Résumé

Summary

Journalist seeking full-time position as writer, editor, historian or researcher while preparing for law school and doctoral program in public health history

Education

Master of Arts—Communication, George Mason University May 2015

Science communication concentration; Master’s thesis on HIV/AIDS and social support in religious settings

Bachelor of Arts—Communication, George Mason University May 2013

Public relations concentration, Electronic journalism minor

Master of Arts—History, George Mason University May 2012

Major papers on 1977 Led Zeppelin concert riot and 1918 influenza pandemic

Extended Studies Program, George Mason University 2003-2006

Participated in invitation-only investigative reporting class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter formerly of The Washington Post

Bachelor of Arts—History, George Mason University May 2002

Major paper on colonial American quarantine laws 

Work Experience

elizabethgrisham.wordpress.com                           February 2017-present

Editor-in-chief   Write, edit, and post all content on blog. 

Office of Research, George Mason University    February 2016-present

GMU Worker    Write news articles about Mason research and produce weekly reports for top Mason officials summarizing media coverage of Mason research

Academic Assistance, George Mason University         August 2016-Present

Level 4 Tutor    Tutor Mason student athletes in world history

College of William & Mary                                                 February 2016-March 2016

Independent Contractor/Consultant   Conducted social science research related to skills marine scientists need to transition to work outside academia

George Mason University                                           March-May 2015

Composition Web Developer    Graded papers, provided student support during office hours and served as substitute instructor for two sections of English 302 (Advanced Composition)

Office of Research                                                        January 2015-January 2016

Part-time student wage  Maintained Office of Research Facebook and Twitter accounts and produced weekly reports for top Mason officials summarizing media coverage of Mason research

ADA Compliance, George Mason University           September-December 2011; June 2012-December 2013; August 2014-March 2015 

Reading Aide Assisted a visually impaired English instructor with grading and test proctoring

Communications Intern, AACC                                        May-August 2014

Wrote press releases and news articles, compiled media lists, transcribed audio recordings of interviews and provided administrative support to the communications team of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry

Graduate Research Assistant, George Mason University     August 2013-May 2014

Assisted communication professor with research project for Virginia Sea Grant focused on helping scientists communicate with their publics

Communications Manager, Nonprofit organization                                       2013

Worked to help start a 501(c)(3) organization designed to raise money for charity via auto races and concerts

GMView, George Mason University 2005

PR/Recruiting Director     Sold more yearbooks than anyone else in my Yearbook Workshop class, took photographs and worked to recruit new members for GMView

Society of Professional Journalists, George Mason University chapter 2005

Assistant to the Advisor     Helped to re-establish the Mason chapter of SPJ and conducted research on the habits of award-winning university newspaper staffs

Broadside, George Mason University   2003-2005

Senior Staff Writer     Wrote specially selected stories under the direction of Broadside news editors               2005

News Editor     Led a staff of more than thirty writers, selected and assigned news story topics and edited news copy during the Fall 2004 semester    2004

Guide Editor     Selected, assigned and edited content for the 2004 Orientation Guide 2004  

Assistant City Editor     Edited the Spotlight page for the last issue of the Spring 2004 semester     2004

Staff Writer     Reported and wrote articles on state and federal matters of interest to Mason students    2003-2004

University of South Carolina-Beaufort                      2002-2003

Temporary Worker Served as switchboard operator and computer lab attendant

Broadside, George Mason University                          2001

Staff Writer Wrote news and feature stories

Volunteer Experience

-Current member Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Chapter Board of Directors

-Webmaster, SPJ-DC website

-Served as a proofreader of the Spring 2013 edition of Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences

-Completed historical photo preservation project at Beaufort County (SC) Public Library (2002)

Skills

*Research *Writing *Reporting *Editing *FOIA *FERPA *Media law *Teaching *Tutoring  *Digital photography *Video *Adobe Creative Suite *Transcribing *Nonprofits *Curriculum development *Social media *Public relations *Environmental policy *Archival research *Mac *PC *Copy editing *AP Style *Layout *Publications *Microsoft Office *Presentations *Facebook *Twitter *Storytelling *Newsletters *Multimedia journalism *Reader support *Customer service *Chicago/Turabian *MLA *APA *WordPress *Public speaking *Database management *Public communication of science *Press releases *Interviewing

Academic & Professional Memberships

Alpha Chi *Golden Key International Honour Society *National Society of Collegiate Scholars *National Dean’s List *Phi Alpha Theta *Phi Kappa Phi *Tau Sigma National Honor Society *AAAS *American Chemical Society *The D.C. Science Writers Association *Education Writers Association *Society of Professional Journalists *Virginia Professional Communicators