Jessica Estepa

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I am currently a Professional journalist or technologist working in media

National Geographic

Job Title:
Senior digital producer


Jessica Estepa is a storyteller and a self-described news junkie/social media butterfly based in Washington, D.C. She currently works as a senior producer at National Geographic, where she leads the organization’s digital distribution efforts. She was previously a digital editor at USA Today, guiding digital news coverage in the evening, contributing to the organization’s politics coverage and co-writing the For the Record newsletter. Additionally, she was a reporter for E&E Publishing, covering fisheries, oceans, wildlife and other natural resources policy news on and off Capitol Hill. She also wrote feature stories for and worked on the production side of Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

A native Nevadan, she attended the University of Nevada’s Reynolds School and worked at a number of places in the Silver State, including the Reno Gazette-Journal, before departing for the East Coast. For fun, she volunteers with the nonprofit 826DC and sings with the Capitol Hill Chorale.

Other Online News Association, Journalism and Women Symposium

Current Leadership Positions:

I run the unconference track at the annual ONA conference, which includes managing the unconference’s website, voting system, volunteers and panels. I also help organize the lightning talks.
On the local level, I coordinate volunteers and events for ONA’s D.C. chapter.

Areas of expertise:
Basic HTML/CSS, Web production experience, Social media branding – Newsroom / organization level, Social media branding – Individual, Social media branding – Sub-branded accounts (such as a Politics Blog or Regional Channel), Beat reporter

Speaking Experience
Yes, I have been a keynote speaker for an event, Yes, have spoken on panels

Past Speaking Experience:

– Online News Association 2014 Conference, First-Timer Orientation speaker, Chicago
– Association of Alternative Newsmedia 2014 Conference, Environmental Coverage Trends and Opportunities for Alt-Weeklies panel, Nashville, Tenn.
– Keynote speaker, Reynolds High School Journalism Institute (American Society of News Editors) 2013, Reno, Nev.
– Guest speaker for college and high school journalism classes

City / Location Preferences:

I’m based in Washington, D.C., but can travel and participate in industry events and conferences around the country.

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