Victoria R. Knight

EDUCATION

University of Georgia - August 2018                                                                                                             

M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Concentration in Health & Medical Journalism

· Researched and wrote a master’s thesis analyzing how the American media stigmatized those living with HIV/AIDS in Africa in news articles from the period of 1987 to 2007

· Presented paper based on thesis at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in August 2018

· Participated in the Georgia News Lab year-long investigative journalism program in partnership with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV, where we investigated Georgia jail deaths of those living with mental health conditions

University of Tennessee - May 2014                                                                     

B.S. in Biological Sciences with Honors, Minor in English Literature                                                     

· Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Chancellor’s Honors Program Member

JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE

Kaiser Health News - Washington, D.C.   

Data & News Intern - September 2018 - present                                                                                                

· Gather and check data for a long-term investigative reporting project

· Pitch, report and write health news stories

Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University - Washington, D.C.

Reporting & Research Intern - June 2018 – August 2018

· Assisted investigations through research with the outlets National Geographic and Kaiser Health News

· Conducted an independent investigation into a federal department with guidance by Chuck Lewis

· Filed FOIA requests and public records requests

· Combed databases for data and records

University of Georgia, WUGA-FM 91.7 and 97.9  - Athens, GA

News Graduate Assistant - August 2016 – May 2018

· Reported, wrote scripts for, recorded, and edited daily afternoon newscasts, with focus on local science and health stories

· Hosted and produced Georgia Health News weekly four-minute podcast with Andy Miller, Atlanta-based health journalist

· Updated WUGA-FM website with local and state news stories

· Assisted news reporter with interviews, scheduling, news research, and audio production

CNN Health Unit - Atlanta, GA

Health News Intern - June 2017 – August 2017

·  Reported and wrote national and international health news stories for CNN.com/health

·  Filed breaking news stories on a daily basis, including on embargoed scientific studies

·  Assisted with video shoots for the health broadcast team

· Uploaded digital stories in content management system for website

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)  - Oak Ridge, TN

Communications & Social Media Specialist - January 2015 – July 2016

· Created strategic plan to increase expansion of social media accounts

· Produced original, creative content for all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

· Wrote, copy-edited and designed weekly newsletters, program documents, website updates, and government reports

· Photographed research program participants and various events                                                                                                                                                                         

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)  - Oak Ridge, TN                                                                  

Science Writing Intern - June 2014 - December 2014

· Wrote and edited features detailing scientific research of participants in ORISE programs

· Conducted internal communications efforts, including designing and composing newsletters and updating social media

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of Tennessee, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology - Knoxville, TN   

Research & Laboratory Assistant with Dr. Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes - August 2010 - May 2014                                  

· Conducted molecular biology research on insect resistance to transgenic crops

· Maintained multiple insect colonies and plants for graduate student experiments

University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates - Athens, GA                                                                               

Research Assistant with Dr. Michael R. Strand - May 2013 – July 2013                                               

· Conducted research on the gut microbiome of the yellow fever mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti

SKILLS

· Health and science reporting

· Investigative journalism

· FOIA requests and public records requests

· Audio reporting

· Audio editing and production using Adobe Audition

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication - May 2018 – present Association of Health Care Journalists - January 2017 - present

REFERENCES

Available upon request