Charlotte Southern in UgandaCharlotte Southern is a freelance multimedia journalist who is currently in the process of changing careers due to the declining journalism market. Although photography is her first passion, she has made the decision to pursue a career in nursing. One of the main reasons Charlotte went into journalism was to help others, as she feels that it is one of the responsibilities of the media to give a voice to those who do not have one. Through nursing she hopes to make a direct impact on people’s lives in the medical setting.

Charlotte is currently finishing prerequisite classes for nursing school and hopes to begin training in 2015. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her boyfriend Beau, step-daughters Kaelyn and Jordyn, and cat Maggie.

Journalism Background:

After earning her Master of Arts in Interactive Media from Elon University in North Carolina she relocated to Denver, Colorado in June 2011. She joined the masters program at Elon to broaden her storytelling skills so she may expand on her career as a journalist.

Prior to attending Elon University Charlotte worked as a freelance photojournalist in South Florida. Her work has been published by The Miami Herald, Bloomberg Wire Service, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Prague Post, West Kendall Today, American Federation of Teachers publications, the AFL-CIO, Forum Publishing Group community newspapers, Next American City magazine, Meister Media trade publications, the University of Miami and others.

Charlotte has also pursued a number of personal projects in conjunction with non-profits focusing on social issues, most notably the devastation in Biloxi, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina, and education in developing countries. In the fall of 2005, Charlotte traveled to Uganda and documented the life of 22-year-old Rwandan genocide survivor, John Kayiranga, as he resumed his education from where he left off in third grade. John’s life was shown to the public through a 2008 photography show in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. All proceeds were donated to Lead Uganda, the organization funding the education of John and other children throughout the country.

Charlotte earned a Bachelor of Science of Communication from the University of Miami in 2005 with a double major in photojournalism and studio art. Originally born in the United Kingdom and holding dual-citizenship, Southern is an avid traveler who enjoys learning about other cultures.

 

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HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE

St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, Colorado
Sitter – Patient Care 04/2014 – Present
● Performs direct observation of patient to maintain safety
● Assists in activities of daily living
● Communicates patient status changes to RN

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver Colorado
Kids Connection Volunteer 04/2014 – Present
● Rounds pediatric floor to assess patients’ extracurricular needs
● Plays, reads to, and watches pediatric patients at bedside and in playroom
● Maintains playroom for pediatric patients

 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Charlotte Southern Multimedia
Sole-Proprietor 05/2005 – Present
● Work with a range of clients including: The Miami Herald, Bloomberg Wire Service, Demand Media Studios, University of Miami, Forum Publishing Group, Meister Media Publications, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Next American City Magazine,The South-Florida Sun-Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, and West Kendall Today
● Photograph and caption images for print and online publications
● Shoot and edit video
● Work directly with reporters and editors on stories
● Responsible for all aspects of the business including coordinating jobs and accounting

The Creative Group, Denver, Colorado
Content Manager – Monigle Associates
● Created and updated web pages on content management system and SQL database
● Digitized content from clients for web
Digital Asset Manager – Starz Entertainment
● Fulfilled image requests for licensed titles on all broadcast services
● Cleaned images for archive and broadcast services
● Tagged and renamed images for archive
Visual Asset Manager – University of Denver, Daniels College of Business
● Sorted and edited image library for the Office of Communications
● Embedded metadata to create a searchable archive

The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida
Electronic Photo Desk Tech, part-time/freelance 10/2006 – 07/2010
● Managed and input photos received via email from photographers
● Photo edited wire photos for the inside of the A-section
● Served as a liaison between photographers on assignment and editors
● Copy edited and fact checked photo captions
● Communicated with other newspaper organizations as well as PR and marketing
● Answered phones and emails for the department

The Miami Hurricane, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Staff Photographer 08/2001 – 05/2005
● Photographed assignments that included sports, portraits, and events
Production and Classified Manager 08/2003 – 08/2004
● Input classified and display ads into the twice-weekly newspaper on strict deadlines
● Worked directly with ad managers for display ads and customers for classified ads

Ibis Yearbook, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Staff Photographer 08/2001 – 05/2005
● Developed personal assignments and photographed sports, portraits, events, and clubs
Photo Editor 01/2002 – 06/2003
● Managed team of 6 to 8 photographers
● Served as a liaison between staff photographers, section editors, and editor-in-chief

 

INTERNSHIPS

Open Media Foundation, Denver, Colorado
Video Production Intern 11/2011 – Present
● Shoot and edit videos for internal projects and external clients
● Developing print and video guide for internal use to streamline production process specifically geared towards new interns

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Photography Intern 01/2005 – 05/2005
● Photographed daily assignments including features, news, sports, business, food, and portraits

The Prague Post, Czech Republic
Photography Intern 06/2003– 07/2003
● Photographed assignments for the weekly English-language newspaper and created slideshows for website

The Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida
Photography Intern 06/2002 – 08/2002
● Photographed daily assignments including features, news, business, food, and portraits

 

PROJECTS

Why We Do What We Do
Graduate Capstone Project (www.whywedowhatwedo.com)  02/2011 – Present
● Came up with concept to showcase the stories of individuals in the community through day-in-the-life videos that express the motivations behind what they do on a daily basis
● Research subjects and coordinate video shoots
● Conduct interviews
● Shoot and edit videos
● Designed and built website

Santa Cruz Recicla, Costa Rica
Project for the Public Good, Elon University
Content Manager, Photographer, and Editor 01/2011
● Worked with project, design, and development managers to create a website from scratch in a total of three weeks (10 days in the field, 10 days state-side)
● Coordinated photo and video shoots while in country
● Wrote the script, shot, and edited mission statement/how it works video
● Edited and captioned photos and videos
● Managed two photographers and served as a liaison between them and the design and development team while in country
● Provided site-wide quality assurance for English version of website

Concern for the Future, Uganda
Solo Photo Show for Charity (www.charlottesouthern.com/bakehouse.html)  10/2008 – 11/2008
Bakehouse Art Complex – Miami, FL
● Organized 25 image photography show and opening night reception
● Created print marketing for show
● Used social media to promote show

 

EDUCATION

Community College of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Prerequisite Classes for Nursing School 08/2013 – Present
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
M.A. Interactive Media 05/2011

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
B.S. Communication 05/2005
Double Major in Photojournalism and Studio Art

 

SKILLS

Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS5, InDesign CS5, Dreamweaver, Flash (AS3), HTML & CSS, DSLR Video, Studio Lighting, Soundslides, Audacity, Pro Tools, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Photo Mechanic, Aperture, Lightroom, MerlinOne, MediaGrid, Mac/PC

 

WORKSHOPS

The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop 06/2011
www.kalishworkshop.org

NPPA Multimedia Immersion 06/2009
www.nppa.org

Photography for NGOs – Uganda with Stephen Shames & Thatcher Cook 10/2005
Maine Photographic Workshops

The Visual Narrative with Sarah Leen & Thatcher Cook 06/2004
Maine Photographic Workshops