Mike Platania

mike@mikeplatania.com

(804)380-1774

education

                        Virginia Tech - Bachelor’s in Journalism, class of 2013

                        Cosby High School - Advanced studies diploma, class of 2009

experience

                Richmond BizSense

Reporter (December 2016 - present)

        - Covered startups, breweries, nonprofits, retail, and nonprofits in the Richmond area

        - Wrote breaking news stories, features and covered events

ManagingMadrid.com 

Editor (March 2016 - May 2017)

                        - Edited copy for clarity, SEO, and grammar

- Helped develop content ideas with staff

- Co-hosted podcasts

- Continued role as Staff Writer

Staff Writer (August 2014 - May 2017)

                        - Covered Real Madrid C.F. for SBNation.com

- Wrote previews, reports, and features.

lululemon athletica 

Educator (August 2016 - May 2017)

Bike the US for MS 

Program Manager (October 2015 - August 2016)

                                - Oversaw daily operations of the organization

- Planned and executed five cross-country cycling trips

- Wrote copy and handled communications, including organization social media accounts

Route Leader (April 2015 - August 2015)

        - Guided a team of 35 cyclists across the Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier route

- Acted as trip mechanic, did routine maintenance and emergency fixes on cyclists’ bikes

RVA Magazine

Editorial Intern (December 2013 - May 2014)

everything else

                Skills // Spanish conversational proficiency. Adobe CC. Final Cut Pro. First Aid/CPR certified.

Interests // Cycling. Travel. Fiction literature. Cooking.