Gayle Donaldson

Gayle Donaldson

Writing Samples



Project Management

Experience assigning stories, managing content and working with reporters to produce special sections. Ability to work with outside agencies to produce marketing materials. Ability to meet deadlines and make decisions to further a project.


Ability to build internal and external relationships. Written and verbal skills used on a daily basis. Ability to listen effectively and interpret directives. 


Experience designing home, faith and health magazines, using content and photos produced by The Hays Daily News. Experience working with outside agencies to develop tourism brochures.


Experience copy editing stories for content and length for the daily newspaper and special sections.


Five years of experience writing a variety of articles for the daily newspaper and special sections, including home and faith magazines. Writing experience includes summer-long blogging, writing and photographing an adventure through northwest Kansas —


Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Experience with Final Cut Pro.

Additional Experience

• Assistant Contest Director, Kansas Professional Communicators, 2012-present

Assist with contest organization and promotion

• Assistant Event Organizer, Sunflower Spelling Bee, 2012-present

Assist with event organization, preparation of event materials

• 2014 Conference Chairwoman, Kansas Professional Communicators

In charge of planning spring conference for KPC members


Kansas Professional Communicators

• First-place religion articles, 2013

 • First-place special supplement edited by entrant, 2013

 • Second-place photographer-writer, 2013

National Federation of Press Women

 • Second-place special supplement edited by entrant, 2013

 • Second-place single page edited by entrant, 2012

Kansas Press Association

 • First-place religion story, 2013

 • Third-place series, 2013

• Second-place news story, 2011

Work History

Work History
Dec 2010 - Present

Special Sections Editor

The Hays Daily News

Assigning, editing and designing content for special sections, including magazines, tourism brochures and special Sunday inserts. Copy editing the daily newspaper. Writing stories as assigned and needed.

Jun 2008 - Present


The Hays Daily News

Writing stories as assigned for the daily newspaper.


Aug 2011 - Present

Master's of Business Administration

Baker University
Aug 2005 - Dec 2008

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies

Fort Hays State University