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University of Nebraska-Lincoln | GPA: 3.815
Majors: Journalism, Spanish | Minor: Religious Studies
Study Abroad: ISA Summer 2015 – Cusco, Peru
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Work Experience

Iris Telehealth (February 2016 – present) | Marketing Intern

  • Telepsychiatry company based in Virginia
  • Research
  • Graphic design
  • Social media management for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Event planning
  • PR strategizing

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (June 2016 – August 2016) | Editorial Intern

  • Cook County reporter
  • Public affairs reporting
  • Attended city council meetings and board of education meetings
  • Wrote a 60-inch story about the Eastland Distaster

Lincoln Journal Star (January 2016 – present) | Reporting Intern

  • Weekend reporting
  • General assignment and cops beat
  • Event coverage
  • Wrote news, feature stories and profiles
  • Live-tweeted and wrote about breaking news

USA Today College (August 2015 – December 2015) | Multimedia Correspondent

  • Website bringing news to millennials
  • Pitched two and produced at least one multimedia story per week
  • Produced 15 multimedia stories, including one about the 14th anniversary of 9/11 that ended up on the home page of USATODAY.com
  • My work can be viewed at http://www.college.usatoday.com/author/vanessadaves

Omaha World-Herald (January 2015 – May 2015)| Fellow

  • Worked part-time on the metro desk
  • Wrote from Lincoln and Omaha
  • Covered breaking news, local events, policy changes in the courts, campus events and other news stories.
  • Wrote and contributed to more than 20 stories, some of which were multi-platform pieces.
  • Covered the gay marriage hearing in Nebraska and contributed to the final, front-page story

St. Joseph News-Press (June 2014 – July 2014)| Reporting Intern

  • Worked 40 hours/week for eight weeks on the city desk
  • Covered local events, breaking news, courts and human interest stories
  • Wrote a series of stories about the lack of funds for community pools
  • Wrote the cover story for Josephine magazine

Daily Nebraskan (August 2013 – December 2014, June 2015 – December 2015)

  • Written more than 200 stories for this student publication since 2013.
  • Covered the Nebraska football season in 2015 and produced three to five articles each week about the team
  • Covered  gymnastics, cross country and tennis
  • Wrote for News and Arts & Entertainment sections

University Activities

Kappa Delta Sorority (2013 – present)

  • Initiated member since October 2013.
  • Currently serve at Vice President-Membership, including duties of retention, recruitment and sisterhood.
  • Formerly served as Historian, Vice President-Public Relations and as a member of various committees.

Mortar Board (February 2016 – present)

  • Honors society which accepts students based on scholarship, leadership, and service.
  • Serve on selections committee.

Dance Marathon (2013 – present)

  • Participate in annual event to raise money for Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Currently on the Recruitment Committee
  • Served as a family representative for two consecutive years
  • Personally fundraised nearly $2000 for this cause in the past three years

Order of Omega (September 2015 – present)

  • Initiated member of this Greek honors society since October 2015

University Ambassadors (Fall 2013 – present)

  • Recruit students to UNL
  • Formerly served as Public Relations Chair, managing social media and hosting PR events

Relay for Life (2014 – present)

  • Participate as fundraiser and walker.
The Navigators (Fall 2013 – present)
  • Attend weekly services and Bible studies.

Honors & Awards

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Ruth Leverton Scholarship, H&L Gerdes Scholarship, Colonel M. Thompson Scholarship, Michelle Walenz Fund; Dean’s list (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015); member of the Nebraska Homecoming Court (Fall 2016)

Omaha Press Club: John F. Davis Scholarship

The Society of Cincinnati: E R Warner McCabe Scholarship (2013-2017)

Daily Nebraskan: A&E Freshman of the Semester Award (Fall 2013), Second Place Sports Profile of the Semester (Fall 2013), First Place Sports Feature of the Semester (Spring 2014)

Nebraska Press Assocation: First Place in the Collegiate Writing Competition

Kappa Delta Sorority: Corre Award Winner (highest honor a collegian can receive, selected based on academic performance and exemplary leadership)