Now: Freelance journalist; part-time research assistant for Virginia Sole-Smith; part-time “catcher” for ProPublica’s Electionland project, fielding election-related tips for local reporting partners around the country.
Previous Work Experience
Civic Hall, New York, NY (Jan. 2015 – May 2018)
Managing editor: Reported a wide range of stories for the civic tech news site Civicist. Edited and produced articles by contributing writers and freelancers. Curated and wrote First Post, a daily round-up of civic and political technology news emailed to Civic Hall members. Managed the @Civicist Twitter account.
The Nation Magazine, New York, NY (Sept. 2014 – Dec. 2014)
Intern: Fact-checked articles for the print magazine. Copy edited and produced blog posts by contributors Dave Zirin, Leslie Savan, and editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Personal Democracy Media, New York, NY (Apr. 2013 – Aug. 2014)
Staff writer: Wrote 3 – 8 articles a week for the technology and politics blog techPresident, first as a research assistant, then as a staff writer.
Frances Goldin Literary Agency, New York, NY (Jan. 2013 – Aug. 2013)
Intern: Reviewed and responded to query letters. Read sample pages and wrote reader reports for agents. Created a digital marketing and publicity guide for authors.
The L Magazine, Brooklyn, NY (Sept. 2012 – Dec. 2012)
Intern: Wrote about arts and culture for The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine. Carried out various administrative tasks.
Académie de Nice, Nice, France (Oct. 2011 – May 2012)
English language teaching assistant: Worked with groups of 2 – 15 students (11 – 15 years old) on oral expression, vocabulary, and grammar.
Advanced Studies Program, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH (Jun. 2011 – Jul. 2011)
Intern: Assistant teacher for summer-long intensive seminar on “Forbidden Fictions.”
The Lede Program for Data Journalism, Columbia University, New York, NY
Certificate of Professional Achievement, August 2018
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in English, May 2011
Programming: Python (Jupyter Notebook, Pandas, Selenium, Beautiful Soup), SQL, R
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office, QGIS
For examples of my data-driven work, you can visit the project page I created as a student in Columbia’s Lede Program for Data Journalism: https://jessimckenzi.github.io/