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Corder - Multimedia Communications Specialist - Apex, NC, USA

Katie Leigh Corder

Apex, NC, USA


Multimedia journalist with three to five years of experience in newsroom, governmental, freelance and nonprofit settings.

Skilled in writing online, AP style, blog and social media content along with press releases and magazine content. Further expertise including videography, graphic and web design, web development, photography, SEO, analytics, networking and integrating together different media types online.

My areas of interest outside of web and journalism include communicating science (specifically meteorology, astronomy, climate change and biology), environment, education, technology, and health fields.


Multimedia Communications Specialist

Work History

Web Managing Editor

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

From January 2014

• Create and manage social media content for American Scientist magazine including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, and Google+.
• Research new multimedia opportunities such as Google Hangouts On Air, upcoming social media sites and technologies.
• Create multimedia content using audio / video equipment. and editing and animation software.
• Research, negotiate, commission, approve, maintain and troubleshoot new functionality and initiatives that are needed and requested.
• Field and troubleshoot inquiries from both internal and external partners regarding website functionality.
• Work with editorial staff to post issues of American Scientist and other content online.
• Manage locally hosted advertising on the site and in newsletters.
• Plan, write, edit, mail and maintain electronic newsletter emails.
• Assist in planning, writing, contributing and editing online-only content.
• Contribute editorially to the magazine and website.
• Offer input on the design, structure and functionality of the magazine and Sigma Xi websites.
• Help guide SEO and social media strategy using Google Analytics and HootSuite for website.

Volunteer Communications Specialist

Health 2.0 NC Triangle chapter

May 2013 - December 2013

• Set-up and maintain social media networking sites on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
• Help develop and advise web / blog content.
• Advertise upcoming events to increase publicity and attendance.
• Reach out to health field professionals around RTP, N.C. area.

Volunteer Social Media and Website Coordinator

Citiwide Vocational Center

December 2012 - November 2013

• Set-up and maintain social media networking sites on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
• Help develop and advise web / blog content.
• Advertise upcoming events to increase publicity and attendance.
• Reach out to health field professionals around RTP, N.C. area.

Multimedia Freelancer

Katie-Leigh Lubinsky

April 2012 - October 2013

• Photographer at NARAL's Pro-Choice North Carolina's "Spring Into Action: An Evening Honoring Susan Hill."
• Helped Trig Innovation film a part of the Innovative Carolina 2013 conference for small businesses and innovators.
• Assisting and developing a portfolio website using WordPress, HTML and CSS.


Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC

February 2011 - June 2011

• Edited footage, using Final Cut Pro
• Captured DV footage to create short films about "Carolina Myths" involving UNC student interviews.

Communications Specialist (Student Services Contractor)

United States Environmental Protection Agency

July 2011 - December 2013

• Wrote newsletters, web content, press releases, blogs, social media content, articles using AP style for internal and external audiences.
• Formatted and updated different internal and external websites using CMS, HTML and CSS.
• Maintained internal website including calendar, variety of pages and banners using CMS.
• Led collaborative effort between EPA researchers, communications staff, and Durham Public Library staff to publicize the installation of a public air-monitoring station. Coordinated the development of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and communications plan to educate the public on the event and the research.
• Produced and edited videography projects from pre- to post-production.
• Designed graphic and web content using Adobe Suite involving posters of various sizes, signs and flyers.
• Editor of Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program internal newsletter.
• Planned outreach strategies to target audiences for upcoming events and research topics of interest.

Photographer and Sale's Associate

Portrait Innovation

May 2011 - August 2011

• Took photographs of both children and adults both individually and in a group setting.
• Used various lighting styles, backdrops and props with the photos.
• Learned to frame people in the camera at different angles and types of shots.
• Edit the photos with customers by cropping, rotating and zooming in or out.
• Completed sales of the photos, printed and packaged the photos in less than 30 minutes.

Journalist Intern

Carolina Alumni Review

May 2010 - May 2011

• Wrote articles regarding Carolina news stories and features pertaining to a UNC alumni target audience.
• Produced video and audio pieces with music that were up on the website.
• Created interactive Adobe Flash CS4 pieces coding with ActionScript, took photographs, researched history of class gifts for the project and contacted various sources regarding this. Went up on the website.

Journalist Intern


May 2010 - October 2010

• Volunteered at a non-profit organization, Yikes!, over most of the summer executing videography of a biodiesel plant in Pittsboro, N.C.,
• Edited archival film using Final Cut Pro on a Mac.

Multimedia Designer

The Daily Tar Heel

August 2009 - April 2011

• Produced projects with the use of video and audio to create visual news stories for The Daily Tar Heel Multimedia Desk online.
• Took photographs to include in projects
• Interviewed various people both on camera and off. Got in contact with sources.
• Used Final Cut Pro on a Mac to edit photos together.editing program.
• Met bi-weekly deadlines and attended weekly meetings to discuss schedules, stories and brain-storming.

University Desk writer

The Daily Tar Heel

August 2007 - December 2007

• Wrote articles relevant to campus news at UNC-Chapel Hill
• Contacted and interviewed various sources about campus news.
• Photographed some photos to go along with my news stories.

Journalist Intern

The State Port Pilot

December 2006 - August 2007

• Wrote news and features articles as well as short blurbs regarding news in the Southport - Oak Island - Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C. area.
• Photographed various stories to go along with my and others' stories.
• Wrote press releases, interviewed and contacted various sources via telephone, in person and email.
• Shadowed reporters and photographers interviewing, writing stories and photographing subjects / materials.


Video: Your Boy, Rhetoric

This was my last UNC video project I completed, and it's involves an English UNC student using his excellent language skills in pursuing a rap career; hence, the name Rhetoric.

Design: Logo design for USEPA and Citiwide Vocational Center

I designed two logos involving one for EPA's Village Green Project, which is an air measuring research project designed as a park bench, and the other logo for Citiwide Vocational Center, which is a nonprofit specializing in training D.C. youths in workforce skills and computers.

Design: Village Green Project Information Sign

I designed this large and informative 'museum' sign for the Village Green Project, a park bench that measures local air quality in real-time and sends it to a public EPA website. I used Photoshop and Illustrator, and there is also a nifty LCD screen within the sign that shows what the air quality index is for the day as well as weather data!

Writing: Helping to Protect Wild Salmon

This is a features story I wrote for the EPA's external newsletter, Science Matters. I interviewed a few scientists out in Washington state and researched about this interesting topic and wrote up this article.

Writing, Editing & Design: Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program Update

This is the external version of the original internal version of the Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program Update. I am the editor of this news update, and I also write, interview, take photographs and design the newsletter.

Video: Scientists at Work: Managing Sewer Overflows with Green Infrastructure

There are approximately 800 cities and towns across the country that still rely on combined sewer systems. These systems increasingly put clean water at risk because of combined sewer overflows during heavy rain storms. EPA hydrologist Dr. Bill Shuster has been testing and evaluating environmentally friendly storm water management techniques called green infrastructure -- including rain gardens, cisterns and rain barrels -- to reduce overflows. His research is gaining momentum around the country because cities and towns save money while protecting human and environmental health.

Video: Scientists at Work: Measuring Roadway Pollutants

People who live, work and play near major roadways may experience health effects from traffic pollution. Dr. Gayle Hagler, an EPA environmental engineer, uses an electric, zero-emissions "air-sniffing" vehicle to learn more about air quality near roadways. Her work is part of a larger research effort by EPA to understand the health impacts of major roadway pollution.

Qualifications & Certifications

Web Design courses

Wake Technical Community College

Journalism & Mass Communication (Multimedia), American History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

South Brunswick High School

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