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Juan Franco

I’m a motivated, hard working individual with a distinct cultural background and a wide range of interests. Area of expertise encompasses politics, journalism, social media and how they interact with each other. I seek a meaningful, fast paced, trendsetting work environment with a long-term, empowering vision. 

Work experience

Feb 2015Present

Digital Producer

Springfield News-Leader (Gannett)|

Digital Producer, Responsible for managing the News-Leader website and social media accounts (Facebook- 40K Likes, Twitter-26K followers) during early morning shift, weekend shift and regular day shift. Duties included curating online presence to maximize connectivity with readers, devising ways to enhance content to boost traffic, sending out push alerts and breaking news and producing long form design for relevant articles. Copy edited content and participated in newsroom wide discussions on the betterment of the News-Leader brand and reach.

Jun 2012Dec 2014

Editor in Chief, The Mirror (Student Newspaper) 

The Mirror

Progressed from Campus News Editor and Managing Editor to lead a staff of 23+ students and being fully responsible for the production of a weekly newspaper and digital platform as Editor in Chief. Crated and implemented a social media plan to accompany the redesign of our site and printed version. Duties included copy editing and approving all outgoing content plus managing staff issues such as payroll and promotions.

Aug 2011Oct 2012

Online News Blogger

Drury University Marketing Department

Maintained a student life blog to serve international and prospective students. Interacted through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare following the university brand.

Education

20102014

International Political Studies and Multimedia Production & Journalism

Drury University

Graduated from Drury University, a liberal arts college, with dual degrees in the previously mentioned fields. Apart from succeeding in my academic studies, I was also involved with the following organizations during my time at Drury where I often held leadership roles: 

- International Student Association | President, Secretary and Alumni Representative

- Student Government Association | Senator and Vice President of Inclusion (2 terms)

- InterFraternity Council | Event Coordinator and Recruitment Chair

Skills

NewsGate
InDesign
Final Cut Pro X
English
Native Spanish speaker