Brelynn Hess


Education

Willamette University                                                                                            Salem, Oregon    Summa Cum Laude                                                                                              B.A in Civic Communication & Media                                                        Minor in Arts, Technology & Multimedia                                                        2015-2019

Charles University                                                                                               Prague, Czech Republic                                                                                             Study Abroad                                                                                                           Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies                             Spring 2018


Experience

Media Manager

Civic Communication & Media Department

Salem, Oregon

2018-present

-Serves as a media specialist and consultant for the Willamette University Civic Communication & Media Department. - Provides technical support for professors and students on multimedia projects - Designs website content to inform and attract target audiences - Organizes events to foster an international community on campus and improve cross-cultural communication - Creates media to promote the communication major and attract new students to the department

Freelance Content Creator

Discover Walla Walla

Walla Walla, Washington

2018-present

- Works as a freelance content creator for Discover Walla Walla, a one-stop portal for Walla Walla events, restaurants, wineries, business, recreation, and people. 
- Designs websites for local businesses to establish consistent branding, optimize web traffic, and promote sales
- Writes blog posts about local culture and attractions to increase awareness of Walla Walla, driving tourism and local business
- Photographs content for blog posts and social media to establish  a visual brand for Discover Walla Walla

Global Ambassador

Office of International Education, Willamette University

Salem, Oregon

2018-2019

- Manages social media & marketing campaigns to increase engagement and encourage students to study abroad - Plans cross-cultural events to establish an international community on campus - Designs content for digital and print to promote events and cultivate student engagement with the office

Communications Intern

City of Walla Walla

Walla Walla, Washington

2016-2018

- Manages the city’s social media to communicate with constituents & foster community engagement
- Developed a smartphone application to help citizens access resources and to improve internal communication processes - Generates content for print and digital marketing campaigns to disseminate government information to constituents - Photographs community events for publications and social sharing

Communication Research Assistant

La Chispa / The Salem Spark

Salem, Oregon

2017-2019

- Serves as a research assistant for La Chispa de Salem/The Salem Spark, a project in the Civic Communication & Media Department at Willamette University focused on communicating a culture of sustainability and environmental justice in the Salem community.
- Manages and creates content for social media to promote environmental justice activism
- Serves as a co-coordinator for the Media Design & Writing committee
- Records and produces podcasts on topics such as sustainability, environmental justice, and communication

Photographer

Portrait/Travel/Event Photographer

2014-present

- Works as a freelance portrait and event photographer - Designed photography based website to display work and draw in new clients (brelynnhess.com)
- Runs a professional photography Instagram account to show work, engage with the community, and reach potential clients (@brelynnhessphotography)


Organizations

Co-president of the Willamette University Alpha Epsilon Mu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official Communication Studies honor society of the National Communication Association.

Lambda Pi Eta President Willamette University

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic honor society.

Phi Beta Kappa Willamette University


Skills

Industry Knowledge

Interpersonal Skills

Technical Skills

  • Photography

  • Social media management

  • Content creation

  • Digital music production

  • Podcast production

  • Web design

  • Editing

  • Event planning

  • Written & verbal communication

  • Community outreach

  • Mentoring & tutoring

  • Public speaking

  • Cross-cultural communication

  • Adobe Lightroom

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Pro Tools

  • Logic Pro X


Awards

Stephen A. Smith Award (2019)

National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta

Awarded to the Lambda Pi Eta member with the top paper in the undergraduate division of the annual NCA convention

Nacho Cordova Legacy Award (2019)

Willamette University, Department of Civic Communication & Media

Award recognizing outstanding academics and dedication to the field of communication

Award of Excellence (2018)

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Award of Excellence in the category of Digital Interactive Mobile App for the City of Walla Walla's OWWL smartphone application

Excellence in Public Information & Communication Award (2018)

California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO)

Award of Distinction in the category of Social Media/New Media, Small/Medium Population for the City of Walla Walla's OWWL App

Shanon P. Hogue Award (2017 & 2018)

Willamette University Civic Communication & Media Department

Awarded for academic excellence in the field of rhetoric and media studies

Mark O. Hatfield Library Research Award (2017)

Willamette University

Awarded for an excellent paper in any subject that demonstrates outstanding research using library and information resources. Received for a research paper titled, "Perpetuating Pop Culture Postfeminism: A <Feminist> Rhetorical Analysis of Emma Watson's UN Address."