Sam Zern

Vanderbilt University
Bachelor of Science, Education Policy & Sociology
Pennsylvania Legislative Services
Aug. 2020 – present
State Government Reporter
  • Cover Pennsylvania state government with an emphasis on examining statewide impacts of policy

  • Write and co-host weekly policy podcast, Right 2 Know

  • Edit colleagues’ work and post non-paywalled content to the company’s Facebook and Reddit

Chalkbeat Detroit
Summer 2020
Internship offer accepted. Position cancelled due to COVID-19.
WPLN – Nashville Public Radio
Jan. – April 2020
Podcast & Newsroom Intern
  • Gathered archival sound, student achievement data, legal filings, financial records and more for season two of The Promise, a podcast exploring the persistent segregation in Nashville schools

  • Prepared newscast content for Morning Edition and All Things Considered newscasts, and reported original radio and website stories 

  • Served as an independent fact checker for The Promise after the end of the internship

Relationary Marketing, LLC
Sept. – Nov. 2019
Podcast Production Assistant
  • Ran studio sessions with podcast clients, including screening audio clips and episode drafts

  • Managed production for live podcasting events

Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Aug. 2019 – Dec. 2019
Podcast Intern
    • Wrote and published content for the Entrepreneur Center blog and social media channels

    • Served as podcast production assistant, gathering interview subjects and screening audio

    • Created a year-end impact report for season one of the podcast Navigate, which included audience metrics and recommendations for season two improvements

The Vanderbilt Hustler
2016 – 2020
Managing Editor, Editor in Chief, News Editor, Assistant News Editor
  • Trained, edited and individually coached 100+ writers and editors in producing content that reached an average 20,000 readers per week

  • Reported stories on beats including campus diversity efforts, administrative policy and decisions, discriminatory incidents and student activism

  • Led a website transition aimed at improving reader experience and editorial efficiency

  • Created organizational onboarding materials and revamped training protocols to address diversity & inclusion, ethics and writing styles beyond the inverted pyramid

Nashville Post
June – Aug. 2019
Reporting Intern
  • Reported original content concerning business, legal and political news

  • Wrote a feature-length article on Nashville’s emerging esports market for the quarterly magazine

Austin Monitor
June – Aug. 2018
Freelance Education Reporter
  • Covered the Austin Independent School District, writing about issues including under-enrollment, budget deficits and statewide achievement goals
A Greater Society (Film)
June – Aug. 2018
Documentary Curriculum Writer
  • Wrote and edited a companion discussion guide and curriculum for the independent documentary A Greater Society, which explores senior citizen voter turnout during the 2014 midterm elections
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
Jan. – May 2018
Undergraduate Intern
  • Advised during early planning stages for the Project LIT Summit, a project by a SCORE Fellow teacher to promote literacy and diverse books in schools

  • Coordinated admission for the 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum on Education

  • Assisted in day to day office operations and event preparation, provided feedback on ongoing educator engagement initiatives and wrote for the blog

Common Threads
May – Aug. 2017
Nonprofit Management Intern
  • Compiled 15 years of historical data, including yearly financials, annual reach and company milestones into comprehensive company history presentation and video with infographic elements

  • Coordinated with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami to complete tasks related to facilities upgrades, grant research and donor management

Breakthrough Collaborative
June – Aug. 2015
Summer Teaching Fellow
  • Designed and taught Earth science curriculum to class of 18 rising sixth graders, all of whom will be first generation college students, in Central Texas

  • Provided students with summer programming that combined academic acceleration with resilience building and goal orientation

  • Addressed social-emotional needs of at-risk students with a team of co-teachers and collaborated with parents to best meet their child’s needs

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