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RESUME / CV

I am a Digital Creator and Journalist. I've worked, among others, as Multimedia Journalist, Digital Marketing Specialist, Video/Film Producer, Copywriter and actor.

Since the age of 15, I have been working as freelancer for a local newspaper in Pforzheim, Germany, mainly as online news editor and sports reporter, for over 5 year.

 

After completing high school and conducting two internships (print and video), I moved to Frankfurt to pursue a degree in American and English Studies at Goethe University.

 

When I was 21, I moved to the United States to study Strategic Communication with a minor in Film Production at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

 

After interning at The Lawton Constitution in summer 2022, I started working there full-time in summer 2023 and part-time in fall 2023.

 

Currently, I am contributing to several short films as actor, assistant director, audio technician, and PR. I am also building my own satire news website Morning News Tonight and working on my own short film.

Resume/Skills

RESUME

Professional ​
info​​

With over 9+ years in the field of multimedia journalism and digital marketing as well as 3+ years in video and film production, I am skilled in a variety of different areas.

Skills
Languages
  • German (Native)

  • English (Native-level - C2)

  • French (basic - A2)

  • Spanish (basic - A2)

  • Italian (beginner - A1)

  • Russian (beginner)

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Professonal Skills
Professional Skills

Journalism (9+ years experience)

  • Features, print/online articles

  • Breaking News, live reporting

  • Headlines, teasers, leads

  • Research/Interviewing (on/off camera)

  • Proofreading; secure in punctuation, grammar, spelling

 

Visual Media (3+ years experience)

  • Lighting, set design, set management (1+ year)

  • Filming & microphones (3+ years)

  • Green Screen (8+ months)

  • Live Broadcasting (1+ month)

  • Video editing (3+ years), using graphics/templates (2+ years)

  • Filming/editing in HD (1080p) & UHD/4K (2160p) (1+ month)

  • Photography, photo editing (3+ years)

  • Design, Print/Online (3+ years)

 

Marketing (9+ years experience)

  • Social Media Management & Analytics (9+ years)

  • Online Reputation Management (3+ years)

  • SEO/SEM, Google Analytics (4+ years)

  • Brand Management (4+ years)

  • Generative AI (2+ months)

  • Website Management (9+ years)

  • Content Management Systems​ (9+ years)

Computer Skills
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (3+ years)

  • Adobe Photoshop (2+ years)

  • Adobe InDesign (2+ years)

  • Adobe After Effects (basic, 9+ months)

  • Adobe Audition (2+ years)

  • iMovie (3+ years)

  • Python Coding, HTML (very basic)

  • Canva (2+ years)

Work Experience
Work​
Experience​
The Lawton Constitution
Local newspaper in Lawton, OK, USA. Best newspaper in Oklahoma 2022 (Sequoyah Awards 2023).
www.swoknews.com
Multimedia Producer
05/2023 - present
- Crafting of 200+ print/online articles
- Topics (among others) schools, military, police/court, events, etc.
- Consideration to keywords and local SEO goals and strategies
- Multimedia: 40+ videos, 10+ podcasts, 500+ pictures
- Building & maintaining network around the local community
Features Writer
12/2022 - present
- Contributing to "Southwest Impressions" magazine
- Monthly travel feature stories
- Taking photos for optimal visualization of written content
 
The Southwestern

SWOSU student news site in Weatherford, OK, USA.

www.thesouthwestern.org

Video Producer

08/2023 - present

- Producing video content for Social Media (YouTube, Facebook)

- Contributing to live broadcast efforts using Blackmagic / OBS

 

Talk Show Producer

01/2023 - 07/2023

- Filming & editing talk show "College Secrets" in green screen studio

 

Video Journalist

10/2021 - 12/2022

- Producing video content about campus and local/state issues

- News video about the problems medical marijuana imposes on Oklahoma (incl. interviews with House Rep. & SWOSU professor)

Editor for News, Web, Video & Social Media

05/2020 - 10/2021

- Delegating news stories & producing multimedia content

- Increasing daily website visitors from ~5 to ~100 through user-oriented selection/production of content, SEO/SEM & social media

- Increasing Facebook followers from 35 to 1,600+; Instagram: 40 to 700+ through optimized multimedia strategies and analytics

- Increasing engagement and click rate on social media

- On-camera interviews with Airport Director of Oklahoma City & university President

News Reporter & Web Designer

10/2019 - 05/2020

- Curating print/online articles about campus topics

- Transition of print to online-only

- Creating news website (incl. mobile-friendly) using Wix

- Using SEO/SEM for indexing & optimization on Google

- Implementing social media strategies to increase followers

African Special Tours
Travel agency focused on luxury travels to the Southern and Eastern parts of Africa in Bad Vilbel, Germany.
www.ast-reisen.de
Web Copywriter
11/2018 - 07/2019
- Creating PR text about countries, travel plans, etc. for website
- Considering keywords for SEO strategies
Pforzheimer Zeitung

Local daily subscription newspaper with around 29,000 sold copies each day in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. PZ-news is the online news site of Pforzheimer Zeitung with 3.3 million visits and 9.2 million page impressions per month.

www.pz-news.de

Sports Reporter

11/2016 - 08/2019

- Writing print/online articles about sports games

- Conducting interviews with players, coaches & building networks

- Taking pictures

Web Content Writer & Editor

​03/2014 - 08/2019

- Independent website maintenance on weekends

- Editing external news articles & writing own news stories

- Quick & effective handling of breaking news stories

- Posting content on various social media channels

- Using social media analytics to optimize engagement & click rate

- Live reporting from events (feed)

Internships
Internships
The Lawton Constitution

The Lawton Constitution is a local newspaper in Lawton, Oklahoma.

www.swoknews.com

General Assignment Reporter

06/2022 - 08/2022

- Covering local topics, city committee meetings, camps, events, court

- Crafting over 80+ articles for print & online

- Taking photos, videos, e.g. from accidents, fires, evacuations

- Contribution to Best Front Page 2022 (Sequoyah Awards 2023)

TV-BW Medienproduktionen

TV-BW is a local video production company in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, producing image films, broadcasts, news videos, etc. for PZ-news, local businesses, city governments, and various TV channels.

www.tvbw-medien.de

Video Producer

11/2016 - 02/2017

- Gaining insights into camera work & editing

- Using green screen, teleprompter, lighting, in a professional studio

- Helping with shoots of news videos (such as accidents, fires, etc.)

- Helping on set of a short film production

Pforzheimer Zeitung

Local daily subscription newspaper with around 29,000 sold copies each day in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

www.pz-news.de

Reporter Sports/Local

08/2016 - 10/2016

- Getting to know the work in Sports & Local section

- Conducting interviews and research stories

- Learn how to work with newspaper layout software 'Dialog'

- Learn about dynamics and working processes in a newspaper

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Tagesspiegel is a daily national subscription newspaper located in Berlin, Germany, with a circulation of around 148,000 copies.

www.tagesspiegel.de

Sports Reporter

08/2019

- Editing short articles & putting them into the layout software

- Writing about sport events, e.g. soccer or basketball

- Conducting interviews, e.g. with Willy Kuhweide, olympic champion in sailing (1964)

Pforzheimer Zeitung Online

Local daily subscription newspaper with around 29,000 sold copies each day in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. PZ-news is the online news site of Pforzheimer Zeitung with 3.3 million visits and 9.2 million page impressions per month.

www.pz-news.de

Online News Editor

​02/2014 - 03/2014

- Editing news content, e.g. from the DPA (German Press Agency)

- Creating small articles, e.g. police reports

- Utilizing Content Management System (CMS)

Securing myself a job as freelance journalist

(Internship certificates are available upon request)

References
References
Dee Ann Patterson
Managing Editor, The Lawton Constitution

Scott Rains

Reporter for Police/American Indian Affairs, The Lawton Constitution

Dr. Lisa Boyles
Chair, Department of Art, Communication and Theatre, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Loran Lewis
Journalism Professor, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Jürgen Th. Müller
Managing Director, TV-BW Medienproduktionenen

Magnus Schlecht
Editor-in-Chief, Pforzheimer Zeitung

Friedhard Teuffel
Head of Sports Department, Der Tagesspiegel

Thomas Kurtz
Head of PZ-news, Pforzheimer Zeitung Online


(Letters of recommendation and/or contact information are available upon request)
Education
Education
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford, OK, USA

08/2019 - 12/2023

 

Major: B.A. Strategic Communication

Minor: Film Production & Communications (interdisciplinary)

Graduated, GPA: 3.6

Major courses:

Media Law & Ethics

- Specialized Publications

- Writing for Mass Media

- Intro to Mass Communication

- Interpersonal Communication

- Strategic Communication Design

- Communication Theory

- Intro to Strategic Communication

- Multimedia Production

- Digital Storytelling

- Photojournalism

- Social Media

Goethe University
Frankfurt (am Main), Hessen, Germany

​04/2018 - 07/2019

 

Major: B.A. American Studies

Minor: English Studies

3 semesters completed, GPA: 3.25

American Studies pursues an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on American literature, history, and culture with a strong emphasis on film and media studies.

(Transcripts are available upon request)

Certifications
Certifications
Advance Your Content Marketing and SEO Skills​

LinkedIn Learning Path with 4h 12m of course material

Completed: 12/2023

 

Courses:

- Content Marketing: ROI

- Content Strategy for Marketers

- Content Marketing: Producing and Promoting Live Video

- Marketing Strategy: SEO Content Writing

- SEO Strategy: Link Building

- Marketing Tools: SEO

 

Essential New Skills in Marketing​

LinkedIn Learning Path with 3h 58m of course material

Completed: 05/2022

 

Courses:

- Diversity and Inclusion in Marketing

- The Habits of Successful Marketers

- Integrated Marketing Communications Strategies

- Marketing Analytics: Presenting Digital Marketing Data

- Social Media Marketing Tips

 
 
Essential New Skills in Media & Communications

LinkedIn Learning Path with 4h 3m of course material

Completed: 05/2022

 

Courses:

- Creating a Communications Strategy

- Media Relations Foundations

- Tips for Better Business Writing

- Marketing: Copywriting for Social Media

- Public Relations Foundations

Advance Your Skills as a Videographer

LinkedIn Learning Path with 10h of course material

Completed: 02/2022

 

Courses:

- Learning Video Production and Editing

- Media Relations Foundations

- Tips for Better Business Writing

- Marketing: Copywriting for Social Media

- Public Relations Foundations

Become a Cinematographer

LinkedIn Learning Path with 7h 44m course material

Completed: 02/2022

 

Courses:

Narrative Fundamentals

Working on Set

Hands On Techniques

Camera Movement for Video Production

Cinematic Video Lighting

Become a Video Production Crewmember
LinkedIn Learning Path with 10h 24m course material
Completed: 05/2022

 

Courses:

Learning Video Lighting

Video Lighting and Grip Basics

Cameras and Shooting

Lighting Design

Location Lighting

Location Audio Recording

(Certificates are available upon request)

Volunteer Work
Volunteer
Food & Resource Center
Weatherford, OK, USA

09/2021 - 05/2022

 

- ~3 hours/week, 70 hours total

- Working in warehouse & with clients

Collegiate Activity Board (SWOSU)
Weatherford, OK, USA

​09/2019 - 05/2023 

 

- 40 hours/semester, 240 hours total

- Organizing & conducting events, fundraisers, etc.

SG Pforzheim/Eutingen
Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

02/2017 - 12/2017

 

- SG Pforzheim/Eutingen is a local handball club for which I wrote previews and reports about games for its website

(Certificates for Food & Resource Center and Collegiate Activity Board are available upon request)

Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
Jack B. Shelton & Walter Crouch Scholar

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

Fall 2023

 
Green Screen Studio Award

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

Spring 2023

Jack B. Shelton & Walter Crouch Scholar

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

Academic Year 2022-23

 
Journalism Award

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

Academic Year 2021-22

Ted Ray Pyle Memorial Scholar

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Language and Literature Department

Academic Year 2021-22

Cedrick L. Crink Memorial Scholar

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre

Fall 2021

President's Honor Roll

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Fall 2019

Spring 2022

Dean's Honor Roll

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Spring 2021

Induction into Alpha Mu Gamma
National collegiate foreign language honor society
Spring 2020
(Certificates are available upon request)
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