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Kay Thao Nguyen Kay Nguyen is a senior pursuing degrees in journalism and political science at Oakland University. She will be graduating in May 2012 and is looking for paid journalism internship and job opportunities that begin in May 2012.

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Kay Nguyen 6602 CHATHAM CIRCLE, ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 48306 • (248) 872-8266 • KAYNGUYEN08@GMAIL.COM

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I’m here to fill in the blanks. I’m always looking to fill empty spaces with something memorable, whether it is a hiccup in a conversation, a blank card or a need for content. The blinking cursor is my best friend. My name is Kay Nguyen and I will be graduating in May with degrees in journalism and political science from Oakland University. Through the practice of journalism, I hope to continue learning for the rest of my life and am looking for post-graduate opportunities. I have writing, editing, audio, visual and online skills and want to fill the empty spaces you might have in print, online or on the air with stories. My passion lies in telling stories, no matter what medium and I’m excited to write and tell a story, no matter what the subject. Everyone has a story to tell and I want to be the one there to listen and capture it. I’ve been able to learn and write about everything from hedge funds and local businesses to farmhouses and the arts and want to add to that. I am eager to learn and tell stories — to fill in the blanks.

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Kay Nguyen 6602 CHATHAM CIRCLE, ROCHESTER HILLS, MI 48306 • (248) 872-8266 • KAY NGUYEN08@GMAIL.COM Professional Experience The Courier-Journal• Editorial Writer • Louisville, Ky. • May 2011 — Aug. 2011 Wrote editorials, participated in community conversation and edited final opinion and op-ed page proofs during an internship as a Chips Quinn Scholar. Hour Media• Editorial Intern • Royal Oak, Mich. • Jan. 2011 — April 2011 Primarily fact-checked stories and compiled monthly arts and entertainment listings for a monthly general interest magazine and pitched and wrote one feature-length article. The Oakland Press• Editorial Intern/Freelance Writer • Pontiac, Mich.• Aug. 2010 — Jan. 2011 Pitched local story ideas, reported and wrote for the daily newspaper. Also shot and edited videos for complete multimedia packages. Covered the city of Auburn Hills as a freelance contributor. WJR Radio• Production Intern •Detroit, Mich. • July 2010 — Oct. 2010 Worked in the production and traffic departments of a major market radio station and primarily did the scheduling of commercials, filling of productions orders, and produced spots and pre-recorded shows. Saigon Broadcast Television Network• Intern• Toronto, Canada• Jan. 2009 — March 2010 Served as an assistant Michigan correspondent for the Toronto hub and assisted with the writing, production, and translation of news packages for a multi-national Vietnamese media network. FierceMarkets Publications• Editorial Intern •Washington, D.C.. • June 2009 — Aug. 2009 Performed a myriad of tasks at a business-to-business media company that included copy editing for over 10 publications, working on special reports for finance and pharma publications, extensive work with search engine optimization and publishing on a web-based content management system. Campus Involvement The Oakland Post • Editor-in-Chief • Rochester, Mich. • April 2010 — Present Lead staff of 35 in creating a weekly print newspaper with distribution of 5,300 by producing content in addition to completing managerial duties. Implemented massive redesign of the newspaper and newsroom procedures upon taking the job. Education Oakland University•Rochester, Mich. • Sept. 2008 — Present Majors: Journalism, Political Science Georgetown University •Washington, D.C. • Summer 2009 The Fund for American Studies, Institute on Political Journalism Keith Runyon Editor of Opinion Pages The Courier-Journal 502-582-4594 krunyon@courier-journal.com

Julie Jacobson-Hines Local News Editor The Oakland Press 248-745-4632 julie.jacobson@oakpress.com

Adam Causey Staff Writer Florida Times-Union 318-564-8224 akcausey@gmail.com


Print and Online The Oakland Post — Student Enrollment Surpasses 19,000 The Oakland Post — Branding OU, Part 1 and Part 2 The Oakland Post — Oakland University Community Reacts to Student Suicide The Oakland Post — Billy Ayers stresses equality The Oakland Press — Nap Nanny Recliners Recalled After Royal Oak Baby Dies The Oakland Press —Auburn Hills Protesters Pan the Presence of Planned Parenthood The Oakland Press — Historic Farm Sustained by Family for 100 Years AAJA Voices — Meals During Ramadan AAJA Voices — Decreasing Newsroom Diversity Worries Minority Groups

Editorial Senate Bill Aims to Put Leash on Watchdogs Clinic Will Be Postitive, Not ‘Predatory’ A Conflict of Interest


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