Kelsey Neubauer is a reporter with experience in every area of the newsroom. She is currently a newsroom intern at Straus News on a New York Press Association foundation scholarship. She was previously editor-in-chief of the award-winning college weekly, The Vermont Cynic, a reporting intern for the non-profit online daily VTDigger and a media development intern for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. To skip the about me and head right to my work, click here.
The first paper I was ever published in was made from glue, magic markers and oversized construction paper. I was in fifth grade and my stories included the low enrollment in chorus that year and the music that played at the fifth-grade picnic.
Ten years later, the subject of my stories have changed but my passion remains the same: truth.
During my first year of college, I joined the news section for our award-winning student run newspaper. Over the next two years, I worked and learned under seven peer editors; I covered nearly every beat, took photos, copy edited, designed pages and wrote an award-winning investigative story. In my junior year, I became editor-in-chief.
Under my leadership, the paper’s news team grew three-fold. Through training and empowerment, we went from printing four pages of press release-derived news to a consistent eight pages of beat and enterprise reporting. Our social media platforms surged in activity and readership after our coverage of the Women’s
March on Washington and our localized coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential victory. We sent our reporters as far as the state’s capital and Washington D.C. to follow UVM’s students and the role they were playing on the national stage.
In addition, I began a plan to reallocate budget funds towards career incentives for staff members as well as laid the groundwork for both an alternate revenue stream and alumni connection.
As a reporter, I was the go-to staff member for covering breaking news. When I was a sophomore, an editor recruited me onto the investigative news section to work on the story exposing a hidden history of UVM — a huge minstrel show that occurred during a winter carnival for 75-years until 1969. During the six month process of writing the story, we interviewed over 50 sources. It became a four-part series with a near 15,000 total word count. The story would later be named Diversity Story of the Year by the Associated Collegiate Press.
Over my time at the Cynic, we were 19 on the Princeton Review’s ranking of college newspapers, we placed in the American Collegiate Press’ Best of Show and were finalists for the Pacemaker award.
In summer of 2016, VTDigger, Vermont’s go to news source for Vermont’s political and investigative news online news publication brought me on as their Burlington bureau reporting intern. With the help of the Burlington Bureau Chief, one of the best journalist I know, I covered the city of Burlington, acting as a full-time reporter, producing 800-word stories on a daily deadline. Digger has broke investigative stories such as the FBI investigation into allegations of loan fraud against Jane Sanders and EB-5 fraud in Vermont.
The organization is the go-to place for the Vermont statehouse, Vermont news and coverage of Vermont politicians in D.C.. There was no better place to learn the importance of truth, source relationships and the essentials of investigative reporting.
I discovered an initial passion for truth as a career through filmmaking. My major, anthropology, led me to ethnographic film making and documentary production.
In the summer of my first year of college, I was lucky enough to work on an Emmy-award winning production during my time as an intern at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The media department brings the finest performing art into the living rooms of all Americans.
It was here I first came to understand the complexity of bringing truth to a story. My fellow interns and I did story selection under the leadership of Live from Lincoln Center‘s associate producer.We curated snippets out of 18 hours of interviews with dancers, musicians and performers that we thought would resonate with folks that would be watching the videos in their homes and on the big screens. I learned story telling methods that exposed the truth of the human experience.
I was also immersed in research and writing projects for the media’s legal counsel.
This summer, I am working Straus News as an intern funded through the New York Press Association foundation. I am very excited to learn from local journalists who dedicate their lives to the stories of the community I grew up in.
In addition to my time spent in the media wing of UVM’s student center, I was a Lead Resident Adviser and Resident Adviser, student program director of UVM’s Dean Signature Integrated Social Science Program after having the opportunity to be a part of the program my first year. I was a teaching assistant, research assistant and office assistant for the English Department.
On the off days — I am a dancing, book reading, people watching, bagel-loving New Yorker.
Fun fact: My high school superlative was biggest chatterbox. Please don’t hesitate to out with any questions – I would love to chat.