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Jordan Fifer

Multimedia Web Producer at Virginia Tech, Freelance Journalist

Roanoke, Virginia Area
Online Media
  1. Virginia Tech
  1. The Roanoke Times,
  2. The Highland Cavalier
  1. University of Virginia's College at Wise
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Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Multimedia Web Producer

– Present

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Here's what colleagues have said about Jordan:

"Jordan's enthusiasm for breaking news keeps relevant hour to hour, and his dedication to accuracy and thoroughness, especially with such fast-moving stories, is truly incredible." (November 2009)

"What does Jordan not do? In the last week or so alone I've seen Internet videos, pictures in the paper, two well-written stories, all while also helping with the morning sweep. ... He's also a team player, helping organize a holiday newsroom party. Jordan does all this while also being a college student. I've worked beside him in the field and he presents himself with the utmost professionalism representing the company well. ... I, too, started full-time straight out of high school and others thought my photography was precocious, but looking back I was not accomplishing anywhere close to what Jordan is. In fact, looking at the newsroom now, I don't see anyone accomplishing the diverse body of work Jordan is. It's a pleasure working with him; I hope we can keep him for a long time so I can see him grow even more." (December 2008)

Specialties: Journalism ethics, open government, public safety, DSLR photography, Adobe Photoshop, Web design, video production, multiple blogging platforms, HTML, Macintosh and Windows platforms, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking applications; Experience with CSS, JavaScript, Flash, Adobe Creative Suite.


Multimedia Web Producer

Virginia Tech
– Present (2 months)Blacksburg, Virginia

Responsible for the coordination, dissemination and analysis of video and photography on Virginia Tech's website and social media presences.

Public Safety Reporter

The Roanoke Times
(1 year 6 months)Roanoke, Virginia Area

Daily reporting on public safety issues, including police, fire and emergency services, courts and general breaking news, at Southwest Virginia's largest newspaper, with a weekday circulation of about 97,000.


The Highland Cavalier
(2 years)Wise, VA

Responsible for managing the staff and budget of a weekly college newspaper
with a print circulation of 1,000. Developed new editorial standards and worked to implement the
paper’s website,, as well as its social media presence.
Previously served as staff writer, news editor, photo editor and online editor.

General assignment reporter

The Roanoke Times
(3 years)Roanoke, VA

Daily reporting on the public safety beat, as well as general assignment stories and feature work. Authored numerous enterprise and breaking news stories, including front-page and local centerpiece articles. Experience covering a wide range of topics, from common crime to cat shows to presidential candidate stops. Encouraged other reporters to be active on social media by role modeling.

Online Producer

The Roanoke Times
(3 years 2 months)Roanoke, VA

Daily website maintenance, video production, webpage design, news writing, online copy editing, use and assessment of SEO strategies, special projects and other assignments. Helped launch and maintain the paper’s social media presence on Twitter and Facebook. Led and coauthored a newsroom initiative to define ethical standards for reporters when using social networks. Appointed by the president and publisher to a committee tasked with increasing diversity in the workplace.

Online Production Intern

The Roanoke Times
(11 months)Roanoke, VA

Honors & Awards

Breaking News Reporting - 1st place

Society of Professional Journalists

Sports Writing - 3rd place

Society of Professional Journalists

General News Writing - 1st place

Virginia Press Association

Multimedia News Report - 1st place

Virginia Press Association

Multimedia Sports Report - 2nd place

Virginia Press Association

Best Website - 3rd place

Newspaper Association of America


Fatal weekend shooting inspires antiviolence vigil(Link)

The Roanoke Times
September 2013

Deborah Saunders admits her sons have made some mistakes in life. One is in jail and another is in prison.

But Derek, she says, was on the right track. He'd had criminal charges in the past, too, and spent time behind bars, but he was reforming his life.

When an officer told Saunders that her 41-year-old son was gunned down in Roanoke early Saturday, she almost had to be hospitalized herself.

"I just fell back," Saunders said Thursday. "I fell flat on my back."

Tartaglia countered tragedy with faith during 37 years of firefighting(Link)

The Roanoke Times
June 2013

Ralph Tartaglia has had the same ritual of sorts over the past 10 years.

Before putting on his boots, before putting on his coat, before flashing his lights or blaring his siren, the deputy chief of the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department stops and prays.

“Whenever we have a fire and the tones go off, I grab my radio and turn it on, and the first thing I do is say a prayer for the guys on the scene,” he said. “And then I listen.”

Concerned citizen describes talking suicidal man off bridge(Link)

The Roanoke Times
July 2013

Jacob Saul yelled to the man dangling perilously about two stories above busy interstate traffic.

“Don’t do it, man!” he shouted. “I’m telling you right now. Don’t do it! You’re OK.”

Deaths at house in Roanoke's Wasena area concern neighbors(Link)

The Roanoke Times
September 2013

Roanoke police are investigating possible drug activity in a Wasena rental property after two people died at the same address within 10 months.

Cavs sting Wasps, 33-30(Link)

The Highland Cavalier
September 2011

UVa-Wise (2-1) pulled off one of the most dramatic comebacks in the school’s history on Sept. 17 with a 33-30 win over rival Emory & Henry (2-1), in what was likely the last meeting of the Southwest Virginia Bowl, a 17-year rivalry between the two schools.



IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness


IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System


IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction



Roanoke Valley Media/Public Safety Co-Op


Society of Professional Journalists


Virginia Coalition for Open Government


National Press Photographers Assocation


The Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism


Online News Association



University of Virginia's College at Wise

BA, Public Safety and Policy Journalism, (coursework to be completed)

Activities and Societies: Student newspaper (The Highland Cavalier); Lambda Pi Eta


  • Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • New Media
  • Video Production
  • Web Design
  • Social Media
  • Wedding Photography
  • Blogging
  • Napping
  • Photography
  • Social Networking
  • Publications
  • InDesign
  • Facebook

Volunteer Experience & Causes


Virginia Medical Reserve Corps
Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

Opportunities Jordan is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes Jordan cares about:

  • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
  • Social Services
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease research

Organizations Jordan supports:

  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
  • American Red Cross

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