James Derousselle

James Derousselle

Summary

·Creating and maintaining relationship with relevant media organizations

·Strategicplanning and logistical management of major events for clients

·Researching and evaluation of organizations to facilitate necessary client engagements

·Strategicmanagement of client brand reputation and brand recognition

·Effective and strategic management of client resource

·Manage the communication between client or organizationand its relevant publics

Objective

To obtain an entry level public relations position with a small to mid-sized public relations firm preferably working in social media, consumer products, multicultural marketing or business-to-business marketing

Education

Education
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Journalism

University of Memphis

Work History

Work History

College Program Intern

Walt Disney World

·Assisted in writing at editing copy for departmental newsletters and brochures

·Created material used for employee communications

·Responsible for escorting high-profile and VIP guests through park

Intern

Obsidian PR

·Wrote copy for various publications in an effort to serve clients

·Built and maintained relationships with national, regional and state reporters

·Assisted in writing extensive strategic plans for clients

·Supported events and special initiatives as assigned including from senior staff

Apr 2010 - Oct 2010

Communications Assistant/ Intern

CentroNia

·Created, drafted and edited various communications materials (i.e. newsletters, flyers and press releases)

·Educated, created and implementedstrategic communications plans having an effect across the organization

·Responsible for online and social media reputation management for the organization

·Drafted and development content for organizational Web site, blogs and social media networks 

Apr 2008 - Sep 2008

College Intern

Walt Disney World

·Worked with Animal Kingdom Park Communications department specializing in Special Events

·Assisted in planning and implementing association media events

·Coordinated the budget daily for the communications department

·Worked with other cast members to create “Magical Moments” for selected guests

Oct 2006 - May 2007

Managing Director/ Co-Founder

Blue & Gray PR (Student Run Firm)

·Maintained media contacts via VOCUS database

·Directed a staff of 15 public relations, advertising and marketing students

·Responsible for securing clients for the firm

·Assisted finance manager with reporting and budget allocations each month

Jan 2006 - May 2007

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Daily Helmsman

·Designed content for print and online editions of a daily student newspaper

·Wrote and edited stories for Arts and Entertainment and general news sections

·Mentored junior staff writers to improve interviewing and writing skill

Aug 2006 - Dec 2006

Fundraising

University of Memphis

·Managed a staff of 10 persons

·Wrote and updated student phone scripts to call alumni

·Secured over $35,000 in donations for various university departments

Aug 2005 - May 2005

Intern

University of Memphis Athletic Marketing

·Assisted with in game promotion and entertainment

·Contacted local and national vendors to secure donations for giveaways

·Responded to inquiries and requests from the media for interviews with staff and players

Skills

Skills

Media Relations

Drafting, writing and editing

Social Media

Adobe CS4