Writing and Video Samples

Below, you will find grouped samples of my written work, plus a handful of produced videos. You can also get a sense for my “eye” as an amateur photographer by perusing the rest of this website, which is my personal travel blog. I’ve compiled some of my favorite photos here. If you need more samples of my writing or video production, please let me know via the contact info on my resume or by submitting this form.

Thank you!

Karen


Ghostwritten Op-Eds – During my two years at the Houston Area Women’s Center, I ghostwrote several Op-Eds that were published in the Houston Chronicle. Here are two:

Houston Area Women’s Center Op-Ed and article for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Text: HAWC OpEd – Houston Chronicle ‘Get Past the Whys’

Clip: HAWC OpEd – Houston Chronicle ‘Get Past the Whys’

Houston Area Women’s Center Op-Ed in response to Bill Cosby allegations

Text: HAWC OpEd – Houston Chronicle ‘Cosby Allegations’

Clip: HAWC OpEd – Houston Chronicle ‘Cosby Allegations’


Website Articles, Press Releases and Blog Posts – All of these were written by me.

Guest Essay – Domestic Violence Awareness Month is Over — Now What?

HAWC Press Release – Independence Day Bash Recap

HAWC News – Allstate Foundation Empowers Survivors

HAWC News – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

MyFoxHouston – Houstonians ‘Co-Operate’ for Cheaper Organic Produce

MyFoxHouston – Listen Up: Free Audio Tours Coming to Houston

Personal Blog – My Walk with a Trauma Surgeon


Print Materials – I worked with Croxson Design to create a suite of print collateral materials for the Houston Area Women’s Center. All copy was written by me, and most of the photos were taken by me, as well. Here are some of the pieces we produced:

HAWC Print – Agency Brochure

HAWC Print – RRR Card

HAWC Print – Poster

HAWC Print – CCS Folding Card


Annual Reports – I produced the 2013 and 2014 annual reports for the Houston Area Women’s Center. Below is a PDF of the 2014 publication. Croxson Design did the artwork, while I provided art direction, wrote the copy, and took most of the photos. I’m also including the 2016 annual report (I produced in 2017) for The SAFE Alliance in Austin, Texas. For this project, I again worked with Croxson in a similar capacity and shot the cover photo.

Houston Area Women’s Center – 2014 Annual Report

The SAFE Alliance – 2016 Annual Report


E-Newsletters and E-blasts – Each month, either I or one of my staff produced a newsletter and several e-blasts for the Houston Area Women’s Center. Here are a few that were written and designed by me:

DVAM E-blast

WOW Grand Tasting E-Blast

November Newsletter


Grant Application Narratives – For several months in 2018, I wrote grant applications and reports, on a contract basis, for the Houston Area Women’s Center. Here are narratives from three separate applications:

Sunshine Learning Center proposal (to support the K-5 school in the domestic violence shelter)

Children’s Court Services proposal (to support accompaniment and advocacy for children who must testify against abusers in criminal court)

Generators for Emergency Shelter proposal


Media Statements – In the wake of major events and mission-related news, I often quickly wrote and posted statements for the Houston Area Women’s Center on our website and social media platforms. Here are some examples:


Non-Profit Videos & PSAs – All of these videos for the Houston Area Women’s Center were written and edited by me. Other than the media air-checks, all agency b-roll, staff interviews, and event footage was shot by me. I also created the graphics.


TV/Social Media Promos – These are a few of the on-air promos I produced as Promotion Manager at KRIV/KTXH in Houston. I conceived, wrote, and edited all spots. I worked with a graphic artist on all but the K-Fest PSA, for which I did the graphics myself.

And some older, fun TV promos — when I had more opportunity to do fun spots!