Ameena is a MEDIA professional who has a fondness for museums, food and travel. currently, she works in houston, texas as a freelance editor and social media manager.
previously, ameena has worked with the national association of black journalists, houston chronicle, houston press, and des moines register. in 2013, she graduated magna cum laude from texas southern university with an undergraduate degree in journalism. while in school, she served as the editor-in-chief of the official student newspaper and participated in summer studies at the university of dar es salaam in tanzania.
she was born and raised in houston, texas, however the midwest will always have a special place in her heart after a brief stint in iowa for three years.
HOUSTON Independent school district, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Sept. 2016 - Present
Collaborating with the lead instructor to edit feature articles for the Chronicle Classroom, a high school journalism program in conjunction with the Houston Chronicle and Houston Independent School District. Assist in directing digital work with social media and alternative online story formats.
poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media
Dec. 2016 - Dec. 2016
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the National Association of Black Journalists established the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, a transformative leadership program for journalists of color.
THE DES MOINES REGISTER, COMMUNITY CONTENT SPECIALIST
June 2013 - August 2016
Managed content for dmJuice.com and Datebook, two of the Des Moines Register's entertainment brands. Coordinated dmJuice.com’s newsletter relaunch, which saw a 16.7 percent increase in subscribers within six weeks. Wrote articles for the news curation team, which increased social media traffic to desmoinesregister.com by 18 percent.
texas southern university herald newspaper, editor-in-chief
June 2012 - May 2013
Directed a staff of editors, reporters, and photographers who helped shape the content for the official student newspaper of Texas Southern University. Created social media pages (Twitter and Facebook), archived issues online, and launched the newspaper’s first website to establish an online-first news format.
- Supervising online content production for desktop, mobile apps and social media accounts
- Copy editing under tight deadlines
- Basic photo editing in Adobe Photoshop
- Basic knowledge of HTML and content management systems
- Experience building email campaigns using Salesforce Marketing Cloud
- Analyzing online metrics and trends using Chartbeat, CrowdTangle and Adobe Analytics
TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON
Graduated May 2013
UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
AFRICAN ART STUDIES
2017-18 National Association of Black Journalists’ Scholarship Committee member
2016 National Association of Black Journalists’ Student Multimedia Project mentor
2016 Poynter Media Institute’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media participant
2013 Gannett Talent Development Program participant
2013 Texas Southern University “Stellar Communicator” award