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Kevin Loker is a person (and journalist) curious about the role that web- and mobile-based social interactions play “in real life." He's currently thinking about that in the context of journalism, working on ideas about how media organizations can improve their operations by knowing more about their audience than ever before.

Kevin is the program coordinator at the American Press Institute, where he writes and organizes events, trainings and youth programs. Previously he was the digital coordinator at the Online News Association. Recently he was a regular contributor at 10,000 Words.

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Kevin graduated from George Mason University in May 2012 with a B.A. in anthropology. Outside the lecture halls   where he maintained a 3.83 GPA on scholarship    he traded sleep for four years in leadership in Mason’s Office of Student Media, and additionally, two years of experience with professional media. As a student, Kevin contributed work to USA TODAY, mediabistro.com’s 10,000 Words and The Washington Post (where he was an online content editor and developed social media strategy for Washington Post Live).

At Mason, he was considered a “Mason Celebrity”  (really, he's been told this) largely because of his executive editor role at Connect2Mason.com, a student-run and online-only daily news outlet, a position he held for three years. Out of 251 entries, the young site received distinction in 2011 as one of only 24 Associated Collegiate Press "Online Pacemakers"  and the only college media outlet to win the distinction in the “online-only” category.

A lover of puzzles and blending mediums, he led a project in summer 2011 called Connect2Mason presents The Hunt, a Mason-spirited take on the Washington Post’s Post Hunt. The Welcome Week scavenger hunt and puzzle game drew close to 500 students and alumni, involved  performers (dance troupes, sports teams), word riddles and a giant chess board, and gave away $1,000 and two Kindles as prizes. Creative event sponsorships covered the entire event budget and then some, with all the event put together in a little under three months.

His role in Student Media, in addition to other activities in the Catholic Campus Ministry, University Scholars and Honors College communities, contributed to  the Alumni Association naming him Senior of the Year. The networks and connections he made – and his ability to rap kind of like Lil Wayne – laid a path for his coronation as "Mason Majesty," Mason’s version of homecoming king. (He likes to think that somehow reflects the personable manner he goes about his work. But let’s be real, the Mason-ified version of "Look at Me Now" probably helped the most.)

Read some recent work.


Photo credit: @laurammitch

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WORK HISTORY
 

American Press Institute |  Journalism think tank 
Program Coordinator
June 2013 - present

Online News Association | Association of digital journalists 
Digital Coordinator
July 2012 - May 2013

Mediabistro | 10,000 Words
Contributor October 2010 - May 2011July 2012 - December 2012

Connect2Mason.com | College's daily news outlet, student-run
Executive Editor September 2009 - May 2012 

The Washington Post | Washington Post Live 
Online Content Editor (intern) September 2010 -  December 2011 

USA TODAY | USA TODAY College
Blogger September 2010 - May 2012

 


ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

Connect2Mason presents The Hunt
Project Manager June - September 2011


EDUCATION

B.A. in Anthropology May 2012
George Mason University | Fairfax, VA GPA: 3.83

  • Recognized as Senior of the Year (Graduating class of 6,889)
  • University Scholar (top merit-based scholarship recipient upon entry freshman year)

SPECIALTIES

Emerging journalism trends and ideas; applied anthropological theory; event programming, event planning and program growth.


HONORS / AWARDS 

Opening Speaker, Washington Journalism and Media Conference, 2013

  • Invited to kick off weeklong conference for 250 high school journalists.

Senior of the Year, 2012

  • Awarded by Alumni Association for outstanding achievements, contributions to community.

“Mason Majesty” (Homecoming King), 2012

Mason Distinguished Quill Award  for Student Leadership, 2012

University Scholars Award for Leadership, 2012

Provost Advisory Council Member, 2011

Online News Association Student Newsroom Scholarship, 2010

Broadsider of the Year (MVP for newspaper staff), 2009

University Scholars Class Representative, 2008


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