RESUME

  

TALIA AVAKIAN

New York, New York• taliaavakian@gmail.com


EXPERIENCE  


TRAVEL + LEISURE 

New York, NY

Digital News Reporter; August 2016-Present


· Report breaking news stories on aviation, transportation, infrastructure, tourism, and technology.

· Produce full-length travel features with original photography and conduct on-air interviews both in office and for outside outlets.

· Create print stories for publication. 


TIME 

New York, NY

News Reporter; November 2017-March 2018


· Wrote breaking news stories on transportation, infrastructure, science, and technology across Time Inc. brands that included Time.com, Fortune, InStyle, Southern Living, Money, and Travel + Leisure.

· Produced print content surrounding travel for TIME Magazine. 

· Produced original features and expert advice regarding travel for TIME.com. 

· Developed original show concepts for programs that were being considered for future addition. 


BUSINESS INSIDER 

New York, NY

Lifestyle Reporter; April 2015-August 2016


· Wrote daily stories on real estate, culture, travel, tech, and business developments.

· Produced on-site stories (conduct reporting, writing, and photography).

· Worked with data team to produce exclusive Business Insider lists.

· Worked with graphics team to produce original Business Insider graphics.

· Conducted reporting for video features.


NBC I-TEAM 

New York, NY

Freelance Reporter; November 2014-December 2014


· Broke story on HIV positive New Yorkers stopping medication to qualify for government-funded housing programs.

· Conducted full reporting of story, interviewed sources for air, and wrote web copy.


NBC UNIVERSAL, TODAY

 New York, NY

Production Intern; September 2014-December 2014


· Pitched stories, prepared interview questions, assisted on shoots, edited content for air, and shot undercover stories with producers. 

· Served as a primary source to assist with breaking news content due to quick turnaround.


BBC AMERICA  

New York, NY

Editorial Intern; December 2013-September 2014


· Created photo features, wrote daily content, and managed social media.

· Created the first video series for website. (Stories regularly ranked in the top five most read and shared.)


SKILLS  

· Pitching, reporting, shooting, editing, and writing content 

· CMS, SEO, traffic optimization, social media strategy

· Adobe (Photoshop, In Design, Premiere, Pro Tools), Final Cut Pro, AVID, Microsoft Office

· Languages: English, Armenian

· Syndications: MSN, Fox, The Independent, Slate, SF Gate, Yahoo Finance, Inc., People, Smithsonian Magazine, Boston Herald, Real Simple, Extra Crispy, Coastal Living, Food and Wine, WNBC-TV, ScienceAlert, Essence, the World Economic Forum, and more


EDUCATION  


NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, M.A. Reporting the Nation In Multimedia December 2014

• Courses: Multimedia Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Data Reporting, Ethics, Digital Newsroom


LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, BA English and Journalism May 2013