Aaron Mychael Williams

Striving to be the best, determined to make your business paramount

Aaron is an award-winning journalist and photographer

During his seven-year tenure as Editor at the West Side Journal, he accumulated more than 60 first place La. Press Association awards.

(The following .pdf files are highlighted to show each LPA award for which Aaron was directly responsible.)

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Writing Clips/Samples

Video Editing

Aaron is not only well-versed in news and feature writing and photography, he also excels in videography and video editing.

The following are videos shot and edited by Williams.

Aaron is an award-winning multimedia journalist who is reliable, high-energy, has great journalistic instincts, manages time and people very well, and strives for excellence in every aspect of life.

 

Work Experience

Freelance Multimedia Journalist - International …..         (May 2003-current)

• Shoot and edit photos and video on deadline and for breaking news

• Multimedia reporter of hard news, sports, features, foreign affairs, government and finance

• Manage social media accounts for businesses; Media consultant for newspapers and blogs

Go Love Africa (501c3) – Baton Rouge, La. …………         Co-founder/Vice President (March 2014-current)

• Organize annual international group trips; Manage fundraising projects and budget

• Produced a month-long running interactive museum exhibit

The West Side Journal – Port Allen, La. ……………          Editor-in-Chief (Jan 2008-April 2015)

• Won the Louisiana Press Association’s Newspaper of the Year four of seven years at the company, including more than 60 individual first place awards

• Grew the newspaper’s circulation nearly 25 percent; Improved community relations

• Managed reporters, photographers, graphic design team and all editorial content

• Reported, wrote, edited, photographed and designed news stories and pages

The Advocate – Baton Rouge, La. ……………………          Reporter/Photographer Intern (Summer 2007)

• Reported, photographed daily news; reported features, sports and special sections

The Daily Reveille Newspaper – LSU  …………….         Photographer (Feb 2006-Dec 2007)

• Photographed general assignments, news, features and sports

The Sun Herald Newspaper – Biloxi, Miss. ………          Reporter (May 2003-July 2005)

• Reported general news, sports and features for South Mississippi’s largest newspaper

 

Skills

Conversational in Spanish; Trained in computer assisted reporting using public records, databases; AP Style writing; Still/video news, sports photography (Nikon D800E & D2H); Photo editing (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom); Video editing (Avid, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro); Web design (Adobe Dreamweaver, WordPress, Wix); Adobe Creative Suite; Visual Artistry (Adobe InDesign, Quark); Social Media savvy

 

Activities and Accolades

• Won 60+ individual Louisiana Press Association awards in feature writing, news writing, photography, newspaper design and general excellence

• Created/taught Journalism curriculum course for group of home-schooled students (2009-2010)

• Memberships: Association of Black Communicators; National Association of Black Journalists; Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists VP of Print (2013-2015)

• Gospel Music Background Vocalist, singing with artists including William McDowell, Jonathan Stockstill, Billy Gaines, Joseph and Tosha Zwanziger; Drummer in various churches since 1998

• Volunteer Experience--The Cajun Navy Foundation: Helped flood victims clean out, gut and “mud out” homes in preparation for new sheetrock installation following the Baton Rouge area’s "Great Flood of 2016.”

Bethany Church: Volunteered more than 2,000 hours since 2005 as a youth mentor, with the media department, photographing events and with the worship team, playing drums and singing.

 

Education

Louisiana State University (B.A. Journalism 2007), Baton Rouge, Louisiana | GPA: 3.4

Honors: Dean’s List, Black Scholars Award, recipient of various journalism school scholarships

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (A.A. English 2005), Perkinston, Mississippi | GPA: 3.82

Honors: Honors graduate, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List, Dean’s List; Extracurricular: College Football