Senior Editor — July 2017 to Present — Portland, Maine

  • Write and edit articles about politics, social justice issues, the economy, and the environment.
  • Previous position held at Common Dreams: Staff Writer (July 2017 to May 2022).


Fact-checker — July 2016 to June 2017 — New York, New York

  • Fact-checked and conduct research for the magazine, with a focus on long features.

Freelancer — July 2016 to June 2017; Intern — January 2016 to July 2016 — New York, New York

  • Fact-checked, copy edited and conducted research for the magazine and website;
  • assisted five editors (including the editor/publisher, and publisher emeritus) with specific projects;
  • prepped stories for the website;
  • attended all editorial meetings;
  • reported to the office full-time, five days per week.
  • Returned in September 2016 and February 2017, for one week each time, to fill in for the internship director; oversaw interns and coordinated with the copy department for daily online articles and a print issue.
  • Returned in January 2017 for two weeks to fill in for the vice president of communications; booked writer and editor appearances on radio and television shows, completed a research project, drafted an award submission, and managed official magazine correspondence with readers and media professionals.

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Freelancer — August 2014 to Present; Intern — Summers 2013, 2014 — Chicago, Illinois

  • Pitched and wrote stories for the website and magazine;
  • fact-checked and copy edited other writers’ stories, including multiple cover stories;
  • prepped stories for the website;
  • conducted research;
  • attended all editorial board meetings;
  • received sponsorship from the Park Center for Independent Media;
  • received Ithaca College course credit.

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Intern — August 2013 to November 2013 — London, England

  • Wrote features and blog posts for the website and newspaper;
  • served as PN’s go-to reporter for anti-arms trade activism in the UK;
  • interviewed peaceful activists in London and Syria;
  • received Ithaca College course credit through the Ithaca College London Center.

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New York State Reporter — June 2014 to September 2014 — Ithaca, New York

  • Recruited by the editor prior to June 2014 site launch;
  • pitched and wrote stories for the website;
  • covered New York State political news remotely, from Chicago;
  • approved republishing of pieces from Ithaca Week and Just Ithaca. 

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Social Media Manager — January 2014 to January 2015 — Ithaca, New York

  • Managed Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts;
  • attended three weekly editor meetings;
  • created social media and website commenting guidelines documents;
  • conducted social media training workshops for editorial and reporting staffs;
  • received weekly stipend.
  • Previous positions held at The Ithacan: Contributing Writer, Copy Editor (September 2011 to January 2012).

Undersecretary-General of Media — July 2011 to December 2019 — Chicago, Illinois

Undersecretary-General of Media:

  • Selected and trained all media staffers;
  • attended pre-conference directorate and steering committee (top eight conference directors) meetings;
  • oversaw online, broadcast and social media content by student delegates and volunteer staffers during the conference;
  • coordinated staff-delegate broadcast projects for TeleMUNDO aka CIMUN News Network.
  • Jessica chaperoned the CIMUN X field trip to WBEZ‘s “Worldview,” the station’s longest-running global affairs radio program.
  • She also chronicled CIMUN X for Best Delegate following the January 2014 conference.
  • Previously, Jessica served as Executive Editor of the International Press Delegation, a sector of the media department.
  • Jessica attended CIMUN for three years as a high school student and has returned every year since then to serve as a volunteer staffer.

Formerly, Executive Secretary:

  • Oversaw and produced long-term development documents for the conference;
  • assisted the Secretary-General and Chief of Staff as needed;
  • attended pre-conference directorate and steering committee meetings.

Formerly, Chief of Staff:

  • Oversaw full staff of 145+ college students and young professionals, including leadership team;
  • oversaw staff selection process and approved all staff placements;
  • scheduled and ran pre-conference all-staff, directorate, and steering committee meetings and conference calls;
  • created and distributed staff training materials;
  • booked and managed all staff travel and accommodations for the conference;
  • planned staff receptions and all official staff-only conference events;
  • served as a resource for all staffers regarding travel, accommodations, training, and general conference information;
  • assisted Secretary-General with all conference tasks, as needed.

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Upfront (Features) Editor & Treasurer — September 2011 to May 2015 — Ithaca, New York

  • Managed feature writers;
  • ran editorial meetings;
  • managed finances/budget;
  • wrote features;
  • copy edited and fact-checked for all sections of the magazine;
  • trained incoming editors.
  • Previous positions held at Buzzsaw: Contributing writer, Copy Editor.


Copy Editor & Board Member — September 2014 to May 2015 — Ithaca, New York

  • Copy edited all material for the website;
  • assisted with weekly meetings;
  • contributed to outreach efforts for growing this new online campus outlet.

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Assistant Producer — January 2013 to May 2014 — Ithaca, New York

  • Assisted with selection of and wrote stories for live broadcasts;
  • created Photoshop visuals for over-the-shoulder boxes and fullscreen informative boards that corresponded with stories;
  • cut VO/SOT for broadcast, using Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro;
  • operated studio camera (Ikegami HL-45 AW);
  • took directions from the line producer during live broadcasts.

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Assistant Producer — March 2013 to May 2013 — Washington, D.C.

  • Traveled to D.C. with a group of Park Scholars and Ithaca College Professor James Rada for the documentary Meet Me at Equality;
  • filmed and conducted interviews with participants of the March on Washington of 1963;
  • assisted with outreach for film promotion.
  • The documentary aired on D.C.’s PBS affiliate in August 2013, just in time to celebrate the march’s 50th anniversary.

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News Feed Writer, Copy Editor & Coordinator — September 2011 to May 2015 — Ithaca, New York

  • Managed writers for weekly News Feed content;
  • managed website and posted stories to News Feed and Senior Blog;
  • copy edited articles and scholar bios for News Feed, Senior Blog and Park Scholar Annual Report;
  • wrote about Park Scholar Program activities;
  • managed Park Scholar Twitter account.

Involvement & Work

  • Equinox Park Avenue – February 2016 to June 2017 – New York, New York
  • Nanny – January 2007 to December 2015, as needed – Sugar Grove, Illinois
  • Park Scholar Program, Office Assistant – January 2014 to May 2015  – Ithaca, New York
  • Ithaca College Human Rights, Member – January 2014 to May 2014  –  Ithaca, New York
  • Ithaca College Front Row Foundation, Founding Executive Director – September 2011 to December 2013 – Ithaca, New York
  • Be Irie, Member – September 2012 to December 2013 – Ithaca, New York
  • Park Scholar Advisory Board, Class Representative – January 2012 to May 2012 – Ithaca, New York
  • Honors Program Advisory Board, Class Representative – September 2011 to December 2012 – Ithaca, New York

Community Service

  • National Marfan Foundation, Volunteer – June 2010 to August 2014 – Chicago, Illinois
  • Honors Program Service Projects, Volunteer – February 2014 to May 2015 – Ithaca, New York
  • Park Scholar Media Club, Volunteer – December 2011 to May 2015 – Ithaca, New York
  • OSEMA Service Saturdays, Volunteer – February 2014 to May 2015 – Ithaca, New York
  • Oxfam, Volunteer – February 2013 to December 2013 – London, England
  • Ithaca College Advising, Hiring Committee – May 2013 – Ithaca, New York
  • South Hill Elementary School, Classroom Aide – September 2011 to December 2012 – Ithaca, New York
  • Jumpstart Community Plunge, Volunteer – August 2011 – Ithaca, New York