I am a journalist-turned-product manager and I spend my days working on The Washington Post's iOS apps. I also led the Post's Digital Partner Program through its initial launch and have previously worked on our apps for Android/Kindle Fire.
Outside of work, I'm often found out for a run on the Mall or catching a movie at E Street Cinema. If you really want to get me talking, ask me about rural issues (I'm a farmer's daughter from Nebraska), STEM education or musical theater.
Want to chat? I'm at any of the following:
Featured by the App Store as one of Apple's Best New Apps when it launched, this all-new app is focused on delivering an unencumbered and highly visual reading experience to the Post's growing national and international audience.
Early reviews pushed the app to a 4-star average in the App Store, making it the latest successful launch for our team of editors, designers and engineers.
Among my contributions to this project:
As part of the Post's aggressive campaign for readers nationwide, this program offered partner publications the ability give each of their subscribers a free yearlong digital subscription to the Post. To date, more than 250 publications have signed onto the program.
I received the publisher's quarterly Outstanding Contribution Award for my work, including:
In the first quarter of 2014, we overhauled our hybrid iPad app — ditching HTML5 views and rebuilding article pages, galleries and section fronts using native technology.
The challenge posed to our team was how to support the rich, embedded storytelling elements — like tweets, Instagrams, YouTube videos, etc. — that are increasingly interwoven into our stories. Unlike when using HTML5 views to render content, these didn't work out of the box.
But our efforts to go native paid off:
I led this project from the initial brainstorming stage through launch. Our app includes:
I play a key role in bridging the divide between the newsroom and technology in the daily upkeep of this app.
Among my contributions:
For every product I've been involved with, part of my role has been getting colleagues up to speed on it. And I'm a frequent stop for coworkers with their ongoing questions about mobile.
Some of the topics I've covered in our newsroom:
Experience with iOS and Android on apps and the web
Comfortable speaking with technical and non-technical colleagues
Strong belief in data-driven decision making
Accustomed to figuring out a path to get to the Big Idea
Have intimate knowledge of content management systems in use
Regularly dig into technical discussions to find solutions