Media & Political Experience

News Desk, CNN; Atlanta, GA; August 2018 - present

Freelance Reporter

  • Worked with DC and Atlanta news desks to help with coverage of political stories

  • Successfully pitched story ideas to 2018 Midterms, White House and Congressional news teams

  • Alerted relevant parties of new developments to ensure they were a part of current or future coverage

Digital Video, CNN; Atlanta, GA; October 2017 - present

Associate Producer

  • Pitch, edit, and package original videos with politics focus

  • Craft and test SEO-friendly headlines to drive viewer traffic to CNN.com and the CNN mobile app

  • Strategically place videos on CNN.com homepage and CNN mobile app to engage viewers and ensure the newest, best content is instantly available

  • Worked with producers and senior producers to form strategic content plans for major special events (James Comey testimony, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, etc.)

  • Manage editorial curation and programming for CNN mobile app, video on stories, and video playlists

  • Copy edit videos for accurate grammar, spelling, and editorial standards

  • Monitor CNN programming to identify key, shareable moments that perform well with audiences

CNNgo & CNN.com, CNN; Atlanta, GA; February 2017 - October 2017

Freelance Associate Producer

  • Ensured all CNN.com stories have appropriate video, playlists, and/or galleries to enhance reader experience 

  • Worked with dayside show teams (Newsroom, At This Hour, Inside Politics, Wolf, etc.) to push live TV to all digital platforms via CNNgo

  • Managed CNN live streams and regularly curating video content for online playlists and OTT platforms

  • Helped ensure CNN.com video is in sync with the editorial and content direction of CNN and network wide initiatives

"Wolf," CNN; Atlanta, GA; June 2016 - August 2016

Producing Intern

  • Helped write segments and teases for Wolf Blitzer’s 1 p.m. show, “Wolf,” using iNews

  • Searched for, edited, and added video to show rundown using MediaSource/MIRA & Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Conducted extensive research on stories and pitched unique angles to show’s producers

  • Consistently mined social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, etc.) for posts related to breaking news and upcoming coverage

  • Shadowed CNN Digital web producers and writers to hone digital news writing skills and learn optimum SEO practices and CMS and analytics software (Chartbeat & Google Analytics)

The News & Observer; Raleigh, NC; December 2015 - May 2016

Multimedia Political Reporting Intern

  • Wrote print and digital political stories and briefs on the 2016 primaries and state politics for the N&O’s “Under the Dome” service

  • Shot and edited, using Canon DSLRs and Final Cut Pro editing software, six videos that aided in coverage of state politics

  • Assisted editors and reporters in researching and editing stories and interviewing sources

UNC Media Hub; Chapel Hill, NC; August 2015 - May 2016

Multimedia Reporter

  • Wrote and produced 15 original, in-depth multimedia (print & video) stories focused on state & regional issues for the UNC School of Media & Journalism's invitation-only class for distinguished students

  • Worked and communicated with state media outlets to craft stories pertinent to their audiences

  • Successfully marketed these stories to WRAL-TV, the News & Observer, & the Charlotte Observer

Getty Images; Washington, DC; March 2010 - August 2015

Freelance News Photographer

  • Covered President Obama at 20 White House press events; the 2012 DNC Convention; Superstorm Sandy damage on Long Island, NY; New Years Eve in Times Square; and political protests in the southeastern U.S.

The Daily Tar Heel; Chapel Hill, NC; August 2014 - May 2015

Political Reporter

  • Wrote 15 articles on new legislation and governmental affairs as a reporter on the General Assembly beat

  • Provided visual storytelling skills for over 40 stories documenting campus, community, sports & political news

CP Media Inc.; Winston-Salem, NC; February 2006 - January 2015

Owner & Chief of Creative Development

  • Communicated with over 50 local, national, and global firms to develop a creative vision for custom video production and photography services that met their desired promotional and marketing goals

  • Licensed creative editorial works to media clients (ex. Viacom, ESPN, NBC News, and Gracenote)

The North Carolina Democratic Party; Raleigh, NC; August 2008 - March 2010

Videographer & Social Media Coordinator

  • Assisted in developing and producing political commercials for seven N.C. House, N.C. Gubernatorial, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate candidates

  • Oversaw social media operations for three candidates and helped produce online video and photo content for their campaigns

  • Engaged in election strategy with candidates directly to effectively target youth vote

Hillary for President; Winston-Salem, NC; March 2008 - June 2008

Press Intern

  • Assisted in the organization and implementation of 5 rallies, 7 GOTV drives, and 10 phone-banking events

  • Photographed over 15 North Carolina primary events and rallies featuring campaign surrogates and the Clinton family (Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea)

  • Wrote 18 blog posts for HillaryClinton.com to document campaign events and volunteer efforts

Skills

News Writing

  • Highly motivated, persistent, and diligent multimedia reporter

  • Excellent command of AP Style (Print & Broadcast)

Political Communication

  • Profound passion for political process, elections, and tracking policy trends

  • Extremely knowledgeable on public policy, legislation, and regulatory issues

  • Eight years experience working on and/or covering political campaigns

Software & Equipment

  • Proficient in iNews, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, etc.) and Final Cut Pro video editing software

  • Master proficiency with Canon DSLR cameras and lenses

  • Working knowledge of AVID, ENPS, Audacity, Chartbeat, WordPress, and FTP clients 

Honors & Memberships

  • Top 15 Finalist for POLITICO’s 2015 Journalism Institute

  • 2010 North Carolina Press Association First Place Winner for Feature Photo

  • Mentioned in POLITICO’s 10/01/12 & 10/01/15 editions of Playbook

  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

  • Member of Society of Professional Journalists

  • Eagle Scout

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stembler Scholar at School of Media & Journalism

B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Graduated: May 2016

© 2016 By Evan Semones