Lauraann J. Wood

520 S. 2nd St. Apt. 911

Springfield IL, 62701

217.607.4669, lrawud@gmail.com



Masters of Arts – Public Affairs Reporting

University of Illinois at Springfield

May ’15


Bachelors in Science – News/Editorial Journalism

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

December ’13

Minor: Psychology


Reporting Intern

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Springfield Bureau, Illinois State Capitol

Jan. 5, 2015 – May 30, 2015

— Covering the 99th General Assembly and Supreme Court session

— Building strong professional relationships with colleagues and sources

Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, Social Media Editor, Reporter, Copy Editor, Page Designer

The Daily Egyptian, SIUC campus

Jan. 2011 – Present

— Delegated responsibilities and assignments to a staff of about 50

— Ensured accuracy and balance with every published newspaper

— Efficiently planned and edited a newspaper under strict daily deadlines

— Responsible for all final decisions and necessary editing

— Managed news staff on a collective and individual basis

— Respectfully considered and answered to community feedback

— Engaged community conversation through the newspaper’s social media platforms

— Used artistic eye to create aesthetically luring news pages

— Proactively gathered information for stories and followed up to achieve well-rounded and complete coverage

— Seized every opportunity to learn about different aspects of newspaper creation (i.e. design, plate burning, press preparation)

 Food Runner, Clerical Assistant, Snack Shop Cashier 

 Lentz Dining Hall, SIUC campus, Thompson Point Residence Area, West Campus

Feb. 2009 – Mar. 2012

— Aided cooks in refilling and cleaning food stations

— Was promoted to clerical assistant within two months

— Calculated and documented payroll for about 75 student workers

— Tracked and documented employee attendance

— Created employee schedules

— Prepared the weeks’ dining menus

— Ensured customer satisfaction with every transaction

— Counted and documented snack shop sales at days’ end.

Food Packer, Cashier

Brown’s Chicken and Pasta, Highland, IN,

Mar. 2006 – Mar.  2008

— Packaged and served meals to customers

— Cleaned the work area at the end of every shift

— Took every opportunity to strengthen and fine-tune my customer service skills



More than conversationally fluent in American Sign Language, conversational in Spanish, crisp and concise writing, thorough editing, can type about 90 wpm, staff management, crisp AP style knowledge, articulate and effective communication, exquisite customer service, proficient to work on both Mac and Windows computers, highly familiar with social media publishing sites such as Hootsuite and bit.ly, neat and sharp clerical skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Adobe InDesign and Photoshop; exposure to iMovie, Protools, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Outlook; semi-professional puppeteer