Jamie L. Oppenheim


Multimedia journalist


Jamie OppenheimPhone: (818) 389-0593 E-mail: jamie.oppenheim(at)gmail.com


M.S. in Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism                                                May 2009

Focused on digital media: video, audio, interactive graphics, photography and Web design. Created a Web site (http://web.jrn.columbia.edu/newmedia/2009/masters/Hungerinthecity/) that documents the impact of the economic downturn on New York City soup kitchens and the people who depend on emergency food services.

B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis                                                               December 2004

  • Summer 2004 Study abroad at la Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • 2003-2004 News Writer at the California Aggie newspaper, a daily newspaper Responsible for covering the culture  beat on the city news desk.
  • 2004-2005 Hosted a music radio show and produced radio news for KDVS 90.3 FM, the local non-commercial radio station.


News 21 Fellow                                                                                                                                                                              Summer 2009
Reported on American Indian charter schools in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a Carnegie and Knight foundations-funded news initiative. Built an interactive timeline that tells the story of American Indian Education in the United States, including video commentary from Michigan tribal historians. Produced a short documentary about three teenagers’ experiences growing up on a reservation and attending their local charter school. Created a short audio slideshow about daily life on the reservation. Wrote text to acompany multimedia stories. Also, co-wrote a story on a tribal college that has turned into Michigans second largest charter school authorizer. URLs: http://columbia.news21.com/?page_id=11. and http://columbia.news21.com/?p=855

Staff Writer, Novato Advance (small circulation weekly) Novato, Calif.                                                   2005-2008
Covered crime, education and arts and entertainment news for a community of 60,000 people. Special projects included following the year-long struggle of a Novato charter school and its untimely demise that same year; contributing to an award winning investigative series on teen drinking and I wrote another in-depth story about Novato’s growing immigrant community. Copy editing. Designed the news pages. Acted as Managing Editor during Managing Editor’s absence.

Assistant Special Sections Editor, United Parenting Publications, Rancho Cordova, Calif.                       2005
Wrote long form feature articles focusing on education, pregnancy and learning disabilities for a number of parenting magazines: Bay Area Parent, Seattle’s Child, Seattle Baby.


California Newspaper Association Awards (division small newspapers)

  • 2006 Second place in Lifestyles Coverage for an article on thrift stores.
  • 2005 Second place in Public Service for newspapers for contributing to a series on teen drinking.

Experience in multimedia reporting using audio, video, photography, informational graphics and Web site design. Proficient in Final Cut Pro, ProTools, Adobe Dreamweaver, ProTools, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Audacity and Quark Xpress. Knowledge of CSS and HTML.

Conversant in Spanish


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