Samannaz Rohanimanesh

Website: naazbuzz.com

(617) 543-5278                                      sr7841a@student.american.edu

Education:

          American University – Washington, DC

     Masters of Arts in International Journalism                                                                           Aug 2017

Capstone Project: Proficiency in storytelling, directing, shooting, editing, color correction and sound enhancements for the thesis video project

  • Relevant Course Projects:

Backpack Documentary in Spanish:  Produced news packages, short story videos and long news worthy documentaries

Foreign Correspondence: researched on India as target country and produced short story news worthy videos

Race and Ethnic Reporting: Reported on minorities in Washington D.C. metropolitan area and neighborhoods, produced news packages and short story videos; published “Voices from Divided America book highlighting multi-national experiences

Reporting of the Public Affairs:  Viewed Congressional hearings, requested first person interview with House/Senatorial members, created on-air story and participated in mock news desk

Florida International University   - Miami, FL           

Bachelors in Fine Arts;

Minor: in Art History                                                                                                         May 2015      

       Awards/ Honors:

  • Copenhagen Underground Film Festival

         Included and screened in festival, Short Film 'Ban Upon a Star'                                                  Aug 2017

  • Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA) Scholarship Award - $2,500

          Short Film 'Tabagh'                                                                                                                       Mar 2016

  • Betty McDonald Award, Women in Visual Arts (WITVA) - $1000,

           Short Film 'Tabagh'                                                                                                                      Mar 2016


Journalism & Production Experience:

Editor and Writer, Artist Raheleh Filsoofi, TX                                                                         Apr 2018 - Present

  • Writing creative content for exhibitions

  • Writing and polishing artist manuscripts and statements

  • Creating engaging content and analytical narrative for the exhibitions

  • Publishing press releases and articles for the exhibitions

Staff Writer, Iranian Online Magazine                                                                                     Oct 2017 - Present

  • Writing social content for publication

  • Carrying out relevant researches and interviews for each article

  • Writing features, Op-Eds and reviews

 Social Media and Communications Manager, Fold Multifaceted Exhibition, IMAS, TX     Jan 2018 – Jan 2019

  • Creating and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content

  • Identify and improve organizational development aspects that would improve content

  • Create a regular publishing schedule through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Creating and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content.

  • Identify and improve organizational development aspects that would improve content.

Multimedia Journalist, Voice of America, Washington, DC                                                    Jan 2017 –Apr 2017

  • Involved with pre-production of Boko Haram documentary project

  • Identified sources, researched published articles and edited raw footage of VOA’s Boko Haram video inventory

  • In-depth charachter research

Freelance Journalist, Reorient Magazine, Toronto, Canada                                                     Mar 2014-Present

  • Interview and photograph Middle Eastern/North African artists, actresses and musicians; inquire about their career history and future aspirations

  • Author monthly articles for several publications; increase readership by promoting articles through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

  • Recognized by magazine as top writer during 2015 publications for ensuring accuracy for both research and fact checking

Journalist/Reporter, AL Mahha Art Magazine, Kuwait                                                              Mar 2014-Present

  • Acknowledged reporter of Art Basal Miami Beach 2015; published articles focused on art and the connection between Israeli and Iranian art culture

Intern/Art Advisor, Miami-Dade County, Miami, FL                                                                Apr 2013- Aug 2014

  • Filmed, edited and produced two minute videos to summarize community advocacy events; showcased videos through organization’s website and several social media sites

  • Designed brochures and pamphlets, highlighting events with the Asian American Advisory Board designer

  • Published booklet on South Florida’s Asian pioneers and served as secretary of Asian American Advisory Board

Journalist/ Reporter, The Beacon, Florida International University, Miami, FL                          Feb 2013-Present

  • Incorporated sound news judgment to research, interview and public article


Skills:

  • Language: advanced fluency in English and Farsi; intermediate fluency in French and Spanish; basic fluency in Arabic

  • Computer: full proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); advanced proficiency in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6; advanced proficiency in Adobe Audition CS6, After Effects and Photoshop CS6; HTML, CSS (web development)

  • Social Media: ability to promote through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter


Additional Experience:

  • Mistress of Ceremony, Asian Culture Festival, Miami, FL Mar 2016

  • Mistress of Ceremony, Armenian Night Concert, ICS, Miami, FL Jan 2016

  • Artist Coordinator/IP Host, SCOPE Art Fair, Art Basal, Miami Beach, FL Dec 2014

  • Curator Assistant, Edge Zones International Performance Art Festival, Miami, FL Jun 2013

  • Performance Artist/Host, SCOPE/TRIAD Art Basal, Miami Beach, FL Dec 2013

  • Intern/Artist Coord/Cultural Services Assist, Embassy of France, FL Aug 2011- Jun 2012