Lisa Waananen Jones
Journalism Résumé

Washington State University Pullman, Wash.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Fall 2014 to present

Teaching visual communication classes in the Journalism and Media Production department at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, with a specialization in data visualization and design. Classes include Visual Communication, Video for the Web, Introduction to Data Visualization, Multimedia Content Creation, Multiplatform Reporting, and Narrative Storytelling. Serving on the Faculty Senate as a clinical faculty representative, and treasurer for the Association for Faculty Women.

Teaching Awards:

  • AEJMC Newspaper & Online News Division Teaching Terrifically in the 21st Century (TNT21) Award Faculty winner for “Chart on the Street: Combining Data Visualization with Man-on-the-Street Interviews to Challenge Conventional Narratives”
  • AEJMC “Great Ideas for Teaching” finalist “Making Data Personal,” a project for teaching data collection

The Inlander Spokane, Wash.

Web editor, Nov. 2012 to July 2014

Oversaw a site redesign, managed online content and promoted stories on social media. Designed a custom layout for a long-form project about Sprague Avenue and wrote about Spokane history, the fight over genetically modified food and many other things.

The New York Times New York City

Graphics intern and editor, July 2011 to Nov. 2012

Researched and made graphics – including maps, timelines and charts – for print and the web. Helped out with the reporting and writing for bigger projects and breaking news.

Contributed to award-winning projects:

Columbia Journalism School New York City

Digital Media Associate, June 2010 to June 2011
M.S. Journalism 2010

Helped teach courses and assisted students and faculty with digital media projects. Taught digital media skills – including video, audio, photojournalism and website construction – in classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions. Specialized in graphics and untangling messes of divs.

Student Press Law Center Washington D.C.

Reporting intern, January through April 2009

Wrote online updates and in-depth magazine articles about public information access laws, internet communication, and legislation related to schools and student media, with an emphasis on freedom of information laws and issues. Assisted with video, graphics and illustrations to accompany stories. Provided feedback and ideas for website redesign.

The Spokesman-Review Spokane, Wash.

Reporter and Editorial Assistant, June through October 2008

Worked as a general assignment reporter for the city desk, writing stories on deadline and developing longer features. Covered early and late shifts, responsible for posting breaking news to the website with relevant links and working with the web editor to update those stories for the print edition. Suggested and coordinated maps and graphics to accompany stories for print and online. In the position of editorial assistant, conducted research, checked facts and answered readers’ phone calls.

The Daily Evergreen Pullman, Wash.

Editor-in-chief, August through December 2007
Reporter, photographer and designer, August 2005 to May 2008

Guided the vision of the newspaper and led a staff of 15 editors and more than 50 other staffers during a period that included a new university president, millions of dollars in campus renovations, high-profile men’s basketball seasons, and turmoil in the campus police department that led to a yearlong search for a new chief. Emphasized multimedia training and successfully petitioned for new equipment. Oversaw a redesign of the paper and the construction of a new website. Reported with an emphasis on community features, campus safety and historical retrospectives. Took news photos and created timelines, maps and illustrations. Organized and produced various special sections.

The Indianapolis Star Indianapolis, Ind.

Pulliam Fellow intern, June through August 2007

Worked in the features department writing stories for the daily paper and weekly entertainment sections. To best cover the temporary “Harry Potter beat,” proposed and ran one of the paper’s few blogs with multiple daily entries, relevant links, photographs and reader interaction. Contributed to brainstorming sessions with other Pulliam interns to generate new ideas for website organization and content.

The Arizona Daily Sun Flagstaff, Ariz.

Reporting intern, June and July 2005

Wrote community features and wildfire updates. Generated story ideas and assisted other reporters with editing and database research. Learned about the existence of AP Style. Discovered that being a reporter is really fun as long as you don't mess up.