Capitol News Illinois
Jan. 2019 – Sept. 2020
Statehouse Reporter (Jan. 2019 - Sept. 2020)
Capitol News Illinois is a news service created by the Illinois Press Foundation to provide over 440 member newspapers — dailies and weeklies — and broadcasters from all over the Prairie State with year-round coverage of all things state government.
— Reported on all three branches of government, including coverage of the General Assembly, governor, state agencies, constitutional officers, Supreme Court and anything else the news consumers of Illinois find interesting or want to learn more about. Coverage included written pieces, photos, videos, audio and graphics, as well as longer-form enterprise and investigative pieces.
— Worked with the other two reporters to create daily and long-term coverage plans.
— Promoted work through the news service’s social media accounts.
Worked under Editor Jeff Rogers and Bureau Chief Jerry Nowicki; Worked with Peter Hancock; Previous interns and fellows include Grant Morgan, Ben Orner and Raymon Troncoso
Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association Secretary (Nov. 2019 - Sept. 2020)
The ILCA, founded in 1976, is a not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is “to advance and promote news coverage of the Illinois General Assembly and other units of state government; to work with [one an]other and with the officers of state government to assure full and open access to state government, and to advance and promote such other activities which will improve the quality of the performance and the knowledge of its members in the news coverage of state government.”
— Maintained a record of each meeting of the Board and general body, and distribute copies to members
— Managed a list of all members, including up-to-date contact information
— Acted as a delegate to the secretary of state’s parking coordinator
In the Media
Capitol News Illinois’ Capitol Cast Podcasts
Statehouse Reporting Correspondent in Springfield, Ill.
Jan. – July 2018
Pitched, reported and wrote articles on Illinois state government, covering legislative efforts, committee hearings, courts and lawmakers for Chicago’s legal community from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s statehouse bureau.
Worked under Editors Mark Karlinsky and Paul Dailing and Statehouse Bureau Chief Andrew Maloney
Feature Reporter in Springfield, Ill.
March – July 2018
Reported and wrote question-and-answer feature pieces, called “In Summation,” highlighting pro bono work conducted by Chicago lawyers for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s sister publication, Chicago Lawyer Magazine.
Worked under Editor Paul Dailing
Freelance Reporter in Nassau County, Long Island
March – July 2017
Reported, wrote and photographed stories on local government from school board and city council meetings as needed for a chain of community newspapers in Nassau County on Long Island, N.Y.
Worked under Editor Noah Manskar
Lee Lutz Reporting Fellow in Suffolk County, Long Island
July – Nov. 2016
— Pitched, reported, wrote and photographed at least three stories per week on local government, community leaders and events
— Assisted the special projects manager in promoting editorial content through social media
— Assisted the production manager in preparing the layout for each of TBR’s six weekly community newspapers for print
Worked under Editors Desirée Keegan, Victoria Espinoza, Alex Petroski, Donna Newman and Heidi Sutton; Director of Media Productions Michael Tessler; and Art & Production Director Beth Heller Mason
Reporting Intern in Washington, D.C.
Sept. – Dec. 2015
— Pitched, reported, wrote and photographed stories on government, politics and economics
— Covered Pope Francis’s parade in Washington
— Analyzed the debate over Planned Parenthood’s access to public funds
— Reported about NASA’s Mars program
Worked under Program Director Jody Beck
Stony Brook University’s campus newspaper
Jan. 2013 – Sept. 2015
Advertising Manager (May - Sept. 2015)
In addition to advertising manager duties:
— Updated the media kit
— Helped transition form a paper-based filing system to an electronic one
— Designed ads for advertisers
Editor-in-Chief (May 2014 - May 2015)
— Managed 23 editors and a business and advertising manager and supervised publication of weekly campus newspaper targeting student body of 25,000
— Managed the general direction of the publication, budget and editorial board
— Oversaw production of special issues
— Oversaw the redesign of our website, which won the Society for News Design’s 2015 College News Design Competition
— Expanded Statesman’s social media presence
— Revamped Statesman’s layout guidelines
— Worked to maintain our relationships with campus officials
— Added a literary magazine as a sub agency
— Built a new Web & Graphics section
— Oversaw the association’s Board of Directors, of which I was a director, and filled the other four board seats
— Began the reconstruction of Statesman’s business end
News Editor (Sept. 2013 - May 2014)
— Supervised the assignment, review, editing and layout of all news stories and the posting of news articles to The Statesman’s website
— Supervised, coached and evaluated team of 20 reporters
— Enforced deadlines among news reporters
— Coordinated all graphics and photos for the news pages
— Conducted weekly news staff meetings and brainstorming sessions
— Met with members of the Stony Brook University community to resolve problems such as unhappiness with content and an unwillingness to be interviewed by The Statesman’s reporters
— Handled all breaking news in and around Stony Brook University’s campus
— Co-created and co-produced the news section’s scripts for Deadline, The Statesman’s weekly podcast
Internship Coordinator (Jan. 2013 - May 2014)
— Helped to update Statesman’s internship program and implemented those changes
— Collaborated with Stony Brook’s School of Journalism to ensure the academic quality and integrity of the internship
— Maintained a spreadsheet tracking intern success and progress
Copy Editor (Jan. - Sept. 2013)
— In addition to copy editor duties, updated the stylebook to include new references, reorganized references in a clearer manner and created a special guide for the Sports section.
— As a reporter, wrote news and feature articles.
— As an assistant to the editor-in-chief, duties included research, special projects, management and archiving.
Reporter with the study abroad program to Turkana, Kenya
Reported from Turkana, Kenya, with the help of translators; wrote about alternative energy projects at the Turkana Basin Institute; and photographed Turkana architecture. This was the Journalism Without Walls program’s fourth trip, offered by SBU’s School of Journalism to give student reporters the opportunity to work beyond campus.
Worked under Program Editors Ilana Ozernoy and Barbara Selvin; Worked with photographer Frédéric Courbet
“Service to Stony Brook” is Rebecca’s capstone project for her bachelor of arts from SBU. She spent about seven weeks speaking with student veterans at SBU, and the people employed there to make sure they succeed, for this piece about what it is like pursuing a higher education after serving in the military.
Honors & Awards
Marc D. Allen Public Affairs Reporting Scholarship
According to the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting program website: “Marc D. Allan graduated from UIS (then Sangamon State University) with a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting in 1986. He worked as a reporter for many years, including more than 16 years at the Indianapolis Star. In 2004, he joined the staff at Butler University in Indianapolis and currently holds the position of News Manager. While at Butler, he has contributed to publications such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Indianapolis Monthly. Mr. Allan, who made some of his best friends in his 1986 PAR cohort, is pleased now to give a scholarship to a student currently in the program.”
Illinois Press Foundation Scholarship
According to the Foundation’s website: “Three $1,200 scholarships are awarded annually to students enrolled in the UIS Public Affairs Reporting program. The scholarships are awarded based upon work experience, academic performance, financial need and the potential for a career in journalism. The scholarships are presented in December.”
Fair Media Council’s Robert W. Greene Award for Investigative Journalism, print
For “Title IX at Stony Brook University,” a culmination of a year’s worth of reporting by Rebecca Anzel, Giselle Barkley, Arielle Martinez, Hanaa’ Tameez and Kelly Zegers into SBU’s Title IX compliance — everything from a continuing federal investigation to a lawsuit filed against the university. Statesman’s presentation was compiled by Will Welch, based on this site Anzel built as part of her senior web presentation course.
Robert W. Greene Institute for High School Journalists
July 2011, July 2012, July 2013, July 2014, July 2015, July 2015, July 2016 and July 2017
Rebecca volunteers each summer to help Catherine Duffy and Zachary Dowdy at Stony Brook University School of Journalism’s Robert W. Greene Institute for High School Journalists, a week-long “boot camp” for high school journalists on Long Island. My roles included working with the students to edit their articles, blog posts, photos and videos and assisting Wasim Ahmad and Frank Posillico, web masters, with editing photos for the web and posts for SEO.
Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism Alumni Board Member
October 2018 – Present