Experience

I’m currently a features writer for Virginia Media (The Virginian-Pilot, The Daily Press and The Virginia Gazette). Feel free to check out my work using the links below, or email me at Saleen.Martin25@gmail.com.

Education

Master of Arts
Journalism concentration
University of Georgia
May 2018
                                      

Bachelor of Arts
English and Secondary Education concentration
Virginia Wesleyan College
May 2014

Work Experience

Features Writer
The Virginian-Pilot
June 2021  – Present

  • Report and write daily news, enterprise, and other stories for print, Pilotonline.com and Dailypress.com
  • Help create guides for special events such as the fall arts calendar, Fourth of July celebrations and Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Enter articles and photos into Arc, the company’s content management system

Staff Writer – DART Squad (Digital Action in Real Time)
The Virginian-Pilot
August 2018 – June 2021

  • Worked on the breaking news team, sometimes on the night shift as the sole reporter, responding to crime scenes and getting information posted to Pilotonline.com and Dailypress.com quickly and accurately
  • Reported and wrote enterprise and feature stories for print, Pilotonline.com and Dailypress.com
  • Entered articles and photos into Arc, the company’s content management system

Intern
The Virginian-Pilot
May 2018 – August 2018

  • Worked on the breaking news team, sometimes on the night shift as the sole reporter, responding to crime scenes and getting information posted to Pilotonline.com and Dailypress.com quickly and accurately
  • Reported and wrote enterprise and feature stories for print, Pilotonline.com and Dailypress.com
  • Entered articles and photos into Arc, the company’s content management system

Graduate Assistant
University of Georgia’s Division of Marketing & Communications
January 2017 – May 2018

  • Reported and wrote features, profiles, and press releases for the media communications department
  • Entered articles and photos into a content management system for the university’s weekly newspaper

Graduate Assistant
University of Georgia’s Division of Marketing & Communications
October 2016 – December 2016

  • Assisted in researching the unionization of reality television by gathering, summarizing and organizing articles and periodicals into Microsoft spreadsheets
  • Transcribed and archived extensive interviews using Microsoft Word

Digital Intern
WAVY-TV 10
June 2017 – August 2017

  • Wrote stories for the web (WAVY.com and hrScene.com)
  • Posted multimedia stories about Hampton Roads
  • Created and scheduled Facebook posts promoting coverage
  • Assisted in operating the website with regular updates and constantly emerging content
  • Contacted sources to verify information for stories
  • Organized a spreadsheet listing animals and participating shelters in the “Clear the Shelters” campaign
  • Communicated regularly with local shelters to ensure that featured pets were still available prior to posting them on the WAVY TV 10 Facebook page

Skills

  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere, InDesign, InCopy and Audition
  • Skilled in WordPress, Expression Engine and Arc