About

Penny

EDUCATION

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

06/2015

Master of Science in Journalism (National Honor Society)

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar

07/2014

Bachelor of Science in Journalism (with Honors), four times Dean’s List Award Recipient

EXPERIENCE

The Associated Press Global Intern, Bangkok, Thailand

06/2015 – Present

  • Research and report on spot news and enterprise stories in all formats (video, photo and text) for the wire service’s Bangkok Bureau
  • Gather user generated content for breaking news stories on Twitter, Weibo, etc.

Social Justice News Nexus Student Fellow, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

10/2014 – Present

Medill News Service, Business Beat Reporter, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

09/2014 – 12/2014

Al Jazeera English Channel Intern Producer, Doha, Qatar

06/2014 – 07/2014

  • Produced and edited more than forty web video packages for daily news highlight and behind the scenes at Al Jazeera for the reVIEW web show during the pre-launch period
  • Managed camera and sound setup for in-house interviews and edited video on Final Cut Pro

The Boston Globe Web Intern, Boston, MA

02/2014 – 04/2014

  • Produced news and feature content maintaining an average of 4,000 active viewers at any given time
  • Created content for interactive graphics and coordinated between web, editorial and graphics teams
  • Managed social media; engaged audience and curated comments for homepage during the Boston Marathon

Northwestern University in Qatar Faculty Reporting Grant Reporting Assistant , Accra, Ghana

05/2013 – 09/2013

  • Covered urban development stories in Accra’s slums for an interactive documentary project
  • Served as camera operator for video and photo and prepared technical setup before every shoot

Doha News Intern Reporter/Photographer, Doha, Qatar

05/2013 – 12/2013

  • Reported on local news (legislation, agriculture, tourism) for the most popular news website in Doha
  • Improved the site’s impact by a few thousand counts of engagement on major social media platforms per post

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) Photographer, Doha, Qatar

10/2012 – 12/2012

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Qadr, Doha, Qatar

01/2014 – 03/2014

Honorable Mention, Best Editing and Cinematography at L.A. New Wave International Film Festival

Directed and produced a short documentary film, shot on mobile devices, about marriage taboos in Qatar

Medill Reporting Grant, Lhasa, Tibet

07/2013 – 01/2014

Documentary Film “Thangka Memories”: Directed and produced a documentary on commercialization of traditional Tibetan religious art in Lhasa

Reporting on the Election, Washington D.C.

05/2012 – 07/2012

In-depth reporting, “Arab Amreeka 2012”, Regional 1st Place at Mark of Excellence Award, SPJ

Covered Arab American voters and political action committees in D.C. area before the election for a class

SKILLS

Technical: DSLR photography, electronic news-gathering (ENG) workflow, AP ENPS, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, web content management systems, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Illustrator, Photoshop, data visualization using HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery

Languages: Mandarin (native), German and Arabic (elementary)


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