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Education

Governors State University, University Park, IL
Attended May 2015 - May 2017

Governors State University
University Park, IL
Attended May 2015 - May 2017

  • Received a Bachelor of Arts degree: May 2017
  • Graduated with a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Majored in English; minored in psychology
  • Dean’s List: Summer and Fall 2015, Spring and Fall 2016, Spring 2017

Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL
Attended August 2013 - May 2015

Kankakee Community College
Kankakee, IL
Attended August 2013 - May 2015

  • Received a general Associate of Arts degree: May 2015
  • Graduated with a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • President’s List: Summer and Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa

Experience

Digital Media Manager, Reporter and Assistant to the Page Layout Coordinator for the Daily Journal newspaper, Kankakee, IL
Employed May 2018 - November 2019

Digital Media Manager, Reporter and Assistant to the Page Layout Coordinator
the Daily Journal newspaper
Kankakee, IL
Employed May 2018 - November 2019

Digital Media Manager

  • Developed digital content for the Daily Journal’s website via BLOX, a content management system
  • Increased accessibility of the Journal by scheduling 4 to 10 daily social media posts on Facebook and Twitter with direct links to the newspaper's online articles and short captions to summarize the article’s major content
  • Scheduled posts to the sports section's Facebook after new stories were published
  • Created and updated news stories' Open Graph tags via BLOX, and used developer tools within Facebook and Twitter to ensure tags were correctly loaded
  • Updated the Journal’s website homepage to reflect top stories of the day
  • Scheduled advertisements on the Journal’s Facebook and Twitter as needed
  • Used search engine optimization (SEO) practices to create simple URLs for Journal’s online content
  • Sent weekly, monthly and yearly reports via email to the Journal's newsroom and executive staff summarizing the Journal's website and social media traffic and identifying areas of improvement using Google Analytics and Chartbeat, as well as Facebook and Twitter's insight systems
  • Used BLOX, Second Street and Constant Contact to send an email newsletter every weekday to over 10,000 subscribers highlighting the Journal’s top stories in the local news, sports and business sections
  • Used photo editing applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Canva, to edit photos for publication on social media and the Journal’s website
  • Developed online contests and giveaways open to local community members using Second Street and Survey Monkey
  • Interacted professionally and promptly with users who messaged the Journal's Facebook or Twitter accounts with questions, ideas or criticisms
  • Monitored social media comments and interactions on at least an hourly basis every day to ensure the newspaper maintained a safe, family-friendly online space
  • Communicated with fellow employees via Slack

Reporter

  • Wrote articles in the newspaper’s news and entertainment sections using Associated Press (AP) style guidelines (My published news stories can be found here, as well as in the print edition of the newspaper)
  • Coordinated with photographers and page designers to ensure articles were properly and professionally placed on the page

Assistant to the Page Layout Coordinator

  • Outlined the newspaper’s assigned sections and corresponding advertisements using Digital Technology International (DTI) applications and Microsoft ADPlus
  • Worked with advertising representatives, graphic and page designers to ensure the daily printed newspaper was free from errors in ads and other graphics
  • Loaded the digital edition of the printed newspaper online using 3D Issue
  • Used Adobe InDesign and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) clients to export completed newspaper pages to the Journal’s pressroom

Writing Tutor for Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL
Employed August 2014 - May 2018

Writing Tutor
Kankakee Community College
Kankakee, IL
Employed August 2014 - May 2018

  • Worked individually with students to brainstorm, draft, edit and proofread academic papers
  • Educated students on the research process, including finding, documenting and citing sources
  • Taught students about MLA and APA formatting styles
  • Created and directed writing-related workshops for students
  • Managed KCC’s online writing lab through Canvas, a learning management system
  • Gave students virtual feedback on papers by addressing textual weaknesses, formatting mistakes and grammar errors
  • Created and uploaded electronic instructional materials for students, including information on developing essays, using research, formatting assignments and revising texts
  • Worked with students of varying ages, educational levels, majors and writing competency levels, including some students with physical and/or learning disabilities

Remote Editing Intern for Silver Pen Writers, an online writing community
Employed October 2015 - May 2016

Remote Editing Intern
Silver Pen Writers
an online writing community
Employed October 2015 - May 2016

  • Read, edited and proofread submissions for Silver Blade, Silver Pen Writers’ affiliated online fantasy & science fiction magazine
  • Contributed to forums and workshops on the Silver Pen Writers website, giving users constructive feedback on their stories
  • Strategized marketing and presentational improvements for the Silver Pen Writers website
  • Worked independently from home

Activities

Creator of AryanaWrites.com, a personal website
Active June 2017 - Present

Creator
AryanaWrites.com, a personal website
Active June 2017 - Present

  • Design and publish original content
  • Originally coded the website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, then recoded using Bootstrap to create a responsive website that is accessible to all users, browsers and devices
  • Improve the website’s Google rankings by implementing effective search engine optimization (SEO) strategies
  • Monitor website traffic using Google Analytics services

Contributing Writer for Governors State University's College of Arts and Sciences student magazine
Active January - May 2017

Contributing Writer
Governors State University's College of Arts and Sciences student magazine
Active January - May 2017

Editorial Board Member of Reconstructed, Governors State University's journal of arts and literature
Active August - December 2016

Editorial Board Member
Reconstructed, Governors State University's journal of arts and literature
Active August - December 2016

  • Read and gave feedback on students’ submissions
  • Published a poem, “I didn’t look,” in the 2016-2017 issue
  • Published a poem, “The Stained Red Road,” in the 2015-2016 issue