As a child, I was often more comfortable inside books than around people. I don’t write in the genre I once devoured (fantasy fiction), but perpetual, obsessive reading is the writer’s unofficial apprenticeship, and I’m glad my once-shy self put in the hours.
As a technical writer at Epic, I translate complicated design documents, interviews with experts, and even source code into readable and compelling documentation. I’ve written for a variety of audiences, including doctors, nurses, IT teams, managers, and executives.
To document our overhaul of sex and gender information in the medical record, I wrote a documentation plan, created guidelines for other writers, answered their questions, reviewed manuals and release notes, and condensed the entire project into a concise overview. The project was featured in Wired.
It’s Possible Scripts: I wrote scripts for 90-seconds videos covering new features for nurses and therapists.
Blogs are a great nursery for ideas, a way to practice and a means of sharing small projects that wouldn’t otherwise find an audience.
Personal blog: Eclectic writing including game and movie reviews, programming and more.
Alec im Ausland: Photos and recollections from my five months in a German university town.
Elections journalism blog: Short summaries of meeting local political celebrities, studying election coverage and trying to stay on Professor Herbert Lowe’s good side.
Throughout college, I occasionally wrote for the The Marquette Tribune on top of my other duties at the paper. During my senior year, it won a regional award, Best All-Around Non-Daily, from the Society of Professional Journalists. I also copy edited for The Tribune and managed the copy desk.
MU campus dense in parking citations: I collaborated with Erin Heffernan to weave the data I analyzed with interviews she had conducted to create a comprehensive and useful picture of parking in Milwaukee for students at Marquette University, who live and work near some of the most-ticketed streets.
No plan in place to address $250,000 held in MUSG reserve: Marquette Student Government’s reserve fund has been growing for years, reaching half the size of the budget.
I’ve always enjoyed the arts, so when I got the chance to write about it and have my work critiqued by Dr. Pamela Nettleton, a long-time magazine writer and brilliant professor, I jumped at the chance.
Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit shows works of the self-taught: Besides being an excellent collection, Uncommon Folk affirms the idea that anyone can create and appreciate art.
“Winter Series” premiers brand-new ballets: My first time writing about ballet was also my first time seeing it. Describing the dancers’ artistry was a fun challenge.
I’ve reported on local non-profits, city agencies and community members for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, an online news agency that focuses on overlooked neighborhoods. The internship and my later freelance pieces were a valuable opportunity to meet people across the city and practice community journalism.
Fondy Farm takes emergency measures to fight drought: The dry summer of 2012 meant many crops failed to even sprout.
Program shows young offenders the personal costs of crime: Safe and Sound’s Lauren Thrift shows teenage burglars the impact of their crimes by bringing them face-to-face with the community they wronged.