LAWRENCE D. SMELSER
Permanent: 11575 Sunset Blvd. Helotes, TX 78023 |Present: 1407 Bernard Street Denton, TX, 76207|
Twitter: @LawrenceSmelser | Email: xxx-xxx-xxxx | Phone:xxx-xxx-xxxx
Master of Journalism | University of North Texas | Expected Fall 2019 Bachelor of Arts, Journalism | Texas A&M University | August 2017 Minors: Business and Communication
The Battalion, College Station, TX
Sports Reporter/Photographer/Videographer | January 2015-August 2017
§ Covered all sports at Texas A&M University with a focus on football, basketball, golf, and soccer. Published a large portfolio of articles, photographs, and videos.
§ Took video at football games and conducted stand up video recaps post game.
§ Live tweeted games to promote The Battalion and had many tweets quoted by The Washington Post,
USA Today, Fox Sports 1, The Dallas Morning News, Bleacher Report and SEC Country.
§ Interviewed PGA Tour golfers, NFL players, and athletes from Texas A&M teams to write recaps,
features, news stories, columns, blogs and profiles.
§ Covered major sporting events such as the Valero Texas Open in 2015 and 2016 and the 2016 NCAA
men’s tournament in Oklahoma City.
§ Gained experience with Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint,
Photoshop, and Excel.
Head Sports Editor/Assistant Sports Editor | December 2016-August 2017
§ Managed a staff of ten writers. Conducted weekly staff meetings to improve writers’ articles and assign stories for the week.
§ Edited articles for print and online publications. Created headlines and cutlines for stories. Selected and edited photos for articles.
§ Managed social media pages for Twitter and Facebook. Univision Communications, San Antonio, TX
Reporter Intern | May 2016-August 2016
§ Worked under the head sports anchor as well as other reporters, news anchors, and the main producer.
§ Covered countless sporting events and conducted interviews which aired on television.
§ Captured b-roll and held postgame interviews for the San Antonio FC professional soccer team.
§ Prepared statistics and graphics for the newscast and manned cameras.
§ Took photos for the weather segment and went out into the field with news reporters and video journalists.
§ Edited video to go on-air using Avid and Premiere Pro.
§ Covered the retirement press conference for Tim Duncan held by San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg
Dallas Cowboys, College Station, TX
Freelancer | March 2017
§ Covered Texas A&M athletes for the Dallas Cowboys at A&M’s pro day. Wrote a recap detailing the results of the players and analyzed how they would fit into Dallas’ organization.
StatRoute and Upwork
Freelancer | September 2018-Present
§ Wrote fantasy football articles analyzing players and teams in the NFL. § Helped review and critique fantasy football podcasts.
The Augusta Chronicle
Freelancer | April 2019
§ Covered the 2019 Masters, The Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships.
§ Wrote features, profiles, recaps, sidebars and news stories on players, fans, trends and other various topics.
§ Interviewed professional golfers including Rickie Fowler and Bernhard Langer.
Resume, sports writer