As a Fashion Reporter and Associate Editor for Indianapolis Woman magazine, I regularly interacted with retail store employees and interviewed experts to write stories on the latest fashion trends. This story headlined High and Mighty discussed the return of the stiletto heel.
One of my favorite things to do is write creative stories -- especially when they allow me to step out of my comfort zone. As a former fashion reporter I was intimidated to write about basketball, but through the writing, I found I am a huge fan.
As editor of Phi Kappa Psi's quarterly member magazine called The Shield, I wrote and edited a number of stories about members and their contributions to their local communities. Here is a selection of some of the stories I had the pleasure of writing.
From the Heart:
While I wrote on a variety of topics, the story of two brothers and former Phi Psi employees who decided to write a book as a leave behind when one of the brothers was diagnosed with cancer was one of the saddest, yet most memorable. Read more.
Two Officers and Phi Psi Gentlemen:
With a commitment to upholding service, I had the opportunity to learn and write about two members serving in exceptional ways. Read more.
Gifted and Talented:
As the daughter of a teacher, I enjoyed writing about this fantastic member who is making a difference in a unique way as the county's only non-Spanish-speaking teacher in a predominately ESL district. Read more.
Every year, the Fraternity's Annual Report was part of The Shield. In the Winter 2018 issue, my team and I put together the most extensive report in the organization's history. In addition to editing the entire report, I wrote stories the following stories: Mitigating Risk, Financials (Annual Report), Shattering Stigma, Shaping Student Success, Technology Transformation, Crash Course and Contributing to the Fraternity's Future. Read more.
Letters to My Younger Self:
In a movement to take The Shield digital, my team and I launched a new, standing feature called Letters to My Younger Self that asked members to look back on their lives and to answer the question of if they had it to do all over again, what would be different. I interviewed this outstanding member and ghostwrote his story in short order. Read more.
Ensuring expanded content for The Shield, I helped launch the Fraternity's Healthy Habits blog. While working with the Fraternity's Director of Health and Wellness, I wrote a comprehensive story on ways that members could stay well during flu season. Read more.