Matt Carstens

106 S. Maple St.
Ellensburg, Wash. 98926

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Central Washington University at Ellensburg, Washington

Work Experience

Design Editor                                                        January 2014 - present
Ellensburg Daily Record
Ellensburg, Wash.
  • Design and edit the bulk of the newspaper on a daily basis including A1, local and wire content, and all weekly sections (Community, Business, Taste, Outdoors, Weekend Life)
  • Design special annual sections that are inserted into the paper including an almanac, medical directories, event publications for Jazz in the Valley and the Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo. Also design quarterly magazine KV Living.
  • Write general assignment feature stories and update and maintain content on
  • Help manage and interact with readers on social media.

Sports reporter/Page designer                             September 2012 - June 2013
Yuma Sun
Yuma, Ariz.
  • Cover high school, college and professional sports in Yuma County.
  • Design four to eight page sports and feature sections using Adobe Indesign and Photoshop.

Sports Reporter                                                     March 2012 - September 2012
Issaquah Press                                                      
Issaquah, Wash.
  • Cover all three high schools in the Issaquah school district including Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty.
  • Write features on local community members and athletes.
  • Compile scores and statistics for the weekly scoreboard.
  • Compile community events for the weekly calendar.

Board Operator                                                     September 2011- Present
Bonneville Seattle
Seattle, Wash.
  • Ensure smooth running broadcasts on 97.3 KIRO FM, 710 ESPN AM and 770 KTTH AM.
  • Podcast all shows.
  • Run on-air audio board with multiple audio elements.
  • Edit any necessary audio for on-air play.

Web Content Entry Specialist at AT&T                July 2011- March 2012
Parker Technical Solutions
Seattle, Wash.
  • Update and maintain
  • Problem solve and fix mistakes on the website quickly and efficiently.
  • Use HTML/CSS as well as a CMS to build web pages.

Sports Editor                                                           Spring 2011
Central Washington University Observer
Ellensburg, Wash.
  • Managed staff of eight reporters and assistant editor.
  • Produced weekly story ideas for staff.
  • Designed layout with InDesign for sports section.
  • Edited content for AP style and grammar.

    Free Lance Reporter                                               Fall 2010-Spring 2011
    Daily Record Newspaper
    Ellensburg, WA 
    • Cover high school and college sports in and around Kittitas County.

      Clear Channel Communications Intern                    Summer 2010
      Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle
      Seattle, Wash.
      • In charge of podcasting all interviews from 3-7 p.m.
      • Edited audio for sports desk updates.
      • Ran audio board for live programming
      • Covered Seattle Mariner and Seahawk home games.

        Assistant Sports Editor                                            Fall 2010-Winter 2011

        Central Washington University Observer
        Ellensburg, Wash.
        • In charge of editing and producing content for the sports section.

            Staff Reporter/Columnist                                       Fall 2008-Fall 2009
            Central Washington University Observer
            Ellensburg, Wash.
            • Beat reporter for Central Washington University baseball team.
            • Covered other sporting events on campus.

            Skills Profile

            • Verbal/Written communication skills
            • Mac/PC/Linux computer skills
            • Proficient with audio editing software (i.e. Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Audacity, etc.)
            • Reporting and interviewing skills
            • Proficient with AP style
            • Web design skills. Familiar with HTML, XHTML, CSS and Dream Weaver.
            • Adobe InDesign

            Achievements and Awards

            • 3rd Place -- 2012 Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence award for Sports reporting; Region 10. -- Sports struggles for equality and balance
            • 1st place -- 2011 Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence award for Sports reporting; Region 10. -- Questionable Decisions
            • Most Valuable Reporter -- CWU Observer Newspaper 2010
            • Story of the Year 2009-10 -- CWU Observer Newspaper 2010