Clay Duda is a multimedia journalist based in Redding, Calif.
Originally from Atlanta, he now covers Shasta County government and breaking news for the Redding Record Searchlight, Northern California’s most widely read daily publication in print and online. Since joining the team in 2013, Clay has gained a reputation for his innovative use of social media and emerging technologies to cover the news, an eagerness to take on hard-hitting and sometimes controversial issues and the ability to produce compelling multimedia story packages on deadline.
A digital native, Clay has a strong background in online journalism, multimedia production and digital strategy. His career has often centered on connecting the industry’s past and future, working within newsrooms to integrate traditional tenants of journalism with redefined best practices to stay connected with an evolving readership.
Prior to his work with the RS, Clay served as an associate digital editor for Creative Loafing Atlanta, the city’s alternative weekly newspaper. He headed online production and social media strategy for CLATL.com while contributing regularly to coverage of news, arts and music. One of the projects, ‘100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die’ has been nominated by the Association of Food Journalists as a 2013 finalist for Best Food Multimedia Presentation.
Clay earned a position as a John Jay/Tow Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellow in 2012 through his work covering youth-related issues for two publications of the Center for Sustainable Journalism.
In early 2013, Clay co-chaired one of the Southeast’s premiere and longest running social media conference series, SoCon13. Marking its seventh year, SoCon13 convened more than 300 professionals from across journalism, non-profit, and marketing industries. Topics focused on the latest trends in digital media and industry best practices.
Outside of work he, his wife and doggy enjoy searching out the hidden gems of Northern California and its thrift stores. Follow along on Instagram for a steady stream of mountaintop photos and trash-to-treasure discoveries.
Freelance inquiries are always welcomed:
ClayDuda [at] gmail [dot] com