Freelance reporter and multimedia journalist, December 2012 – Present
- I cover New York City events, features and profiles both written and video. I recently wrote profiles and covered a community board meeting for New York Press. If you need a reporter to cover an event, to cover a feature, or to take photos or shoot and edit video for the web, please contact me.
New York Daily News, June 2012 – August 2012
- Summer intern for the Bronx Bureau and stringer for the city desk covering breaking news, crime, health and science, arts and culture, neighborhood news and events. I recently pitched and reported on an organization that brings theater troupes to perform for kids in hospitals and health facilities -http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/actors-perform-bronx-kids-article-1.1249755. This article focused on a Bronx meeting ran by a coalition of fathers and officials pushing to end the gun violence – http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/small-rally-fathers-steps-bronx-courthouse-anti-gun-violence-drumbeat-borough-article-1.1125037.
AltDaily.com, June 2010 – Aug. 2011
- Freelanced articles on the local music scene, technology and small businesses in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area of Virginia for AltDaily.com, which was a startup at the time I freelanced. http://www.altdaily.com/author/vanesa-vennard
Examiner.com, Oct. 2010 – Aug. 2011
- I was a local music Examiner for the Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Va. area. Examiner.com covers news, politics, arts and entertainment and sports worldwide.
Mace & Crown (Student-run College Weekly newspaper), Aug. 2006 — May 2010
- Editor in Chief (2009-2010) Editor in Chief; Arts & Entertainment Editor (2008-2009); Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor (2007-2008); Reporter. Managed nine editors and a staff of 25; conducted writing/training workshops; responsible for advertising revenue and university allocated budget; created Twitter accounts and blogs for sections to increase readership and interaction; enforced legal and ethics standards; assigned articles. Pitched story ideas and wrote for news, entertainment, sports and commentary sections; co-hosted “Mace & Crown Live,” weekly radio show; copy edited articles, headlines and cutlines using AP Style; won “Writer of the Semester” Award in April 2008.
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, M.A., Journalism, arts and culture concentrations and web video/multimedia focus, Dec. 2012
Old Dominion University, B.A. English, journalism emphasis and American Studies minor, Magna Cum Laude, May 2010
Final Cut Pro 7 and 10, Reaper, PluralEyes, Soundslides, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign; JVC and DSLR cameras; shooting and editing film, exporting and uploading to Vimeo/YouTube, skilled social media user.