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ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF IN THIRD PERSON


This is April. She tells stories.

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ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF IN THIRD PERSON


This is April. She tells stories.

A selfie.

A selfie.

April Corbin is a communications professional, freelance writer and journalism instructor currently based out of Louisville, Kentucky. She works in internal communications for Louisville Water Company and teaches two journalism courses at Indiana University Southeast. She is also the current president of the Society of Professional Journalists Louisville professional chapter.

April's freelance writing has appeared in various print and online publications, including Zagat.com, UAW-Community, Kentucky Living, The Voice-TribuneThe News and Tribune, MapQuest.com, StoryDesert Companion, InsiderLouisville.com, BestOfLasVegas.com, Louisville.com and chamber of commerce publications across the country.

Prior to becoming a professional role juggler, April worked as a full-time journalist—most notably at the alternative newsweeklies LEO Weekly and Las Vegas Weekly. She also spent more than a year and a half as the contracted blogger for PeopleForBikes and the Better Bike Share Partnership, where she documented North American bike share systems and their efforts to increase ridership in traditionally underserved communities.

April holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master's in media studies from The New School.

Outside of work, April enjoys binge-watching television shows at least three years after they originally air, bouldering, and taking orders from her furry companion Zap. She is a defender of selfies and snark. Her favorite animal is the octopus. Originally from Las Vegas, tourism is in her blood and she loves to host visitors and travel. One day she will go to Sweden.

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My Resume

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My Resume

EMPLOYMENT

Indiana University Southeast
Adjunct Instructor
August 2016 — Present

Louisville Water Company
Communications Specialist
October 2014 — Present

PeopleForBikes
Equity Writer
November 2014 — July 2016

LEO Weekly
Staff Writer
May 2013 — August 2014       

The (Louisville) Courier-Journal
Online Producer
June 2012 — May 2013

Sullivan University System
Content Editor
November 2011 — June 2012

Las Vegas Weekly
Web Content Editor
May 2009 — September 2011

EDUCATION

The New School for Public Engagement
MA, Media Studies
Graduate Certificate, Media Management

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
BA, Journalism

ORGANIZATIONS

Society of Professional Journalists
Louisville Pro Chapter, President
October 2013 — Present

Rebel Yell Advisory Board
Board Member
May 2010 — October 2011

 

AWARDS

1st, Minority/Women's Affairs Reporting
Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville
2015

1st, Non-Staff Story
Nevada Press Association
2015

1st, Feature Writing
2nd, Minority/Women's Affairs Reporting
Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville
2014

3rd, Best News-Feature
Nevada Press Association
2012

Honorable Mention, Best Feature
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
2011

1st, Best Feature
Nevada Press Association
2011

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Selected Writing Samples

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Selected Writing Samples

Sheltered
LEO Weekly

If I had seen him anywhere else, I would have called him my next-door neighbor. I would have told you he was the nicest one in that building, actually. We always exchanged pleasantries whenever we crossed paths, which was pretty often, because during the summer and fall, he always seemed to be sitting in a lawn chair with a few other guys around a barbecue. I had always assumed he lived there.

I was wrong.

Citizen of Nowhere
Las Vegas Weekly

When Jessica* was selected as Student of the Year in eighth grade, she should have celebrated this goldest of gold stars. Instead, she slammed doors, bawled her eyes out and let her parents know she would hate them for the rest of her life. What they were doing to her wasn’t right. It wasn’t fair.

U of LGBT
LEO Weekly

When she decided to come out of the closet at the age of 16, Ana Ruiz wasn’t worried about getting kicked out or disowned. Back in their native Havana, all of her mother’s hairdressers had been gay, and she’d had no problem with any of them. Plus, Ruiz knew her mother to be a sane, rational woman who’d been college educated twice over — first in Cuba, then again in the United States. She figured surely her mother would approach the subject with grace and intelligence.

Gay soldiers come out of the shadows
Las Vegas Weekly

Dave Jenkins received the news after the end of a double shift. It was already one of the worst nights of his career as a corpsman. A 2-week-old infant had died in his arms. He was finishing filing the necessary paperwork when his commanding officer approached him. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say …”

To see more of April's Greatest Hits, visit my writing portfolio.

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Recent work (and musings)

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Recent work (and musings)

Journalism


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