Resume

PO Box 250751 New York, New York 10025 • (801) 850-1993 • derrific@gmail.com

EDUCATION - B.A., English, Brigham Young University. April 2014.

AUDIO/WRITING

Freelance Audio Producer. 2017-Present. 
- Recorded field and studio interviews for many clients, including NPR, Gimlet, The Economist and others.
- Edited/mixed podcasts for clients, including Netflix.
- Created audio documentary stories on Mosaic podcast.

Arts Reporter, The Daily Herald. Provo, Utah. 2016-2018. 
- Covered local theater, visual arts and music stories.
- Created a podcast for the newspaper from scratch.
- Wrote film reviews, features and columns.
- Conducted interviews with local and nationally known artists.
- Received first place regional and state awards for my work.

Production Intern, Radiolab. New York, New York. Summer 2013. 
- Received formal training in audio production and show management.
- Assisted in all aspects of the show’s production, including research, audio editing, and pitching story ideas. 
- Contributed writing to the Radiolab website.

Creator, The Pixar Podcast. 2010-2018. 
- Created a podcast about Pixar Animation Studios which attracts thousands of listeners. 
- Interviewed Academy Award winning filmmakers and artists, both over the phone and in person at the studio in California.

Founder/Producer, The Porch. Provo, Utah. 2011-2015. 
- Produced and hosted a monthly live show which focuses on community storytelling. 
- Generated hundreds of dollars in ticket sales for local charities, in addition to covering all costs of production.

Professional Freelance Writer, CLEARLINK. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2014. 
- Wrote copy on a wide variety of subject matter from news to analysis. 
- Received bonuses for proficiency in voice, clarity, cohesion, and logical completeness.

TEACHING

Teacher, Maple Lake Academy. Spanish Fork, Utah. 2014-2016. 
- Taught English, storytelling, analysis, performing arts and writing to high school students with learning challenges. 
- Worked closely with therapists and other teachers to create the best learning opportunities for each student.
- Created all curriculum, tailoring to the individual needs of my students.

Teacher, Walden School of Liberal Arts. Provo, Utah. 2013-2014. 
- Taught six high school and middle school elective classes in audio production, blogging, and storytelling. 
- Created all curriculum, tailoring to the individual needs of my students.

Teacher’s Assistant, Biology Department, BYU. Provo, Utah. 2012-2013. 
- Helped students clearly understand difficult scientific concepts. 
- Wrote homework assignments and test questions. 
- Graded student work and provided feedback on major writing assignments.

Teacher, Missionary Training Center. Provo, Utah. 2008-2012. 
- Taught more than 65 groups of new missionaries. 
- Received several significant promotions. Trained other teachers in these capacities. 
- Was invited to work on the key team of six people who organized a training seminar for 256 new church leaders.

 

AWARDS

- First Place, Best Podcast (for "The ‘What Say Ye?’ podcast: The story of Mykel and Carli, Weezer’s most legendary fans"), Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (Statewide contest), June 2017

- Second Place, Review/Criticism (for " 'Moana’ scores another win for Disney with both warmth and wisdom,"), Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (Statewide contest), June 2017

- First Place, A&E Criticism (for Movie Reviews), Top of the Rockies, Society of Professional Journalists -- Colorado (Regional contest covering Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming), April 2017