I seek to use my passion for storytelling to advocate for important causes and unheard perspectives.
Managing Editor • Country Queer • 2021
Producing at least two articles per month for an online publication dedicated to uplifting LGBTQ+ voices in country, Americana, and folk music
Planning the monthly publishing calendar and coordinating with a team of 10 staff writers
Pitching pieces based on current trends in the world of queer country
Listening to and critiquing music submissions from established and up-and-coming artists
Developing branding and growth strategies with the editorial and marketing teams
Conducting, transcribing, and formatting interviews to print
Assistant Production Staff • WTJU 91.1 FM • 2021
Writing and producing audio content for podcasts dedicated to local news and culture in Charlottesville, Virginia
Brainstorming topical stories in the fields of state politics, local news, equity, and arts and culture
Conducting and formatting audio interviews, both remotely and in-person
Administrative Assistant • Law Office of Mary Mertz Parnell • 2013-2020
Editing legal documents for distribution to clients and opposing counsel for a family and mental health law firm
Performing administrative office work, including recording timesheets, maintaining office records, acting as a communications liaison with clients
News Production Intern • WTJU 91.1 FM • 2019
Analyzing local, state, and national news stories for audience in central Virginia/the Shenandoah Valley
Selecting and formatting news stories from Virginia Public Radio for broadcast to the local community
B.A. English, Creative Writing (Area Program for Literary Prose) & B.A. Media Studies, University of Virginia. Cumulative GPA: 3.758
Editor-in-Chief • The Declaration • 2019-2020
Lead a team of eight editors and made executive decisions regarding style, branding, and finances
Rebranded the publication as an alt-weekly paper specializing in music, politics, and pop culture
Designed articles for web and print publishing using Adobe InDesign and WordPress
Co-Director • WXTJ Student Radio • 2020-2021
Lead a team of ten executive team members of a college radio station and acted as a liaison to the community parent station
Partnered with local Latinx groups to pilot Spanish-language broadcast programming
Planned and navigated a transition to 50% remote broadcasting in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
Trip Leader • UVA Outdoors Club • 2017-2021
Planned and participated in hikes and outdoors-centric workshops in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area
Assisted in Appalachian Trail cleanup initiatives in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Worked to get student peers involved in and excited about the recreational opportunities presented by Shenandoah National Park and other local trails and parks
Youth Advisory Council • Second Story Youth Shelter • 2017
Participated in a collaborative council to help a teen shelter better address the needs, wants, and emotions of its young residents
Brainstormed outreach initiatives to local schools and community groups
Assisted in collaborative service activities within the shelter, including intake, cataloguing, and inventory of donated items
Rosetta Fund Grant Recipient, Newport Foundation (2021)
Graduating Critic Nomination, The Cappies Foundation (2017)
“Willie Nelson Urges Fans to Save America’s Wild Horses in Open Letter.” Taste of Country, 10/29/21
“Interview: Yola Asks to Come Together with Newest Album, ‘Stand for Myself.’” Taste of Country, 10/22/2021.
“Lingua Ignota Seeks Salvation on SINNER GET READY.” PopMatters, 8/5/2021.
“Jodi Lets the Outside In.” Country Queer, 7/16/2021.
“Performative Femininity and Normative Sexuality in Carrie.” Gayly Dreadful, 6/10/2021.
“A Train to the Astral Plane: The Cosmic Folk of Jim Sullivan and Judee Sill.” We Are The Mutants, 3/10/2021.
“Shooting Straight: Blade Runner and Queer Notions of Selfhood.” We Are The Mutants, 2/3/2021.
“An Open Secret”: UVA Health Care Policies Call ‘Great and Good’ Plan into Question.” The Declaration, 9/12/2019
“CAPPIES: O’Connell shines with dark musical fairy tale.” InsideNOVA, 4/13/2017
Audio Selections (Interviews and Production)
“What Happens When Eviction Protections Expire on July 31st?” Charlottesville Soundboard, 7/23/2021 (feature on cycling and pedestrian safety)
“Where does Virginia’s trash come from and who does it get dumped on?” Bold Dominion, 7/14/2021.
“Albemarle’s Got The Vax.” Charlottesville Soundboard, 7/9/2021.
“Why Is Critical Race Theory the New Right-Wing Bogeyman?” Bold Dominion, 7.1.2021.
“Catching Up on the Comprehensive Plan.” Charlottesville Soundboard, 6/13/2021. (interview with LGBTQ+ musician and educator Sam Gleaves)
Spanish, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Adobe Audition, WordPress, Microsoft and Google Suites, iMovie