Kind Words

"Melody Kitchens’ resume shows her experience, but it can’t reveal the "it" factor: Melody gets it. Her command over AP style and design capabilities are strong, and her innate storytelling ability shines. Melody is eager to understand others and share their tales, which makes her not only a capable journalist, but a joy to work alongside."

- Carla Jean Whitley, managing editor of Birmingham Magazine

"As a veteran journalist, journalism instructor and editorial adviser to The Plainsman, I have worked with some of the most talented journalists and taught many talented future journalists. However, Melody has proven to be one of the most talented journalists I have ever worked with in the newsroom or the classroom. Her talent not only comes from God-given ability, but from a tireless work ethic and invaluable hands-on work experience."

- Austin Phillips, adviser of the Auburn Plainsman

"The biggest problem I’ve had as an editor isn’t finding writers who can churn out content, but who know what I’m looking for in a story. Melody is the first person I’ve worked with who gets it - instantly and instinctively. She knows what will get attention, and she can churn it out with the best of them. She’s been invaluable."

- Jeremy Henderson, editor of The War Eagle Reader

"Melody is one of the most talented, organized and dependable individuals I've had the pleasure of working with. As a writer, she distills technical concepts into digestible content, often laced with wit and charm, which makes her writing a joy to read. She is persistent in the best possible way, and she is always kind, collected and professional. Melody is someone you can trust with a projectshe'll own it and see it through to completion."

- Meredith Yates, account manager at the Bradford Group

"Melody was my fellow for six months at Southern Living. She's an absolute gem--smart, hardworking, and resourceful. I came to rely on her for much more than what her role entailed. She was eager to help and even more eager to learn. She completely immersed herself in her duties and sought out knowledge from the senior staff members. She was persistent and detail-oriented; I could trust that anything coming from her was clean and double-checked. The most notable attribute with Melody though was her attitude. The magazine industry can be tough and the work environment is often stressful (especially when deadlines loom ahead). I could always count on Melody to welcome me with a smile and a helpful hand. She was level-headed and energetic; she was indispensable. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Melody, and I'd recommend her without reserve for any of her future endeavors."

- Lacy Morris, associate travel + cultures editor of Southern Living

"Melody Kitchens’ resume shows her experience, but it can’t reveal the "it" factor: Melody gets it. Her command over AP style and design capabilities are strong, and her innate storytelling ability shines. Melody is eager to understand others and share their tales, which makes her not only a capable journalist, but a joy to work alongside."

- Carla Jean Whitley, managing editor of Birmingham Magazine

"As a veteran journalist, journalism instructor and editorial adviser to The Plainsman, I have worked with some of the most talented journalists and taught many talented future journalists. However, Melody has proven to be one of the most talented journalists I have ever worked with in the newsroom or the classroom. Her talent not only comes from God-given ability, but from a tireless work ethic and invaluable hands-on work experience."

- Austin Phillips, adviser of the Auburn Plainsman

"The biggest problem I’ve had as an editor isn’t finding writers who can churn out content, but who know what I’m looking for in a story. Melody is the first person I’ve worked with who gets it - instantly and instinctively. She knows what will get attention, and she can churn it out with the best of them. She’s been invaluable."

- Jeremy Henderson, editor of The War Eagle Reader

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