Resume

SHARAREH DRURY

Chicago, IL | Email: sharareh.drury@gmail.com | @shararehdrury

Experience

CULTURESS | Editor-in-Chief | February 2016 – PRESENT | Chicago, IL

Oversees entertainment and pop culture coverage, including awards coverage and convention events, film and television reviews, and curating general journalistic pieces. Plans content strategies that successfully boost site traffic and maximize revenue. Works closely with editorial team to develop relationships that lead to quality content being actively created.

HELLO GIGGLES | Contributing Writer | October 2016 – February 2018 | Chicago, IL

Writes news and feature stories under tight deadlines, covering entertainment, fashion, beauty and viral content / Pitches original feature content, compelling news and evergreen stories

RIZZARR | Senior Editor | August 2012 – June 2017 | Los Angeles, CA / Chicago, IL

Teamed with CEO and founder to strategize launch of new millennial-focused social platform / Trains and supervises editors and writers / Executes engaging content and social media plans / Creates editorial and social media guidelines

BRICKFISH | Editorial & Social Media Manager | November 2015 – September 2016 | Chicago, IL

Collaborated with Neiman Marcus team on breaking New York Fashion Week coverage / Oversaw new direction for social media copy and tone for Strack & Van Til brand / Wrote and edited social media posts, emails and blogs / Managed social media accounts for clients reaching upwards of 900k consumers per platform post

WOMENSFORUM | Editorial Director | November 2013 – November 2015 | Chicago, IL

Oversaw editorial team of over 50 writers and bloggers / Produced and hosted daily video segments to increase engagement, including entertainment show “Social Buzz”/  Wrote scripts and articles, edited copy and video, designed graphics and creative, and scheduled social media for WomensForum.com / Managed daily content to meet traffic, engagement and revenue goals / Launched site’s first-ever election coverage channel, Her Vote / Increased social media following from 65K to 200K

HAPPILY NEVER AFTER, DEATH BY GOSSIP – Investigation Discovery | Contributing Journalist | August 2013, September 2015

Delivered on-camera commentary, insight and narration to Investigation Discovery’s docu-drama series Happily Never After and Death By Gossip / Reviewed research provided by series team, including news articles, court documents and interviews with experts and family members

E! NEWS (NBC UNIVERSAL) | Reporter| January 2011 – June 2013 | Los Angeles, CA

Reported on 200+ stories for E! News, including exclusive stories and extensive coverage for the following events: 2012 Summer Olympics, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, Justin Timberlake’s wedding, Aurora movie theatre shooting, Boston Marathon bombings, Whitney Houston and James Gandolfini / Successful at getting exclusive interviews, covering breaking news, and providing in-depth coverage under deadline pressure / Interviewed celebrities, publicists, managers, experts and sources at events or via phoners / Spearheaded original stories and segments while collaborating coverage with executives, producers, correspondents, and reporters

 

BIG TOE FILMS | Freelance Associate Producer | September 2013

SPREECAST | Host | May 2012 – December 2012

HOLLYWOOD PATCH | Freelance Reporter | July 2011 – December 2011

ANNENBERG TV NEWS | Multimedia Director / News Producer / Anchor / Reporter | January 2008 – May 2011

WMC-TV | News 101 Assignment Producer and Reporter | August 2005 – May 2007


Awards

National Student Television Award for Excellence, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Writing for documentary “September 11th, 2001: The Story of NABE and AUBER” (2007)

Regional Student Television Award for Excellence from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2006-2007)
“Fire Safety at the Festival” – First Place in News
“September 11th, 2001: The Story of NABE and AUBER” – First Place in Writing

Regional Student Television Award for Excellence from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2005-2006)
“Racing for Education” – First Place in Sports
“Hurricane Katrina Hits Home” – First Place in Writing


Education

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Class of 2011 | Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Emphasis in American Popular Culture and Music Industry

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