I’m a storyteller.

I’ve been telling stories all my life. I started as a photographer, then merged those skills with journalism. Soon, I heaped on a passion for design, branding and coding.

I live to tell stories on deadline, in collaboration and under pressure. My experience working in both journalism and business allows me to tackle the storytelling process in challenging environments.

You can contact me at 732.610.8493 or mike@mikedesocio.com. Or you could tweet at me.

Résumé

I’m currently the Digital Editor of the Albany Business Review.

At the business review, I manage digital strategy, including our website and social media. I also work with reporters and editors to strengthen stories and shape them for digital readers and viewers.

Previously, I did digital production for NPR and WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

At WBUR, I created the digital voice for On Point by crafting web, social media, video and audio projects. I also researched and pitched story ideas for daily shows.

And these are examples of my social media work.

I graduated  Summa Cum Laude from the Boston University College of Communication with a degree in Journalism.

As a senior, I was awarded the Blue Chip Award, which is the highest undergraduate honor conferred by the Boston University College of Communication.

I also studied in the Kilachand Honors College, where I completed my Senior Keystone Project that was published in DigBoston.

My minor in visual arts brought me to Venice, Italy during my junior year. While I was there, I studied design, typography and fine arts.

I interned at The Conversation.

I researched academic topics related to news events, pitched stories and maintained a news diary. I conducted photo research for articles. And I coordinated with writers and edited story drafts – see two stories I edited below.

I interned at Woden, a storytelling agency, as a designer.

I created stories through digital and print design work for advertising clients. I also conceptualized, designed and printed a 200-page Story Guide book for clients.

I served as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Free Press.

I led the editorial staff of more than 50 journalists in the daily newsroom production cycle. I edited and factchecked all content. I used WordPress to edit, manage, and publish online content, and I oversaw all social media.

As Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Free Press won Best All-Around NonDaily Newspaper for Region 1 Society of Professional Journalists in 2016.

I also served as Multimedia Editor of The Daily Free Press.

I managed the online presence of The Daily Free Press, including WordPress content, social media posts, and interactive storytelling. I led the video team, and co-founded and led the podcast team.

I interned as a Multimedia Journalist at the Asbury Park Press.

I executed video assignments within a team of reporters and photographers, shooting with a DSLR and editing in Final Cut Pro. I photographed breaking news, sports and features assignments.

My skills include:

Adobe Creative Suite

Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign

Websites and Coding

HTML, CSS, WordPress

Photography

Digital and film SLR shooting, studio lighting, digital editing, darkroom developing

Video

Shooting, storytelling, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro editing

My honors include:

Blue Chip Award

Highest undergraduate honor conferred by the Boston University College of Communication, 2017

Third Place Photo Story

Boston Press Photographers Association College Contest, 2017

As Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Free Press: Best All-Around NonDaily Newspaper for Region 1 Society of Professional Journalists, 2016

Second Place Multimedia Piece

Boston Press Photographers Association College Contest, 2015

Dean’s List

Boston University College of Communication, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Eagle Scout

Boy Scouts of America, 2011

You may have come here for a traditional resume. You can check that out here.