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The thoughts of a young journalist in southeastern Michigan


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David Veselenak

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Observer and Eccentric Media, Detroit, Mich.                                                                   May 2012-Present

  • Report full-time on Redford Township government, Redford Union Schools, other community stories
  • Cover news in other Observer and Eccentric communities as required
  • Compose crime briefs
  • Take photos

Heritage Media Group, Saline, Mich.                                                                                Jan. 2011-May 2012
Online Coordinator

  • Coordinate Web posting on
  • Shoot and edit news videos, including daily newscast video “2ForU”
  • Manage social media sites for eight weekly print products
  • Use Web tools to help move news flow to a more digital first mentality
  • Also worked as staff writer for The Manchester Enterprise from Jan.-Sept. 2011, covering the Village of Manchester and surrounding townships, as well as regional stories

The Bay City Times, Bay City, Mich.                                                                              Aug. 2010-Dec. 2010
News Intern

  • Covering general assignment stories and briefs in a web-first newsroom
  • Compile briefs, short pieces for online
  • Post to the Web using Movable Type
  • Take photos

The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Mich.                                                             May 2010 – Aug. 2010
News Intern      

  • Covering politics and government, as well as general assignment stories
  • Compile briefs, short pieces for online
  • Take photos

Central Michigan Life, Mount Pleasant, Mich.                                                                 Sept. 2006-May 2010
Key positions held: Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Online Editor, Senior Reporter

  • Began shift of newspaper during summer 2009 to a “publish online first” mentality
  • Learned, used new media techniques (video, podcasts, photos)
  • Edit, assign news stories to a staff of 20+ reporters
  • Responsible for Minority Student Services beat, January 2008-May 2008 and Mount Pleasant City and Planning Commission beat, Jan. 2010-May 2010


Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Bachelor of Science, May 2010
Majors: Journalism with concentration in news editorial, political science
Minor: Leadership Studies
Overall Grade Point Average: 3.25/4.0


Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), News Edit Pro, Adobe InCopy CS3, Adobe InDesign CS3, Final Cut Pro, SPSS, Audacity, Social Networks (FacebookTwitterLinkedin, Google+Instagram), Coveritlive


Second place Best Multimedia Presentation: Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Sept. 2012
First place Spot News: Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Sept. 2012
Second and third place Enterprise Reporting: Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Sept. 2012
Third place Blogging: Excellence in Media award, SPJ Detroit Pro Chapter, April 2012
Editor of the Year: Central Michigan Life 2009


Michelle Rogers
Managing Editor, Heritage Media
(734) 429-7380

Rob Clark
Community Editor, The Bay City Times
(989) 894-9632

Neil Hopp
Director, Student Publications at Central Michigan University
(989) 774-3493


Written by David Veselenak

April 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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