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ABOUT

I'm a storyteller who has a love for words, people, culture, language, and the details in-between.

Fluent in the following:

  • Mandarin 中文 (conversational and business)
  • Spanish (business)
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Audition
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Lightroom

When I was a little kid I did everything a typical girl would do: sing songs, take ballet lessons, obsess over anything sparkly, twirl in dresses and--lastly--watch and read the news. I loved reading up on current events and always stole TIME magazines from my dad. And whenever a major storm hit, my sisters and I would grab a camera and pretend to be news anchors and "weather girls"​ like it was second nature to us. We grew up singing, acting, and dancing. We were born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, but NYC was our second home. I started my freshman year at Milligan originally studying film; I wanted to further explore the entertainment industry, and I wanted to grow as an artist.

after my first journalism class in college, I was hooked.

I started producing content for The Stampede, Milligan's news source as an anchor, reporter and graphic designer, later taking on the role of editor in chief in January 2016. And in that role, I was able to lead and mentor 19 students. Since then, I've produced content for USA Today, the American Journalism Center, WJHL, and Backstage Magazine. After graduating with a B.A. in journalism and film studies, I headed to Asia, where I began documenting people and places on my travel blog. A year later, I settled down in Shanghai, China to study Mandarin and begin research in New Media Studies.

But I'm not here to simply build my resumé. I am passionate about sharing stories, and I want to bring that passion, energy, authenticity, and commitment to the workspace--wherever that workspace may be.

EDUCATION

M.A. in New Media Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大学)

  • Shanghai, China
  • New Media Studies Research and Field Work in English and Mandarin
  • Class of '22

B.A. in Journalism and Film, Milligan

  • Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Double concentration in multimedia journalism and film studies
  • Graduated with honors, Cum Laude

The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute

  • New York, New York
  • Semester in Journalism Program at The King's College

HONORS

  • Dean's List (2013­-2014), (2014-2015), (2015-2016), (2016-2017)
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2017)
  • Goah Diversity Scholar
  • Junior Class President
  • Student Government Association Chair (Service Branch)
  • National Society Leadership & Success, Member and Leader (2013-2017)
  • Outstanding Communications Student Scholarship Award (2015)
  • Outstanding Student Journalism Award (2016)
  • The Stampede Leadership Award (2016)

EXPERIENCE

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Media and Communications (上海交通大学,媒体与传播学院)

  • Media Researcher
  • Jan 2020 – Present
  • Shanghai, China
  • My research primarily focuses on global and local media effects in relation to COVID-19.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Media and Communications (上海交通大学,媒体与传播学院)

  • Social Media Manager (Twitter)
  • Oct. 2019 - Present
  • Shanghai, China
  • In charge of the official Twitter account for SJTU's School of Media and Communications. Duties include managing tweets, increasing follower count, and creating content for web.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大学)

  • Cultural Studies Researcher
  • Dec 2019 – Jan 2020
  • Xichang, China
  • During this two-week research opportunity, I had the opportunity to brainstorm new ideas, collaborate with team members in Mandarin, present a proposal, and give relevant speeches and presentations regarding the city and its development in Mandarin. My team particularly focused on the city image of Xichang, and the ways in which we could further develop it. I employed a media-centered approach as I pitched ideas related to the city's use of new media film, and social media.

Freelance Scriptwriter, Journalist, Copyeditor

  • May 2017 – Present
  • Global
  • Write scripts for production companies, online media outlets, and other startups in Shanghai, China. Edit news articles, press releases, scripts, government documents, and web content for various private companies in China. Produce content for my travel blog while exploring various countries in Asia.

Backstage

  • Editorial Intern
  • Spring 2017
  • Brooklyn, New York

The American Journalism Center

  • News Intern
  • Summer 2016
  • Washington, D.C.
  • I had the chance to report from The Supreme Court, record a podcast at the State Department, attend the DNC, cover each of the presidential candidates at rallies, conferences, conventions and hearings and cover stories related to Brexit, human trafficking and feminism.

USA TODAY

  • Collegiate Correspondent & Writer
  • Aug. 2015–May 2016
  • Global
  • Work on at least one news piece on a weekly basis, pitch original story ideas, shoot and edit video packages, record podcasts, travel on occasion to cover rallies, protests and college events.

WJHL­-TV News Channel 11

  • News Intern
  • August 2015–January 2016
  • Johnson City, Tennessee
  • 172.5 hours logged shadowing reporters, pitching stories, editing stories, working with Edius, ENPS and assisting on field and in studio.

The Stampede

  • Held various roles including the following: Editor in Chief, Camera Operator, Anchor, Graphic Designer, Reporter
  • January 2014–January 2017
  • Johnson City, Tennessee

WUMC 90.5 FM

  • Radio Host "Live with Tiffany + Amanda"
  • August 2013–May 2016
  • Johnson City, Tennessee

Credits:

Created with images by Amanda Florian • NS Newsflash - "Newspapers B&W (5)" • MarkThomas - "lincoln memorial washington dc abraham lincoln" • alehidalgo - "new york nyc brooklyn" • stokpic - "desk notebook phone" • Unsplash - "manhattan empire state building new york city" • Unsplash - "headphones headset audio"