Riley J. Utley

rileyutley@gmail.com
Twitter: @rileyutley
Instagram: @byrileyutley

Work Experience

POPSUGAR, Virtual

  • Contributing Writer | February 2022-present

    • Pitches five to ten story ideas, SEO headlines and story promotion strategies per week

    • Writes at least one story per week

 

Advanced Local Media | Syracuse.com, The Post-Standard, CNY Magazine, NY Up.com, Syracuse, NY

  • Intern | January 2022-June 2022

    • Researched, wrote, reported and photographed one to four weekly stories for the life and culture section

    • Used content management system to create story packages that feature copy, photos and other multimedia elements

 

The NewsHouse, Syracuse, NY

  • Assistant Executive Producer | January 2022-May 2022

    • Assisted producers in creating 15-20 story packages a week and five to ten new author profiles a week

    • Wrote, curated and edited the publication’s weekly newsletter

    • Corrected and modified HTML code in the CMS

    • Communicated with new writers and producers to create story packages and acted as a liaison between classes working with The NewsHouse and the lead producer team

    • Copy edited stories for AP Style and fact checked stories in a timely manner for The NewsHouse and Entitled to Equality Project

  • Social Media Director | August 2021-December 2021

    • Managed and posted all NewsHouse stories on all major social media platforms

    • Created creative and compelling social media posts that fit the NewsHouse brand

    • Acted as liaison between students and the NewsHouse team during social media rotations

 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

  • Instructional Associate for Rezak Music Business Lecture | August 2021-May 2022

    • Managed attendance for over 130 students, set up the classroom and checked all technology

    • Graded and gave constructive feedback on all homework

 

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA                                                                                

  • Freelance Writer | April 2018-January 2022

    • Reported and wrote stories as needed for general news assignments, typically working on a two-day deadline. 

 

Gonzaga Student Media, Spokane, WA

  • The Gonzaga Bulletin — Editor-in-Chief | April 2020-December 2020

    • Hired and managed all staff involved with the publication

    • Edited every page for the print edition and online articles using Adobe InDesign and BLOX CMS

    • Assisted in developing and launching The Gonzaga Bulletin app

    • Created the first issue of the Zag Mag through reporting stories, creating a design guide and editing all pages

    • Lead all staff meetings

    • Facilitated staff training and education

    • Created a comprehensive employment guide for all positions at The Gonzaga Bulletin

    • Used social media to enhance storytelling and update readers on a regular basis

  • The Gonzaga Bulletin — Head News Editor | December 2018-May 2020

    • Managed news section, corresponded with staff writers, contributors and photographers to create the print paper weekly

    • Pitched, copy edited and posted stories online and social media, designed print pages on a weekly basis for the news section 

    • Wrote stories on a weekly basis for all sections of the newspaper: news, arts and entertainment, opinion and sports

    • Regularly used Adobe InDesign, BLOX CMS and Hootsuite to create a weekly paper and updated website

 

Spokane Public Schools, Spokane, WA                                                     

  • District Administrative Assistant | June 2019-May 2021

    • Worked with administrative staff to update and manage all transfer files

  • Classroom Assistant at Logan Elementary School | September 2018-September 2020

    • Helped teachers and students ranging from first through fifth grade through student assistance, assignment and test corrections and basic classroom upkeep

  • Work-Study Assistant at Express Childcare for Finch Elementary School | May 2020-August 2020

    • Worked with children between the ages of 4-13 on homework and getting to Zoom meetings to finish out the school year during the coronavirus.​

    • Helped facilitate and plan weekly activities for children during summer programming.​​​

 

The Pacific Northwest Inlander, Spokane, WA                                                          

  • Freelance Writer | September 2019-March 2020

    • Brainstormed, pitched, reported and wrote stories when needed for arts and culture section

  • Intern | June 2019-August 2019

    • Wrote primarily for the culture and food sections

    • Contributed to weekly event picks, people on the street interviews and entertainment picks

    • Worte blogs exclusively for the website

    • Used Instagram to create stories and post to complement event coverage                                  ​

 

United States Department of Agriculture/Farm Service Agency, Davenport, WA

  • Temporary Program Technician | May 2018-August 2018

    • Assisted in performing specific, routine segments of broader program operations

    • Welcomed and assisted all producers who came into the office

    • Organized and maintained all files for producers across all agricultural programs

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

  Master of Arts

  Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications

Education

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA                                                                                     

  Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

  Minor in Communication Studies

  Minor in Political Science

  Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Awards

Society of Professional Journalists | April 2019, April 2020, April 2021

  • Region 10 Mark of Excellence Winner for Best All-Around Student Newspaper for The Gonzaga Bulletin, 2020

  • Region 10 Mark of Excellence Finalist for General News Reporting for writing “First walk out at GU results in students meeting with cabinet” Story published in: The Gonzaga Bulletin

  • Region 10 Mark of Excellence Finalist for Breaking News Reporting for writing “GU students protest board of Trustee member Timothy Barnard" Story published in: The Gonzaga Bulletin

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Skills

Programs and Proficiencies:

  • Proficient in AP Style

  • Journalistic writing

  • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

  • Adobe Suite including InDesign, Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Can type an em dash ( — )

  • Content Management Systems

  •  Basic HTML and CSS

  • Social media including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Slack, Discord and YouTube

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Works well independently and in teams

  • Self-starter

  • Well-honed team leadership skills

  • Experienced in leading projects to completion

  • Deadline oriented

  • Not afraid to ask questions

  • Fast learner

  • Respectful

  • Enthusiastic about work

  • Willing to take on anything

  • Curious

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