I’m Whitney Dawn Carlson.
Even while growing up in small-town South Dakota, I dreamed of living in a big city. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do—either teach or write—but I wanted to live in the perpetual commotion of a city. Now, I’m living that dream and loving it.
After graduating from high school, I spent two years at college in Oklahoma. I took a few years off, then graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. I love new adventures, which is why I fell in love with digital communications.
I moved to Chicago to be a Social Media Editor for the Chicago Tribune, then I went to Michigan where I was a Digital Producer for the Lansing State Journal. I’ve freelanced and consulted with various companies and nonprofits for social media and marketing work. And I’m currently a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at First Book.
The overarching theme of my life is to help people and make the world a better place. It may seem cliché or like I’m wearing rose-colored glasses, but I don’t care. I’m relentlessly optimistic. When people work together and work hard, they can change the world. And I can help by utilizing my passion, experience, and skills.
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
I’m a digital media strategist with years of experience in journalism, marketing, and nonprofit communications. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications as well as minors in English, political science, and sociology.
I’m a passionate person. It’s my best quality, and it extends to all areas of my life. It’s what makes me kind, reflective, and enthusiastic. It’s the reason I work hard at everything I do.
I am passionate about people. I love meeting them, talking to them, and being social in general. It’s why I love what I do. Working in social media is all about experiencing life and sharing it with others.
When something happens in the world, I search online to see what people are saying. When something terrible happens, I go to social to grieve with others. When it’s something happy, I can feel joy with a community of other people.
Working in digital media is rewarding. I can connect with people, help them learn about current events, answer their questions, and point them toward information they’re looking for. I live to help people and make a difference in the world, and I can achieve both through digital communications.