Ashley Hopkinson

Ashley Hopkinson knows a good story when she sees it and her lifelong passion for telling stories has been an asset to more than five news publications across Alabama. Ashley earned a BA in Journalism from Auburn University in August 2008, where she was the associate editor of the Auburn Plainsman-- an award-winning campus newspaper in Auburn, Ala. Following graduation, Ashley worked as a cops/general assignment reporter for The Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala. Previously, she was a reporter for The Gadsden Times: A New York Times Company in Gadsden, Ala., a freelance writer for The Birmingham News and an editorial assistant for Auburn Magazine. Ashley loves her unique heritage. She is both American and South American, and spent much of her life between Auburn Ala., and Guyana, South America, a small country off the coast of the Caribbean.

Education:

Auburn University, August 2008
Journalism, French

Published Stories:

Jazz and its rebirth
KALX 90.7
In the age of Soulja Boy and Justin Beiber, where do jazz musicians fit in?The musical artform dates back to the 19th century and for decades was the most popular music in the world But even with talk about the decline of jazz, a new generations of musicians are here to say jazz has a future. Introducing the The SF Jazz High School All Stars Combo. Hear what they have to say.
Black parents who adopt white children confront myths
msnbc. com
A look into the life of a Southern black woman who chooses to adopt outside of her race through the foster care system. Transracial adoption remains a topic of controversy, as advocates, social workers and families grapple with and examine the issue of race and its level of importance in adoption.
Ivy League Bound
Richmond Confidential, Brown University
Richmond High has not met AYP in five years and its drop out rate in nearly double that of the district. In the midst, senior Guadalupe Morales, is Ivy League bound on a full scholarship to Brown University this Fall.
Free Wi-Fi connection to reach Iron Triangle residents
Richmond Confidential, Brown University
Residents living in Richmond’s Iron Triangle Neighborhood will have access to free Internet from four to five Wi-Fi locations within the next year. The effort is part of a two-year $500,000 grant through the California Emerging Technology Fund.
RYSE schools Richmond Confidential
Richmond Confidential, Brown University
Richmond Confidential now has a theme video. The musical composition was provided by Xavier Polk at the RYSE center. Xavier thought we needed help getting new-age music on our site and he’s right, we did. The making of the music is a short video showing how Xavier produced the beats.
"God did the washing, we did the sweeping."
Richmond Confidential, Brown University
More than 100 volunteers swept Cutting Boulevard on Saturday all the way from San Pablo Avenue to the Richmond Plunge.
BAPAC attacks two candidates
Richmond Confidential
This is an article written a few hours after an e-mail was circulated by a prominent African American organisation, criticizing two black candidates for office in Richmond: Jovanka Beckles and Corky Booze.
Unfinished Business: Mayor seeks second term
SF Gate, The Bay Citizen, Richmond Confidential
An article about incumbent Mayor Gayle McLaughlin before she snagged a second term in office on Nov. 2. McLaughlin had come under fire late in the election season when records showing a history of bankruptcy and depression were released by police and firefighter unions.
Program prepares prisoners for GED
Montgomery Advertiser
The GED program, imple mented in September by the jail warden, Capt. A.J. Hardy, has already seen success. Thirty percent of the men coming into the jail don’t have a high school diploma, Hardy said, and educa ting them so they can take the GED is good for them and the community.

Awards:

Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr. Scholarship; 2011 recipient (October 2011)
Bay Area Association of Black Journalists young journalist scholarship.
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Miles and Mary Stephens Scholarship 2005-2006 recipient. Cynthia Tucker Scholarship; 2007-2008; first recipient at Auburn University. Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Certificate of Achievement, 2007.
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Miles and Mary Stephens Scholarship 2005-2006 recipient
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Cynthia Tucker Scholarship; 2007-2008; first recipient at Auburn University
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Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs: Certificate of Achievement, 2007 Auburn University

Work Experience:

Kaiser Health Fellow/Times Picayune Intern
Kaiser Foundation/ Times Picayune  - New Orleans LA  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
Reported on diverse health issues for metro section of the paper and website, nola.com. Developed story ideas and wrote about public health policy and national health trends.
Graduate Student Instructor
UC Berkeley  - Berkeley CA  ( January 2011 - May 2011 )
I work closely with professors and students to create a conversational discussion class about the history, theory and journalistic practices that govern documentary film.
Reporter
Cops/General Assignment Reporter August 2008 – December 2009 Monitoring the police blotter and scanner and covering breaking news for Web site. Maintaining an average of 1000 page views for daily police blotter and breaking news updates. Reviewing internet chatter below online posts and making appropriate updates. Researching and writing daily metro stories and centerpieces for the weekend paper. Developing story ideas and writing for weekly niche publication: East Montgomery. Producing an average of 30 to 40 stories a month on varying beats. Uploading at least 40 public safety and crime-related online posts a month to montgomeryadvertiser.com.
Reporter
New York Times Company: The Gadsden Times; Gadsden, Ala. Intern; May-July 2008 Reported and wrote for various beats of the daily paper. Wrote news and feature articles for Web site, gadsdentimes.com, took pictures and produced voiceovers for online videos about homicides and fires. Articles were featured on opencongress.com, tuscaloosanews.com and egyptology.blogspot.com.
Reporter
Birmingham News; Birmingham, Ala. Freelance reporter; March –May 2008 Produced a series of articles on the shooting death of Auburn University freshman, Lauren Burk. Shadowed veteran reporters, covered Burk press conference, and memorial service and spring commencement ceremonies for print publication and Web site al.com.
Reporter
Auburn Alumni Center: Auburn Magazine; Auburn, Ala. Editorial Assistant; August 2007- May 2008 Researched story ideas and scheduled interviews for feature stories. Wrote short bylined features, compiled announcements and obituaries.

Other Works:

Link to more than 500 articles produced during my tenure at The Montgomery Advertiser August 2008 to December 2009.  Read more...

An article written in collaboration with David Ferry about the re-election of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.   Read more...

Other articles/work produces for the politics section of Richmondconfidential.org Links to urls: http://richmondconfidential.org/2010/10/29/city-looking-to-make-green-off-pot-businesses/ http://richmondconfidential.org/2010/11/03/councils-lurch-left-shakes-up-city/ http://richmondconfidential.org/2010/10/24/a-business-mind-makes-a-difference-finlay-says/  Read more...