Rebekah Heacock

Rebekah Heacock

Senior Project Manager at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Greater Boston Area

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Rebekah Heacock's Overview


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Rebekah Heacock's Experience

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2010Present (4 years 2 months) Cambridge, MA

I am a Senior Project Manager at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where I develop surveys, gleefully dig my hands into STATA, study freedom of and access to information issues, work with designers and developers to scope and build web applications, write grants / research publications / newsletters / all manner of memos, partner with core staff / faculty / fellows / research assistants / external organizations, plan events, build communities, and occasionally blog and tweet.

Specifically: I manage the Internet Monitor, OpenNet Initiative, Digital Public Library of America, and Blogging Common projects.

Survey Consultant


April 2012April 2013 (1 year 1 month)

As an independent consultant for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA), I advised a small team of researchers on a global survey of media outlets, focused on the financial viability of media in emerging markets. I wrote questions, coordinated the release of an online survey, incorporated interview data gathered by field researchers, and analyzed the data for inclusion in WAN-IFRA's 2013 report on World Press Trends.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Online Media industry

May 2007March 2012 (4 years 11 months)

Global Voices is a nonprofit media community of some of the most dedicated citizen journalists in the world. For five years, I helped cover the Ugandan blogosphere for the GV site, writing on topics ranging from local reactions to Kony 2012 to the LGBT community to Uganda's online literary movement.

Co-Director, Technology for Transparency Network

Global Voices Online

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Online Media industry

June 2010May 2011 (1 year)

Led effort to research, map, and analyze over 60 projects around the world that use digital technology to promote government transparency and accountability; co-managed a team of 12 researchers in as many countries; worked with developer to refine data structure and improve website UI; published report on findings as part of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

October 2007August 2010 (2 years 11 months) Cambridge, MA

- Full-time summer intern, 2009 and 2010
- Part-time research assistant, October 2007-June 2009 and August 2009-May 2010

Researched and wrote on Internet governance, censorship, and usage around the world; drafted / implemented / analyzed data from online surveys focused on blogging, self-censorship, and online safety.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Renewables & Environment industry

August 2009May 2010 (10 months) New York, NY

Taught two STATA lab sections per semester for Quantitative Analysis for International and Public Affairs (U6500); developed course materials; led study and review sessions.

Co-Managing Editor

The Morningside Post

August 2008May 2010 (1 year 10 months) New York, NY

Led team of six editors to produce Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs student-run news and opinion site; co-managed complete site redesign and migration from Typepad to WordPress; organized first annual TMP conference on policy making in the digital age; interfaced with faculty, staff, and students at SIPA partner schools around the world on collaborative digital media projects.

Web Producer

Lawrence Journal-World

October 2007August 2008 (11 months) Lawrence, KS

Managed content for multiple web sites (,, using Ellington CMS; developed and produced online training videos for beginning Ellington users; edited digital audio and video; wrote breaking news updates; produced daily podcast.

Program Coordinator

Global Youth Partnership for Africa

January 2007September 2007 (9 months) Kampala, Uganda

Co-developed and led international youth conferences throughout Uganda focused on development, peace building, and public health; recruited and selected Ugandan participants; created and managed program budget; identified speakers and site visits; coordinated travel and logistics; led focus groups and discussions; arranged cultural activities; designed program readings and orientation materials; maintained organization's website.

Rebekah Heacock's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • Harvard: Intensive Introduction to Computer Science (CS50)

Rebekah Heacock's Skills & Expertise

  1. Blogging
  2. Editing
  3. New Media
  4. Social Media
  5. Research
  6. Social Networking
  7. Beginning Web Development
  8. Data Analysis
  9. Digital Media
  10. Project Management
  11. Survey Design
  12. Publishing
  13. Content Management

Rebekah Heacock's Education

Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs

Master of International Affairs, International Media & Communications


Professional focus on information & communications technology and political and economic development; regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa

Activities and Societies: Anna Lord Strauss Fellow, The Morningside Post, Workshop in Development Practice (client: Revenue Watch Institute; field work in Uganda)

University of Kansas

Honors BA, Slavic Languages & Literatures / Global Awareness Program


Activities and Societies: KU for Uganda, Delta Force Student Senate Coalition, Dobro Slovo National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Russian Club

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