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RHETT WILKINSON

52 S. 100 West #2, American Fork, UT 84003 · 801-300-1809 · wilkinsonrhett@gmail.com

EDUCATION

BS Journalism & Area Certificate, Utah State University

EXPERIENCE                                                                     Aug. 2010-present

Screenwriter/production assistant/grip/media outreach, “Before Your Time”

  •  After the loss of their mother, 17-year-old Dylan, his two sisters, and father are forced to move back to the small town where their parents met and grew up. While getting back on their feet, the family stays with their eccentric Aunt Norah and tries to adjust to a new life. They meet a quirky neighborhood kid, Pete, who convinces them to embark on a bucket list-type adventure inspired by a list found in their Dad’s high school storage boxes. The task is not as easy as it seems and ultimately teaches everyone about managing grief, moving forward, and the importance of family.
  •  “Before Your Time” will now be playing throughout Utah, in every theater in the state’s largest chain
  •  Production assistant for several scenes
  •  Helped with setup many times, including during a storm
  •  Was a grip until nearly midnight
  •  Got three news stories placed
  •  Internal communication to actors to ensure their attendance for scenes
  • “Before Your Time” has played at a Megaplex Theatre and Kaysville Theatre in Centerville and Kaysville, Utah

Editor, The Good Men Project

  • My opinions are published to 3 million individuals monthly on politics, religion and sports
  • Recruits other writers online, besides managing stories and persons

Writer, The Inquisitr

  • Original and aggregate reporting for the national publication
  • Stories included the rise of Democratic candidates in Utah, a breaking report of the Mormon church ending its home teaching program and aggregates of Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump

Reporter, Rocket-Miner

  • Sweetwater County school board/district, Green River city council beats; sports
  • Stories included district administration circulating a flier about closing a school, city building a facility for a company before each voted to do it; board dispute with the teacher association, teachers’ fear of retaliation from superintendent, the meeting between the board and administration begging legal questions on the board’s end; why city brands itself as it does

Freelance – government & more

  • Reported that Rep. Mia Love used campaign funds for Disney World and the leaked “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” plot; developed a beat on the Trump resistance in Utah
  • About two dozen pieces picked up by publications including USA Today, ESPN
  • Writing for national publications The Good Men Project, Bleacher Report, Thought Catalog
  • “Top writer” on Medium, with multiple posts having gone viral and having written for Extra Newsfeed, MovieTime Guru and Hacker Noon

Co-founder & managing editor, Aggie BluePrint

  • Created first Utah State University student magazine in recruiting staff of two dozen
  • Posted links to stories on website to social media daily; national grant for consecutive print issues

Editor, Philipsburg Mail

  • Twelve stories per week on county, town government affairs to features about musicians, bike trail builders, more
  • Laid out six or more pages per week of 20-page weekly; trained in photography, photos I took were used nearly every issue
  • Promoted updated website pburgmail.com weekly on social media

Writer, Valley Journals

  • Wrote 10 stories per week – city council reports, features, sports and more
  • Stories included those on South Jordan and Herriman city affairs that have been in the news since 2015: South Jordan mayor’s creating divisions; alleged bribe in South Jordan race; Herriman reservoir problems; and more

Staff writer & senior writer, Utah Statesman

  • Led in stories being an editor’s pick in 2010-11 school year

Niche                                                                                   May 2011-present

Sports, features & business writer, Deseret News

  • Wrote perhaps the first story about contemporary Utah Transit Authority issues
  • In-depths, features, reports featured in Pew Forum, USA Today, first Deseret News National Edition
  • Work published in print at least weekly, online multiple times per week
  • Gameday coverage of Utah Jazz; University of Utah, BYU, USU athletics

USU athletics correspondent, Standard-Examiner (in college)

  • Approximately six dozen stories published; clean copy on tight deadlines
  • Tweeted at least a half-dozen updates each quarter; notified on social media channels about updates

Reporter, Utah Policy Daily

  • Wrote stories on Mia Love-Jim Matheson race (first such report in media), perception of Sen. Mike Lee following his leading role in the federal gov’t shutdown, party caucuses, local gov’t races, more
  • Created databases of state’s top 1,000 and 5,000 industry leaders for seminars, newsletters
  • Doubled publisher’s Twitter followers

Education and city reporter, Rocket-Miner

  • see story highlights above

HONORS & AWARDS: Seven SPJ awards in three years; two Religion Newswriters Association awards in one year; featured in “Liberalis” magazine

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