Rachel D. Turner
Phone: (727) 204-6836 e-mail:


2006 M.A., Journalism and Media Studies, University of South Florida

2006 Poynter Institute St. Petersburg, Florida, Seminar: Winning Photojournalism,
Covering Communities

2004 B.S., Exercise and Sport Science, Clearwater Christian College

Highlights of Qualifications:

o Fluent in Spanish and English.
o 6+ years experience producing material for newspapers, magazines and websites both
in the United States and in Latin America.
o 3+ years experience teaching journalism and photography at the university level.
o Highly experienced working in AP style, social media, blogging, multimedia
production, story telling through writing, photography and video.
o Highly experienced producing journalistically sound documentaries and written
pieces for NGOs and news organizations.
o 5 years experience managing a media staff and the magazine publication for an NGO.
o 6+ years experience consulting on cross-cultural communications and cultural
o One year experience managing, coordinating and directing disaster relief efforts
o Adept at assessing situations, creating strategies to solve problems, and
implementing those strategies with cultural sensitivity.
o Highly experienced working in developing countries.

Professional Experience:

August 2011-Present Freelance Photojournalist
o Provides in-depth coverage of news assignments.
o Produces documentaries for news organizations and NGOs.

August 2008-Present Media/Cultural Consultant
o Consults with NGOs about how to implement ethical media practices within the organization to promote humanitarian efforts.
o Speaks on cultural issues and cultural adaptation.

January 2008-January 2012 Editor-in-Chief, ES Magazine
o Managed the media staff.
o Worked with a media team to storyboard each magazine.
o Produced written, photographic, and multimedia material for the magazine and website.
o Edited the magazine and worked closely with the printer, publisher and distributor of the magazine.

January 2008-2011 Travel Consultant and Team Leader, SCORE International
o Provided in-depth research about security, transportation and humanitarian efforts in the countries encompassing Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
o Lead humanitarian teams and managed humanitarian relief efforts overseas.

2008-2011 Adjunct Professor, Southern Adventist University
o Taught photography and the law and ethics of photojournalism.
o Prepared lesson plans and mentored students.
o Organized gallery shows and hosted VIPs.

2010 Director of Disaster Relief, SCORE International, Haiti
o Organized logistics for disaster relief groups to enter Haiti by bus from the DR.
o Worked with Haitian government officials, the UN, and NGOs to organize disaster relief efforts including food distribution, medical aid, rubble cleanup and reconstruction.

June 2007-January 2008 Photojournalist, Chattanooga Times Free Press
o Photographed assignments, provided story ideas, and creatively documented stories while meeting regular deadlines.

March 2007-May 2007 Invitational Gallery Exhibition at the Saint Petersburg Arts Center: Cracker Culture.
o Exhibited part of my 2006 photo documentary on the cowmen of Florida at the Saint Petersburg Arts Center.
o Spoke at several engagements about the environmental effects of development in Florida, the cracker culture, and the cattle industry.

August 2005-May 2006 Graduate Assistant, University of South Florida
o Assisted professors in research for their books.
o Provided writing and editing skills.
o Hosted international visiting journalists
o Assisted in the production of the science-writing curriculum.

2003 English Professor, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
o Taught English and American culture classes to high school students, college students, and professionals.

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