SVETLANA

SHKOLNIKOVA

journalist

 

About me

I was born in Minsk, grew up in Baltimore and now write for The Record newspaper in New Jersey.

 
 

Experience

2012 - present

Staff Writer, North Jersey Media Group/USA Today Network

Write on a wide range of topics as a general assignment reporter for The Record (New Jersey's second-largest daily newspaper) and northjersey.com. Previously covered three municipalities along the state's Gold Coast.

2016 - present

Contributing Writer, PassBlue
Reporting on issues related to the United Nations and women’s rights for the online publication.

2015 - 2016

News Writer, International Women’s Initiative
Writing news stories about gender equality and human rights violations against women for the non-profit organization.

2013

Moscow Correspondent, TASS
Filed stories on religion and culture for the Russian wire service during a journalism exchange program.

2010 - 2011

Freelance Writer, Strings and Moment
Wrote feature stories about orchestral music and Jewish culture for the monthly and bi-monthly magazines.

2009 - 2010

Intern, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs
Assisted with research, organization and promotion for the council’s programs and events.

2008

Intern, USA Today
Covered education, health and behavior for the Life section of the daily newspaper.

2008

Intern, The Baltimore Sun
Edited audio and video for baltimoresun.com. Created slideshows and wrote news briefs.

2007 - 2008

Intern, National Education Association

Wrote news and feature articles for the NEA’s three monthly magazines and nea.org. Assisted with copyediting, research, fact-checking and multimedia.

2007

Intern, Urbanite
Wrote small feature items and reported on issues related to Baltimore for the monthly magazine. Performed research, copyediting and fact-checking.

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Honors & Awards

Fellow, Russia-U.S. Young Media Professionals Exchange Program
One of 12 U.S. journalists selected by the International Center for Journalists for a monthlong fellowship in Moscow.

New Jersey Press Association

First place in Coverage of Crime, Police, Courts; First place in News Writing; Second place in Feature Writing; First place in Coverage of Government; First place in Business and Economic Writing; First place in Education Writing; Third place in Responsible Journalism (First Amendment Award)

Society of Professional Journalists (New Jersey chapter)

First place in Health, Science, Technology and Environmental Writing; Third place in Profile Writing

Education/Professional Development

University of Maryland, College Park

B.A. Journalism

Columbia University, Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling Workshop

Produced, shot and edited a short documentary over the course of five days at the Graduate School of Journalism.

City University of New York, Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program

Fellow in a weeklong workshop on budgets, bonds, pensions, incentives and other financial issues.