September 16, 2009

Scranton, USA

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jessdrkn@gmail.com facebook.com/jessica.durkin   @jessdrkn

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Region 3 director

New America Foundation Media Policy Initiative 2010 fellow

PROFILE Founder www.inothernews.us, a directory of independent online news start-ups.  Interested in media reform and civic engagement in the new news ecosystem, entrepreneurial journalism.

EDUCATION        B.S. in Communications-Journalism California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

University of Pittsburgh, Master of Library and Information Science Program, begun summer 2010.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2/10Present    New America Foundation, Washington, DC Non-Resident Fellow

  • Granted a fellowship with New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative to expand on new news ecology research begun at my site InOtherNews.us as it relates to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy report “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age.”
  • Exploring the Scranton area’s local news and information system.

8/074/09       The Times-Tribune, Scranton, PA Staff Writer

  • As the Dunmore and North Pocono regional reporter covered the construction of a controversial new high school in the North Pocono School District and the resignation of the Dunmore Borough manager.
  • Later assigned to the night police beat and wrote breaking crime and fire news in Scranton and around Lackawanna County.

11/045/07    Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT Staff Writer

  • Served as regional reporter in five Northeastern Connecticut towns covering municipal government, school boards and planning and zoning committees. Wrote daily news, feature and trend stories.
  • Tracked issues closely, providing follow-up stories as needed. Wrote multiple stories about controversial change to a town clerk’s accounting system.
  • Covered breaking news, including major crime stories.
  • Followed tribal affairs of the Mohegan Indian and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations and their respective casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino.

5/048/04       Portland Press-Herald, Portland, ME Staff Writer Intern

  • General assignment reporter covering news and feature stories for 70,000 circulation daily newspaper in southern Maine. Wrote police, city government and human interest stories.

4/0312/03   Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Affairs, Pomona Staff Writer Intern

  • Helped conceptualize and launch monthly online alumni newsletter Poly@lumni.
  • Contributed stories and story ideas to university print publications PolyTrends and Panorama.