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I earned my BA in Communication/Journalism in 2008, at which time I worked as news editor for my collegiate newspaper under my academic advisor Bruce Clary. The years I spent working as news editor and reporter for the McPherson College Spectator developed and polished my layout, design and editing skills.

The education I received at McPherson College was preparing me to become a multimedia journalist, which requires not only the skill to write, but to take photos, design layouts, write headlines and captions, design a web portfolio, work with audio files and more. Although I only do journalism on a freelance basis now, the skill set I acquired is put to use on every website I develop.

I was a member of Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society), a frequent placer at KCPA (Kansas Collegiate Press Association) and graduated Summa Cum Laude from McPherson College in May 2008.

I completed a reporting internship at The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas in 2008.

Reporting was a great experience, but the internship made me realize that design was where my heart was. Like newspaper pagination, a website presents the same layout and design challenges I thrive on. The experience I had in professional journalism gave me a good knowledge of how to work with the media concerning stories, press releases and how to use the media to your advantage when seeking free publicity for your business.

The first taste of Photoshop I had in high school yearbook class piqued my interest and contributed to my taking numerous graphic design, photography, art history and computer courses in college, and one of my favorite things to do is learn new things about web design. It's important to stay up-to-date with the always changing technology that helps your website stay current.

A perk I enjoy in working for myself is the flexibility it allows me. I am a former college volleyball player and now the head high school volleyball coach at Scott Community High School in Scott City.