My name is Sarah Glen, and I’m a journalist who works at the intersection of storytelling, product design and web development.
Currently, I'm the product associate at Chalkbeat, an education news network with bureaus in New York, Colorado, Indiana and Tennessee.
Wanna know more? Scroll down to browse a few of my recent projects or find me elsewhere on the Internet:
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Building engagement and sustainability from a product perspective
As the product associate at Chalkbeat, I wear many hats. On any given day, my activities range from compiling analytics reports, to designing editorial products to launching a new paid-service newsletter. Two of my favorite responsibilities have been product managing MORI, Chalkbeat's custom-built impact measurement Wordpress plug-in, and leading the development of a CRM for our revenue and editorial teams.
Creating a 2014 Oscars experience
Awards season is always a big opportunity for entertainment news, and that's what makes it so exciting. To provide DFM readers with quality content, we decided to produce pieces that would provide multiple entry points to our Oscars coverage. From building a voting app (screenshotted here) to making a banter generator, we tried to ensure that our coverage was as interactive as possible. Then, we put it all together in a live blog to offer viewers a second-screen experience. And of course, our coverage wouldn't have been complete without a next-day GIF recap.
Making a Jimmy Fallon slow jam parody
Inspired by his infamous appearance at my alma mater, we decided to cover Jimmy Fallon's takeover of The Tonight Show by playing up his New York roots in a parody slow jam. To do this, I tracked down some of his former friends and teachers for interviews, wrote a script based on the stories I heard and enlisted the help of the Saugerties High School band. Things didn't turn out exactly as planned (read more about that from my partner-in-parody David Freid on Inside Thunderdome), but making this was a fun forray into non-traditional storytelling — and it was definitely a learning experience. In the end, we racked up some pageviews and even got a shout out from Fallon. Hopefully that means this is actually funny.
Decoding the Kennedy assassination
When it came time to discuss how to cover the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, we knew we wanted to do something more than run wire or throw up a photo gallery. After I spent entirely too much time in the conspiracist section of the New York Public Library, we decided to focus on explaining five conspiracy theories that have stood the test of time. Check out this teaser by the talented motion graphics designer Courtney Wells and be sure to view the entire project live.
Covering the 2012 presidential election
As a political science double major, I was thrilled to cover the 2012 election. In addition to launching a mobile-focused political news site through UNC's journalism school, I also blogged about North Carolina's status as a swing state for The Washington Post and covered the DNC for The Daily Tar Heel.
ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF:
- Web Writing, Social Media, SEO
- HTML & CSS
- User Testing & Analytics
- Photoshop, Illustrator
- Final Cut Pro
My name is Sarah... but if you bothered to scroll down this far, you likely remembered that. I'm a detail-oriented ENFJ currently working in NYC as a multimedia journalist. That term doesn't really mean much though, so let me be clear: I like to tell stories that engage digital audiences.
A native of the social web, my experience ranges from reporting, writing and editing stories to researching and designing data-driven interactives to performing and analyzing audience research.
When I'm not busy with those things, you can find me listening to Beyonce, cheering for the Tar Heels or wandering around Brooklyn.
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