Ericka Blount Danois
School of Journalism
writer, reporter, and
editor with extensive body of work
in print media appealing to a mass audience, including
The Washington Post, The New York Times, and
The Baltimore Sun. Creative
self-starter with a master’s degree from
Columbia University and Spanish
proficiency. Well versed in GPO,
Wall Street Journal, and AP styles.
Proficient in In Design, Pro Tools,
and Final Cut Pro.
Consultant/Writer/Editor: Radio One, Inc., AOL (2010-present). Write and
edit content, implement tools to increase traffic, aggregate content, advise on
layout design, and hire bloggers and writers for Newsone.com. Write feature
stories, blogs, and breaking news stories for AOL’s Patch.com and AOL Black
Baltimore, MD (2003-present). Regular feature
contributor to: Wax Poetics magazine,
The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore magazine,
Sports Illustrated, Heart and Soul, Black
Enterprise, Baltimore City Paper,
The New York Times, The Washington City Paper, The
Washington Post Style section, JazzTimes, NY Daily News, The Source,
Rap Pages, New Word,
Columbia magazine, and
OneWorld, among others. Freelance
editor for Simon and Schuster and
stringer for ESPN, the magazine.
(see: www.erickablount.com). Notable interviews have included Andy
Rooney, Ed Koch, Rachel Dratch, Quincy Jones, Olu Dara, Nas, Jackie McLean, Todd
Wagner, Etan Thomas, David Simon, Ed Burns, and Ernest Dickerson.
City Editor, Uptown
magazine, Washington, DC. (2007-present). Conceptualize, write,
and edit content for lifestyle related topics; including restaurant reviews,
arts and entertainment profiles, and other lifestyle issues.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, JBS International, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
(2005-present). Write and edit
grant proposals, and print and electronic publications, in English and Spanish,
on topics related to at-risk youth. Translate technical knowledge for general
audiences. Products range from booklets to quarterly periodicals to full-length
guidebooks. Also create podcasts for diverse audiences on topics related to
Baltimore, MD. (2006-present) Teach media writing
courses that introduce students to writing in a professional environment and to
the styles of writing for the mass media; these forms include news stories for
print and broadcast and advertising and public relations copy. In addition,
teach courses that prepare students for the workforce with on and off campus
internships, guiding students through the process of obtaining and succeeding in
a media internship.
Staff writer, The
City Paper, Baltimore, MD (2002-2003).
Obtained an exclusive interview with President Fidel Castro while traveling with
the National Black Farmers Association to Cuba
for a story on them negotiating a deal to sell produce to Cuba. Responsible for covering
weekly hard news stories in addition to covering feature stories and political
Staff writer, The Press of Atlantic City (1999-2000).
Covered hard news, police
stories, music, features, and enterprise stories on three neighborhood
Republic, and Pleasantville.
News assistant, The Wall Street Journal (1997-1999).
Wrote feature stories and proofread
copy for national news desk. Notable interviews have included Andy Rooney, Frank
O. Gehry, Richard Meier, former Mayor Ed Koch, and Sheila Bridges.
Researcher, Vibe magazine (1996-1997)
Fact-checked articles, reported on and wrote news and feature articles.
Staff writer, The City Sun (1994-1996) Covered
politics, police, music, and feature stories in and around New York City. Notable interviews included
Tupac Shakur, Jay Z, and Kenny Gamble, among others.
MS in Journalism from
Columbia University, 2004
BA in English and African American studies,
University of Pennsylvania, 1994
Additional coursework from
The University of Ghana, African
grade English in Montgomery
County public schools, substitute
teacher in Washington, D.C.
and New York City
Volunteered as a
tutor and counselor for youth
Edited and proofed 7th
grade English textbooks for Simon and Schuster
Wrote speeches for
Director of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore,
MD, City Council President,
MD, and former Mayor Martin O’Malley, Baltimore, MD.
Wrote press releases, guidebooks, and other media materials relating to youth
for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. Conducted event
planning and garnered news media and local politicians for events.
Final Cut Pro
Awards and Appointments:
*Hermes Platinum Award for brochure:
* Grand Award for Apex Award for Publication
*Second place for story, "This is My Neighborhood,"
in Community Service category, Baltimore magazine, Society of Professional
*Nominated for A.D. Emmart Award for reporting in the
Humanities, 2004, Baltimore magazine, “This is My Neighborhood.”
*Third place for breaking news story,
New Jersey newspapers, 1999
*Deadline Club Scholarship for Journalism,
*Arthur Fauset Award for Community Service,
of Pennsylvania, 1994
*Washington Independent Writers Union