Jacob Bielanski

New Orleans, LA USA

Professional Experience

I once tended bar for an orphanage in Guatemala, slept outside of a train station in Barcelona, and found a place on a Caribbean island in late April where a jacket was needed. I consider myself an "adventure" journalist--my work has taken me from coffee plantations in the Dominican Republic to Limburger factories in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. I currently focus on crime, and will be in Costa Rica this August. Please, find out more at www.Jacobski.com.


3 Years
1 Year
5 Years


Business (general)
2 Years
6 Years
1 Year


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
2 Years
Online/new media
10 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (10+), The NOLA Defender (10+), Isthmus | Thedailypage.com (6-10), Madison Magazine (1-2), BRAVA Magazine (1-2), The International (1-2), Matador Network (10+), The Second Supper/The Free Press (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Demand Media Studios (10+), DePaul University (6-10), 360 Enterprises (3-5)

Other Work History

Network consultant, Meridian IT Inc., Deerfield, Ill. Technical support specialist, Beaufort County School District, Beaufort, S.C. Technical support specialist, U.S. Army Ft. McCoy, Sparta, Wis.

Technical Skills

Photo editing (Photoshop) Video editing (Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere) Formerly Cisco networking certified Formerly computer repair certified by CompTIA

Foreign Language Skills

German (Fluent) Spanish (Basic)

Computer Skills

Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1


Laptop w/ Photoshop and Microsoft Office DSLR w/ prime and telephoto lenses Audio recording equipment Android-based smartphone 4G wireless hotspot (U.S. only).


Virginia "Ginny" LaRoe, Criminal Justice Editor for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Ginny_LaRoe@nola.com (direct supervisor) Steven Walters, Producer for WisEye, steven.walters@wiseye.org (college mentor) Alan Doyle, Editor for MarketWatch, adoyle@marketwatch.com (ICFJ certification project mentor)


Society of Professional Journalists



What does it take to run an ethical business in an industry built on foreign exploitation? That's the story I pitched, but it was ultimately whittled down to was a lovely profile of the challenges faced by a local (Madison, Wis.) coffee roaster. Article Includes my photos.
In the midst of tragedy, family and community members came together to honor the memory of a father killed by a violent, and seemingly random, shooting. Article includes my photos.