About

Scranton, USA

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jessdrkn@gmail.com    facebook.com/jessica.durkin   linkedin.com/in/jessicadurkin

twitter.com/jessdrkn

National Association of Hispanic Journalists, director of Region 3 (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia)

Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone State Pro Chapter; member SPJ Digital Media Committee

PROFILE   Founded www.inothernews.us June 2009.  Interested in media reform and starting an online news site for the Scranton area. Former newspaper reporter with six years writing experience, basic photography and Internet skills. Regularly wrote breaking news stories for the Web. Fostered relationships with area sources and acquired knowledge of local issues.

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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.
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One Response to “About”

  1. john durkin Says:

    I love newsredux. Your skills really come through when righting from the heart and not restricted by the requirements of hard news reporting. Love, Dad


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