Michelle Sison Castillo •


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism – New York, NY – May 2010

Master of Science, magazine concentration with a focus on arts and culture reporting and digital media; Took classes focusing on feature writing, magazine writing, arts writing and sports journalism


University of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA – June 2009

Bachelor of Arts in communications studies, mass communications concentrations and Bachelor of Arts in political science, American politics concentration, with a minor in film, television and digital media; Was on Daily Bruin (school newspaper) and


University of Stirling – Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK – Fall 2008

Institute for Study Abroad, with coursework in online journalism, print journalism, and US and EU relations


Experience,  Associate Producer ,; What’s Trending, Managing Editor – New York, NY – April 2011 – Current

Wrote, pitched and produced pieces for’s U.S., World sections focusing on quirky local news, also wrote for entertainment blog focusing on film, television, music, books and celebrity culture; Managed the What’s Trending site posts and contributors.; Wrote at least three stories a day about online culture and trending news; Collaborated on story ideas for the What’s Trending Live show; Ran chats and user interaction on What’s Trending show page and blog

Metro World News, Trends Writer Worldwide February 2012 – present

Wrote trends articles on film/TV, music, online viral videos and video game beats beats, ranging from profiles, trend stories, and service pieces, Techland Producer/Writer – New York, NY – August 2010 – April 2011

Blogged about geek culture, focusing on film, television and pop culture; Averaging about five posts a day; Produced homepage and page, and contributed to other sections


MSNBC, Writer/Editor Intern – New York, NY – June 2010 – August 2010

Wrote articles for MSNBC’s entertainment section of the website; Reported for Courtney Hazlett’s The Scoop column                 


Brick Underground, Columnist/Writer – New York, NY – May 2010 – May 2011                 

Author of “Rental Rookie,” a column about the experiences of a first time NYC renter and articles about apartment and roommate etiquette

Los Angeles Times, Hero Complex Contributor – Los Angeles, CA – Mar. 2009 – July 2010

Weekly Comic Book Clerks of America interview series for Hero Complex blog. Articles focusing on the science fiction and fanboy genre including, “Doctor Who,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Dragonball: Evolution” for print edition


Entertainment Weekly, Editorial Intern – Los Angeles, CA – Jan. 2009 – June 2009

Wrote 18 online and print articles for the publication, in particular news briefs on the Slamdance Film Festival and PopWatch blog posts. Interviewed Kiefer Sutherland and the cast of “24,” regarding Sutherland’s arrest and plans for upcoming seasons.


Peter Greenberg Worldwide, Correspondent – Studio City, CA – Jan. 2008 – July 2009

Covered Arts and Lifestyle for, including city guides. Assisted in writing travel book “Don’t Go There.”


No Cover Magazine, Staff Writer – San Diego, CA – Aug. 2006 – Jan 2008

Wrote profiles on alternative rock bands, including cover stories about Blink-182’s breakup and Linkin Park’s comeback with “Minutes to Midnight,” which sold eight million copies as of October 2009


Daily Bruin, A&E Staff Writer – Los Angeles, CA – Dec. 2005 – June 2009

Wrote over 50 articles for film/TV and music beats, ranging from profiles, trend stories, features, reviews and previews.


Interviews Editor, – San Diego, CA – June 2006 – July 2009

Co-managed running the alternative rock music website, which included updating music news and new content, as well as contributing columns, interviews and reviews


Additional Freelance, The Hollywood Reporter, NY Press, Queens Chronicle


Languages Basic Spanish and Tagalog (Filipino)

Coding Basic HTM, CSS Wikicode, Managed (Columbia University class website)

Multimedia Final Cut Pro, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro

Blog Platforms WordPress, Blogger and Typepad; Can type 96 words per minute