© Copyright 2012 — Skylar Bergl
— I interviewed writer Shea Serrano, whose new book is an activity book filled with rappers
— a speculative look at how Yahoo’s acquiring Tumblr could potentially cause roadblocks in the popular Tumblr book arena
— Mike Del Ponte’s innovative water filter makes you less ashamed of the plastic jug in your refrigerator
— A short list of all the times the Postal Service has attempted reform, but been shut down
— By starting in developing countries, Mozilla wants to bring smartphones to people who don’t have access to them
— Danielle Sacks and I spoke to companies collaborating with J.Crew to get their insights on what it takes and how they did it
— Who do you want on your panel? Single fathers? Journalists? The Anti-Mark Zuckerberg?
— The former MIT student’s foray into VRcodes could make for new opportunities in the world of interactivity
— a short look at Tesla Motors, No. 22 on our list of Most Innovative Companies
— an infographic comparing the functions and capacity of our No. 39 company, Evernote, and the human brain
— breaking down the funding, location and areas of expertise of AngelList, an online venture capital website and No. 47 company on our list
— looking at No. 50 Tumblr’s migration to ads and paid content by comparing the most popular content providers on the platform.
— about Wallaby, a credit card that analyzes the perks of all your credit cards and decides statistically which card to put the purchase on.
— covering a project to build the first real Tumblr analytics platform by Derrick Bradley at Undercurrent in New York
— a piece about the lucrative naming rights business and some of the strangest things to get corporate sponsorship.
— a look at a sleek, mobile kitchen unit designed by Italian designer Elia Mangia. For FastCoDesign
— a short story about an infographic designed by an English graphic designer that plotted the spread of last names by their popularity. For FastCoDesign
— a look at 94Fify’s basketball that can measure a variety of in-game metrics to help players improve their game.
— I tracked down several different kinds of milk, including the superfood de jour camel milk, to do a taste test
— profiling a Kickstarter project looking to fund a sustainable fish tank garden for the kitchen
— looking at a new life clip sharing app, Lightt
— when Google released photos of their global data centers, we took a look at the design behind the search giant
— Van Bo Le-Mentzal designed a one-square-meter house as a project to get people thinking about how they use their personal space
— a slideshow regarding a modern air purifier you can hang in your home that uses the greenhouse effect to clean the air
— a slideshow about the Chateau d’Eau in Belgium that is a converted water tower apartment
— a slideshow covering a futuristic and sustainable new way to layout suburban areas of major metropolitan cities
— a highly successful slideshow showcasing some of the strangest pools around the globe
— an interview with Astronaut Harrison Schmitt regarding a recent scientific simulation
— about the planing and construction of a green/electric highway along the West Coast
— the possibility of sand damaging your Kindle
— a story about vintage workwear/menswear store Greenwich Vintage in Minneapolis, MN
— a feature on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, including an interview with lead singer, Kip Berman
— a firsthand look at one of the best haberdasheries in the Midwest, Heimie’s Haberdashery in St. Paul, MN, from the eyes of a sartorially-obsessed college student
— a story on rising Midwest music artists such as Jaill, Phaseone, Poison Control Center, Solid Gold and Light Pollution
— a feature about an ’80s-inspired coffee shop located in Chicago called The Wormhole
— a Q & A with author Kevin Guilfoile about his recent book The Thousands
— a Q & A with BAM Theater director Melanie Lamoreaux
— a guide to the Chicagoland mountain biking scene and everything needed to get started
To download a PDF of my resume, click here
Fast Company // New York, NY // May 2013 to Present
Manage interns in fact-checking process; provide supplementary reporting for feature stories; do research for sidebars; write front-of-book pieces for print; pitch and write web stories.
Fast Company // New York, NY // May 2012 to May 2013
Responsible for fact-checking print stories; contacted sources to confirm accuracy of quotes, facts and statistics; brainstorm and pitch stories; write stories.
Des Moines, IA / September 2011 to December 2011
Oversaw the production of iPad magazine; managed staff; utilized MagPlus publishing software; researched and edited magazine; wrote feature story; coordinated staff meetings; assigned stories to writers; managed workflow.
Des Moines, IA / September 2011 to Present
Manage reader response and interaction; create quizzes; assist in recipe assessment and pricing; maintain Recipe.com Mixing Bowl group; complete user-testing for Meredith mobile apps.
New York, NY / May 2011 to August 2011
Formatted and produced stories for the Popular Mechanics website; worked extensively with Magnus CMS; wrote stories; interviewed subjects and transcribed interviews; maintained community section.
Des Moines, IA / November 2010 to January 2012
Wrote weekly album reviews; communicated with editor and other writers using staff messageboard; assisted with yearly lists.
Downers Grove, IL / June 2010 to August 2010
Wrote articles for print and online editions of newspaper; attended editors meetings; interviewed subjects for stories.
Des Moines, IA / June 2010 to August 2010
Manage the Twitter and Facebook Feeds for music venue, Vaudeville Mews; format and distribute wekly email newsletter; research bands for shows.
Meredith Corporation at More.com
Urban Plains Magazine Spring 2011
Yellowbrick Music Press
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Magazine Journalism major
Graduation date: May 2012
Basic: Mac OS X, Microsoft Office.
Creative: Adobe Photoshop, inDesign and Illustrator, Photography (film and digital) and photo editing.
Technical: HTML, CSS, SEO, Google Analytics, Omniture. CMS: Magnus, Drupal, WordPress and Tumblr, Basecamp.
Other: Avid social media user and blogger.