Bio: Katherine M. Jurgens 46 Norman Road Hamden, CT 06514 H: 203-288-8821 C: 607-972-8208 Kjurgens01@gmail.com _______________________________________________________________________ MULTIMEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS 2013-2015: Achieved a Masters of Science Degree in Journalism at Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications – an institution ranked 7th among LinkedIn’s 2014 “Top 10 Best Schools for Media Professionals.” * Earned an annual academic scholarship from Quinnipiac: Final GPA: 3.97 Awarded a “Faculty Award for Academic Excellence” upon graduation: May 2015. Communication’s School responsibilities included production and participation in a weekly live QNN News Broadcast, the creation of a twice-weekly blog and a multi-media capstone project that explored a blind naturalist’s efforts to embolden blind and visually impaired people to embark on wilderness adventures: kjurgens01.wordpress.com PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT 1996/2002 News Reporter, The Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY • Covered news, features and local politics for this daily Rochester area newspaper. • Contributed front and local front page photographs • Responsible for organizing, compiling and writing content for the annual Athena Awards – Women of Excellence advertising feature magazine. • Responsible for editing press-releases, writing content and organizing The Daily Messenger’s annual 200 page Finger Lakes Vacation Guide 1999/2001 Freelance Screenwriter, La Barge Media, Rochester, NY Commissioned to write content for business-to-business, educational and tourism marketing videos for this start-up video company. 8/86-6/88 News Reporter, Bucks Free Press, High Wycombe, England Covered news, features and The Oxford Regional Health Authority for this twice weekly paper outside of London. 6/84-6/85 News Reporter, The Suburban Trends, Butler, NJ Covered politics, general news and features as reporter/photographer for this twice-weekly paper in one of New York’s affluent suburbs. EDUCATION MS JOURNALISM, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, CT BA ENGLISH, WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY, NJ Hiatus Activities 2012-Present: Researching and writing health, conservation and human interest articles for local newspapers and local and national magazines. 2003-2011: Busy parent of two active high school musicians, supervised annual summer activities for niece in Ontario, Canada, contributed news-letter articles and participated in fundraising activities for Tioga Terrace Civic Association, worked at Pier One Imports: achieved Associate of the Quarter. Relocated from New York to Connecticut for employment, new opportunities and higher education. * See more at: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/qu-ranked-among-top-10-schools-for-media-professionals/#sthash.rx4DubKC.dpuf .