I'm Alex, a front-end developer at Kobie Marketing, and graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. I'm a journalist by trade, programmer by day, designer by night and illustrator in the minutes between.

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résumé

education

Northwestern University
Class of 2013, cum laude
Bachelor of Sciences, Journalism — Design
Double major, Linguistics

marketing

Kobie Marketing

January 2016 - Present | Front-End Web Developer

Creating websites, apps, APIs, content managment systems and web experiences for major loyalty marketing companies like Verizon, First Citizens Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and State Farm. As part of the Customer Experience team, Alex is responsible for designing and developing user interactions and websites for our client's loyalty customers.

journalism

Tampa Bay Times

July 2013 - January 2016 | Front-End Web Developer, Web Editor

Front-end web developer and web editor, designing interactive graphics and multimedia features for the newspaper. Responsible for entire multimedia department and construction/maintenance of website. Projects include: Michael Kruse's multimedia feature, "The Last Voyage of the Bounty," Janet Keeler's "2013 Annual Christmas Cookie Recipes," William R. Levesque's exposé, "The Atomic Sailors," election result maps, Instagram trackers and database parsers. Also served as a page designer for the weekly Weekend edition.


Digital Publishing

Fall Quarter 2012 - Winter Quarter 2013 | Tablet Designer

Worked with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to create an iPad app that would garner student interest. Served as the head designer for the project while overseeing one junior designer. The app was released on iTunes in March of 2013. Also created prototype iPad and Android digital versions of North by Northwestern magazine.


Freelance

Sept. 2012 - Present | Branding Consultant and Designer

Developed branding identities for several companies, student campaigns on the NU campus, as well as for individual student brands. Designed final white paper presentations for NU staff and album covers for student a capella groups.


North by Northwestern magazine

June 2011 - March 2013 | Creative Director

Oversaw the design, photography and illustration departments and spearheaded a redesign of the magazine. Designed infographics and complete pages. Developed art, illustrations and photography.

Jan. 2010 - June 2013 | Writer

Wrote short clips for several quarterly issues about men's swimming, incidents at the Norris Student Center, women's lacrosse, exercise and body and beverage recipes.


Sports Illustrated

March 2012-Sept. 2012 | Design Intern

Designed front of the book and back of the book pages every week, including Faces In The Crowd, SI.com, Point After, Dan Patrick and Mail. Aided art directors with iPad and Galaxy versions and created photo illustrations on a weekly basis.


National Association of Black Journalists

Summer 2012 (New Orleans Convention) | Designer

Selected as one of six national design students to create the NABJ summer convention's daily newspaper, The Monitor. Designed full pages, edited photos and helped in creation of graphics.


NorthByNorthwestern.com

March 2011 - March 2012 | Interactive Editor

Oversaw all interactive graphic production in the multimedia section. Assigned projects while teaching staff Adobe Flash, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Served as liaison between magazine and web staffs.

Jan. 2010 - June 2013 | Staff Writer, NBN Sports

Live-blogged football games, analyzed game performances, participated in award-winning basketball preview (interviewed NU center Luka Mirkovic), wrote features on women's lacrosse, club teams and men's and women's swimming.


Immigrant Connect

Sept. 2011 - March 2012 | Webmaster

Maintained the ImmigrantConnect.org website, conceptualizing a redesign and handling site malfunctions. The website covered immigrant stories in the Chicago area.


TeleAmerica Broadcasting Network

Summer 2011 | Production Intern

Wrote scripts, organized interviews, created content, oversaw research, and produced three news and talk shows for this Doral, Fla. television station.


2C Media, Inc.

Summer 2011 | Production Intern

Researched facts about reptiles and the Everglades for Animal Planet's hit reality show, "Swamp Wars." Fact-checked scripts and voiceovers.

program experience

Adobe Creative Suite (CS4+)
Digital Publishing Suite and Woodwing
Flash
Illustrator
InDesign
Photoshop
Premiere

Programming Languages
HTML/CSS
JavaScript
PHP
Node.js
Angular.js
C
Python

awards

2016 Pulitzer Prize, Local Reporting
Failure Factories

2016 Pulitzer Prize, Investigative Reporting
Insane. Invisible. In danger.

2014 Sunshine State Awards
Non-Deadline News Reporting: Atomic Sailors (First Place)
Series: The Last Voyage of the Bounty (First Place)

2014 Society for News Design
The Last Voyage of the Bounty (Award of Excellence)

2014 Florida Society of News Editors
Public Service: The Last Voyage of the Bounty (Gold Medal)
Features & Arts Writing: The Last Voyage of the Bounty (First Place)
Investigative Reporting: Atomic Sailors (Third Place)

2014 Green Eyeshade Awards
Online Nondeadline Reporting: The Last Voyage of the Bounty (First Place)

2013 ASNE Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling
The Last Voyage of the Bounty (Finalist)

2013 Medill Student Showcase
Block Museum iPad app

2013 Society for News Design Michigan State University iPad Magazine category
Block Museum iPad App (Honorable Mention)

2012 SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards for Best Magazine
North by Northwestern (Second Place)

2011 SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards for Best Magazine
North by Northwestern (First Place)

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