Allison J. Althoff

Allison J. Althoff

Editor, Wheaton Magazine & Journalism Certificate Program Assistant at Wheaton College

Greater Chicago Area
Writing and Editing

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Allison J. Althoff's Overview

  • Religion, Media, Entertainment, & Marketing Reporter at Medill Reports Chicago
  • Service Team Leader at HoneyRock Camp
  • Music Executive & CMC Live Spring 2011 Tour Manager at The Contemporary Music Center
  • Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Wheaton Record
  • 101.3 KDWB-FM "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show," 102.1 K102 Production & Promotions Intern at Clear Channel Communications
  • Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism
  • The Contemporary Music Center
  • Wheaton College
  • Wayzata High School

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Allison J. Althoff's Experience

Editor, Wheaton Magazine & Journalism Certificate Program Assistant

Wheaton College

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2012Present (2 years 1 month) Wheaton, Ill.

As Editor of Wheaton Magazine, I produce and gather story ideas for our 3-times-per-year publication that goes out to over 44,000 households across the globe (to alumni, faculty, staff, current students, and friends of Wheaton College). Got story ideas? Email!

I also assist the journalism certificate program by coordinating journalism events on campus, connecting Wheaton students with internships, jobs, and experience in the fields of professional journalism and media, and teaching journalism courses on campus.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Broadcast Media industry

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months) Greater Chicago Area

I blog for ChicagoNow on an inspirational site called "A Daily Miracle" ( Become a fan on Facebook at, or follow on Twitter @adailymiracle and on Pinterest at

Nav20s Chicago Intern

The Navigators

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Religious Institutions industry

August 2013May 2014 (10 months) Greater Chicago Area

In May 2014, I completed a 9-month internship with the Navigators' Nav20s Chicago discipleship and mentorship program. As part of a team of 20-somethings in Chicago, I became dedicated to studying and memorizing Scripture, meeting together to discuss church and culture, and being intentional about discipling others at work, school, and in personal relationships. I also helped teach a workshop on "fresh ways to meet with God" at the Navigators' 20s Mission Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from September 20 - 22, 2013.

Online Editor at Today's Christian Woman

Christianity Today

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Publishing industry

June 2012January 2014 (1 year 8 months) Carol Stream, Ill.

I created, brainstormed, assigned, wrote, edited, and reported unique articles for TCW's website, iPad, and print magazines; published daily content to the web; managed social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+; assisted with marketing promotions for downloadable resources and Bible studies; represented TCW at various writers' workshops and conferences around the world by speaking on panels and taking personal consulting appointments, and by creating custom social media presentations for a variety of brands and individuals in need of strategy and promotion. Before starting at TCW, I served as Christianity Today's editorial intern where helped report, produce, edit, and publish content to CT's website, print publication and blog sites.

Student Impact Small Group Leader

Willow Creek Community Church

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Religious Institutions industry

May 2012August 2012 (4 months) South Barrington, Ill.

I led a small group of freshman girls through weekly Bible-based meetings and worship sessions as well as mentoring/counseling them at Sandblast, Willow Creek's annual summer camp hosted at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Religion, Media, Entertainment, & Marketing Reporter

Medill Reports Chicago

January 2012April 2012 (4 months) Chicago, IL

Reported on venerable media, entertainment & marketing companies including Groupon, Brunswick Inc., and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for the business and economy section of Medill Reports: Chicago. Also covered religion on the Northwest Side of Chicago.

Service Team Leader

HoneyRock Camp

May 2011August 2011 (4 months) Three Lakes, Wisconsin

I served as a high school camp counselor at HoneyRock, Wheaton College's North Woods Campus, located in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. The seven-week service team program fostered spiritual growth and development in 13 high school students through work projects, Bible studies, devotionals, and recreational activities.

Music Executive & CMC Live Spring 2011 Tour Manager

The Contemporary Music Center

January 2011May 2011 (5 months) Greater Nashville Area

As a student at CCCU BestSemester's Contemporary Music Center in Brentwood, Tennessee, I worked as a Music Executive managing two up-and-coming country-pop artists' careers. In addition to being responsible for all financial and logistical aspects of their performance, rehearsal and production schedules, I was able to compile online press kits and assist with music video and recording studio production. I also piloted their image development and marketing. In addition to managing two artists and performing in five bands on electric bass, I was responsible for coordinating all financial, marketing and production aspects of a nine-day, eight-stop Midwestern college campus tour featuring 13 artists studying at BestSemester's Contemporary Music Center based in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Wheaton Record

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 2009December 2010 (2 years)

As Arts and Entertainment Editor at the Wheaton Record, I selected weekly content for and managed a team of staff writers who wrote various entertainment reviews in the greater Chicago area. In addition to devising ideas for feature spreads and regional spotlight pieces, I personally reviewed various movies, music, books and restaurants and contributed occasional in-depth news and sports features to the paper.

101.3 KDWB-FM "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show," 102.1 K102 Production & Promotions Intern

Clear Channel Communications

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; CCO; Marketing and Advertising industry

May 2009May 2010 (1 year 1 month) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Gained on-air, in-studio experience as "Intern Allison" on the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show and in-studio with K102's J.D. Greene; hosted show guests and managers in-studio and at community events and fan meet-and-greets (Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Chris Cagle, and Billy Currington); edited and produced audio clips from various news outlets using Adobe Audition and NexGen Audio System; created quizzes and show content on the web; wrote news content, published photos, and produced Podcasts for the Dave Ryan show's website <>; answered calls and managed contest winners; coordinated and assisted promotional staff with marketing and advertising at concerts, festivals, and sales appearances; captured audio, video, and photographs at station events for the K102 website <>.

Allison J. Althoff's Education

Northwestern University - Medill School of Journalism

Masters of Science in Journalism, Magazine Writing and Editing


Activities and Societies: Religion reporter at The Northwest Passage, Media Entertainment & Marketing reporter at Medill Reports: Chicago, Blogger at ChicagoNow

The Contemporary Music Center

Music Business and Management


As a student in BestSemester's Contemporary Music Center program in Brentwood, Tennessee during spring semester 2011, I was able to earn 16 credits of music business and management that contributed to my Bachelor of Arts degree at Wheaton College ('11).

Activities and Societies: CMC Live Spring 2011 Tour Manager; "Executive" Business Track; Session Player/Live Performance (Guitar, Electric Bass, Alto Saxophone, Background Vocals)

Wheaton College

B.A., Communication (Media Studies), Minor in Biblical & Theological Studies


Grade: Magna Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude graduation honors; Wheaton College Presidential Scholarship Award Winner; Dean's List (All semesters)

Activities and Societies: The Wheaton Record (InterSection Editor); The Wheaton College Symphonic Band Cabinet (Social and Publicity Chair); The Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet (Alto Saxophone); Wheaton College Women's Varsity Golf; Wheaton College Women's Lacrosse; The Wheaton College Artists' Series Welcoming Crew; Discipleship Small Group Leader

Wayzata High School

High School Diploma


Activities and Societies: Wayzata Varsity Golf (Captain, 3rd place team in 2007 MSHSL State Tournament, Academic All-State), Basketball (2006 Section Runner-Ups), Wayzata Marching Band (Drum Major, Saxophone), Wind Ensemble (Saxophone), National Honor Society, Yearbook

Allison J. Althoff's Publications

  • That They May Be One

    • Wheaton Magazine
    • April 2014

    An inside look at how Wheaton College students are gathering together with faculty, staff, and members of administration to cultivate shalom on campus and beyond.

  • The Hope Dealers of Honduras

    • Christianity Today
    • September 2013

    Corruption, assassination, sex trafficking, and drug addiction thwart justice in the murder capital of the world. My investigative report on restoration efforts on the streets featuring Jericho Ministries, Association for a More Just Society, Micah Project, and more.

  • Hope for the Gay Undergrad

    • Christianity Today
    • January 2013

    An investigative reporting project for Christianity Today surveying several Christian colleges' responses to same-sex attracted students.

  • Passion 2013: Live from Atlanta

    • Christianity Today
    • January 2013

    My liveblog from the ground at January 2013's Passion Conference, where over 60,000 university-aged students from around the globe gathered to raise over $1.3 million to combat human trafficking worldwide.

  • Experiencing God with Hillsong United

    • Today's Christian Woman
    • March 2013

    The story behind Sydney-based, chart-topping worship team Hillsong United's #1 album, Zion.

  • Women Speak Up and Out at Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit

    • Christianity Today's her.meneutics
    • August 2012

    A summary of female leaders' presentations at the Willow Creek Association's 2012 Global Leadership Summit, live from Willow Creek Community Church's South Barrington campus.

  • Katy Perry's Part of Me 3-D: Does Everyone Really Like a Good Girl Gone Bad?

    • Christianity Today's her.meneutics
    • July 2012

    Katy Perry was raised in a Christian home. So why did she "go off the deep end?" A candid review/commentary of her premiere feature documentary film, "Part of Me 3-D."

Allison J. Althoff's Projects

  • Social Media Marketing Strategy Consultant

    • January 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Allison J. Althoff

    Create and present custom social media marketing strategies and campaigns for various brands upon request based on curriculum and expertise gained from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Chicago's 435 Digital, and Mark Briggs' JournalismNEXT & Entrepreneurial Journalism curriculum. Comprehensive projects and analysis completed to date for,,, and

  • Wheaton College Honduras Project

    • December 2012 to May 2013
    Team Members: Allison J. Althoff

    I was the 2012-2013 faculty advisor for Wheaton College's Honduras Project, an annual student-led spring break experience to Los Cedros, Honduras. We raised funds and helped install a gravity-fed clean water system for 80 families in a rural village from March 10 - 19, 2013. For more information, see

  • Freelance Writing

    • September 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Allison J. Althoff

    Published freelance writer with work published to Christianity Today's print magazine and website (news features and blog posts, arts and entertainment interviews and reviews); published blogger on CT's women's site, her.meneutics; articles and interviews also published in CT's This is Our City project

  • Marketing Public Relations campaigns for and YogaVibes

    • March 2012 to August 2012

    Developed integrated marketing communications plans for and YogaVibes with a team of Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communication students under Prof. Clarke Caywood, Ketchum Public Relations, and Dr. Randy Hlavac, respectively.

Allison J. Althoff's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Abolitionist

      West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      June 2013 present (1 year 4 months)

      The West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition exists to equip and support individuals, churches, civic groups, and non-profits in the fight against human trafficking in our own communities and beyond. "Like" the West Chicagoland Anti-Trafficking Coalition on Facebook ( for networking information, details on upcoming events, and more on how to get involved. Something you can start doing now? Pray for the 27 million men, women, and children trapped in various forms of slavery and bonded labor worldwide.

Allison J. Althoff's Skills & Expertise

  1. Writing
  2. Editing
  3. Journalism
  4. Online Journalism
  5. Blogging
  6. Website Development
  7. HTML
  8. Website Promotion
  9. Creative Nonfiction Writing
  10. Feature Writing
  11. Adobe Creative Suite
  12. Music Industry
  13. Music Management
  14. Music Production
  15. Video Editing
  16. Video Production
  17. Radio Production
  18. Radio Promotions
  19. Social Media
  20. Microsoft Office
  21. Youth Ministry
  22. Worship Leading
  23. Guitar
  24. Saxophone
  25. French
  26. Customer Service
  27. College Teaching
  28. Academic Advising
  29. Internships
  30. Feature Articles
  31. Radio Producing
  32. WordPress
  33. News Writing
  34. Public Speaking
  35. Social Networking
  36. Networking
  37. World Religions
  38. Comparative Religion
  39. Faith
  40. Publications
  41. Magazines
  42. Video
  43. Copy Editing
  44. Broadcast
  45. Books

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Allison J. Althoff's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • French

    (Professional working proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Limited working proficiency)

Allison J. Althoff's Honors and Awards

  • General (Digital) Award of Merit

    Evangelical Press Association
    • July 2014

    Today's Christian Woman's 2013 editorial staff received an Award of Merit from the Evangelical Press Association for their innovation and production of their website and weekly digital magazine for women who want to love God more deeply and live fearlessly for his kingdom.

  • #26 Most-Viewed ChicagoNow Blog Post of 2012

    Jimmy Greenfield, ChicagoNow Community Manager
    • January 2013

    My ChicagoNow blog post, "Are Mumford & Sons Christian?" was the #26 most-viewed blog on ChicagoNow in 2012. Cheerio!

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