Corder Katie-Leigh V.

Katie-Leigh V. Corder

Digital Journalist

Name:Katie-Leigh V. Corder
Date of birth:December 07
Address:Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA
Phone:(919) 345-9817
Digital journalist with newsroom, government, freelance and nonprofit experience. Awarded two bachelor\\'s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication (Multimedia) and American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.

Currently working as the Web Managing Editor at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society\\'s American Scientist magazine. Responsibilities include managing and publishing new content to the website using HTML, CSS and CMS; managing and creating posts for all social networking sites; publishing and assist in creating blogs; managing and producing multimedia including videos, animations, photography and audio; analyzing SEO and website analytics; and researching new media and technical platforms for enhanced communication experiences.

Another involvement includes volunteering for Fuzzy Faces Rescue, a nonprofit that focuses on animal shelter, education, and animal-to-people therapy. Responsibilities include coaching them to become more strategic and adaptive in digital communication; analyzing their website and social media presences; and helping them build their visual components including audio-visual, photography, and online marketing.

My interests outside of digital communications include history, health and fitness, nature, science and entrepreneurship. Please see my full resume, portfolio of selected projects, and testimonials below.

Work Experience

January 2014 - present

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Web Managing Editor (American Scientist magazine)

• Create and manage social media content for American Scientist magazine including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, and Google+.
• Research new multimedia opportunities such as Google Hangouts On Air, upcoming social media sites, new technologies, and blog platforms.
• Create multimedia content using audio/video equipment and editing and animation software.
• Research, negotiate, commission, approve, maintain and troubleshoot new functionality and initiatives that are needed and requested.
• Field and troubleshoot inquiries from both internal and external partners regarding website functionality.
• Work with editorial staff to post issues of American Scientist and other content online.
• Manage locally hosted advertising on the site and in newsletters.
• Plan, write, edit, mail and maintain electronic newsletter emails.
• Assist in planning, writing, contributing and editing online-only content.
• Contribute editorially to the magazine and website.
• Offer input on the design, structure and functionality of the magazine’s and Sigma Xi’s websites.
• Help guide SEO and social media strategy using website and other online analytics.

July 2011 - December 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office...

Communications Specialist (Student Services Contractor)

• Wrote newsletters, web content, press releases, blogs, social media content, articles using AP style for internal and external audiences.
• Formatted and updated different internal and external websites using CMS, HTML and CSS.
• Maintained internal website including calendar, variety of pages and banners using CMS.
• Led collaborative effort between EPA researchers, communications staff, and Durham Public Library staff to publicize the installation of a public air-monitoring station. Coordinated the development of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and communications plan to educate the public on the event and the research.
• Produced and edited videography projects from pre- to post-production.
• Designed graphic and web content using Adobe Suite involving posters of various sizes, signs and flyers.
• Editor of Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program internal newsletter.
• Planned outreach strategies to target audiences for upcoming events and research topics of interest.

April 2012 - November 2013



• Photographer at NARAL’s Pro-Choice North Carolina’s “Spring Into Action: An Evening Honoring Susan Hill.”
• Helped Trig Innovation film a part of the Innovative Carolina 2013 conference for small businesses and innovators.
• Developed a portfolio website using WordPress, HTML and CSS from start to finish.
• Helped film a conference involving the N.C. Alliance for Healthy Communities.

May 2011 - July 2011

Portrait Innovations


• Took photographs of both children and adults both individually and in a group setting.
• Used various lighting styles, backdrops and props with the photos.
• Learned to frame people in the camera at different angles and types of shots.
• Edit the photos with customers by cropping, rotating and zooming in or out.
• Completed sales of the photos, printed and packaged the photos in less than 30 minutes.

May 2010 - May 2011

University of North Carolina-General Alumni...

Editorial Intern

• Wrote articles regarding Carolina news stories and features pertaining to a UNC alumni target audience.
• Produced video and audio pieces with music that were up on the website.
• Created interactive Adobe Flash CS4 pieces coding with ActionScript, took photographs, researched history of class gifts for the project and contacted various sources regarding this. Went up on the website.

August 2009 - April 2011

The Daily Tar Heel

Multimedia Journalist

• Produced projects with the use of video and audio to create visual news stories for The Daily Tar Heel Multimedia Desk online.
• Took photographs to include in projects
• Interviewed various people both on camera and off. Got in contact with sources.
• Used Final Cut Pro on a Mac to edit photos together.editing program.
• Met bi-weekly deadlines and attended weekly meetings to discuss schedules, stories and brain-storming.

Past Position: News Writer, August 2007-December 2007

• Wrote articles relevant to campus news at UNC-Chapel Hill
• Contacted and interviewed various sources about campus news.
• Photographed some photos to go along with my news stories.

May 2007 - August 2007

The State Port Pilot

News Writer Intern

• Wrote news and features articles as well as short blurbs regarding news in the Southport – Oak Island – Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C. area.
• Photographed various stories to go along with my and others’ stories.
• Wrote press releases, interviewed and contacted various sources via telephone, in person and email.
• Shadowed reporters and photographers interviewing, writing stories and photographing subjects / materials.


Volunteer Experience

January 2015 - present

Fuzzy Faces Rescue

Digital Communications Specialist Volunteer
  • Assist in increasing digital communications including revamping the website, social media sites, photography/videography, and outreach to the local and regional communities.
May 2013 - December 2013

Health 2.0 NC Triangle

Volunteer Communications Specialist

• Set-up and maintain social media networking sites on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter (@health20nctri).
• Help develop and advise web / blog content.
• Advertise upcoming events to increase publicity and attendance.
• Reach out to health field professionals around RTP, N.C. area.

December 2012 - October 2013

CitiWide Computer Training Center

Volunteer Website and Social Media Specialist

• Updated WordPress website using HTML and CSS.
• Updated social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with up-to-date information.
• Designed logo with new design and name using Adobe Suite.
• Contacted point-of-contact through email / phone long-distance.

March 2011 - June 2011

Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC

Volunteer Video Editor

• Edited footage, using Final Cut Pro
• Captured DV footage to create short films about “Carolina Myths” involving UNC student interviews.

May 2010 - October 2010

Recyclique, YIkes!

Volunteer Videographer and Editor

• Volunteered at a non-profit organization, Yikes!, over most of the summer executing videography of a biodiesel plant in Pittsboro, N.C.,
• Edited archival film using Final Cut Pro on a Mac.



Journalism; Reporting; Interviewing; Photography; Content Management Systems; WordPress; Joomla!; HTML; CSS; Audio / video equipment skills (lighting, microphones, tripods, recorders, cameras, and production); Writing online, news and features; blogging; social media; Usability tests for websites; AP style; Graphic and web design; Electronic media management skills; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and Encoder; Windows / Mac; Final Cut Pro; Wikipedia coding; Page Maker; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; and basic C++.

Honors & Organizations

Honors & Organizations


  • NC Press Association Scholarship (2007)
  • David Jordan Whichard II Scholarship (2009)


  • Society Of Professional Journalists, Member, December 2014-Present
    Attended JournCamp 2014 workshop with sessions including Narrative Storytelling, The Future of Journalism, and Mobile Reporting.
  • University of North Carolina-General Alumni Association, Member, April 2011–Present
  • Save the Cape, Member, January 2015-Present
The State Port Pilot Writing

The State Port Pilot Writing

Carolina Alumni Review Writing

Carolina Alumni Review Writing

US EPA Writing: News, Blogs, Fact Sheets

US EPA Writing: News, Blogs, Fact Sheets

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Rachel Scall

2011 October
Legal Intern at New York City Conflicts of Interest Board

(Regarding The Daily Tar Heel‘s Multimedia Desk): On top of being a talented videographer and editor, Katie was reliable and easy to work with. I could always count on her to do a great job on any project she took on and she never missed a deadline. Katie was responsible, down to earth and I loved having her on my staff.

Anthony Chuukwu, Ph.D.

2013 February
Owner, CitiWide Computer Training Center

Since working with Katie last year, Katie has shown high level reliability, attention to details and creative abilities. This is known from the website Katie has reformatted for CitiWide Computer Training Center. She had shown expert and deep knowledge of the subject matter which has resulted in a branding of our business that is near to second to none.

Thank you, Katie for a job well done. I am looking forward to continued work in the future and possibly providing you more recommendations for a brighter future.

Brian Young, MD, MBA, MS

2013 November
Healthcare Predictive Analytics--"The Data MD"

Katie helped me find a solution for my professional website and to develop it so that I can use it to further showcase my personal brand and career skills and trajectory.
She understands how to communicate a message and unify web presence to meet the design concept and purpose.
Katie has an infectious energy and congeniality that made the process fun.

Melissa Anley-Mills

2013 February
Public Information Officer US EPA Office of Research & Development

Katie-Leigh is an enthusiastic and hardworking member of the science communications team. She’s a valuable contributor to communications planning and for social media efforts. Katie-Leigh often volunteers to take the lead drafting tweets and language for other social media platforms, (which is very much appreciated)! She’s eager to help and does very nice work, including creating video content and taking photographs to tell the story of EPA research and development.

Dan Costa, Ph.D.

2012 November
National Program Director for Air, Climate and Energy Research at USEPA

Katie has worked as a student contractor for Communications supporting my research program at the EPA. She’s done a great job on all assignments and has been a great asset in all phases of communication and other related tasks. Her work on our newsletter was highly creative and the result was superlative. She has conducted literature and web searches, and is eager to take any task. She works independently and responsibly. I’m pleased to recommend her as her career moves forward.

John Masters

2015 January
Lieutenant commander (LCDR) US Public Health Service, Environmental Scientist at Environmental Protection Agency

I worked with Katie for a couple of years at the EPA. We had worked in different sections but were responsible for the same aspects of communication and outreach.

My section The Air Pollution Prevention Control Division, is responsible for cutting edge science, is very technical and not easy to communicate our work. Katie did a fantastic job of assimilating herself into the process, touching base with key research scientists and build a rapport with my scientists. They being hard to please sometimes were always satisfied with her work, which basically is describing their work, and that is not easy to do, but Katie did it well. She was thoughtful, accurate, ethical and fast. Katie has a great ability to adapt to any situation and assimilate herself into the process which is key in the modern workforce. Would be completely happy to work with her again one day.

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