Writing Portfolio

While attending the University of Missouri to obtain a Journalism degree, I worked as a reporter with a local newspaper, the Columbia Missourian. Here are a few articles I wrote that were published:

The Rising Cost of Food: An article discussing the ever increasing cost of groceries and the impact it has on Columbia’s residents.

Rockstars by Night: A feature article covering band members of Los Desterrados and how their day job contrasts with their night life.

Made in Boone County: A feature article covering a few Boone county companies who can support those who want to eat local.

Man Fights Off Assailants: An article about a man who almost got robbed in Columbia, Missouri.

Report of Gunshot Leads to Three Arrests:  An article about Columbia, Missouri residents who were arrested from a call about gunshots.

MU Freshman Dies in Car Accident in Illinois: An article about the death of a well liked student at the University of Missouri.

 

Please also visit my blog for a preview of some of my most recent writing.

In addition to all of this, my previous boss would often comment about my writing skills and would send coworkers to me so I could help them with writing reports for management and executives. I don’t have any report samples listed for review because they are the property of Shelter Insurance.

Thank you for checking out my portfolio.  I am in the process of updating these projects with more detail.  If there are any projects in particular that you’d like more information on just message me and I’ll make that my focus.  Thank you for your patience.

Shelter Insurance Customer Service Intranet Site

Please note: This is only accessible to Shelter Insurance employees

  • Gathered requirements.
  • Their old site had a lot of content that was dead or very spread out. Conducted a card sort to help with information architecture.
  • Trained and lead two front-end developers through development process.
  • Regularly watch the customer services department to look for issues with this site as well as the Shelter Insurance public site.

Shelter Insurance Agent Pages

auto

 

 

 

 

  • Lead brainstorming session to gather design ideas.  Combined favorite ideas into three different sketches.
  • Prepared testing script and test plan
  • Set up equipment to record tests
  • Moderated users during usability tests
  • Testing on three different paper prototypes
  • Chose design based off of testing results and worked with developer to implement
  • Link: https://www.shelterinsurance.com/CA/agent/NANCYALLISON

Websites:


shelter



www.shelterinsurance.com

  • Design and redesign based off of usability testing, wireframes and prototypes
  • Backend user training
  • CMS admin
  • Communicate with developers to ensure website functions properly
smcl



Social Media Content Library

  • Please note: At this time this is only available to Shelter Insurance agents
  • Designed based off of prototypes and iteration
  • Backend user training

tribune



www.columbiatribune.com

  • Designed, redesigned and maintained site using iteration, wireframes and prototypes
  • Trained backend users
  • Troubleshot and resolved visitor complaints
  • CMS admin

evmm



www.everythingmidmo.com

  • Maintained and designed from iteration, wirefrimes and prototypes
  • Trained backend user
  • Assisted with content management
  • Troubleshot and resolved user issues

Specific Projects:


auto



www.shelterinsurance.com/CA/quote/auto

  • Iterated with coworker on redesign using high fidelity protoypes
  • Chose usability test participants
  • Set up equipment, observing and recording findings of usability tests
  • Implemented usability test findings into design

renters



www.shelterinsurance.com/CA/quote/renters

  • Redesigned using high fidelity protoypes
  • Chose usability test participants
  • Set up equipment, observing and recording findings of usability tests
  • Implemented usability test findings into design
billPay



Shelter Insurance Mobile Bill Pay

  • Please note: This is only accessible by Shelter Insurance clients
  • Iterated with coworker on redesign using high fidelity protoypes
  • Prepared testing script and test plan
  • Set up equipment to record tests
  • Moderated users during usability tests
  • Compiled notes from recordings of usability tests into spreadsheet to prioritize necessary changes
  • Implemented usability test findings into design
changeCoverages



Shelter Insurance Change Coverages Flow

  • Please note: This is only accessible by Shelter Insurance clients
  • Iterated with coworker on redesign using high fidelity protoypes
  • Prepared testing script and test plan
  • Set up equipment to record tests
  • Moderated users during usability tests
  • Compiled notes from recordings of usability tests into spreadsheet to prioritize necessary changes
  • Implemented usability test findings into design

Yes, I realize it has been a year

So I dropped in on this blog and realized it has been almost a whole year since I have posted anything. Considering everything I have been up to this is pretty much unacceptable. In the photo world I have an exhibit at The Vault in Mexico, MO and will be judging a photo competition later this month. I was offered a job at the National Guard as a photographer and laid off before I was even able to get one day in.

But, the biggest change in my life since my last post is centered around this fine looking fellow. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to Jimi.