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Cerone White

Freelance Journalist

Summary

A responsible and committed journalist with the affinity for writing well- balanced, informative, interesting and investigative news stories. Experience journalist in reporting breaking news, while being able to allow readers to digest the information with ease. Able to be organized and flexible while managing changing priorities with ease. Possess the skills and ability to handle sensitive information in a diplomatic manner. Able to stay calm under pressure and tight deadlines.

Skills

  • News writing 
  • Social media implementation
  • Investigative writing/reporting  
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Analytical problem solver
  • Detail oriented and able to multi-task 
  • Able to balance daily coverage with enterprising work
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication 
  • Experience covering crime and courtroom news 
  • Deliver breaking news as it happens

Professional Experience

05/201708/2017

Crime and Courts Staff Reporter

Maryland Independent
  • Covered breaking crime stories and follow  up on stories with potential lead 
  • Produced a steady stream of daily and enterprise coverage of national political events, issues, campaigns, trends and personalities. 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with law enforcement agencies, firefighters, and politician within Southern Maryland.  
  • Independently prioritize upcoming cases and records of trials to ensure all tasks are completed to  standard and in a timely manner
01/201605/2016

Social Contributor Intern

Kids In Distress Inc., Wilton Manors, Fla.
  • Developed and managed online marketing campaign 
  • Achieved a strong visible media presence and developed concepts with viral potential
  • Monitored media coverage and complied reports including both quantitative and qualitative measurements. 
  • Continuously monitored online public relations forum and ensured success of program
  • Provided compelling coverage of both anticipated and spontaneous news for print and online media. 
04/201608/2016

General Assignment Reporter

Caribbean National Weekly, Sunrise, Fla.
  • Wrote factually correct, concise and engaging news stories within tight deadlines
  • Gathered and verified factual information regarding stories through interviews, observation and research
  • Introduced fresh and new angles on news story idea to help engage social media followers
  • Networked with various officials and experts to gather multiple perspectives on issues
  • Combined video, audio and graphics to effectively convey each story
01/201507/2016

Staff Writer

Current - Nova Southeastern University Student Newspaper, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Utilized journalistic skills to format and structure with an understanding of readers' interest 
  • Created multi-media news stories that engaged both faculty and students'
  • Created social media presence for online publication 
  • Awarded best writer for the quarter during my tenure at the paper. 
04/201506/2015

Commissioner's Intern (Com. Joseph Kelley)

City of Opa -locka, Opa -locka, Fla.
  • Worked on special projects and assisted in planning events
  • Attended meetings, hearings and briefings and took notes 
  • Conducted research as needed and report findings to the Commissioner
08/200912/2009

NBC Newsroom Intern

WTVJ - TV NBC 6 News, Miramar, Fla.
  •  Researched news stories, conducted preliminary interviews of in-studio guests
  • Assisted during shoots, selected video footage
  • Demonstrated the capacity to resolve complicated problems and prioritize my decision and manage multiple assignments concurrently in a high pressure, breaking news environment.
  • Storyteller who treated news, features and other events with equal passion and thrived within the deadline-intensive, 24x7 newsroom environment.

Military experience

04/2010 - 09/3013        Petroleum Supply Specialist   U.S. Army (Active Duty), Ft. Lewis, Wa.                                                                                                               02/2018 - 02/2020       Petroleum Supply Specialist    U.S. Army (Active Duty), Ft. Hood, Tx.

Education

08/201708/2019

Master's Degree

Barry University

Public Relations 

01/201511/2016

Bachelor's Degree

Nova Southeastern University

Communication (Media Studies)

05/201206/2015

Associates Degree

Broward College

General Studies