Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford


Erin E. Zureick

Journalism Experience

Reporter, The Augusta Chronicle. September 2009-present.
75,000-circulation daily newspaper in east central Georgia

  • Serve as general assignment and cops reporter, writing about breaking news, trends and events in the Augusta, Ga., area.

Reporter, The Sanford Herald. October 2008-September 2009.
10,000-circulation daily newspaper in central North Carolina

  • Served as education and county government reporter, writing daily stories and taking photos for print and web.
  • Wrote enterprise stories on county sales tax proposal, school and county budgets, technology in schools and teacher hiring trends.
  • Wrote feature stories and profiles on topics such as three classmates who beat cancer while forming friendships with each other.
  • Maintained a blog,, for the paper’s Web site.
  • Awards: 2009 N.C. Press Association, first place for a feature profile, detailing the life of a blind fifth-grader whose knack for numbers helped him make friendships.

Reuters, Chicago editorial intern, consumer goods and retail. June 2008-August 2008.
Global newswire specializing in financial and world and breaking news

  • Wrote and reported daily and breaking news as a member of the consumer goods and retail team, focusing on company news and earnings, as well as retail and consumer trends.
  • Wrote financial analyses on companies such as Smithfield Foods Inc and features on topics such as online wedding planning.
  • Contributed to Reuters’ consumer blog, Shop Talk

China Daily Co., English News and Olympics intern, May 2007-August 2007.
Largest English-language newspaper in China, daily circ. 200,000.

  • Wrote daily stories, attending Olympic press conferences and local cultural events
  • Reported for enterprising stories such as gay life in Beijing and executive education programs in China.

Editor and reporter, The Daily Tar Heel. September 2004-May 2008
M-F student-run daily newspaper, 20,000 circ., 39,000 readership,
Editor-in-Chief, August 2007-May 2008

  • Oversaw a staff of about 180 people, directing and editing news coverage for the newspaper ranked by the Princeton Review as the No. 1 college newspaper in the U.S. Led the paper through news events such as the murder of UNC’s student body president and the search for a new chancellor.
  • Led a revamp of the paper’s Web site, introducing more interactive content, such as blogs, interactive graphics and video.
  • Awards: Associated College Press Pacemaker award for best daily college newspaper (2007-08); ACP Best in Show newspaper (2007); N.C. Press Association, 2008 N.C. Press Assocation Award for first place in breaking news coverage, besting professional news organizations.

University Editor, August 2006-May 2007

  • Planned and edited daily and long-term coverage related to UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. Wrote stories on deadline, as well as enterprising stories on topics such as UNC’s tuition policy and campus development plan.

Assistant University Editor, January 2006-May 2006.
Staff writer, September 2004-December 2005.

Conversational in Mandarin Chinese
Completed business and economic journalism classes, learning how to comb SEC filings, public databases and read economic indices and measurements.
Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop; trained in infographics.
Basic HTML skills, trained in search engine optimization, blogging and writing for the web.

Education and Honors
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Journalism and Mass Communication; B.A. May 2008; news-editorial
Completed business journalism certificate program
Cumulative GPA: 3.7
Beijing Institute of Education
Summer 2006 completed an intensive, eight-week Chinese immersion program


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