Before moving to London, I took a gap year working for J. Kenkade Publishing in Little Rock, Arkansas as an editor and ghostwriter. I edited book manuscripts, wrote weekly blog posts, managed marketing campaigns and worked as a ghostwriter on two memoirs during my time there.
I created online content for our news site as well as helped to create news packages for TV. I pitched story ideas in editorial meetings and helped with managing social media.
I was head copy editor and assistant editor in chief for my university’s award-winning newspaper, The Bison. For the greater part of my undergraduate years, I was involved in writing, reporting, planning and editing our newspaper, and I grew to love the dynamic world of media. Because of my work I received two award for working on the newspaper: Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for campus newspaper, The Bison in 2016 and Associated College Press Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist for campus newspaper, The Bison in 2017.
For two years, I was over all social media and marketing for a nonprofit-owned coffee shop in Searcy, Arkansas, starting as an intern and ending as social media manager. This job improved my ability to think on my feet and allowed me to develop my photography, writing and design skills. It also allowed me to create a successful social media campaign that would double our following online.