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Kikora N. Mason, B.A.

2970 N. Sheridan Road, Apt. 825 Chicago, IL (850) 322-2923 kikora.mason@gmail.com


____________________________________________________________________________________________________ EDUCATION: DePaul University Chicago, IL Master of Arts in Journalism Graduation: 5/2013 Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Journalism, Magna Cum Laude Degree conferred: 8/2010 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ EXPERIENCE: 01/2012-03/2012 National Community Tax Coalition, Communications and Member Relations Intern Chicago, IL Contributed to NCTC blog, WorkForward Reached out to national VITA programs about becoming members of NCTC Designed flyers for various committees using Adobe InDesign Responsible for adding new members to directory database, Salesforce

11/2011-01/2012 DePaul University, Undergraduate Admission DIAMOND Essay Reader Chicago, IL Expanded on the use of non-cognitive variables in the freshman admission process through a disciplined evaluation of admission application responses Responsible for reading hundreds of essays per admission cycle in the academic school year Recognized a students success in college through an alternative essay format 08/2009-12/2009 The Famuan, Lifestyles Section Editor Tallahassee, FL Managed a staff of three junior editors and staff writers Formulated out of the box layouts and oversaw the flow of copy Reviewed pages of section for editing and formatting Created several stories ideas as such seasonal fashion spreads, coverage of arts events on campus and regular departments, such as 20 Questions 06/2009-08/2009 U.S. House of Representatives, Press Secretary Intern Washington, D.C.

Wrote press releases and media advisories about Congressman Allen Boyd Corresponded with local and national media outlets to gain publicity for Congressman Boyd Wrote constituent letters, assisted with grant requests and legislative concepts New York, NY

06/2008-08/2008 National Economic & Social Rights Initiative, Program Intern Researched violations of human rights for poverty stricken Americans Traveled to NOLA, helped start non-profit organization, May Day New Orleans Corresponded with displaced residents of NOLA about rights denied to them

08/2006-05/2008 Fisk University Chapel, Administrative Assistant Nashville, TN Carried out office dutiesran errands and answered telephones Created and designed programs for Chapel events Assisted dean of Chapel ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ PUBLICATIONS FAMU alumnus takes vision to TV in Harlem HeightsBlack College Wire Rapper Gucci Mane breaks date with FAMUBlack College Wire Successful, unmarried: a dismal reality for black womenThe Famuan Distinguished historian dies at 94The Famuan Professor ready to handle businessThe Famuan The Housing Issue: students unite to fulfill dreams for two familiesThe Famuan ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ SKILLS: Experience with basic language skills, proofreading and news judgment, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite Applications, Macintosh and PC proficient, Associated Press Writing Style, basic HTML, Strong understanding of ethical issues as they apply to emerging multimedia and social media, Experience using Twitter as a journalist/copy editor, Experience with fact-checking procedures References Available Upon Request