Northwestern University - Dec. 2015
B.S. from the Medill School of Journalism, Media & Integrated Marketing Communications; Minor in French
Brain Bytes Creative - Atlanta, GA
Strategist (Apr. 2016 - present)
Every quarter, I oversee an average 20+ projects across a dozen clients, for whom I lead all strategy, planning, analysis, management and branding efforts. I work and collaborate closely with all our departments (SEO, CRO, Graphic Design, Content, and Development) to build out long-term cross-platform strategy plans using data insights, creative ideation, industry best practices and close knowledge of our clients' business goals. I manage my own department, assist our sales team in building relationships with prospective clients, and work closely with our executive team to standardize internal processes and plan for the future of Brain Bytes.
CNN Documentary Unit - Atlanta, GA
Production Assistant (Sep. 2015 - Mar. 2016)
Aided in research, production and post-production on short docs that air regularly on CNN. This role required me to juggle multiple project timelines at once. I worked with a team of diverse personalities, from producers to craft editors to major network correspondents. I contributed whenever possible to editorial discussions, whether it was in a writing session or an edit bay. I listened closely, asked a lot of questions and kept a lot of lists.
One documentary to which I contributed a great deal was "Targeting Terror," a project about security and intelligence wars worldwide, in the context of the Nov. 2015 Paris terror attacks.
The Experiment in International Living - South Africa
Multimedia Journalism Fellow (Summer 2015)
Reported on a group of 15 high school students on a trip throughout South Africa. I shot video and photo, and used Adobe Premiere to edit more than 15 videos during the trip. I also managed the program blog. This job put me totally in charge of my own timelines and quality of work; I was across the world from my bosses, who were so happy with my work that they gave me enormous freedom. Before embarking, I used my communication skills to establish clear expectations with program heads. I worked with a fellow journalist to brainstorm and produce content. I led workshops on storytelling.
To see my photo and video work from this program, please visit: http://eillis1.tumblr.com/
La Blogothèque - Paris, France
Production Assistant (Fall 2014)
Assisted the production team at video shoots of musical performances in Paris. This job often required very specific technical skills of me – translation, equipment handling, archiving, audio/video editing. My most important job was learning to communicate professionally in a second language, and integrating myself in a tight-knit group of creatives. I regularly completed work for multiple projects on different timelines. At shoots, I proved myself invaluable because I was always ready to help in whatever way possible; no task was too small.
Some of the shoots I worked on during my time at La Blogothèque:
- Project planning + management
Technical planning for websites
Familiar with SEO + CRO
Excellent writer + proofer
Corporate narrative creation
Fluent in French
Google Adwords + Analytics
Familiar with Marketo
Adobe Creative Suite
DSLR photo + video
Media Source, iNews
Familiar with HTML, CSS
The Washington Post: Young Journalist Leadership Award 2012