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Work experience

Editor

Mi Barrio Latino Magazine

Edit all content for quality and accuracy including articles, clients’ advertisements and web content. Write articles of Hispanic interest, and cover local events including all photography for these events. Translate content from English to Spanish and vice-versa, ensuring clients‘ needs are met. Attend networking events to distribute and promote the magazine, helping it grow in popularity and reach and surpassing the competition in sales. Elevate the magazine from a Clearwater-based, Mexican-targeted magazine to a Tampa Bay-based, Latino-targeted magazine.

Jul 2010Present

Freelance Copy Editor

Demand Media Studios

Edit, rewrite and approve or reject content for informational websites such as eHow.com, Answerbag.com, and other similar sites to ensure style and quality are met. Provide feedback for contributors on how to rewrite their articles to ensure client specifications are satisfactory.

Aug 2010Oct 2010

Copywriter

Revolution Money

Create engaging and compelling copy for financial services company’s development website. Edit existing content including website copy and other written communications for grammar and accuracy. Test development website and mobile application for flaws and improvements in content, user experience and quality. Use content management system tool to populate development website and make any changes to ensure quality. Create a style guide for implementation in company communications for preserving consistency and accuracy.

May 2008Jun 2010

Copy Editor

Jacobs Technology

Edit content in both English and Spanish, and some Portuguese, for 6 regional Department of Defense magazines published for U.S. Northern Command, Southern Command, Central Command, African Command, European Command and Pacific Command. Ensure copy conforms to Associated Press, local and client-specific styles. Revise and rewrite translations, including translating copy in-house, ensuring the language meets the standards of the target audience. Evaluate translations for editorial approval or rejection. Create and update style guide for English and Spanish content. Write headlines and photo captions or rewrite existing headlines to engage readers. Work directly with the Art Department in editing and placing copy and evaluating target language. Revise designed layouts and flats, including photographs and artwork, for accuracy, quality and consistency. Serve as a liaison between nonfluent in English and nonfluent in Spanish editors, improving their content and communications with the client.

Apr 2007Apr 2008

Copywriter/Copy Editor/Marketing Coordinator

Teasdale Worldwide

Create effective campaign messaging and write supporting copy for print advertisements and collateral pieces such as brochures, flyers, tradeshow displays, etc. Write and edit copy for print and radio advertisements, collateral material and web content for clients and the company. Brainstorm and create campaigns for potential new clients, leading to the potential client eventually signing with the agency. Write press releases, execute marketing research, monitor SEO and ensure client work meets deadlines. Provide high-quality photography for company events, websites and for clients to satisfy their visual needs.

Aug 2006Jan 2007

Freelance Reporter

La Prensa Newspaper

Report and write articles about local issues, events and news of Hispanic interest and other newsworthy stories. Provide photography for every article submitted and published.

Education

Associates

St. Peteresburg College

Skills

Photographer
Translator
Copywriter
Copy Editor
Editor

References

Martha Durrance

Martha Durrance worked with Stephen Byrne for more than a year  as a copy editor for Jacobs Technology's Regional Magazine Initiative. Stephen and Martha collaborated on a daily basis to ensure articles were written and edited to the highest standard of quality and conformed to AP, local and client-specified styles.

Paul Durkin

Paul Durkin served as Task Lead during Jacobs Technology's Regional Magazine Initiative contract, now under Booz Allen Hamilton. During Stephen Byrne's two years at Jacobs, Paul worked and interacted directly with each and every RMI staff member, and was very instrumental as an advocate toward Jacobs awarding Stephen a substantial salary increase prior to the contract changing hands to Booz Allen Hamilton.

Miriam Cabral

Miriam Cabral served as Stephen Byrne's direct supervisor during his brief contract run as a copywriter at Revolution Money. Miriam and Stephen worked together on the creation of marketing copy and communications, on populating the company's developmental website, and collaborating on issues of quality assurance during the testing phases of the company's developmental website and mobile app.

Vanessa Vazquez

Vanessa Vazquez worked as a Photo Editor during Jacobs Technology's Regional Magazine Initiative. Vanessa worked with Stephen Byrne for two years, collaborating on the creation, editing and translation of photo captions in both English and Spanish for various Regional Magazine Initiative publications. Vanessa and Stephen have also been friends for more than four years.

Yadira Caro

Yadira Caro worked directly with Stephen Byrne for two years at Jacobs Technology while Jacobs held the Regional Magazine Initiative contract. Yadira was the Senior Editor for U.S. Southern Command's trilingual regional magazine Diálogo. She collaborated with Stephen on all issues related to editing copy and translations in both English and Spanish, as well as some Portuguese.Yadira and Stephen have also been friends for more than four years. She is currently a Regional Task Lead for U.S. Southern Command in Miami under the RMI contract currently held by Booz Allen Hamilton.

ACTFL Certificate

Copy Editor - Jacobs Technology

Copywriter - Teasdale Worldwide

Editor - Mi Barrio Latino

Freelance Reporter - La Prensa

Photography Samples

Objective

To continue advancing my career as a highly proficient and professional writer, editor and translator, providing superior quality content and communications to reputable companies, organizations and projects.

Certifications

ACTFL Advanced High Proficiency English

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Secret

DISCO