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Education

Aug 20032009

Communications and Information Technology

Macon State College

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

While maintaining a GPA of 3.84, I participated in many extracurricular activities both on and off campus. 

                                                  Relevant Coursework

Microsoft Word; Excel; Access Premiere
Communications News Writing & Reporting
Business Writing News Writing Practicum
Website Design Creative Writing
Illustrator/Photoshop Principles of Production
InDesign

HTML

Flash

                           

Skills

Accounting/Budgets

Two accounting classes, part of my BA, provided me with the skill to create budget plans, oversee its implementation, and ensure its adherence. Additionally, my real world experience in creating and overseeing a marketing division for the student newspaper along with my position as Editor of the Literary Journal enabled me to put my skills to use, allowing me to find cutting edge alternatives that allowed me to produce a better product while staying under budget.

Editor/Editing
AP Style MLA Style Chicago Style
Writing
Journalism - New Media - AP Style                        Editing                        Generating Stories                        Content Management        Writing: Hard News, Features, Profiles   Press Releases   Creative Writing - Published in Literary Journals                                Third Place - Poetry
Website Design

WordPress, CSS, HTML, FrontPage, Dreamweaver

Video Editing
Premiere, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, Movie Maker
Print Layout
InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator

Work experience

20122016

Logistics Management Specialist

Robins Air Force Base

Team Leader of a team of 8 designated to provide oversight on troubleshooting issues relating to Automated Testers to test the F-15. Cost, Schedule, and Performance are the primary responsibility for the team leader to assure that a plan is completed on time, on budget, meeting customer's requirements. 

20112012

Editor - Houston County Edition

11th Hour
  • Daily operation-budget, deadlines, assigning articles, supervise 2 writers, copy edit, ad sales and supervision with 1 sales exec
  • Interview subjects, research, write articles
  • Layout bi-weekly publication including providing artwork, creating business ad artwork, and photography
  • Interact with print company
  • Create cut lines
  • Community relations-planning community events, attending community events, and networking to promote the publication's presence
  • Oversee social media presence
  • Manage online version of publication
      20092012

      Writer and ad sales

      11th Hour
      • Pitching, researching, photography, and writing articles (focus on personal profiles of community members.
      • Ad sales in Houston County
      • Layout of publication as necessary
      Oct 20092012

      Owner

      Jem Publicity
      • Consult with businesses regarding branding
      • Event Planning
      • Graphic Arts
      • Maintain strong relationships with Media
      • Company Representation
      • Press Releases
      • Brochure Content
      • New Media Publicity Campaigns
      • Branding
      • Media Coaching
      • SEO Writing
      • Business Communications
      • Speech Writing
      • Social Networking
      • E-Blasts
      • Web Content
      • Freelance Writing
      Jul 2008Apr 2009

      Editor, The Fall Line Review

      Macon State College

      As student editor of The Fall Line Review, I worked with Faculty advisors to produce the annual student literary journal.  I increased the visibility of the publication, increased the size of the publication while remaining under budget, and implemented new technology to help manage content submissions. Below is a list of other duties that I performed:

      •         Public Relations
      •         Designed flyers and posters to promote publication
      •         Increased submissions by 50%
      •         Held workshops, critique sessions, and Poetry Slam to increase visibility
      •         Created press releases
      •         Created written communications
      •         Worked with Macon State College faculty advisors
      •         Received advice from MSC faculty advisors on budget, promotion, and publication via                                 meetings and email correspondence
      •         Solicited content submissions for annual literary publication
      •         Increased submissions and participation by 50%
      •         Critiqued submissions
      •         Designed cover for publication
      •         Formatted and insert content into publication
      •         Website management
      •         Created new web pages
      •         Ensured usability
      •         Write new content
      •         Provided links to related literary websites
      •         Posted instructions and educational information
      •         Created digital submission form
      •         Copyedited content
      •         Managed budget
      •         Maximized budget by getting estimates from several publishers
      •         Increased the size of the publication by 16 black/white pages & 16 color pages
      •         Worked with publisher to ensure publication deadlines are met
      •         Planned release party at Barnes & Noble as well as on campus
      •         Publicized release party
      Nov 2007Jun 2008

      Layout Editor- The Fall Line Review

      Macon State College

      As Layout Editor for the student literary journal, I selected the artwork for the front cover of the 2008 publication. I also completed the layout of the cover and interior of the book, using InDesign.

      Below is a list of other duties that I performed:

      •         Solicit content submissions for annual literary publication
      •         Critique submissions
      •         Design cover for publication
      •         Format and insert content into publication
      •         Copyedit content
      •         Work with publisher to ensure publication deadlines are met
      •         Assist Editor with release party
      •         Work with Macon State College faculty advisors
      Jan 2006Jun 2008

      Editor-in-Chief, The Matrix

      Macon State College

      I began as a writer for The Matrix, MSC's student newspaper. I was promoted to Managing Editor the following year and, finally, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the weekly publication.

      As Managing Editor, I designed, implemented, and managed an weekly online publication. 

      As Editor-in-Chief, I supervised a staff of 15 and made daily decisions regarding budget and operations. I created a marketing department and we sold $3600 in advertising the first six weeks. We raised $6000 in advertising revenue in approximately 6 months, the proceeds were used to take my staff and advisors to the ACP Conference in New York.

      Additional duties included:

      •         Team Leader of 15 person college news staff
      •         Created and implemented marketing division
      •         Increased overall advertising revenue from $300 yearly to $3500 in six weeks
      •        Designed, implemented and maintained website
      •         Work with National Media/Marketing Company
      •         Market newspaper on two campuses and in the Middle Georgia community
      •         Interact with MSC Administration
      •         Create displays on campus
      •         Attend student functions to recruit staff and new readers
      •         Contact community businesses for placement of distribution bins in establishments
      •         Generate story ideas and manage weekly content budget
      •         Manage workflow and layout of the weekly publication
      •         Liaison between newspaper and publisher
      •         Established yearly budget and manage staff payroll
      •         Oversee payment of expenditures
      •         Write articles, editorials and op-ed items for weekly publication
      •         Plan motivational events motivate and increase staff morale
      •         Plan teaching seminars
      •         Teach seminars

      REFERENCE LETTERS

      Testimonial

      "Jenny Murr has assumed a number of leadership roles on our campus and has done wonderful work.She is creative, forward-looking, motivated, and tireless in her quest for excellence."

      Dr. Amy Berke

      Coordinator,                               Communications and Information Technology Program

      MaconState College

      Publications

      • 11TH Hour                                                                                                                                                                                Journalism - Profiles and Feature Stories
      • MSC Today - Public Relations                                                                                                                                            Magazine Feature - 21st Century Classroom
      • The Fall Line Review                                                                                                                                                            Literary Journal-Poetry, Prose, Photography
      • Matrix                                                                                                                                                                                        Journalism - Editorials, Hard News, Feature Stories, Layout/Design, Photography

      Testimonial

      "Ms. Murr is excellent at maintaining a budget and cultivating new sources of funding. Even with a large budget Ms. Murr foresaw a day when the student newspaper might be able to fund itself from advertising sales and the newspaper made over $6,000 in advertising sales which she was able to use to send her staff members to the College Media Advisors conference in New York City for further training. I do not doubt that Ms. Murr would be capable of dealing with money in a fiscally responsible fashion and seeking out new funding sources."

      Dr. Sheree Keith

      Assistant Professor of Speech and Communications

      Macon State College