LINDSEY LEAKE
 

lindsey leake

MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST

Lindsey Leake is a multimedia journalist, American University graduate student and Princeton University graduate with nearly eight years' experience in digital and print journalism.

 
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EXPERIENCE

DIGITAL

Lindsey is a National Online News Producer for Circa, the national digital desk of Sinclair Broadcast Group - the largest TV broadcasting company in the nation - in Washington, D.C. She writes, edits and produces multimedia content for 140+ news and entertainment websites in 80+ TV markets across the country. Lindsey thrives on reporting breaking news online for Circa.com and Sinclair's vast network of TV stations.

Prior to joining Sinclair's national digital desk, Lindsey was a Web Editor at WJLA-TV and its sister cable station NewsChannel 8 in Washington, D.C., and a Digital Content Producer at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. She authored breaking news stories, rewrote TV packages for the web, managed stations' social media accounts, and field produced special events.

PRINT

Before jumping into the intersection of digital and broadcast journalism, Lindsey was the Assistant Editor - Promotions & Special Projects at Virginia Living magazine, and held editorial internships at Northern Virginia and Washington Spaces magazines. During her junior year at Princeton University, she was on the Business Today publishing staff.

 
 
I’m not a lady, I’m a journalist.
— Lois Lane, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

EDUCATION


american university

M.A. Journalism and Digital Storytelling

Expected to graduate spring 2019

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

B.A. Italian with Journalism

Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication

Graduated June 2010

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COVERAGE

ORGANIZATIONS

 

EXPERIENCE

 Lindsey poses with cardboard cutouts of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at WJLA-TV in Arlington, Va., October 2016.

Lindsey poses with cardboard cutouts of then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at WJLA-TV in Arlington, Va., October 2016.

 

CLICK HERE to view a .pdf version of Lindsey Leake’s resume.

 
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NATIONAL ONLINE NEWS PRODUCER

CIRCA

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | MAY 2015 – PRESENT

  • Reports breaking news online for Circa, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s national digital desk
  • Writes, edits and produces multimedia content for 140+ news and entertainment websites in 80+ TV markets nationwide in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Coordinates with digital staff, reporters, anchors, news directors, photographers and editors from Sinclair-owned TV stations to syndicate digital content nationally
  • Curates editorial, photo and video (including livestreams) content from CNN Newsource, The Associated Press Newsroom, World Entertainment News Network and MGN
  • Uses Google Analytics to monitor story performance and Shareablee to evaluate social media reach
  • Coverage highlights include Hurricane Irma (September 2017)the inauguration of President Donald Trump (January 2017) and the Emanuel AME Church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina (June 2015)
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WEB EDITOR

WJLA-TV (ABC7 NEWS) AND NEWSCHANNEL 8

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | JULY 2014 – APRIL 2015

  • Aggressively published breaking news by writing web articles, sending push notifications and emails, and posting content on social media; coordinated with assignment desk and reporters in the field to ensure quick, accurate publication
  • Wrote and edited original web articles, rewrote television scripts and reporter packages for web, and produced multimedia news content for WJLA.com; posted and cut video for roughly 25 web stories daily
  • Curated local and national content from The Associated Press, CNN, ABC News and ESPN
  • Managed all social media accounts, engrossing more than 400,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter
  • Measured story performance using Google Analytics and Chartbeat
  • Worked with producers, reporters, photographers, editors and anchors to integrate interactive digital and social media content on air
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DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

WRIC-TV (ABC 8NEWS)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | AUGUST 2013 – JUNE 2014

  • Wrote and edited original web articles, rewrote television scripts and reporter packages for web, and produced multimedia news content for WRIC.com; posted about 15 to 20 web stories and video clips daily
  • Managed all social media accounts and consistently engaged large audiences on Facebook and Twitter
  • Worked closely with producers, reporters and anchors to integrate interactive digital and social media content on air, with a special focus on “Good Morning Richmond,” “8News at 9” and “8News at Noon”
  • Thrived during breaking news situations, quickly generating content for WRIC.com, the 8News mobile app and social media platforms
  • Field produced and provided digital and social media coverage of “8News on the Move” live shows on location, including at the 2014 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show
  • Assisted the assignment desk with news gathering, fact checking, and fielding press releases and news tips
  • Wrote headlines, web teases and daily email blasts
  • Gathered news updates from reporters in the field; worked with reporters to promote and tease their packages on Facebook and Twitter
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ASSISTANT EDITOR – PROMOTIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS

VIRGINIA LIVING MAGAZINE

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA | DECEMBER 2012 – JULY 2013

  • Oversaw production of the Best of Virginia 2013 special issue: designed and managed second-annual statewide readers’ survey, increased reader participation by 148 percent, notified and interviewed winners, managed call team staff, and wrote more than 200 winner blurbs
  • Handled all promotions for the most widely read lifestyle magazine in the state and its special issues, including crafting press releases, media kits, house ads, promotion plans and email blasts
  • Engaged and interacted with readers by running the magazine’s social media accounts
  • Wrote articles, pitched stories, interviewed subjects, copy edited, fact checked, proofread and researched
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EDITORIAL INTERN

REFINERY29

WASHINGTON, D.C. | SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER 2012

  • Wrote fashion, beauty, arts, entertainment and news content for the online global style hub
  • Conducted market research on fashion trends, shows, sales, store openings and other retail events
  • Pitched original content, interviewed subjects, fact checked articles, and requested art from sources
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EDITORIAL INTERN

NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAGAZINE

CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA | DECEMBER 2011 – SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Wrote a variety of print and online copy, ranging from 3,000-word magazine features to brief web posts
  • Contributed to cover stories and wrote full-length features for the magazine, as well as online travel, news, family, health & beauty, arts & entertainment, and home & design content
  • Interviewed sources, gathered art, conducted research, fact checked and copy edited
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CONTRIBUTOR 

PATCH MEDIA

CENTREVILLE AND CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA | JANUARY 2011 – JUNE 2012

  • Worked as a freelance multimedia journalist for several Northern Virginia divisions of Patch
  • Wrote weekly columns in addition to frequent feature articles for the hyper-local digital news publications
  • Pitched stories, researched, and supported editorial staff
  • Shot, edited, wrote and tracked several digital packages
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PUBLISHING STAFF MEMBER

BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY | SEPTEMBER 2008 – MAY 2009

  • Coordinated distribution of the largest student-run publication in the United States, contacted PR departments at top business schools, and scheduled shipment of the magazine
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EDITORIAL INTERN

WASHINGTON SPACES MAGAZINE

VIENNA, VIRGINIA | JUNE – AUGUST 2008

  • Wrote back-of-book pieces, web articles and blog posts for the luxury home and design publication
  • Conducted research to support senior staff writers, proofread and fact checked advertisement and article mockups, completed in-person and phone interviews for feature articles, and gathered art
  • Assisted the art department with layout tasks as needed and worked on fall issue of the magazine from conception to completion
 

EDUCATION

 The McKinley Building, home of the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. (American University)

The McKinley Building, home of the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. (American University)

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American University

WASHINGTON, D.C. | SEPTEMBER 2017 - SPRING 2019

M.A. JOURNALISM AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING

  • Merit Award recipient | May 2017
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graduate work

Lindsey Leake is a graduate student at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., where she's pursuing an M.A. in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. Below is a selection of her graduate work. Click here for her complete graduate portfolio. 

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