Jennifer Conrad

     
 

Experience

The New York Times
Researcher, The New York Times Magazine

June 2020 to present • New York, NY

  • under tight weekly deadlines, fact-check articles on a range of topics, including how climate change is affecting migration within the United States, debates over how to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, and the impact of the pandemic on K-12 education
  • provide editorial feedback to ensure ensure articles are error-free and thoroughly reported
  • analyze multiple sources of information for consistency and credibility, including background interviews, transcripts, media reports, government documents, academic research, and court papers
  • approach public figures and government agencies for comment on the magazine’s reporting

U.S. Department of State
Political Office Intern, American Institute in Taiwan

June 2019 to August 2019 • Taipei, Taiwan
  • wrote cables, night notes, and other correspondence to keep State Department officials informed about important developments in Taiwan politics, including a cable that was forwarded to the Secretary of State
  • contributed to reporting on Taiwan’s presidential primaries, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen’s transit of the United States, and the role of online influence campaigns in domestic politics
  • supported political officers as a note-taker at meetings with high-level officials, politicians, and academics
  • assisted at events at the residences of the director and deputy director
  • composed social media posts that promoted U.S. policy and American Institute in Taiwan in the community, including a Facebook post was among the week’s most shared, with more than 19,000 views

Condé Nast Publications
Research Editor, Research Director, and Research Manager, Vogue

January 2012 to May 2012 (freelance); May 2012 to June 2016; September 2016 to February 2018 (freelance); February 2018 to August 2018 • New York, NY
  • promoted from freelancer to head of the research department in three years
  • fact-checked many of the magazine’s most high-profile and sensitive articles, such as a cover story about human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney, an article on then South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, and a feature on Yazidi women fighting ISIS in Iraq
  • worked closely with senior editors and writers to maintain each author’s voice while addressing legal concerns and issues of accuracy, fairness, tone, and cultural sensitivity
  • trained and managed full-time employees and freelancers, imparting best practices for fact-checking and fostering smooth communication with other magazine departments
  • managed the fact-checking process for books and special projects, such as the annual Met Gala issue
  • wrote food and travel articles for Vogue and Vogue.com, anticipating trends such as the revival of Asbury Park as a summer destination, creative Asian American restaurants opening around New York City, and the rising popularity of low-proof cocktails
  • contributed to editing the book Food in Vogue (Abrams, 2017)
  • reviewed official correspondence such as letters, invitations, and placecards

Freelance Researcher and Writer
December 2010 to June 2012 • New York, NY
  • reported on travel, food, health, and music for Billboard, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Condé Nast Traveler, and MensFitness.com
  • fact-checked more than 500 reviews for Allure.com’s Beauty Product Finder, including assessing manufacturers’ claims and contributing to a glossary of ingredients
  • worked as a freelance researcher for Vogue and Woman’s Day
  • planned and executed the PR campaign for Chinese alternative-folk band Shanren’s first U.S. tour, securing coverage in The Washington Post, National Geographic’s world music website, and the Huffington Post

Time Out Beijing
Music and Web Editor

January 2010 to December 2010 • Beijing, China
  • oversaw music coverage for the monthly English-language print magazine, reporting on the burgeoning independent music scene in Beijing and visiting international artists
  • ensured listings were accurate and comprehensive, including translating information from Chinese to English
  • planned a music showcase with performers Hanggai and Xiao He that gave many foreigners in Beijing their first exposure to local folk musicians
  • edited a special music edition of the magazine and commissioned a local illustrator for the cover, which was turned into a limited-edition print
  • curated and produced the magazine’s weekly email newsletter and the daily website TimeOutBeijing.com
  • negotiated event sponsorships to raise the magazine’s profile
  • worked with partners in London and Chinese developers to redesign and relaunch the website
  • coordinated a project to provide Time Out listings on Nokia phones

Freelance Writer and Editor
March 2008 to January 2010 • Beijing China
  • contributed to Newsweek’s China blogs, reporting on the surge of volunteers who helped in the cleanup and rescue efforts after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the Beijing Olympics, and environmental activism
  • created the PR campaign for the first Beijing 798 Biennale, working with Chinese and international artists and curators to garner coverage in The New York Times, international art publications, and local outlets
  • wrote about environmental issues, fashion, and Chinese contemporary art for English-language publications such as The Beijinger, China International Business, and MillionaireAsia

Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.
Senior Online Editor, Woman’s Day

January 2007 to February 2008 • New York, NY
  • managed editorial content for WomansDay.com, including launching new blogs, creating email newsletters, and bringing new writers to the site
  • worked with syndication partners such as Yahoo, leading to a steady increase in web traffic
  • wrote, edited, and assigned articles, focusing on food, health, and home content; conducted interviews with celebrities such as Jennifer Garner and Kerry Washington
  • managed one assistant and interns

Condé Nast Publications
Researcher, Teen Vogue

January 2006 to December 2006 • New York, NY
  • fact-checked articles including health features, first-person essays, and fashion credits
  • wrote book reviews for the magazine
  • filled in for the research director when she was out of the office

Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.
Assistant Research Editor, Woman’s Day; and Associate Editor/Research Editor, For Me

November 2002 to June 2004; June 2004 to January 2006 • New York, NY
  • promoted to help launch For Me, a Woman’s Day spinoff for women in their 20’s and 30’s
  • contributed to brainstorming sessions about the content and tone of the new magazine
  • assigned articles for the For Me career section, working with writers to develop and refine their work
  • hired and supervised freelancer researchers at For Me
  • fact-checked Woman’s Day health, home maintenance, self-help, and exercise articles
  • filled in for the Woman’s Day research director when she was out of the office
  • wrote health and travel articles for Woman’s Day

Geotext Translations
Editor/Proofreader

September 2001 to November 2002 • New York, NY

Time Inc.
Website Intern, Entertainment Weekly

February 2002 to May 2002 • New York, NY

Time Inc.
Research Intern and Freelance Fact-checker, Teen People

September 2001 to February 2002; June 2002 • New York, NY

Education

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
September 2018 to May 2020 • Washington, DC
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • majors: China Studies and International Economics; minor: Strategic Studies
  • areas of focus: Chinese domestic and foreign policy, information security, U.S. economic sanctions policy, North Korea, Taiwan
  • China urbanization and environment study trip (fall 2018); Taiwan election monitoring trip (winter 2020)

New York University
September 1997 to May 2001 • New York, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature with Honors; minor: Spanish
  • studied in Barcelona, Madrid, and Buenos Aires

Middlebury College Language Schools
June 2016 to August 2016 • Middlebury, VT
  • Eight-week intensive Mandarin course

Journalism Continuing Education
  • Follow the Money: Covering Business on Any Beat, Columbia Journalism School (2011)
  • Investigative Reporting: Using Public Records, Columbia Journalism School (2012)
  • Photography I: Digital Intensive, International Center of Photography (2007)

Skills

Nexis • ProQuest • Pacer • China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) • Excel • PowerPoint • HTML • web content management systems • Google Analytics • HootSuite • email newsletter programs • basic Photoshop • digital photography

Languages

  • Mandarin (advanced speaking; intermediate reading and writing)
  • Spanish (intermediate reading, writing, and speaking)

 
         

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