Who Exactly Is Ural Garrett?
Southern University A&M College Degree in mass communications with a concentration in print journalism.
Freelance Writer, July 2017 to Present; LA Weekly – Los Angeles, CA
General news writer and photographer.
Freelance Writer, May 2017 to Present; The Compton Herald – Compton, CA
Shot and edited photo content for editorials and news post.
Associate Producer, January 2017 to Present; HipHopDX/Cheri Media – Los Angeles
Producer of HipHopDX video content ranging from short daily news segments, long form editorial form and sponsored content packages. Duties include script writing, shooting, co-editing and transforming visuals to written editorial content. YouTube views have collectively reached over two million.
Freelance West Coast Photographer, March 2016 to Present; Okayplayer – Los Angeles
Shot and edited photo content for editorials and news post for popular music and culture site. I also have written for its international sub-brand OkayplayerAfrica.
Senior Features Writer, January 2015 to January 2017; HipHopDX/Cheri Media – Los Angeles
Handles editorial content for the oldest independently owned online music publication dedicated to Hip Hop and weekly host of DX Daily. Contributed to the section’s highest numbers in the site’s sixteen-year history. Introduced two weekly features “All Eyez On Memes” and “Up NeXt By DX” Shot and edited photos for News and Features sections. Publications within and outside the space pull from stories frequently. Section page view data available as well.
General Assignment Reporter, September 2014 to January 2015; The Los Angeles Wave Publications Group – Los Angeles
General Assignment Reporter for one of Los Angeles’ biggest independently owned community newspapers. Assignment activities include covering and shooting photographs for events.
Contributing Reporter, September 2014 to January 2015; Our Weekly – Los Angeles
Writer for Los Angeles-based magazine focusing on Los Angeles’ African American community. Duties include pitching and scheduling interviews for feature profiles, reporting local events and shooting news photos.
Contributing Writer, April 2014 to November 2014; Complex Media – New York, NY
Writer for video game section of Complex Magazine, one of the largest urban based media network in the nation and founded by acclaimed fashion designer Marc Ecko. Duties involve pitching stories, interviewing, writing and editing.
Staff Writer, November 2013 to Present The Script Lab – Los Angeles, CA
Staff writer for high traffic online film publication focused primarily on scriptwriting. Task include film reviews, interviews and news stories related to cinema.
Contributing Writer, July 2013 to January 2015; Soultrain.com – Los Angeles, CA
Writer for online arm of nationally syndicated music show. Duties include pitching stories with nationally and locally known music artists for featured articles.
Contributing Writer, July 2010 to Present; Music Industry Quarterly (Formerly Amalgamation Magazine) – Los Angeles, CA
Writer for quarterly magazine that focuses specifically on the music industry.
Excellent skills as a general reporter and photographer. Excellent copywriting and editing skills. Basic layout skills in both InDesign & Quark. Photo editing ability through Photoshop & Gimp. Proficient in both Microsoft and Macintosh, OS along with various office software. Basic video editing skills through Adobe Premiere, iMovie and similar software. Also proficient in web management services including WordPress and various media tools along with the ability to conduct basic HTML code for webpost. Proficient in all forms of social media.
Best Spot News Story – HBCU Newspaper/Media Conference February 2008 Ranked No.10 Best A&E Writer – Southeastern Journalism Conference 2007
Literary Review Placements
2010: Mara Shalhoup’s “BMF: The Rise of Big Meech and the Black Family Mafia” 2010: Paul Edwards’ “How To Rap: The Art and Science of The Hip-Hop MC”