Clay Duda - Multimedia JournalistClay 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 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

Words (and more):

Billions of gallons of water go missing in Shasta County - (web/database) - August 31, 2013 - Redding Record Searchlight

Wildfires reshape lives on both sides of the valley - (web) - April 19, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

City expansion driven by economic prospects - (web) - April 4, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Summer Guide Road Trip: Hitting the outdoors on MARTA - May 16, 2013 - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Big business bets billions on Atlanta's housing recovery - Jan. 24, 2013 - Creative Loafing Atlanta

A Look Inside Atlanta Public Schools [INFOGRAPHIC] - March 20, 2012 - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Young, Homeless and Enslaved by the Freedom of the Rails - June 29, 2011 - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good — after cooking the books - July 12, 2010 - Atlanta Unfiltered

Real-time coverage:

City explores rebate program to cut water use - (related: 1, 2, 3) - August 11, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Updates from the Eiler Fire - (related: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) - August 3-5, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Candidates field questions at county supervisors' forum - (related) - May 1, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight


Slain officers honored in Shasta County - (related) - May 8, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Potluck planting marks marijuana grow season - (related) - May 5, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Hartnell overcrossing damage set at $1 million - (related) - Jan. 31, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

The Goddamn Gallows hang 'em high - April 15, 2013 - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Scenes from MomoCon - March 11, 2013 - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Matisyahu's Atlanta house show and concert - (related) - Aug. 24, 2012 - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Saturday in the Park: Conversations with Kids - Oct. 5, 2011 - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange


Swimming the 1,000th mile - (related) - May 2, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

420 surveillance flight - (related) - April 20, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

The basics of identifying Northern California wildflowers - (related) - March 20, 2014 - Redding Record Searchlight

Christmas at the mission - (related) - Dec. 20, 2013 - Redding Record Searchlight


Summer Guide 2013 - May 16, 2013 - - Creative Loafing Atlanta

100 Dishes to eat before you die - April 25, 2013 - - Creative Loafing Atlanta

20 People to Watch in 2013 - Jan. 3, 2013 - - Creative Loafing Atlanta


Clay Duda - Redding Record Searchlight

Clay Duda - Creative Loafing Atlanta

Clay Duda - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange


Multimedia Journalist, Redding Record Searchlight

Phone: 530-225-8344

E-mail: Clay(dot)Duda(at)Redding(dot)com

Twitter: @ClayDuda_RS



E-mail: ClayDuda(at)gmail(dot)com

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