Joanna K. Sobieski

Writer, Media Maker, Education Enthusiast


BA in Communications: Film (minor in education) American University - Washington, DC

Work Experience

Videographer,/Producer/ Editor, Freelance - New York, New York          

Story/ Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist, Driver Digital - New York, New York

•       Lead editor on "AG Life", a weekly lifestyle show for girls tied to American Girl/Mattel

•       Selects moments/takes from live action footage of mostly improvised dialogue 

•       Reviews and edits script outlines for episodes, writes additional lines when necessary

•       Designs and animates motion graphics 

•       Supervises and coordinates the work of freelance junior editors

•       Voices animated characters on Driver Digital's original children's show "Cool School"

Production Coordinator/ Writer, Whiz Kids Workshop  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Teaching Assistant/ Video Marketer, AU Discover- Washington, DC 

  • Assisted professors in Music Production, Scriptwriting and Video Production, etc.
  • Co-filmed and edited 24 videos for the program's Daily Video Blog Summer 2014
  • Managed equipment for the program in UC Berkeley Summer 2016
  • Led groups of 10-16 students on after hours trips around Washington, DC
  • Co-Wrote, Edited, and Filmed welcome videos for Summer 2013 and Summer 2014

Program Associate, American University (University College) – Washington, DC 

  • Mentored and lived with first year students in a living-learning community
  • Taught workshops in video editing, voiceover work, and script writing
  • Reviewed student's work prior to class deadlines and gave constructive feedback
  • Organized and lead the class on labs relevant to their course around DC
  • Worked closely with professors in Visual Literacy and Contemporary World Cinema

Trainer & Consultant, New Media Center (American University Library) - Washington, DC 

  • Provided guidance on projects and solved technical challenges in the lab
  • Taught workshops on topics such as video editing and creating simple websites
  • Assisted students and faculty with software (Final Cut Pro & Adobe Creative Suite)


PBS Parents Intern, Public Broadcasting Service – Washington, DC 

  • Edited articles published on the PBS Parents Website
  • Created a promotional reel screened at the 2014 NewFronts conference 
  • Researched competing brands, blogs, and parenting advice/ news
  • Wrote/ Created social media posts on Pinterest and Twitter
  • Managed the content of the PBS Parents Website Homepage using Wordpress

Digital Media Intern, National Geographic Channel Washington, DC 

  • Curated and edited photos using Adobe Photoshop
  • Wrote titles and captions for photo galleries for National Geographic's website

Missions Media Intern, National Geographic Society Washington, DC 

College Activities

Founder/ Manager, Pitches be Trippin' (a cappella group) – Washington, DC 

  • Conceptualized the group and recruited the founding members
  • Managed the group through its inaugural year
  • Designed advertisements on Adobe Creative Suite programs
  • Organized events such as concerts and flash mobs on campus
  • Liaison between the group and student activities as well as other a cappella groups
  • Wrote the group's constitution and applied for recognition from the university
  • Utilized social media marketing to increase Pitches’ presence in the AU community 

Public Relations Director, Blends With Benefits (a cappella group) - Washington, DC
•       Designed advertisements using Adobe Creative Suite programs
•       Utilized social media marketing to promote concerts, fundraisers, and auditions
•       Crafted a new logo and look for the brand of the group

Line Producer, Greatest Scene Ever (studio television show)- Washington, DC
  • Worked on set to delegate tasks, arrange set pieces, and operate cameras 
  • Contributed ideas and systems to improve production 

Crew Member, American University Television - Washington, DC

  • Promoted ATV as the Public Relations and Marketing Director spring of 2013
  • Filmed, wrote, edited, and acted for many of ATV’s programs

SOC Student Ambassador, American University - Washington, DC 

  • Brainstormed, coordinated, and worked at events for SOC throughout the year
  • Mentored incoming/admitted students to the School of Communication
  • Promoted SOC related news and events on the Public Relations Committee