A freelancer based in Brooklyn, I research, report and fact-check health and science stories, and live for storytelling and projects that expose disparity, promote representation and inspire learning. When I am not reporting, writing or researching, I can be found studying New York City’s housing market, building up my Soca music library or roasting Ethiopian coffee.
Let’s talk. You can reach me at hyselemon (at) gmail (dot) com.
EXPERIENCE / PROJECTS
Spectrum (The Simons Foundation), New York, NY
spectrumnews.org |August 2016-present | Freelance fact-checker
Review and fact-check deep-dive features for the autism news site founded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI). Stories have been republished for The Atlantic and Scientific American.
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, New York, NY
gastroendonews.com |May 2016-present | Freelance reporter
Write short features for the monthly paper for gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, hepatologists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine, New York, NY
www.drozthegoodlife.com | June–August 2016 | Social media editor
Managed social engagement for the magazine site and social platforms, producing videos, GIFs and inspirational photos for Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Boosted Facebook following by approximately 70,000 followers and Instagram by 1,500 followers.
BLB Film Productions, New York, NY
www.blbfilmproductions.com | June 2015– April 2016 | Multimedia editor Freelance editor for documentary on how Medicare changed civil rights in America. Helped edit trailer (audio mixing, selecting clips, script revision), revamped the website, designed a social media campaign for film.
NYCity News Service, New York, NY
www.nycitynewsservice.com | October–December 2015 | Project editor Launched two news projects, one documenting natural science stories in New York City’s urban ecosystem, another for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, which won a regional SPJ Mark of Excellence Award.
Center for Health Media & Policy at Hunter College, New York, NY
www.healthmediapolicy.com | June–August 2015 | Intern, Health reporter Researched and reported on healthcare policies and medical institutions for WBAI’s hour-long show, Healthstyles. Contributed to the center’s blog, documentaries. Produced three radio stories for weekly show, earned research credit for a documentary on palliative (end-of-life) care.
College of Public Health at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
http://bit.ly/osugphebook| January–May 2013 | Teaching Assistant/Editor Guided students in service-based class called IDEAS Collaborative. Primary responsibility was to design activities to inspire reflection and teamwork. Also helped develop a device-agnostic e-book for global public health students. Brainstormed content, co-wrote and edited the first chapter. Presented e-book at Ohio State’s annual Innovate conference, networked for resources and professionals to aid future editors in building out rest of book.
Northland High School (Volunteer), Columbus, OH
www.northlandhs.ccsoh.us | November 2012-May 2013 | AVID tutor
Applied Socratic method and critical thinking to activities engaging students in problem solving. Worked in small groups of five to eight students, 2–3 days a week, on subjects including history, math and science.
Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, Columbus, OH
www.heartlung.osu.edu | December 2009-October 2012 | Research assistant
Measured the effects of micro-RNAs on genes known to impact heart disease. Trained lab assistants, created daily schedules. Organized data that contributed to over half a dozen publications, earning authorship on two publications.
MA, Journalism | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
Studied broadcast and multimedia journalism with a concentration in health and science reporting
BS, Microbiology | The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH