Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry

Professional Organizations

  • Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • American Counseling Association Student Member
  • Louisiana Counseling Association Student Member

Awards

  • Society of Professional Journalists, Washington Blade news feature, 2007
  • Catholic Press Association, Clarion Herald feature article, 2005
  • Catholic Press Association, Clarion Herald feature article, 1997

Summary

Experienced professional seeks full-time employment that will utilize my written and interpersonal communication strengths. Skills include writing, editing, interviewing, Word, PowerPoint InDesign and PageMaker.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2007 - Jul 2009

Staff Writer

National Association of Counties
  • Researched and reported on issues of importance to county governments across the United States for the National Association of Counties. 
  • Developed feature articles aimed at making county government issues and programs easily understood by the general public and county officials. 
May 2006 - Oct 2007

News Reporter

Washington Blade
  •  Wrote three articles a week, juggling as many as 15 interviews via phone and email in order to produce articles by deadline. 
  • Eclectic professional writing background resulted in unprecedented access to interviews with ultra conservative religious and political leaders, as well as LGBT policy makers and national figures.
  • Specialized in writing articles about Virginia politics, theology, psychology, and transgender issues. Received a Society of Professional Journalists award for a feature on transgender individuals and religion. 
Nov 1994 - Sep 2005

Youth Editor

The Clarion Herald

  • Covered 24 Catholic high schools, writing and photographing hundreds of news and feature articles on youth, including two that won Catholic Press Association awards. 
  • Led the production of Youth Ink, an annual pullout section written by and for adolescents in the archdiocese that won several Catholic Press Association awards. 
Jan 1992 - Oct 1994

News Editor

The Monitor
  • Wrote general assignment articles and obituaries for weekly four-county Catholic newspaper
  • Promoted to news editor position after one year as staff writer.
  • Generated story ideas and assigned them to writers and photographers.

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Jan 2011

University of New Orleans

Graduate counseling courses in community mental health: counseling techniques, group work, crisis intervention, ethics, multicultural, human services (clinical diagnosis), practicum.

GPA: 3.8

Skills

Skills

Interviewing

Interviews have ranged from children to elderly, individuals to classrooms full of children, conservative religious and political leaders to free-thinking theologians. Returning to graduate school helped me to refine my interviewing and writing skills.

Writing