Melanie Eng

Writer and Digital Storyteller

Sharp, versatile communications professional with a knack for digital storytelling and strategic content development. Equipped with deep experience in multimedia journalism, creative copywriting and PR.

I’m passionate about crafting original content that strikes, sizzles and sparks action.

Notable pursuits include:

• Driving nonprofit marketing + branding campaigns with targeted social impact
storytelling and persuasive copywriting

• Freelancing research-based multimedia stories for a variety of
Seattle news organizations, including The Seattle Times

• Producing investigative news articles as an in-house
reporting intern for a leading national newspaper in Phnom
Penh, Cambodia.

• Writing/editing web copy for hyperlocal arts and
lifestyle publication 'Seattleite'

The best of these works are highlighted below.

Portfolio

Local Features

The Seattle Times
Seattle youth defy national voter apathy trends

Nationwide, young voters are less likely to vote this year than in 2008. But in Seattle, they're more engaged than ever before. SEATTLE - What do a skeleton, Rosie the Riveter and a walking cupcake all have in common? They were among 400 creatively-costumed young activists trick-or-treating for votes and marriage equality in Seattle over Halloween...

The Seattle Times
Minority representation still a challenge in hyper-diverse 9th district

Majority-minority districts are usually created with an eye to boosting the number of minorities in Congress. But in the Washington's new majority-minority 9th District, that's definitely not going to happen this election. SEATTLE - When Washington's congressional districts were redrawn last January, the State Redistricting Commission made a bold move: They split...

NWNEWS.com
10/21/2013
New nonprofit at 'Forefront' of suicide-prevention efforts in state

Trevor Simpson, 16, was a promising and seemingly well-adjusted teenager at Edmonds Woodway High School: popular, charismatic, an honors student and star member of the varsity football team. But one night in January, he left home in the Chevy Nova he bought with the savings from his paper route and never came back.

The Seattle Lesbian
Check Out the Ferocious Feminist Energy Behind Jezebel.com

By Melanie Eng/UW News Lab Seattle Town Hall was abuzz on a recent weeknight with talk of feminism, Internet trolls, and the best way to respond when someone calls you a "lesbian shit ass" for standing up for women's rights.

Iexaminer
Showcase lends artistic, political voice to Pacific Islanders

"Get up, get up!" rapped 23-year-old Dakota Camacho, on stage at the University of Washington's Ethnic Cultural Theatre. "Say: 'All life's sacred!'" An audience of young Pacific Islanders whistled, applauded, and echoed back at him: "All life's sacred-get up, get up!" Camacho was one of 13 passionate performance artists featured in last week's production of "Pasifik Voices."

International Features

The Cambodia Daily
08/02/2014
Entrepreneurs Bring E-Commerce to Cambodia

It's a Sunday afternoon in Phnom Penh's Boeung Keng Kang 1 commune, and Little Fashion is buzzing. Every weekend, the popular clothing shop fills with customers-not ordinary window shoppers, but loyal Facebook fans-all looking to try on or pick up whatever items caught their eye on social media that week.

The Cambodia Daily
08/26/2014
Art to Think On

Romeet Contemporary Art Space's new exhibition, "Time to Think," is less an art show than what curator Kate O'Hara calls a "series of provocations." Upon entering the gallery, patrons are immediately presented with a host of interactive, experience-driven works of art-all created by young artists from Battambang.

The Cambodia Daily
09/05/2014
New TV Series Takes On Sexual-Health Taboos

Seng Seamrong was in 10th grade when she first decided to help spread the word about sexual health. As a peer educator with the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC), the 21-year-old's job now is to teach other young people in Phnom Penh about condoms, sexual consent and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)-and to facilitate frank, constructive discussions about sex.

The Cambodia Daily
08/14/2014
Festival Puts Youth in Touch With Their Cultural Roots

A fever-stricken woman lies limp in the arms of a loved one. Villagers surround her, chanting softly. Suddenly, a lone figure rises from the ground and lets out a primal shout. The chanting grows louder. Rehearsal for "Nary's Journey," a headlining performance at this weekend's Amatak Festival, is in session on the center stage at the National Museum's Plae Pakaa theater.

The Cambodia Daily
10/27/2014
In Phnom Penh, a Grand Urban Plan That Never Came to Be

Today, the White Building stands as a lonely remnant of New Khmer Architecture amid a tangle of shophouses and hastily erected mid-rise hotels in Phnom Penh's Tonle Bassac neighborhood. The historic housing project has become one of the city center's few remaining architectural symbols of Cambodia's vibrant 1960s, and the municipal government's announcement last month that it had been condemned and would be demolished sparked public outrage.

The Cambodia Daily
09/09/2014
Artist Tells Story of Power, Poverty Through Traffic

Meas Sokhorn's latest exhibition, "Inverted Sewer," which opens Wednesday night at Java Cafe and Gallery, tells a tale of chaos on the streets of Phnom Penh. Depictions of motorbikes, traffic police and alcohol bottles tumble haphazardly against backdrops of bright, angry red.

Brand Journalism/PR

"Coverage is Here" King County Blog
11/18/2013
Can Seattle Musicians Get 'Young Invincibles' to Think Insurance?

First it was Chris Walla, guitarist for popular Seattle indie-rock group Death Cab for Cutie. He joined Washington Healthplanfinder at the UW-Seattle campus last week to talk to students about the importance of health insurance. This week, two more bands will tell their fans -- get covered!

"Coverage is Here" King County Blog
11/13
Somali Events Show How Partner Groups Are Reaching Communities

Signing up for insurance can be confusing enough, without cultural or linguistic barriers. The Affordable Care Act offers huge health opportunities for people, along with a mandate — for everyone to purchase insurance.

Seattleite
Haute Halloween: The World Of Wearable Art

A Seattleite travels to New Zealand to compete in a fascinating couture competition. Imagine an entire exhibition filled with hundreds of Lady Gagas, all flaunting the most original, theatrical, artistically avant-garde costumes in their arsenals, in a competition so spectacular it's described as, "Mardi Gras meets Haute Couture at a Peter Gabriel concert directed by Salvador Dali."

Seattleite
An Intimate Evening With Mario Batali At SAM

If you're looking for the ultimate experience in fine dining this fall, swing by the Seattle Art Museum on Friday, Nov. 4 for an intimate soiree hosted by award-winning chef Mario Batali.

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