Jen Para

Journalist and Communication Specalist


Jen crafts a variety of articles, including breaking news, profiles, meeting coverage and cover stories.


Jen incorporates and creates photos, maps, graphics and charts to enhance her writing.


Jen has overseen publications’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and NextDoor profiles

I am a(n)…


I’m never happier then when I’m editing a piece of written work for grammar, style, structure and content. I’ve been doing it since 2013. 


I enjoy digging deep into a subject and looking at it from all angles. I look at data and talk to the experts.


I am driven by deadlines and checklists. When I know my work affects a colleague’s process, I work with them for success. 


I do my best work when I’m on the same page with my colleagues, so I strive for clear lines of communication.


4 Katy-area COVID-19 residential real estate trends to keep up with in 2020

Experts discuss how the Katy-area home market has fared during the coronavirus pandemic along with what could happen in the next few months.

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COVID-19 hurts Katy-area businesses but full economic effect still unknown, expert says

The unemployment rate in Katy’s three counties ranges between 11.27%-12.32%.

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Katy-area entities work to balance development, prairie

‘We can build in such a way that is more friendly to the Katy Prairie,’ expert says

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About Jen

  I have a deep curiosity and an appetite for going down intellectual rabbit holes.

I’ve been reporting and editing part time since 2013 and full time since 2017. I’m currently a copy editor and page designer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Most recently, I was the editor at Community Impact Newspaper’s Katy, Texas, edition, a monthly magazine with a circulation of more than 108,000. I have also worked at Houston Business Journal as its web producer.   At the Columbia Missourian newspaper, I held a variety of positions: copy editor, community outreach and engagement reporter, general assignment reporter and print designer. I also spent a few months writing for PolitiFact’s Missouri bureau.

My skills include copy editing, reporting and packaging stories with photos, graphics and maps to visually represent a concept. 
I grew up in Rogers, Arkansas, and graduated with my master’s degree in in journalism in December 2017 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I also have a bachelor’s degree in English.

If you would like to contact me, email me at jmpara01 [at]