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Professional Development

Society for News Design Quick Course, 2013, How to Design for the iPad, Washington, DC

WordPress Meetup Columbus, Member since 2013

Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference, July 2009, Panel Member: Visual Journalism Outside the Box: Applying storytelling skills in nontraditional media (A discussion on Finding Unconventional Work in Visual Journalism), Bellingham, WA

Attended The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, 2007, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

SNDDC (Society for News Design) Convention, 2003, Tech Coordinator, Volunteer. I also designed the convention logo. Washington, DC

Code Academy, Member since 2015, Member since 2009

Attended Final Cut Express course, 2003, Rockville, Md. (The Washington Post)

Attended SND's Flash short course, 2002, Orlando, Fla. (The Washington Post)

Certified in Unix I, 2001, (The Washington Post)

Attended MacWorld Convention, 2001, San Francisco (The Washington Post)

Attended NEXPO 2000 Exhibition Show, 2000, San Francisco (The Washington Post)

Attended Thunder Lizard's Web Design '99 Convention, 1999, Atlanta (

Attended News Design Workshop at The St. Petersburg Times, 1998, sponsored by SND (Orlando Sentinel Online)

- Zenger-Miller Graduate, 1994, Management Training program for Knight-Ridder, Inc. (The Sun News)

Attended Digital '94, 1994, Miami, Fla. (The Sun News)

Guest panelist at the South Carolina Press Association Winter Meeting, 1993, Columbia, S.C. (The Sun News)

Attended Detroit Design Conference for Minority Journalists, 1993, Detroit, Mich. (The Sun News)

Attended Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors Meeting, 1990, Iowa City, Iowa (Press-Citizen)

Attended Investigative Reporters & Editors Convention, 1989, Washington, D.C. (The Lantern)

Attended Society of Professional Journalists Convention, 1988, Cincinnati – Reporter for convention newspaper (The Lantern)

Teaching Experience

Ohio University, Adjunct Professor, School of Visual Communication (VisCom)

Jan. 2017-Present: Athens, OH – Teaching Grad and Undergrad students at the college level

    VICO 1014: Intro to Visual Communication (Design), Fall Semester, 2017, Students will gain considerable experience and knowledge through practical exercises on basic design principles: Color, Typography, Spacing, Shape, Size, Contrast, Balance, Alignment, Unity, Hierarchy, Consistency, White Space and Proximity.
    VICO 3173, 5173: Interactive III (WordPress), Spring Semester, 2017, Students will gain considerable experience and knowledge through practical exercises on WordPress CMS, child theming UX, Front-end Design and Back-end Design. Students will expand their skills with HTML/CSS and PHP. This class will also take responsive design to the next level.

2016, WordCamp Cincinnati Speaker, 10 WordPress Hacks for Designers

2016, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Widgets 101 for WordPress

2015, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Photo Prep for WordPress

2014, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Typography for WordPress

Expertise with PC and Macintosh formats, networking and troubleshooting

CCI SuperUser, Trainer

Tutor for Wyzant in Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Web Design and General Computing

Truth with a Camera, Norfolk, VA, Design/Multimedia Faculty member, 2006-2008

Ohio High School Journalism Workshop, Ohio University, Athens, Design Instructor, 2007

Personal computer training, maintenance & setups in client homes, 2000-present

Maria Averion Web Design
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