stephanie.hardiman [at] gmail [dot] com, 815-483-8857

Journalism Experience

Communications manager, Better Government Association, Chicago, IL (June 2012-present) • Craft social media interactions for BGA and CEO Andy Shaw, grew Facebook referrals 76 percent in 2014 • Create multimedia packages displaying BGA work and appearances • Develop email campaigns • Write daily blog about government news • Mentor and oversee interns (4-8 per year)

Publications manager, Journatic, Chicago, IL (March 2012-June 2012) Manage a team of local news assignment editors for the Chicago suburbs • Meet client story goals in terms of quality and quantity • Work with editors to manage transition from local news websites and publications managed by Tribune to Journatic

Web producer, TribLocal, Chicago, IL (August 2011-March 2012) Continually update more than 40 hyperlocal websites in south and west suburbs: post breaking news, aggregate news stories and work with community contributors • Select stories and photos for two weekly zoned Chicago Tribune inserts • Push out news, interact with readers and source stories via social media accounts

Editorial assistant, Chicago magazine, Chicago, IL (June 2011-August 2011) • Fact-checked feature stories and provided research to editors • Participated in weekly editorial meetings

Community producer intern, TribLocal, Westchester, IL (December 2010-May 2011)Updated three TribLocal websites (North Shore communities) for timeliness, relevance and newsworthiness • Assisted editors with planning of a weekly zoned print publication

Reporting intern, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL (August 2010-December 2010) • Covered cops and general assignment stories, both spot and enterprise stories • Shot video interviews for website

Business reporting intern, The Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine (June 2010-August 2010) • Covered the business beat as the only business reporter at the largest paper in Maine • Contributed to marketing efforts under new ownership, MaineToday Media, through brainstorming sessions

Editorial intern, Blue Ridge Country magazine, Roanoke, VA (January 2010-May 2010) • Wrote stories and advertorials, proofed pages, fact-checked articles and found artwork for the bi-monthly lifestyle magazine

Contributor, (December 2009-August 2010) • Wrote blog posts for a popular web magazine for college-aged women, focusing on sorority life • Managed social media accounts to increase site traffic

Reporting intern, The Nashville Business Journal, Nashville, TN (June 2009-August 2009) • Wrote roughly 40 news stories and online briefs • Participated in the paper’s re-branding efforts by researching competing publications and brainstorming in marketing meetings

Reporter, Copy Editor The Rockbridge Report, Washington and Lee University (September 2008-May 2010) • Covered weekly county government beat through Web stories, audio pieces and video packages • Edited weekly website on deadline and collaborated with reporters  • Operated Teleprompter for live weekly news broadcast

Producer/board operator, WREL-AM 1450 FOX Sports Radio, Lexington, VA (August 2008-November 2008) • Broadcast high school and college football game commentary, commercials, interviews and special segments

Commentator, WLUR-FM 91.5, Washington and Lee University (September 2007-May 2010) • Play-by-play and color commentator for Washington and Lee University volleyball, live and recorded broadcasts • Host of 1-hour eclectic rock-format radio show

Work has appeared in…

Her magazineNashville, Tenn.
Valley Business FRONT magazine, Roanoke, Va.
Ivy Hall Review, SCAD Atlanta
WVTF Public Radio, Roanoke, Va. 
• Equifax Finance Blog


Expert: Avid NewsCutter, camera (video and digital), Sonic Sound Forge, Digidesign ProTools, social media (Twitter, Facebook), WordPress, AP Style, Microsoft Office
Knowledgeable: Final Cut Pro, Soundslides, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Chicago Manual of Style, French (written and verbal)


SPJ Reporters Institute selected participant, June 2012
SPJ “Will Write for Food” selected participant, September 2011
Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award, The Rockbridge Report, Election Night 2008
Donald W. Reynolds internship grant, summers 2009 and 2010
Clark J. Mollenhoff award and internship grant, January 2010


• M.A. Journalism, DePaul University (Chicago, IL), estimated graduation June 2012
• B.A. Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA), May 2010, minor in Environmental Studies
Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate, Hootsuite Inc. & Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)