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Kikora N. Mason, B.A.

2970 N. Sheridan Road, Apt. 825 • Chicago, IL • (850) 322-2923 kikora.mason@gmail.com

EDUCATION:

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

Master of Arts in Journalism

Graduation: 5/2013

Florida A&M University Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Journalism, Magna Cum Laude

Tallahassee, FL Degree conferred: 8/2010

EXPERIENCE:

01/2012-03/2012 National Community Tax Coalition, Communications and Member Relations Intern

Chicago, IL

Contributed to NCTC blog, WorkForward

Reached out to national VITA programs about becoming members of NCTC

Designed flyers for various committees using Adobe InDesign

Responsible for adding new members to directory database, Salesforce

11/2011-01/2012 DePaul University, Undergraduate Admission DIAMOND Essay Reader

Chicago, IL

Expanded on the use of non-cognitive variables in the freshman admission process through a disciplined evaluation of admission application responses

Responsible for reading hundreds of essays per admission cycle in the academic school year

Recognized a student’s success in college through an alternative essay format

08/2009-12/2009

The Famuan, Lifestyles Section Editor

Tallahassee, FL

Managed a staff of three junior editors and staff writers

Formulated “out of the box” layouts and oversaw the flow of copy

Reviewed pages of section for editing and formatting

Created several stories ideas as such seasonal fashion spreads, coverage of arts events on campus and regular departments, such as “20 Questions”

06/2009-08/2009

U.S. House of Representatives, Press Secretary Intern

Washington, D.C.

Wrote press releases and media advisories about Congressman Allen Boyd

Corresponded with local and national media outlets to gain publicity for Congressman Boyd

Wrote constituent letters, assisted with grant requests and legislative concepts

06/2008-08/2008

National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, Program Intern

New York, NY

Researched violations of human rights for poverty stricken Americans

Traveled to NOLA, helped start non-profit organization, May Day New Orleans

Corresponded with displaced residents of NOLA about rights denied to them

08/2006-05/2008

Fisk University Chapel, Administrative Assistant

Nashville, TN

Carried out office duties—ran errands and answered telephones

Created and designed programs for Chapel events

Assisted dean of Chapel

PUBLICATIONS

“FAMU alumnus takes vision to TV in ‘Harlem Heights’”—Black College Wire “Rapper Gucci Mane breaks date with FAMU”—Black College Wire “Successful, unmarried: a dismal reality for black women”—The Famuan “Distinguished historian dies at 94”—The Famuan “Professor ready to handle business”—The Famuan “The Housing Issue: students unite to fulfill dreams for two families”—The Famuan

SKILLS:

Experience with basic language skills, proofreading and news judgment, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite Applications, Macintosh and PC proficient, Associated Press Writing Style, basic HTML, Strong understanding of ethical issues as they apply to emerging multimedia and social media, Experience using Twitter as a journalist/copy editor, Experience with fact-checking procedures

References Available Upon Request