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Cristobella Durrette

Multimedia Storyteller

Phone:

832-418-1090

Email:

Residence:

Washington, D.C.

References available upon request.

Relevant Work Experience 

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

2018-2021

Fall 2020

Wisconsin State Journal/Medill Contributor

Washington, D.C.

  • Report on how the Wisconsin congressional delegation voted on legislation and nominations each week as part of Medill's media partner arrangement

  • Analyze and explain complex legislation in accessible language for a general audience

UPI/Medill Contributor

Washington, D.C.

  • Cover congressional hearings and breaking environmental news as part of Medill's media partner arrangement

  • Photograph lawmakers at hearings to accompany written coverage

USA Today Election Day Stringer

Richmond, VA

  • Interviewed people on the ground at polling places, including voters, volunteers and election officials

  • Wrote several posts for the USA Today Election Liveblog on voter motivations and key issues 

The Cougar News Editor

Houston, TX

  • Past positions: Managing Editor; Life and Arts Editor; News Assistant Editor

  • Wrote at least one article per week while overseeing a team of 20 reporters and designers, planning weekly news coverage and editing approximately ten pieces of print and digital content per week

Houston Public Media Production Intern

Houston, Texas

  • Pursued and developed stories independently and for assignment, covering COVID-19 and local government

  • Produced audio pieces to air on the Morning Edition broadcast using Adobe Audition

  • Created custom illustrations to accompany stories on digital platforms

Relevant Project Experience

Winter 2022

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Week in Congress podcast

Medill News Service, Washington D.C. 

  • Interview one reporter and one expert on the biggest headline of the week

  • Produce one five- to seven-minute podcast episode per week using Adobe Audition

Urban Native American Nutrition

Native News Online

  • Interviewed health care providers and patients at the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center about the clinic's Work Out Low Fat Elders (WOLFE) program

  • Produced an audio piece about the program 

Tik Tok video explainers series

Medill News Service, Washington D.C. 

  • Researched, scripted, shot and produced video explainers on asteroid research and on COVID-19

  • Used relevant hashtags to optimize video traffic

Skills

Adobe

Proficient: Audition, Lightroom

Intermediate: Photoshop, Premiere Pro

Beginner: Pro Tools

Multimedia

Proficient: illustration, digital photography

Intermediate: audio production, video production

Languages

Intermediate: French

Beginner: Spanish

Other

Proficient: AP style

Intermediate: HTML, Wordpress, Canva

Beginner: Datawrapper

Education

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism

2021-2022

Master of Science in Journalism, specialization in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs

University of Houston, the Honors College

2017-2021

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, minor in Studio Art

Summa Cum Launde

Senior Honors Thesis Award recipient