Jessica Estepa

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I am currently a Professional journalist or technologist working in media


Job Title:
Politics writer and editor


Jessica Estepa is a storyteller and a self-described news junkie/social media butterfly based in Washington, D.C. She currently works as the lead writer and editor for OnPolitics, USA TODAY’s politics blog. Previous stints include working as: a senior producer at National Geographic, a digital editor at USA TODAY, and a reporter at E&E News and Roll Call.

A native Nevadan, Estepa attended the University of Nevada’s Reynolds School of Journalism and worked at a number of places in the Silver State, including the Reno Gazette-Journal, before departing for the East Coast. She leads the D.C. chapter of the Online News Association and can often be found singing, either with the Capitol Hill Chorale or in a karaoke bar.

Other Online News Association, Journalism and Women Symposium

Current Leadership Positions:

I ran the unconference track at the annual ONA conference for six years, which included managing the unconference’s website, voting system, volunteers and panels. I also helped organize the lightning talks.
On the local level, I’m the co-leader of the D.C. chapter, which includes organizing a variety of events.

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:

— BarCamp News Innovation 2016, keynote panel, Philadelphia
— 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.
— Reynolds High School Journalism Institute (American Society of News Editors) 2013, keynote speaker, 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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