Curriculum Vitae

Michael Stone’s CV (PDF)

EDUCATION
University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)
Master’s in science/health communications
Jan. 2013-Dec. 2014 (expected)

Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Bachelor’s in journalism
Minors: American culture, business administration
Aug. 2005-May 2010

RELEVANT COLLEGE COURSES
University of Florida:
Mass Communication Teaching
Mass Communication Theory
Documentary and Social Change

Middle Tennessee State University:
American Media and Social Institutions
Media Design and Visual Language (Honors)
Advanced Political Reporting
Reporting
Editing
Media Writing
Feature Writing
Ethics and Mass Communication
Free Expression Mass Media
Specialized Journalism: Immersion Journalism
Mass Media and American Culture
Mass Communication and Society
Interactive Reporting
Visual Journalism Production
Tennessee Government

SKILLS
Computer: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, News Edit Pro, iMovie, Audacity, Cakewalk, Soundslides, WordPress
Writing: News, opinion, Web, headlines, captions, public relations, book publishing
Photography and Videography: Canon 7D
Page Design: Newspapers, magazines, resumes, pamphlets
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Computer: Journalism and mass communications
Animal Care

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
University of Florida
Lab Instructor—Multimedia Writing (Dec. 2012-Present)
—Teach two sections of about 20 students each per semester
—Students learn basics of media writing, public relations, social media, blogging and more
—In first semester teaching, helped nine students get work from class published

MEDIA EXPERIENCE
Patch Media (AOL), Atlanta, Ga.
Editor (Dec. 2010-Nov. 2012)
—Launched and directed news website covering Cobb and Douglas counties in metro Atlanta
—Received company-wide recognition for election coverage
—Had work picked up by CNN, the Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly
—Gained attention of community as go-to news source
—Coverage included city and county government, police, a wide array of feature stories, photography, videos and much more
—Site included comprehensive business directory and rating system, live traffic map, best fuel prices, events calendar, homes for sale, and user-generated comments and blogs
—Recruited and managed region’s largest team of unpaid community bloggers
—Recruited and managed team of paid freelance writers, photographers and videographers
—Gained and interacted with large social media following
—Organized and participated in marketing events to promote the site
—Held weekly office hours for readers at area restaurants

Chattanooga Times Free Press (WEHCO Media), Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reporting Intern (July-Dec. 2010)
—One of two selected for six-month paid internship
—Received large amount of A1 placement for intern for breaking and hard news, feature stories, and enterprise and investigative reporting
—Coverage included local, state and federal politics, environment, crime, courts, business, education, health, fitness, military, travel and much more
—Had several photos published with stories
—Had work picked up by MSNBC and the Associated Press

The Daily News Journal (Gannett), Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Reporting intern/freelance writer (May 2008-June 2010)
—Completed two, three-month internships
—Had several in-depth freelance articles published in between internships
—Produced up to two news stories and two videos per workday
—Gained experience and clips that would lead to being selected for Chattanooga internship

Sidelines (Middle Tennessee State University’s student newspaper)
Editor in chief, opinions editor, features editor, staff writer (Nov. 2007-June 2010)
—Wrote news articles, feature stories and opinion columns; edited others’ work; coached beginning writers; designed pages; photographed; produced videos and Soundslides presentations; conducted user polls; and performed many other tasks in operating newspaper
—Created new sections in the hard copy and on the website
—Represented newspaper in TV and other media, especially when it was threated by budget cuts

OTHER EXPERIENCE
White Oak Conservation Center (Yulee, Fla.)—Media relations and animal care intern (Summer 2013)
Prairie Project Graduate Fellow (Gainesville, Fla.)—Workshop promote sustainability in curriculums (Summer 2013)
WUFT-PBS (Gainesville, Fla.)—Reporter and photographer (April 2013-Present)
CMA Fest (Nashville, Tenn.)—Public relations for the annual festival (2009)
Fazoli’s Italian restaurant (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)—Server, cashier and cook (2009)
JR’s Foodland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)—Stocked for last locally owned grocery store in city (2008-09)
MTSU Campus Recreation Center (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)—Facility employee (2008)
Nashville Zoo (Nashville, Tenn.)—Animal care volunteer (2008)
Widespread Panic (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)—Public relations for the band’s MTSU show (2007)
MTSU Housing and Residential Life (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)—Desk assistant (2007)
Kroger grocery store (Woodstock, Ga.)—Meat and cheese cutter (2006)
Elite Turnkey turnkey business (Woodstock, Ga.)—Owner’s assistant (2005-2006)
Bi-Lo grocery store (three different stores in Tennessee)—Cashier, bagger and stock (2004-06)
Food Lion grocery store (Chattanooga, Tenn.)—Cashier and bagger (2003-04)
Warner Park Zoo (Chattanooga, Tenn.)—Volunteer and camp counselor (1999-2003)

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Let’s Be Wild Photo of the Day for nature photography (2013)
Florida State Parks Photo Contest finalist for nature photography (May 2013, two photos)
Golden Press Card Award of Merit for continuing coverage of triple homicide (2010)
Christopher Bell Annual Writing Competition winner for in-depth investigation into MTSU’s declining recording industry program (2010)
John Seigenthaler Scholarship for overall journalism (2010)
MTSU Quiz Bowl championship team (2010)
Douglas E. Stults Memorial Scholarship for overall journalism (2009)
Tennessee Hope Scholarship for overall academics (2005-10)

MEMBERSHIPS
Atlanta Writers Club—Served as the organization’s videographer (2011-12)
West Cobb Business Association—Represented AOL in the organization (2011-12)
Society of Professional Journalists—Re-chartering president of MTSU’s chapter (2010)
Chess Club of Middle Tennessee—Founding president (2009-10)

REFERENCES
Available upon request

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