RESUME

Allison J. Althoff

Masters of Science in Journalism | Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism

 “A Daily Miracle” on ChicagoNow | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | | YouTube | Vimeo | Pinterest

allisonjalthoff@gmail.com

WORK EXPERIENCE

Editor, Wheaton magazine | January 2014 – present

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

  • Manage editorial vision and artistic direction for magazine reaching over 44,000 households worldwide
  • Direct web communication and production strategy for each issue of the magazine
  • Correspond with alumni and marketing department re: story ideas and production

Journalism Certificate Program Assistant and Guest Lecturer | September 2012 – present

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

  • Co-teach intro and upper-level courses (COMM 215, Intro to Journalism; COMM 415, Internet Journalism / Global Journalism)
  • Coordinate and host public forums on campus featuring global media professionals
  • Network and connect Wheaton students with internships and jobs in the fields of professional journalism and media

Nav20s Chicago: Discipleship Intern, The Navigators | August 2013 – May 2014

The Navigators: Chicago, Ill. / Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Lead workshops and discussion groups nationwide on sexuality, spiritual formation, business, vocation/calling, and more
  • Meet with a group of 20somethings in Chicago to coordinate monthly faith-based social, service, and evangelistic activities
  • Connect with a mentor weekly via phone to dissect Scripture and complete intensive Bible study curriculum

Online Editor, Today’s Christian Woman | June 2012 – January 2014

Today’s Christian Woman, Christianity Today Media Group; Carol Stream, Ill.

  • Innovated and implemented weekly iPad application and website reaching over 300,000 unique global viewers per month
  • Increased online traffic 487 percent from start to end dates
  • Created, assigned, wrote, edited, produced, reported, and published daily articles and interviews for print, web, and iPad issues
  • Managed social media campaign and brand management on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+
  • Directed editorial and social media interns in the office
  • Taught about TCW’s editorial and marketing strategy at writers’ workshops and conferences around the world
  • Contributed freelance work to Christianity Today magazine and her.meneutics, CT’s women’s blog

Editorial Intern at Christianity Today | June – August 2012
Christianity Today Media Group
-Produce, edit and publish daily news content to CT Online: news, blogs, politics and entertainment
-Report on national and international news events ranging from the Colorado wildfires to Norwegian church conflict
-Assist editorial staff with daily duties including issue layout, planning and execution

Blogger: “A Daily Miracle” on ChicagoNow | March 2012 – present
ChicagoNow – a Chicago Tribune website
•    Inspirational daily blog covering Christian-themed arts, news, entertainment and culture
•    Utilizes social media to drive over 3000 page hits per day (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)

Media, Marketing & Entertainment Business Reporter; Religion Reporter: September 2011 –March 2012
Medill Reports: Chicago, The Northwest Passage: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism
•    Reported daily on venerable Chicago-based companies including Groupon, Inc., Brunswick Inc. and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.
•    Covered various religious events and outreach efforts on the Northwest Side of Chicago, fall 2011
•    Produced various multimedia packages integrating audio, video, slideshow and mobile reporting elements

HoneyRock Service Team Leader / Camp Counselor: May  – August 2011
HoneyRock Camp: Three Lakes, WI – Wheaton College’s “North Woods” Campus
•    Mentored 13 high school juniors through a seven-week faith-based residential program of work projects and natural excursions
•    Led, managed and supervised the “Service Teamers” through daily Bible studies, devotionals, activity periods and work projects
•    Served HoneyRock Church as worship leader for several worship services
•    Administered and distributed HoneyRock-allotted finances for Service Team’s social and organizational expenditures

CMC Live Spring 2011 Tour Manager: January – April 2011
CCCU BestSemester.com Practicum: Brentwood, TN – “The Contemporary Music Center” Executive Track
•    Selected from a group of 32 college students to manage all financial and production aspects of a $20,000 budget, eight-act, nine-day tour to college campuses across the Midwest
•    Managed two pop-country artists’ musical careers for three months in Nashville, TN
•    Produced, co-wrote and arranged several original songs with artists in-studio
•    Designed websites, press kits and social media plans for several up-and-coming artists
•    Played electric bass and performed backup vocals weekly for five different bands at venues across the US

Clear Channel Communications Production / Promotions Intern: May – August 2009, 2010
101.3 KDWB-FM “The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show” / 102.1 K102 Promotions Team
•    Created and produced daily show content for “The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show,” one of the top Morning Shows in the Twin Cities
•    Gained on-air and in-studio broadcast experience
•    Published articles to and uploaded daily Podcasts to <http://www.daveryanshow.com>
•    Recorded video and took photographs at K102 station events for <http://www.k102.com>
•    Promoted K102 at country music festivals, concerts, community events, and parades

InterSection (Arts and Entertainment) Editor / Staff Writer: September 2008 – December 2010
The Wheaton Record
•    Managed production of the arts and entertainment section of Wheaton College’s weekly newspaper
•    Directed a team of twenty staff writers in the craft of art and entertainment critiques
•    Composed weekly reviews of audience relevant movies, music, theater, restaurants, books and more
•    Devised ideas for feature spreads and regional spotlight pieces

Social and Publicity Chair: August 2007 – May 2010
The Wheaton College Symphonic Band
•    Participated in this acclaimed touring ensemble as principal alto saxophone player for four years
•    Coordinated social and volunteer opportunities with 40+ participants (Northern Illinois Food Bank, Salvation Army, Banquets)
•    Designed promotional materials for the ensemble

Welcoming Crew: Spring 2008 – May 2010
Wheaton College Artists’ Series
•    Assisted professional musicians and dance crews with pre-show backstage preparation
•    Conversed with international performing groups in French

EDUCATION

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
•    Masters of Science in Journalism, anticipated August 2012
•    GPA: 3.54 / 4.00
•    “Medill Ambassador,” Medill School of Journalism Graduate Admissions Office representative

Wheaton College; Wheaton, IL
•    B.A. Communication (Media Studies), minor in Biblical and Theological Studies, May 2011
•    GPA: 3.74 / 4.00, Magna Cum Laude
•    Lambda Pi Eta, National Communication Association Collegiate Honor Society
•    Dean’s List – All semesters
•    Wheaton Presidential Award Scholarship Recipient

ADDITIONAL ABILITIES  

•    Photography, videography and audio recording and editing experience with Canon Rebel T3i, iPhone, and various other devices
•    Experience marketing and increasing ROI with web analytics, social media, blogging, website development and WordPress’ content management system

  • 18-20somethings Leadership Team member at Bloomingdale Alliance Church; Glen Ellyn, Ill. (2013-2014)
  • Social Media Strategy Consultant and Speaker (projects completed for Redbud Writers’ Guild, YogaVibes, Aidmatrix, etc.)

•    Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Adobe Creative Suite
•    Music and broadcast production skills on various media platforms (Adobe Audition, GarageBand, NexGen Audio System, Final Cut Pro, ProTools)
•    Worship leading / live performance / studio recording and songwriting experience on saxophone, guitar, electric bass, vocals, piano, percussion
•    Conversational in French

Playing bass at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN – Spring 2011
Hanging out with Justin Bieber during my internship with 101.3 KDWB-FM in Minneapolis, MN – Summer 2008
At CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, GA
A glimpse into life as a high school camp counselor at HoneyRock – Summer 2011

 

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