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Christine Vanderwater

2328 Dunstan Houston, TX 77005 Phone: 713-876-0879 E-Mail: cvanderwater8@utexas.edu Twitter:


The University of Texas at Austin Expected Graduation: May 2018
Bachelor of Journalism
Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas, Jefferson Scholar

Legislative Aide, Texas State Rep. Phil Stephenson January 2017-Present
Handle media relations for the office and write press releases.
Analyze legislation of interest: foster care reform, children and education.
Prepare daily floor calendar of bills for the Representative.

Team Member, Chick-fil-A August 2016-December 2016

Worked while taking a full course load

Communications Intern, Oikos Church May 2016-Present

Write weekly newsletter for congregation and maintain events schedule.
Ensure smooth communication between staff members and congregation.

Social Media Ambassador, New Politics Forum October 2016

Covered the Civic Life in the Cyber Age conference on various social media platforms.
Engaged with professional attendees and other followers with conversations at the conference.
Generated 1,385 impressions and 35 engagements on Twitter the day of the conference.

Buzz Writer, ORANGE Magazine September 2015-January 2016

Wrote weekly for online magazine platform by and for University of Texas students.
Topics covered include politics, Internet trends, local news and events, and entertainment.
Wrote the most viewed article in the history of the online magazine up to that point.

Social Media Editor, Social News Network August 2015-December 2015

Worked to engage audience and distribute news through various social media platforms for a news
network aimed at college students.
Learned how to measure analytics for social media platforms.

Staff Writer, College Magazine March 2015-September 2015

Wrote articles weekly on news, features, sports, politics and entertainment for a lifestyle and advice
publication for students.
Most-shared article received 10,648 shares.

Skills and Programs

Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr
Software Programs: Audacity, Final Cut Pro 7, Microsoft Office, Photoshop
Research: Hootsuite, Social Mention, Talkwalker