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

Miami Herald| state government reporter | September 2018 - present

  • Covered the statewide races in the 2018 midterm election

  • Contributed to both papers’ coverage of Hurricane Michael, the most forceful hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle

  • Previous position: 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 and 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.

Dallas Morning News | breaking news intern | June - August 2018

  • Covered a variety of breaking news, general assignment stories and weekend features for the Sunday newspaper

  • Produced reporting on long wait times at driver’s license facilities that resulted in the hiring of 900 additional state employees

Lowell Sun | statehouse correspondent | January - 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 reporting that resulted in the addition of another ambulance to an underserved neighborhood in East Boston, uncovered discrimination within the Tufts University Greek life system that resulted in an internal investigation

London Evening Standard | editorial intern | January - 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 · CUE · Wordpress · Final Cut Pro