Undergraduate

Valdosta State University  |  Valdosta, Georgia
College of Communication Arts
Fall 2010 to Spring 2015
Bachelors of Fine Arts  |  Public Relations
3.5 GPA


Extracurricular

VSU Leadership Program
Limited to 65 of the 2,000 incoming Freshmen
2010 | 2011
Valdosta Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer 2010 | 2011
Valdosta Habitat For Humanity 2010 | 2011
The National Society of Leadership 2012 | 2015
Valdosta Salvation Army Volunteer 2014
VSU PRSSA 2014 | 2015

Projects



Research
  • The effects of mobile apps on consumer behavior

  • Trademark and copyright laws in PR

  • Brand recall of logos in the marketplace

Objective

      Public relations masters graduate with media analytics and new media skills seeking to apply these and more skill sets to a job-role within the technology industry. 
                         - Chris Swinson

Education

Graduate

The University of Georgia  |  Athens, Georgia
Henry W. Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Fall 2016 to Spring 2018
Master of Arts  |  Public Relations
4.0 GPA


Certificates
Media Analytics & New Media

Extracurricular

UGA PRSSA
(Graphic Design & Photography)
2016 | 2017 | 2018
UGA Ad Club 2017
Moxie Digital Strategy Workshop 2017
UGA Arch Ready Program 2017
Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society – Grady Chapter 2018
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society – UGA Chapter 2018

Projects


Research
  • The effects of in-game video game advertising on brand recall

  • The pros and cons of brand partnerships in the video game industry

  • Public opinion of violence in video games, cultural differences in video game branding

  • The effect of corporate social responsibility on consumer motivation

  • The effect of luxury branding on consumer motivation

  • Client research for Moxie – predicting the future of advertising

Experience

American Red Cross

American Red Cross of South Georgia  |   Valdosta, Georgia
2014  |  2015
Regional Office  |  Internship
Terri Jackson, Executive Director

Experience

Oversaw a variety of tasks, not limited to, event planning, monthly newsletter publication, web design, photography, daily updates, direct oversight of social media, promotion, sponsor outreach, and collateral design.  These efforts resulted in an estimated monthly savings of 60-plus professional service hours a month, or an estimated $18,000 over the course of my internship.  Sponsor outreach accounted for several thousand dollars in publicity, financial contributions, and in-kind donations to support regional efforts.

Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Ports Authority  |  Savannah, Georgia
2011
Ports of Savannah & Brunswick  |  Internship
Cathy Willis & Mike Bray, Division Directors

Experience

Exposed to the diverse communication roles impacting global trade, as well as operating in a multi-cultural environment. Cross-trained in three departments – purchasing, grants, and communications. Provided insight on funding projects, grant application, and  internal communication.  Identified $250,000-plus in annual cost savings tied to communication equipment lost or damaged throughout container and breakbulk operations. Identified and helped secure federal grant funding  approaching $250,000 to support the GPA’s 10-year strategic growth plan.

Skills

  • Effective Communicator
  • Proven Leader
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Media Designer
  • Coding
    (Desktop, Mobile, & Alexa)
  • Event Planning
  • Crisis Communication
  • Support Material
  • Press Events
  • Digital Photography
  • Photo Editing & Printing
  • Engaging
  • Dynamic
  • Strategic
  • Adaptable
  • Innovative
  • Listens First
  • Detail Attentive
  • Customer Centric
  • Technically Inclined
  • AP Editing Style
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Office Products
  • Adobe Products
    (Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, After Effects, InDesign, Dreamweaver, & Bridge)
  • Sketch App
  • Digital Photography
  • Statistical Analytics
    (SPSS & Excel)
  • Google Analytics (Certified)
  • NodeXL
  • Qualtrics Surveying
  • Website Development
    (HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, & PHP)
  • WordPress
  • Cyberduck
  • iOS Development
    (Swift/Xcode, Cocoapods)
  • Amazon Alexa Development
    (Node.JS)
  • Amazon AWS
  • GitHub
  • Spanish, 3rd level (VSU)