multi-media portfolio for Bridget Higginbotham


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University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Bachelor of Science in Journalism, April 30, 2011
Minor in French
College of Journalism and Communications Study Abroad Program, France, May 2009
Honors Program


Student Webmaster,Catholic Gators/St. Augustine Catholic Student Center
Gainesville, Florida; May 2010 to April 2011.
First one to hold the position. Created all the child pages under the parent directory "UF/SFC Students" using the Tandem Server content management system. Coordinated with the student leaders and minister to fill the pages with essential details about events and programs hosted at the student center. Shared the events through Twitter, Facebook and Google Calendar. Wrote a 14-page transition report to explain the job to my successor.
Also designed a flier and a brochure for The Center, helped run events and coordinated a $3,000 student fundraiser.

Intern,University of Florida Health Science and Communications Center
Gainesville, Florida; August 2010 to December 2010.
Spent 12 hours a week in the office writing profiles and articles about health and science.

Wrote copy about the medical, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health and public professions schools for The POST newsletter and websites. Copy ranged from 100-word blurbs to 500-word profiles.

Intern, Gainesville Magazine, The New York Times Company
Gainesville, Florida; May 2010 to August 2010.
Spent 30 hours a week in the newsroom writing feature stories for the bimonthly magazine. My 11 feature stories were published in the August/September, October/November and February/March issues. Several stories re-ran in the Gainesville Sun newspaper.

Editorial Intern, INsite Magazine, Broadbeach Media
Gainesville, Florida; January 2010 to April 2010.
Edit and wrote copy, maintain Twitter and online calendar, coordinate writers and photographers, assist at photoshoots.

Contributing writer, The Independent Florida Alligator
Gainesville, Florida; January 2009 to October 2009

Volunteer, WUFT-TV
Gainesville, Florida; November 2008 to January 2009

Staff member, Newsies
Gainesville, Florida; September 2007 to July 2009
Wrote articles for the Gainesville Sun's online student blog

Editorial Intern, Southwest Orlando Bulletin,Kearney Publishing
Orlando, Florida; June-August 2007
Edited and wrote copy for the bimonthly paper.

Editor in Chief, The Oracle, Olympia High School student newspaper
Orlando, Florida; 2005-2007


Computer: Basic skills in Audacity; Soundslides; Microsoft Office; Windows Movie Maker; Final Cut; WordPress; HootSuite; Facebook; Twitter; Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Flash
Web: Basic (X)HTML and CSS
Language: Basic French


Peer Mentor of the Year, Department of Housing, April 2009
Third place, Speakers Forum, University of Florida Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication March 2009
Publicity Director of the Year, Inter-Residence Hall Association, April 2008
Principal's Award, Olympia High School, April 2007
All Florida for Sports Feature from the Florida Scholastic Press Association, 2005-2006

Second place, "Everybody Has a Story" Photo Essay, Taylor on Tour Workshop, June 2004


Society of Professional Journalists
Pi Delta Phi, French National Honor Society, Spring 2011 induction class
James C. Grimm Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, Fall 2008 induction class
University of Florida Honors Program
Get Carded
Catholic Gators Relay for Life Team
Summer Journalism Institute at the University of Florida class of 2006


References available upon request.