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My story

Even when I was young, I had a passion for quality writing and journalism.

In college, I was the editor of our student newspaper and a co-editor of the student literary magazine.  I completed multiple internships and practicums, including one with the college communications department, one with CollegeProwler (now Niche) and one with a local newspaper.  I also studied filmmaking and created a short documentary on hydrofracking.

I graduated magna cum laude and went to write for a weekly newspaper. I worked there for nearly five years, earning five press awards and writing for every beat. 

At the same time, I worked as an Associated Press election stringer in Anson County in November 2016, providing precinct data to the AP.  While at the newspaper, I was also a judge for a New York Press Association writing contest.

I left the paper to pursue freelance writing in 2017.

Imari Scarbrough stands in front of a tall bush

Imari Scarbrough

Imari has worked with community newspapers and college publications. She has contributed to other publications, both before beginning work as a freelancer and after. She now works as an independent freelance journalist.

Skillset

  • Interviewing

  • Editing

  • Research

  • Photography

  • Video editing (iMovie, Final Cut Express)

  • Microsoft Office

  • WordPress

  • SEO

  • Social media management (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, reddit)

  • Infant, Child and Adult CPR/First Aid/AED certified

  • HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) certified Oct. 2020

Awards

  • First place in Arts and Entertainment Reporting- North Carolina Press Association, 2017

  • First place in Beat News Reporting - North Carolina Press Association, 2017

  • Second place in City/County Government Reporting- North Carolina Press Association, 2017

  • Second place in Election/Political Reporting- North Carolina Press Association, 2017

  • Third place in City/County Government Reporting- North Carolina Press Association, 2017

  • Third place in News Feature Writing, North Carolina Press Association, 2020 (co-bylined)

  • ‘Seeking Conviction,’ a series published by Carolina Public Press, won first place in Investigative Reporting and first place in Public Service. I contributed to the series. North Carolina Press Association, 2020

A coffee cup, tablet and newspaper rest on a light wooden surfacePublications

My work has been featured in the Anson Record, the Richmond County Daily Journal, the Robesonian, the Laurinburg Exchange, the Cheraw Chronicle, College Prowler, the Black Mountain News, the Stanly News and Press, Carolina Public Press and more.

Next Steps...

Contact me to discuss your vision for a newspaper or magazine article, blog post or other project.