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SUMMARY: In today&;s digital media landscape, news organizations need new age journalists who can understand their audiences&; news consumption patterns, deeply investigate unexplored stories and build news packages using the latest technical tools to bind audience interests. As a passionate journalist with comprehensive training from Medill and an avid programmer with more than four years of technical experience, I believe that I possess the right blend of skills to succeed as a new media journalist.
Northwestern News Project: June &; Present
Web developer/designer, Media reporter
The Northwestern News project is focusing on "How young, urban Hispanics are redefining America."
* Currently creating databacked flash packages and interactive graphics for two separate stories.
* Working on designing and implementing the Northwestern News website.
* Building infographics for the overall project that will feature on the front page of the project website.All News graphics will be available after the final release on August ,
Medill Innovation Project: April &; June &;
This was the capstone project for my Master&;s program at Medill where I worked with a realworld client, the StreetWise magazine, to revamp its print and web products.
* Led the web strategy and implementation of the project and singlehandedly programmed the backend of the beta website for the client.
* Used lowcost and opensource tools such as Wordpress, PHP and Google maps API in implementing the website and key features such as usergenerated volunteer maps to achieve the desired design within the limited resources of our nonprofit client.
* Performed usability testing and cardsorting exercises to focus on audience requirements.
* The new website, launched on Jun , , attracted unique page visits and more than , page views in the first two weeks.
Medill News Service: Sep. &; Dec.&;
Health & Science reporter
As part of the Medill news service, I covered the health & science beat investigating and reporting on several unexplored stories in the field. As a result my stories were regularly picked up by different media organizations and featured on their websites.
Ordyn Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore: Sep.&; May &;
Senior design engineer
Provided design inputs and implemented quality solutions for the new switching product in the challenging environment of a telecommunications products startup company while mentoring new team members.
* Implemented a full feature for the product by working in C on Unix platform.
* Wrote python scripts to create an easier testing mechanism for the lengthy and cumbersome features.
Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore: Oct.&; Aug.&;
* Worked as the principal developer on several projects for the offshore Nortel Networks team.
* Extensively worked in C language to singlehandedly design and implement critical telecommunications protocols providing ontime delivery.
Master&;s of Science in Journalism,
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, June `
Bachelor&;s in Electrical Engineering,
JSS Academy of Technical Education, NOIDA, May `
* Operating Systems: MS /, NT, XP, Vista, Unix, Red Hat Linux, Solaris
* Multimedia: Audacity, Adobe Premier Elements, Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver, Photo Mechanic, PhotoPeach, Soundslides
* Design: Adobe Creative Suite ,
* Database: mySQL
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
* News fellowship for summer .
* Knight Foundation Scholarship to study at the Medill School of Journalism.
* Spot award at Infosys Technologies for independently handling an entire module and completing it on time with zero defects.
* Spot award at Infosys Technologies for my efforts in creating a positive atmosphere for the team members as the "team prime.
References are available on request.