Photojournalist Jason Hoekema
Brownsville, Texas

About

A highly-objective 32-year-old Army Veteran with over 12-years of combined work experience, including nearly 9 years on active duty. Now a self-taught and apprenticed photojournalist with three years of industry experience in general news, breaking-news, sports, feature, wildlife and performing arts photography. Currently seeking a full-time position with a sports photojournalism-oriented publication covering collegiate and/or professional athletic events.

Attributes

Intelligent          Autonomous      Creative             Punctual            Dependable         Objective
Diligent             Strategist           Honest               Proactive            Organized           Ethical

Employment Experience

Photojournalist, The Brownsville Herald                               February 2016 – Present

·     Performs editor-like duties determining best practices for use of imagery in a 10,000-daily circulation news publication.
·     Constantly seeks imaginative angles and exclusive access to news-worthy subjects and persons, highly valued by sports editor Joe Alberico.
·     Works extra-ordinarily long hours, often in-excess of ten, to ensure news and evening sports photo coverage for daily print.

Staff Photographer, Valley Morning Star                             July 2015 – October 2015

·     Provided relevant art and photography for various news, sports and feature topics to be published in the 8,000-copy daily publication.
·     Developed feature articles and highlighted community members in the City of Harlingen, Texas.
·     Made tight deadlines despite lengthy travel distances while photographing high school sports in both urban and rural coverage areas.

Intern Photographer, The Brownsville Herald                      August 2014 – March 2015

·     Improved overall-quality of sports photography and made tight deadlines with little, or no direct-supervision.
·     Provided extensive coverage of a local immigrant shelter, producing a two-page spread of both visual and written work.

Sergeant, Medical Trauma-Team Leader, U.S. Army           August 2005 – June 2014

·     Displayed immense responsibility, often working in positions above paygrade reporting directly to high-ranking military officials.
·     Honorably served in two overseas tours supporting the Republic of Korea in 2006 to 2007 and in a combat deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2010.
·     Responsible for the health and welfare of hundreds of soldiers while also leveraging new technologies to provide health care and track deployment readiness while also maintaining a proficient trauma team consisting of 5 soldiers, a combat vehicle, and over $100,000 of medical supplies and equipment.

Education
Bachelors of Arts, Journalism & Communications, Ashford University                    May 2017
Associates of Arts, Texas Southmost College                                                           May 2015

 

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