Joe Cortez

Joe Cortez

Objective

My objective is to continue my work as an award-winning multimedia producer of written content, audio content, and video content. With a deep knowledge of social networking and integrating new web tools into marketing campaigns, I am prepared to establish myself as a motivated and hard working leader with your company.

Summary

I have dedicated my life to serving the public in disseminating information in all forms of media: print, radio, and television. I graduated from The College of Wooster in 2005 with that goal – assist people and serve them by giving them the knowledge that they need to improve their lives in an unbiased and straightforward manner. Throughout each of my endeavors, I have demonstrated a proven work ethic that is anchored in my trustworthiness, honesty, and dedication to serving my communities. Going beyond expectations, despite demanding workloads, is also a quality for which I have been recognized by not only my supervisors, but by my peers as well.

As a journalist, I have grown the reach and position of my outlets wherever I have worked. As a producer, the shows I worked on had growth during sweeps periods -- most recently, my show I worked on during the November 2008 Sweeps Period was only one of three at the station I was working for. As an assignment editor and reporter, I built strong links throughout the community, which helped me tell the most complete stories for my audience. This resulted in growth in readers, listeners, viewers, and visitors to our website.

In my latest endeavor, I find myself to be the lion in winter -- a freelance writer, hoping to stay in my craft as a writer, video producer, audio producer, and storyteller above all. As a producer, I add content for websites -- from videos, to copy, I do it all with a track record of proven results. I do this to keep my skills sharp and stay relevant in an ever-changing world. With technology coming around us, it is my job to keep ahead of the curve, and deliver you the best results with the latest tools, bringing you the best work in an efficient amount of time.

My skills I have built on my own and through my positions make me a willing and available storyteller for your needs. From technical writing, to video and audio commercials, to stories for CNN, I am a young expert looking to start again in a field that I love. What can I do for you today?

Skills

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

Created & edited videos and news stories using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, complete with animations from Adobe After Effects CS4, and graphics from Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. Built graphics for customers, brands, and campaigns via Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. Created flyers and workflow layouts using Adobe InDesign CS4. Edited websites & rudimentary HTML using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4. Produced and recorded podcasts, and audio seminars, including cleaning audio, using Adobe Soundbooth CS4. Exported combined multimedia presentations in Adobe Media Encoder CS4.  Authored and produced DVD videos in Adobe Encore CS4. Troubleshooted CS4 problems and glitches with Windows Vista x64 systems.

Microsoft Office Suite

Familiar with and have worked with Microsoft Office Suite to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and FrontPage. Managed project timeline and flow through Microsoft Access. Implemented CutePDF Writer and Adobe Acrobat to create PDF documents from Microsoft Office Programs.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Present

Freelance Executive Writer/Producer

Joe Cortez Media Services

Responsible for writing search-engine optimized content for websites under deadline as an independent contractor under extremely tight deadlines. Provide freelance news stories and video clips for CNN & ABC News on an as-needed basis. Provide graphic design services in creative logos and graphics for clients. Provide production services for commercials and podcasts using Adobe Creative Suite programs. Provide consulting on effective writing and distribution techniques for content, blogs, podcasts, and web commercials. Provide consulting on implementation of Web2.0 principals, including blogs, podcasts, and web video. Help clients in implementing social media websites (Facebook, twitter, etc.) into their web campaign, and create marketing elements based on new uses for the internet. Worked as assistant director on independent film features accepted to film festivals in Los Angeles.

Dec 2008 - Mar 2009

Residential Operations Manager

Heritage Properties LLC

Wrote and revised policy manual for receptionists and front office personnel. Wrote and revised labor policy manuals for work crews and audited work hours. Supervised daily work crews on projects, and complete work orders as assigned. Gather estimates on purchases for major restoration projects, and decide on the best course of action for business and tenants.

Jul 2008 - Nov 2008

Producer

WSYX/WTTE Television

Responsible for selecting news stories to be covered during the day with the assistance of executive producer, assistant news director, and news director for both 5:00 AM and Noon Newscasts. Assigned one reporter and two photographers to coverage of news events overnight and early morning. Selected order of news stories based on importance to the community. Immediately added breaking news updates during newscasts and websites as events were in progress. Reached out to community to find new and topical expert guests for the noon news program on topics such as agriculture, the 2008 presidential election, and employment help; notable guests booked for noon news program include Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Feb 2008 - May 2008

Weekend Managing Editor

KCOY/KKFX Television

Directly responsible for all weekend news programming on two television stations in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo DMA; six news programs every weekend. Direct supervisor for one producer, one reporter, three photographers, and interns. Selected news stories for coverage, wrote news stories, assigned order of news stories, and directed flow of newscast. Assigned reporters and photographers to news events, planned angle of news stories, and selected video for news stories. Edited news video when necessary. Worked with news director, reporters, and producers to enterprise and create weekend news plan during week. Provided news updates on television station websites on a regular basis.

Dec 2006 - Feb 2008

Assignment Editor

KCOY/KKFX Television

Directly responsible for all weekend news programming on two television stations in the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo DMA; six news programs every weekend. Direct supervisor for one producer, one reporter, three photographers, and interns. Selected news stories for coverage, wrote news stories, assigned order of news stories, and directed flow of newscast. Assigned reporters and photographers to news events, planned angle of news stories, and selected video for news stories. Edited news video when necessary. Worked with news director, reporters, and producers to enterprise and create weekend news plan during week. Provided news updates on television station websites on a regular basis.

May 2006 - Dec 2006

Producer/Reporter/On-Air Talent

ClearChannel Radio

Worked as news reporter and anchor for two AM stations across two radio markets: responsible for gathering news stories in morning, writing news stories, editing audio for news stories, and producing morning radio newscasts. Selected order of stories, wrote stories for radio broadcast, and provided morning updates. Assigned to cover and report on civic events and city council meetings for radio. Electronically submitted radio reports once completed. Also worked as Producer & fill-in DJ for FM Country Station: provided talking points for morning show, prepared interview audio for show, and constantly added new content in computer system for radio stations. Prepared live advertisements for airing as part of country morning show on daily basis. Responsible for booking guests for AM- and FM-Radio Morning shows, facilitating the guests, and archiving & cataloguing the interviews. Independently implemented and maintained local high school sports scoreboard updates on air and via local station websites every Saturday Morning on deadline. Prepared radio commercials to be aired on stations across the market, as assigned by production director. Added new and pertinent content on morning show on ClearChannel websites.

Feb 2006 - Aug 2006

General Assignment Reporter

The Coast News/Central Coast News Group, LLC

Responsible for enterprising and writing six to eight stories for a weekly community newspaper. Responsible for developing leads, conducting interviews, completing thorough research, and ultimately writing news, feature, and sports stories under weekly deadlines. Worked with the community to find stories of interest to the community, and completing stories as needed. Responsible for developing story ideas by working with police, fire, and sheriff's department officials. Independently began weekly feature on noteworthy and interesting people throughout the community. Responsible for copy-editing newspaper for spelling and grammatical errors on a weekly basis before going to press. Responsible for providing photographs to correspond with story using Canon Digital SLR equipment. 

Aug 2005 - Jan 2006

Producer/Announcer

WQKT/WKVX Radio

Responsible for writing and producing hourly newscasts with new and breaking news for small community radio station. Provided live newscasts with breaking and pertinent newscasts during live sports and music programming. Produced content and talking points for live personalities during entertainment programming. Recorded daily farm auction report, local financial reports, daily weather reports, and other programming from ABN. Responsible for all technical operations of the radio station during live programming, including remote broadcasts and satellite feeds from Ohio State and other professional sports organizations. Responsible for Friday Night High School Scoreboard sponsored updates and working under hourly deadlines for scoreboard updates. Updated website immediately with latest high school scores received.

Education

Education
Sep 2002 - Jan 2006

Bachelor of Arts

The College of Wooster