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Summary

Accomplished, thorough journalist offering 18 years of writing, editing
and leadership experience, with a vast knowledge of world events, unmatched technology skills and a passion for a digital-first environment.

Work experience

September 2016May 2017

Niche Publications Copy Editor

Treasure Coast Newspapers
  • Consistently is the go-to person for cleanly edited stories, ensuring that the content is free of spelling, grammatical and factual errors, is well-written, and meets the highest standard of balance, fairness, literary presentation and Associated Press style for the weekly Jupiter Courier Newsweekly, Your News, the Vero Newsweekly and various specialty publications.
  • Curates web fronts for the Specialty Publications landing page on TCPalm.com, placing and rotating reader-enticing stories.
  • Produces interactive-voice Facebook posts to increase reader traffic to TCPalm web stories.
  • Coordinates, reviews, evaluates, organizes and plans stories for the Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie county zones of the weekly Real Estate Source magazines.
December 2012September 2016

Lead Multiplatform Editor

Treasure Coast Newspapers
  • Led the Multiplatform Editing Desk at night by planning story priorities and managing nighttime operations for The Stuart News, the Indian River Press Journal, the St. Lucie News-Tribune.
  • Organized and scheduled employees' tasks and managed page flow.
  • Analyzed and adjusted the production process to enhance efficiency to maximize deadline results.
  • Updated TCPalm.com and the paper’s Facebook and Twitter sites, posting news stories with reader-enticing headlines, photos, galleries, maps, and embedded documents; prioritized top stories on the homepage; and monitored and updated traffic and weather stories.
  • Improved grammatical, spelling and compositional clarity of local, freelance and wire stories, graphics and photo cutlines by reviewing and evaluating written content, and designed pages for the three local papers, and the Anderson (South Carolina) Independent-Mail.
  • Selected wire stories and photos for the four newspapers, evaluating the needs and interests of the public.
May 2011November 2012

Page Designer/Copy Editor

Media General Consolidated Editing Center
  • Booked and designed The Tampa Tribune and The Pasco Tribune's Metro sections; designed the Hernando Today and Highlands Today pages to assist the Community Consolidated Editing Center staff.
  • Designed the Nation & World pages for The Tampa Tribune, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem Journal.
  • Improved the clarity of local copy for the Tribune’s newspapers, and Nation & World wire copy for Tampa’s, Richmond’s and Winston-Salem’s newspapers.
  • Selected, compiled and edited the wire briefs for the three main papers, and proofed wire pages.
  • Added videos, video galleries and photo slideshows to Tribune's e-edition.
December 2005February 2011

Night News Editor/Wire Editor/Page Designer

The Kitsap Sun
  • Coordinated and edited the local, state and Nation & World sections, serving as the night and weekend assignment editor.
  • Managed copy and art flow to designers, and edited proofs to maximize deadline results.
  • Posted and prioritized breaking news, local stories, photos, PDFs, videos and created photo galleries for the paper's website to keep readers informed of the latest news.
  • Designed pages and created graphics for the A1, Nation & World, Business, Life and Sports sections.
May 2004December 2005

Senior Copy Editor/Page Designer

Peninsula Daily News
  • Led the daily planning meetings; booked and designed the local, business and wire sections for the Clallam and Jefferson county editions.
  • Designed the weekly TV book, as well as fielded readers’ questions and requests for the section.
  • Coordinated and designed weekly advance pages, such as the Sunday Features section.
  • Spearheaded the coordination, booking, design and editing of the summer and winter North Olympic Peninsula Newcomers' and Visitors Guides magazines.
December 2002January 2004

Copy Editor/Page Designer

The East Valley Tribune
  • Planned and designed the Local News sections for the Scottsdale and East Valley editions.
  • Improved quality of local, wire, features and business stories, and proofed pages.
  • Managed nightly page flow and sent all pages to prepress.
    August 2000December 2002

    Copy Editor/ Page Designer

    The Roanoke Times
    • Planned and designed the National, Metro and Business pages for the state, New River Valley and Roanoke Valley editions.
    • Edited local, state and wire stories.
    • Posted and prioritized local stories nightly for Roanoke.com.
    April 1999May 2000

    PC Support Representative

    Allstate
    • Solved insurance agents' software and hardware problems during rollouts of Allstate's new computer systems.
    • Configured and debugged issues with IBM fixed-function terminals, DeskJet and Lexmark printers, and AS/400 systems.
    • Solved problems with Windows NT, Reflections, OS/2, Rumba and dial-up router AS/400 connections, and Life Mobile Office laptops.
    • Configured software for the installation of Siemens and Nortel phone systems to insurance agency computers for AutoDial functionality.
    November 1996May 1998

    Sports Reporter

    Naples Daily News
    • Wrote news and features stories and columns on area high school, community and minor league sports.
    • Spearheaded the new Prep Page, including writing columns, advance game stories and features, and picking the Prep of the Week.
    • Designed agate pages.

      Education

      Examples of Design and Editing

      Skills

      NewsGate

      Newspaper production software

      Presto

      Newspaper production software

      SaxoPress

      Newspaper production suite

      Adobe InDesign and InCopy

      Newspaper design and editing software

      DTI

      Newspaper production suite

      CCI

      Newspaper production suite

      Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat

      Creative applications

      Quark XPress

      Newspaper design software

      Microsoft Office

      Business software

      Clickability

      Content management system

      Entourage

      Content management system

      Certificates

      Poynter News University: Digital Analytics and Social Media, September 2014

      Poynter News University: Scripps Edit with Confidence and Accuracy, September 2014