RESUME

Professional 

info
 

I'm looking to obtain a job in the field of sports journalism and use my knowledge and experience up until this point to help contribute to a team at either a local or a national level

Skills

Work

experience
 

The Toledo Blade, Michigan Beat Reporter

June 2018- Present

  • Serve as the University of Michigan beat reporter, covering primarily football and men’s basketball. Write game recaps, analysis pieces, features, and news of the day items, while also remaining active on social media during games and press availabilities. 

  • Incorporate digital elements such as photos, videos and tweets into stories. 

  • Help to promote work to outside audiences by appearing on BCSN's College Football Weekly analyzing Michigan each week.

 

The Associated Press Freelance Reporter

June 2018- Present

  • Cover Cleveland's three professional sports teams along with their opponents.

  • Write and contribute to game recaps and feature stories based on the day-to-day news surrounding the team and the leagues themselves.

  • Help research both the home and visiting teams and interview coaches and players.

Fear The Sword SB Nation Contributing Writer

March 2018- Present

  • Based on my previous work covering the Cavaliers and working for SB Nation, was asked to join the FTS staff as a contributing writer.

  • Write game recaps, previews and feature stories based on my work attending Cavs home games, practices and shootarounds. Also edit the work of other staff writers.

Sports Business Journal Freelance Reporter

August 2017, March 2018

  • Worked for sixth months on a 1,000-word story that was published in August 2017 highlighting John Carroll University alumni working in the NFL. Set up interviews on campus and with front office personnel exploring why JCU has been able to develop an NFL pipeline.

  • Submitted a 1,500-word story in March 2018 on the Mount Union Sports Sales Workshop and Job Fair. Attended this two-day event and conducted interviews with 18 people finding out why the workshop is desirable for both students and hiring managers.

NEO Sports Insiders Editor

February 2017-Present

  • Cover the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians, and local high school sports by attending games, speaking with players and coaches, editing sound, and writing articles.

  • Help determine news of the day from press releases, sources, and reports to keep site current.

  • Edit the work of staff writers and post articles via WordPress as well as promote content via our social media.

Meet the Press John Carroll University Tim Russert Fellow/Production Assistant
August 2015 - November 2016
  • Was responsible for ordering graphics, making chyrons, coordinating with graphics artists and producers, designing and distributing Meet the Press promos throughout NBC News, organizing the show rundown, communicating with panelists and guests, helping organize elements in the control room on Sunday mornings, and distributing the show transcript.

  • Assisted in making outlines and provided extensive research on various topics and candidates for our host.

  • Used social media accounts to push content and promote the show.

  • Helped to shoot and produce digital content for

  • Assisted with breaking news coverage including: Paris terror attacks, San Bernardino shooting, The Orlando Night Club shooting, CPAC 2016, the death of Muhammad Ali, election nights, debate nights and convention coverage and planning.

 
Swish Appeal SB Nation Staff Writer
July 2015 - March 2018
  • Covered both WNBA and NCAA Women's games, in person and remotely.

  • Covered DC area teams by attending games and interviewing coaches and players.

  • Wrote game recaps, highlight capsules and feature stories which were pushed to social media.

  • Did Facebook Live sessions on either big games or big news that allowed me to interact with our readers and provide instant analysis

 
WOIO-WUAB "19 Action News" Student Intern/Cavs Reporter

August 2014 - June 2015

  • Assisted in covering the Cleveland Cavaliers with game logging, gathering post game sound in the locker room and interviewing players and coaches.

  • Assisted with on-air story prep, news gathering, editing and interviewing for newscasts and special shows, including the high school football show and Cleveland Browns pre-game show.

 
2014 Midterm Election Volunteer and Media Consultant
September 2014 - November 2014
  • Served as a volunteer and media consultant for both Anthony Fossaceca and Kent Smith, running for seats in the Ohio State house.

  • Helped plan social media and local media strategy for both candidates and also helped with canvassing, lit dropping, and mail prepping

 

NBC News Washington, D.C. Student Intern

May 2014 - August 2014

  • Assisted in covering politics, breaking news and international news.  Assignments varied day-to-day and dealt with: helping on Capitol Hill, archiving, interviewing, verbating, logging, compiling video for spots, shadowing various NBC and MSNBC shows (producers, editors, and on-air personalities), sitting in on daily rundown and planning meetings and conference calls, following hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives, following the daily government briefings, and story research.

 

WJW Cleveland "Friday Night Touchdown" Student Intern

August 2013 - November 2013

  • Following a successful summer internship, I was asked by Sports Director John Telich to contribute to this highly popular weekly program.

  • Assisted with tracking local high school football games and updating the Fox 8 News ticker with scores from area high schools using social media as well as online scoreboards.

  • Interacted with fans through Twitter and the Friday Night Touchdown webpage

  • Went out on various game stories and assisted with gathering footage as well as practicing shooting on-air stand-ups.

 

 

WJW Cleveland "Fox 8 News" Student Intern

May 2013 - August 2013

  • Assisted with and participated in assignments in both the News and Sports departments.

  • News assignments included the following: assignment desk for incoming stories, beat calls, providing logistical support to both editors and producers, and daily rundown meeting participation.

  • Sports assignments included: logging of assigned events and interviews, on-air story submission, voice over writing for on-air personalities, and creation of package stories.  In addition, I provided support and assistance for the following events:  NBA Draft Night, Bridgestone Golf Invitational, Cleveland Browns Training Camp and multiple Cleveland Indians games.

 

CBS Radio "The New 102" Student Intern

February 2012 - August 2012

  • Worked for the morning show and helped to plan topics, book guests, and interact with listeners via social media. 

  • Wrote blogs for the station website, two of which were picked up by Yahoo! and syndicated nationally.

 
WJCU 88.7 FM Broadcaster and Producer

​Fall 2011 - May 2015

  • Selected to be the first female to work as both a color commentator and play-by-play announcer for John Carroll Football

  • Participated as a reporter, commentator, producer and social media coordinator for football, basketball, baseball and softball broadcasts.  

  • Color commentary for volleyball via webcast.

 

 

The Carroll News Staff Writer and Assistant Sports Editor

Fall 2013 - May 2015

  • Served Assistant Sports Editor for the award-winning Carroll News, John Carroll's weekly publication.  Helped to plan layout and stories and work with both InDesign and Photoshop.

  • Also worked as the volleyball, women's basketball and softball beat reporter. 

  • Worked as a staff writer for the World News section on a weekly basis, while occasionally writing campus stories

  • Covered the 2012 high profile U.S. Senate race between Josh Mandel and Senator Sherrod Brown. 

  • Served as a member of the JCU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

 

JCTV-4 Producer and Broadcaster

Fall 2011 - May 2015

  • Produced, edited, created graphics, and hosted my own sports debate show entitled Sports Roulette.

  • Served as a crewmember on the other regular shows. Responsibilities included camera operator, floor director, graphics operator, technical director, and show director.

 

Steele News Live

2009-2011

  • Nationally recognized high school television station where I held various duties, responsibilities, and leadership positions to produce a high quality daily live newscast.

  • Positions included: Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, Graphics Creator/Operator, Tape Operator, Technical Director, Floor Director, Camera Operator, News Anchor, Beat Reporter, Field Reporter, and Package Producer.

  • Recipient of Regional Student Emmy Award from NATAS for writing.

  • Honorable Mention Student Emmy in News Category

  • Runner-Up Student Emmy in Public Service Category

 

EXTENSIVE SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE IN: PHOTOSHOP, FLASH, FINAL CUT, AVID, iNEWS, MICROSOFT OFFICE, INTERPLAY & ASSIST, INDESIGN, ADOBE AUDITION, INDESIGN AND AUDIO VAULT

 

STUDIO EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE INCLUDING: CAMERAS, AUDIO BOARDS, SWITCHERS, PROMPTERS, AND GRAPHICS COMPUTERS

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING KNOWLEDGE IN:   TWITTER, FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, PINTEREST, WORDPRESS, BLOGGER AND INSTAGRAM

 

INTERVIEWING, ON-AIR, AND STORYTELLING SKILLS FROM REPORTING OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS.

 

PRODUCTION SKILLS AND THE ABILITY TO WORK UNDER PRESSURED WHILE PICKING OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH AUDIENCES IN A TIMELY AND INTERESTING FASHION.

 

Ashley Bastock with WJW Fox 8 Cleveland Sports

Director John Telich

Languages

English

Spanish

Education
John Carroll University

Fall 2011 - May 2015

 

  • Graduated summa cum laude

  • Major:  Communications

  • Minors: Political Science, English

  • Concentration: Political Communication

  • GPA:   4.0

  • Honors Program Student

  • Senior Honors Thesis: "School of Hard Knocks" A documentary on concussions in athletes .

  • Member of Varsity Women’s Basketball team- OAC Co-Champions 2013, NCAA Appearance

  • Recipient of Academic Excellence award from the Russert Department

  • Druckenbrod Scholarship in Media Ethics

  • James Breslin Broadcasting Scholarship

  • University Scholarship

  • Nord Family Scholarship

  • Chronicle-Telegram Scholarship

  • Helen Steiner Rice Scholarship

  • Work Study Student, Communications Department

  • Runner-up: "Win a Trip" with The New York Times Nick Kristof, 2015

 

 

Amherst Marion L. Steele High School

2007 - 2011

  • Steele News Live

  • Academic Hall of Fame

  • Student Council

  • National Honor Society

  • Varsity Basketball

 

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