Manuel McDonnell Smith

Manuel McDonnell Smith

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

Public Information Manager

SEPTA

At SEPTA, I serve as a spokesperson for one of the nation's 4th largest transit agencies, liaising with local & national media contacts on breaking news, daily stories and large-scale press events. Since joining in 2013, I've taken a lead in planning and coordinating the agency's year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration and related events. Within the Public & Government Affairs team, I am the resident video production expert, shooting both events and features with DSLR cameras and editing within an FCPX workflow. My duties also include a focus on contributing to the Authority's Marketing, Social Media and Sustainability Efforts.

Sep 2012 - 2015

Video Editor/Producer

Daily Mail

Responsible to collating, coordinating, generating, and producing a high volume of US-Based video news content for Mail Online. Also provided on scene video package reporting, production and editing of several breaking stories including Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Sandy Hook School Shootings, Black Friday Shopping and Election 2012 Features.

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Web Managing Editor

DiversityInc

Served as lead news editor and writer for an online magazine that provides news, resources and commentary on the role of diversity in strengthening the corporate bottom line. Created a daily news & feature update system, edited original video interview features and planned special online coverage of breaking news events including the Death of Nelson Mandela. Assisted in executing a WordPress CMS Update and SEO optimization of the site. 

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Clip Desk Producer

CNBC

Worked on the Digital News Production team, responsible for delivering real-time video cuts, voiceovers, soundbites, opens, and package edits for day-of-air business news programming. Served as a "Super User" in the launch of the EDIUS Content Management System for the network.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2014

Executive Producer

Lique Productions

Worked as a writer, producer, and editor with an independent production company specializing in concept short films and advertising shorts aimed at an African-American Audience. Key accomplishments included serving as Executive Producer of "3 Women", a short film that was among the Jury Award Winners at the 2013 PhilaFilm & Urban Suburban Film Festivals.

Jan 2009 - Jul 2012

Senior Video Journalist

News Corporation

Led an international newsgathering team as Senior Video Journalist for NewsCore, the internal news wire service for the former joint multi platform properties of News Corporation, delivering real time and feature news content for web available for broadcast and web usage. In addition to managing staff, creating event coverage plans and executing corporate online business development goals, I also delivered complete self-shot, edited, and produced packages for air using DSLR newsgathering and desktop editing programs.

Education

Education
Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Fordham University

In progress

Video Productions

Skills

Skills

Line Producing

Since 2009, I've served as Live Event Line Producer for the National Association of Black Journalists, including the group's signature Hall of Fame and Salute to Excellence Events

Content Development

I've worked on news website content & creation, including www.pabjprism.com & parksidejournal.wordpress.com; where I serve as Editor-in-Chief, providing both stories and business strategy.

Social Media

I'm an early adopter and frequent user of Social Media with a combined personal audience of over 2,000 followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn and YouTube. I've also created a presentation on "Using Social Media for Social Good" that has been delivered many times to community groups large and small in the Philadelphia Metro Area.