My story is your story

I’m dedicated to stories — I soak them in at every chance I can get, and I truly love telling them. Diverse skills and years of experience with written and visual content, plus strategy and creative problem-solving have given me the right tools to tell my stories. Give me the chance to tell yours.

Photography

Years of experience with editorial and commercial photography has given me the flexibility to make effective photos in almost any situation. Through my work at Drake University, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph everything from daily student life to world leaders (including Barack Obama and Ban-Ki Moon) to world-class athletic events like the Drake Relays. […]

Strategic Communications

My experience with strategic communications began with training as a news reporter in college (BAJMC in News-Internet Journalism), and has evolved to include brand development, communications planning, and writing anything from ad copy to magazine cover stories. Writing Samples “Recalculating Science,” Drake Blue Magazine cover feature, fall 2013 “Good Counsel,” Drake Blue Magazine profile, spring 2014

Video

I entered the world of video production just a couple years ago, and since then have gained experience shooting, editing, scripting, and producing videos myself, with a team of students, and with professional videographers. Video projects I’ve worked on range from fun promotional spots to lengthy interviews with Drake VIPs to national TV advertisements. Samples […]

Web Strategy

I learned HTML in college, added CSS after graduating, and have since expanded into many areas of web strategy, including content development, guiding development, and content management system selection/migration. Samples www.drake.edu site redesign (content migration), 2012 Life in Des Moines page (content strategy), 2015 Success After Drake (development guidance), 2013

Creative solutions

Analytical and problem-solving skills gained through undergraduate and graduate studies (BA in history, master of public administration) boost my creative skills and allow me to view problems from many angles. I have worked with teams on a variety of challenging special projects, and my creative problem-solving mindset has also allowed me to work effectively in […]

Résumé

Download a PDF of my résumé. Danny Akright dannyakright@gmail.com Education Master of Public Administration, emphasis in nonprofit management (2014), Drake University Capstone project: The Lost Ordinance: Creating a Viable Enforcement Plan for Apartment Recycling in the City of Des Moines Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, major in […]