Lisette Mejia

A Los Angeles native, Lisette graduated from UCLA in ‘09 with a degree in Communication Studies, mass media emphasis.

She always knew she wanted to write, but it wasn't until her first internship at a small women's website that she decided to pursue a career in journalism. Since then, she's interned at various outlets, including the Los Angeles Times' Metromix and Rodale International.

Lisette spent the year before grad school as a writer and web producer at TravelAge West, a Los Angeles-based travel magazine. She's currently an assistant editor at Mission Loc@l, a
news site covering San Francisco's Mission District.

Although her background lies in print journalism, she has enjoyed picking up the camera to pursue a degree in multimedia storytelling.

Outside the workroom, Lisette's been scouring the Mission in search of the city's best burrito, believes in the power of a strong handshake, can't get enough of her two nieces and is slowly making her rounds across the globe.

Education:

University of California, Berkeley
August 2010 - May 2012
None
University of California, Los Angeles
September 2005 - June 2009
Communication Studies -Mass Media concentration; Spanish minor

Published Stories:

A Multimillion-Dollar Education Bet
Mission Loc@l
Can grant money improve the Mission's struggling schools?
Formaldehyde in Cosmetics: What’s the Verdict?
Women's Health magazine online
Cosmetic treatments like the Brazilian Blowout have been under heavy fire lately for their use of formaldehyde, a chemical classified as a carcinogen.
Fostering Fatherhood, One Step at a Time
Mission Loc@l
Every Friday afternoon, a group men gather for a class at the nonprofit Homeless Prenatal Program and discuss everything from child custody status to parenting styles and childcare.
A Mentor Makes a Difference
Mission Loc@l
Juan Carlos and Antonio were paired up three years ago through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
On the Night Bus
Mission Loc@l
Riding the bus with English Language night students from a local city college.
Meet the Mission High School Football Team
Mission Loc@l
An interactive of the players' bios and why they play the game
Privacy Violations Are a Text Away
Mission Loc@l
A look at privacy violations among local teens
State Board Grants Mission Prep Charter After Local Rejection
Mission Loc@l
Mission District charter school receives approval from State Board of Ed. after its initial rejection from the local school board.
Mission High Makes Highest API Gain of SF High Schools
Mission Loc@l
Local high school shows significant score improvement.
Puff, Puff, Prop. 19?
Mission Loc@l
Video of what Mission District residents think of Proposition 19.
Me Vs the Volcano: Stranded in the U.K.
TravelAge West Magazine
Volcanic Eruption leaves me stranded in Ireland.

Work Experience:

Editorial Intern
Rodale Inc.  - New York NY  ( June 2011 - August 2011 )
Served as the editorial intern for the international department of Rodale Inc., the publishing company of magazines like Women's Health, Men's Health and Runner's World. Advised global editors about which stories to run and which cover images looked best. Provided guidelines for new international magazine and book series launches. Gave recommendations to international partners about how to improve their websites (both content and design-wise) and social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter). Created questions for an international Women's Health beauty survey and researched/contacted app developers to partner with for future mobile and tablet Rodale international apps.
Web Producer
TravelAge West Magazine  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2009 - August 2010 )
Responsible for posting all articles that appeared in the print issue to the Web site in a timely manner. Wrote and edited articles about new travel industry information. Covered international and domestic press trips and press conferences. Composed articles about international and domestic travels. Extensively researched and produced features on eco-tourism, hotel programs and tourist attractions.
Editorial Intern
Mystyle.com, The Style Network’s Web site / Comcast Entertainment Group  - Los Angeles, CA  ( January 2009 - May 2009 )
Identified and wrote stories on various style and accessory trends. Created photo galleries detailing the style of famous figures, such as First Lady Michelle Obama. Managed an interactive game on the site titled Who Broke the Bank?
Intern
Us Weekly Magazine  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2008 - September 2008 )
Interviewed celebrities at events. Provided all-staff support such as transcribing and answering/transferring calls. Performed mailroom/office duties such as photocopying, printing, faxing, filing court documents, etc.
Editorial Style Intern
Metromix Los Angeles / Los Angeles Times  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2008 - September 2008 )
Compiled detailed venue listings for major Los Angeles shopping centers. Updated and corrected content by fact-checking Web site material. Tested and reviewed products.
Freelancer
Various  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2008 - November 2011 )
Wrote articles and covered events, like Los Angeles Fashion Week, for various publications, including Women's Health online.
Copy Intern
SavvyMiss, LLC  - Los Angeles CA  ( June 2007 - September 2007 )
Interviewed celebrity makeup artists. Maintained home page rail daily. Contributed to design of a new Web site layout.