About

My name is Megann Horstead, and I am a freelance news reporter with a strong digital-first mentality. I have worked hard over the years to hone skills in my craft, with the goal to become a top candidate for journalism jobs. I earned a journalism degree in 2015 from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. My byline has been featured in the news for Naperville Community Television, Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Joliet Herald-News, Morris Herald-News, WSPY News, WCSJ News, and more. It is my hope to become a full-time staff news reporter. Highlights from my resume include:

  • Coordinate and conduct interviews via email, phone, and in-person

  • Exhibit clear ability to write across media

  • Daily management of social media accounts

  • Demonstrate solid skills in photojournalism

  • Possess sound working knowledge of AP Style

  • 2,000-plus articles produced for print, online, and broadcast

  • Maintain proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office suites

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Kevin Solari, former editor at DeKalb Daily Chronicle 

She was a reporter who came up with good ideas and produced well-reported stories.

Jan Quillman, Joliet councilwoman

She comes to those council meetings all the time. She writes her stories. She's very accurate. She doesn't make stuff up. She doesn't twist people's words. She writes what people actually say instead of trying to put a spin on it.

Marney Simon, former editor at Morris Herald-News

Her writing is very clean and well done.

 

Testimonials

What I Do

Reporting   Live-tweeting 

Blogging   Social Media

Photography  Writing

Audio    Video  Branding