase content reach.
• Analyzed metric data to guide reporting.
• Temporarily coordinated quarterly women’s publication called You Magazine.
University of Illinois Alumni Association | Student intern | Jan. 2014-May 2014
• Compiled “Class Notes” for three alumni magazines.
• Edited magazine content for accuracy, brevity, conciseness and Associated Press (AP)
WILL, Illinois Public Media | News intern | Sept. 2013-Dec. 2013
• Served as assistant producer for radio talk show Focus.
• Updated website using content management system.
• Reported on breaking and feature news.
University of Illinois College of Media | Grading assistant | Aug. 2013-May 2014
• Graded assignments produced by students in Introduction to Journalism.
• Guided students through developing story ideas and selecting sources for complete
Prime Publishing | Editorial intern | May 2013-Aug. 2013
• Worked in content management system to produce content for
• Developed
• Trained in search engine optimization.
The Daily Illini
Public safety reporter | March 2013-May 2013; Aug. 2013-Sept. 2013
• Reported on activity in local police departments based on interviews, police reports and
court records.
• Compiled daily police blotter.
Copy editor, slot editor | March 2013-May 2014
• Edited articles, photos, captions and graphics for style, clarity and accuracy.
• Prepared content for digital publication using content management system.
Night editor | March 2013-March 2014
• Facilitated production of newspaper by monitoring deadlines and providing quality control.
• Edited newspaper pages using Adobe InDesign.
Assistant news editor | March 2012-March 2013
• Worked with team of editors to manage reporters and plan diverse daily news coverage.
• Edited stories for content, clarity, accuracy, conciseness and AP style.
Photographer | Sept. 2011-May 2014
• Shot photographs for news and feature stories, including event coverage and portraits.
Awards Education
Golden Gavel certificate of commendation, Wisconsin State Bar University of Illinois at
Association in 2015 and 2016 Urbana-Champaign
General news story, 1st place, Wisconsin Newspaper Bachelor’s degree
Association (WNA) in 2016 News-Editorial Journalism
Feature (non-profile), 1st place, WNA in 2016 Class of 2014
Local government reporting, 1st place, WNA in 2016 Graduated with highest honors,
Digital project, honorable mention, WNA in 2016 James Scholar, Kappa Tau Alpha