Victoria R. Knight

EDUCATION

University of Georgia - August 2018                                                                                                  

  • M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Concentration in Health & Medical Journalism     
  • M.A. Thesis: “Otherization Frames: A Content Analysis of American Media’s Coverage of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Africa from 1987-2007”

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

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • ORISE/ORAU Award of Excellence - April 2016/December 2015
  • ORISE/ORAU On the Spot Award for Excellent Feature Writing                                                    October 2014
  • J. Paul Blakely Undergraduate Science Writing Award of Merit from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication - April 2014                                                                                                                        
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Honors Citation for Extraordinary Community Service - April 2014
  • University of Tennessee BRIDGE Research Grant & Undergraduate Research Award                            - May 2012

 JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE

Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University - Washington, D.C.                                                    Reporting/Research Intern - June 2018 – August 2018

  • Will assist with investigations through research and reporting

 University of Georgia, WUGA-FM 91.7 and 97.9 - Athens, GA                                                                               News Graduate Assistant - August 2016 – May 2018

  • Reported, wrote a script for, recorded, and edited afternoon newscasts, with focus on local science and health stories
  • Hosted and produced Georgia Health News weekly segment 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
  • Assisted with video shoots for the health broadcast team
  • Uploaded digital stories in content management system for website 

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)/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 Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)/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                                                                                        Athens, GA

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates                                          May 2013 – July 2013

Research Assistant with Dr. Michael R. Strand                                                   Conducted research on the gut microbiome of the yellow fever mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Health Care Journalists                                                                                     January 2017 – present

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Georgia News Lab Investigative Reporting Program                                                               August 2017 – May 2018
  • WUOG, UGA Student Radio Station – News Anchor/Reporter                                               January 2017 – May 2018
  • Athens Science Café – Vice President of Marketing and Social Media                                     October 2016 – May 2018

REFERENCES

Available upon request