Samantha J. Gross

Reporter

| 219-689-4365| samantha.jane.gross@gmail.com@samanthajgross

Education

Bachelor of Science | May 2018 | Boston University College of Communication

  • Journalism, 3.7 GPA, Magna Cum Laude
  • Blue Chip Award winner for academics and leadership

Related experience

Lowell Sun | statehouse correspondent | January 2018- May 2018

  • Kept a pulse of state government, pitching and writing two to four stories per week on pertinent news topics
  • Covered breaking news, hearings, sessions and events for the Lowell paper and papers in surrounding towns
  • Forged relationships with 20 state legislators about bills and issues, localize stories for Lowell area

Boston Globe | metro correspondent | July 2016- May 2018

  • Reported and wrote general assignment and breaking news stories for the Metro section, both online and in print
  • Tracked breaking news via social media and police scanners, monitored tip line
  • Produced stories using Methode content management system

Miami Herald | metro intern | June – Aug. 2017

  • Covered variety of breaking news, enterprise features and many A1 stories like a study of late-night drinking regulation on South Beach and a deep dive into causes behind South Florida’s infamous road rage problem
  • Helped transcribe, fact check 18-month investigation of abuse within Florida’s youth detention centers. The project was nominated for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism.

London Evening Standard | editorial intern | Jan. 2017 – April 2017

  • Pitched, researched and wrote lifestyle feature pieces for the London area’s dominant evening paper
  • Fact checked and edited freelance articles for grammar, accuracy and British style under tight deadline 
  • Used the Evening Standard's custom content management system to upload original work, create galleries and format freelanced content

Daily Free Press | Editor in Chief | Dec. 2015 – May 2016

  • Edited and fact-checked all content published online and in print, including campus, city, sports, opinion, features, photo, multimedia and blog sections. 
  • Led the newsroom of 50 writers and multimedia journalists in the daily newsroom production cycle as well as breaking news coverage
  • Had final editorial oversight over the print edition in InDesign and online content in Wordpress 
  • Served as the president of Back Bay Publishing Co., working as the liaison between editorial and business boards.
  • Oversaw all social media posts.

Other roles held: Multimedia editor (May - Dec. 2015), Layout editor (Dec. 2014 - May 2015), News writer (Sept. - Dec. 2014)

Additional experience

·    Back Bay Publishing Company, Boston | Chairman of the Board | May 2017- May 2018

  • Lead the board that governs The Daily Free Press, the independent student newspaper at Boston University
  • Managed the newspaper's advertising, budget, public relations, alumni network, and other business matters.
  • Worked closely with the office manager and other former editors to ensure the financial stability of the company
  • Successfully worked to put on a series of bi-monthly "FreeP Talk" speakers series and the first annual "Next Edition" student networking conference, the first of its kind in the Boston area

·    BU College of Communication, Boston | Assistant to the Journalism Dept. | Sept. 2016- present

·    Freelance work published in Metro Boston, USA Today College, Northwest Indiana Times, Post-Tribune

Awards

·    Dean’s List | Boston University College of Communication | Sept. 2014 – present

·    Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper | Society of Professional Journalists | March 2016

·    First Runner-Up, College Newspaper of the year| New England Society of News and Editors | April 2016

Skills

·    AP Style · HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Suite · Methode · CCI Newsgate · Wordpress · Final Cut Pro