HELLO, I'M RANDI.

I’m a journalist, web producer and social media enthusiast with a passion for telling stories and sharing them in cool ways on the internet.
Right now, I work as a digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune, where I produce content items for online, manage our homepage and help tell stories in interactive ways.
I’m just a little too sarcastic for my own good and can usually be found with a coffee in one hand and my iPhone in the other. In my free time, I enjoy reading, blogging, taking Spanish classes, practicing yoga, eating pizza (Detroit-style is best!) and watching hockey.

HERE'S THE 411

location
Chicago
email
randimshaffer@gmail.com
phone
312-956-6257
handle
@RandiMShaffer

WHAT I CAN DO

AP Style
Social media
Deadline writing
InDesign
Photoshop
Audition
Illustrator
Premiere Pro

PORTFOLIO

WORK EXPERIENCE

Nov. 2016 - Present

DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The Chicago Tribune

Manage website CMS, pull wire content and populate chicagotribune.com homepage.

May 2015 - Nov. 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT

The Chicago Tribune

Managed social media platforms, conducted staff training sessions and personally launched newsroom presence on Snapchat and Facebook Live.

Jan. 2012 - May 2015

REPORTER

The Morning Sun (Digital First Media)

I told community stories in print and online using articles, photos and videos. I also covered local city, township, public education and higher education beats. Gained experience in both hard news and feature writing. Featured work in pagination and editing as well.

Aug. 2013 - May 2014

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Central Michigan University

I created a branded social media presence for CMU’s Master of Science in Administration department as part of a graduate assistantship. I also provided on-site training for staff.

Aug. 2011 - Dec. 2011

INTERN- REPORTER

The Flint Journal (MLive Media Group)

I worked full time to cover city and township government — as well as breaking news — for a semester-long college internship.

May 2010 - Aug. 2010

INTERN – REPORTER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

The Saline Reporter (Heritage Newspapers)

I worked part-time as one of four student interns to spend my summer covering events and writing preview stories, as well as a few community features. I received training in reporting, editing, photography, pagination, video and social media.

Aug. 2008 - Aug. 2011

NEWS EDITOR, SENIOR REPORTER, COPY EDITOR

Central Michigan Life

College newspaper experience. Roles included staff reporter, senior reporter, copy editor and news editor.

EDUCATION

Graduate

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADMINISTRATION

Central Michigan University

Concentration: Public Administration

Undergraduate

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Central Michigan University

Major: Journalism
Minor: Media Design, Production and Technology
Foreign language concentration: Spanish

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY

Heartland Alliance ESL instructor

I have worked to teach and tutor English language learners one-on-one through the Refugee and Immigrant Community Services division of Heartland Alliance/ Heartland Human Care weekly since July 2018.

826CHI After school tutor

I have worked one-on-one with Chicago Public Schools students ages 8 through 18, offering after school homework help and creative writing guidance with 826CHI bi-weekly since May 2016.

Association for Women Journalists- Chicago Board member

I have been a member of Association for Women Journalists-Chicago since Feb. 2016, and have served as part of the board since Aug. 2018.

WGN Radio Weekly on-air guest

I speak weekly with Steve Bertrand about relevant topics in news and social media as part of the WGN Radio Wintrust Business Lunch program. You can listen to clips here.

Chicago Headline Club (Society of Professional Journalists) Member

Member since March 2017.

More about me

(AKA: CONVERSATION STARTERS!)

  • Book club member
  • Travel junkie
  • Yogi
  • Detroit sports fanatic
  • Ravenclaw
  • Black coffee drinker