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Writer & Editor

Hello Sharing America team,

I believe that Sharing America is an impressive news outlet whose inclusivity and goal of diversity I deeply admire. Since graduating with a journalism degree, it has been my goal to use my writing for subjects that I feel strongly and passionately about, and I believe this job could offer me that opportunity. 

As per the job listing, one story that I believe aligns with my definition of diversity would be coverage on St. Louis's unofficial Chinatown, or the incredible diverse community at the intersection of Olive Boulevard and 170. This community not only houses a large portion of St. Louis's Chinese population, but also reflects Jamaican, Ugandan, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese influences. Within the past year, University City officials have been in discussion with Novus Development to build a Costco-anchored development center in this area, possible displacing not only staple businesses and restaurants in this area, but could also displace the families that own and run these businesses. Another interested aspect of this story is the history of St. Louis's Chinese population already being displaced once, with the building of Busch Stadium. I think this is a history of the stadium that many people don't know about. 

For me, a very important part of diversity includes the narrative of LQBTQ+ individuals. A friend of mine recently shared their experience of trying to get hired as an openly transgendered and non-binary individual in the education field. Their story had a happy ending of being hired at a school where they are accepted and encouraged to share their identity with the children. I believe narrating not only the struggle of transgendered individuals entering fields like these, but also the success and insight that having these individuals in these fields can provide for the teaching environment, would be worth further exploration. 

I can be reached at 618-948-5541 or [email protected]

Thank you for your consideration,

Rachel McGlasson 

Summary

A creative and versatile writer fusing a background in journalism with a passion for creative writing to deliver quality, unique and customized material covering news, features, web content and more. Adaptability,  attention to detail and an ability to meet deadlines has led to quick professional advances within my current company and field. Seeking to use a passion for writing and storytelling to create unique, professional content for your company. 

Experience

Oct  2017Present

Regional Editor

Campbell Publications

Regional Editor for three weekly newspapers. Duties including creating content, proofing, editing and selecting articles for three publications; producing approximately six to ten articles per week, as well as assigning projects to editorial staff; overseeing editorial staff; making editorial decisions, such as content inclusion and layout design; and managing the publications' public relations with local communities. 

July 2017Oct 2017

Assistant Regional Editor

Campbell Publications

Assistant Regional Editor for three weekly newspapers. Duties include creating content, proofing, editing and selecting articles for three publications; generating articles for three publications; overseeing and directing editorial staff; and making editorial decisions, such content inclusion and layout design.

Oct  2016Present

Reporter

Campbell Publications

Main reporter for one local publication, the Calhoun News-Herald, producing four to five front-page articles per week, including at least two feature photographs for the publication. Supplementary reporter for one local publication, the Jersey County Journal, producing approximately three to five front-page articles per week, including at least one feature photograph for the publication.

Additional content includes articles designed to run in all company publications, to appeal to a wider audience. 

Article preparation includes generating content and article leads, conducting interviews, transcribing, writing and organizing the content.

Sept 2016Sept 2016

Sports Coordinator

Campbell Publications

Part-time position involving the oversight of approximately eight freelance team members for six publications covering six counties. Duties included assigning articles and sporting event coverage; proofing, editing and creating sports content; and making editorial decisions such as page layout, design and article inclusion for the sports pages of six publications. 

Aug 2016Sept 2016

Stringer

Campbell Publications

Freelance writer for local newspaper, the Jersey County Journal, producing approximately four 400 to 800 word articles per month, including accompanying photographs. Articles covered a variety of beats.  

Jan 2016May 2016

Broadcast Production

Truman Media Network

A course at Truman State University that worked in accordance with the Truman State Media Network to produce radio news announcements, weekly digital, VOS and television package productions and a studio television production. 

May 2015Aug 2015

Counselor

YMCA Camp Santa Maria, YMCA of Boulder Valley

Cabin counselor at a children's summer camp. 

Jan 2014May 2014

News Reporting and Writing

Truman Media Network

A course at Truman State University that worked in accordance with the Truman State Media Network to produce weekly news stories for The Index, the university newspaper. The course also included the upkeep of a professional blog and associated social media accounts in promotion of the blog, as well as copyediting of The Index. 

Jan 2014May 2014

Media Writing

Truman Media Network

A course at Truman State University that worked in accordance with the Truman State Media Network to provide editing experience for The Index, the university newspaper, and Detours Magazine, the university magazine. The course also included the production of newspaper, television, radio and online articles and scripts

Education

Aug 2012Aug 2016

Bachelor of Arts

Truman State University

Communication major (journalism concentration), English minor

Professional references

Robert Lyons

Previous Regional Editor

Campbell Publications

[email protected]

618-535-1573

 

Melissa Meske

Previous Regional Editor

Campbell Publications

[email protected]

618-946-3588

Shawn Moriarty

Director

YMCA Camp Santa Maria, YMCA of Boulder Valley

[email protected]

Awards

June 2018Present

Second Place - Government Beat Reporting

Illinois Press Association

Second place, Division C, Government Beat Reports for "Grafton City Council."

June 2018

First Place - Best Use of Photography

Southern Illinois Editorial Association

Active editor of the Jersey County Journal when awarded first place for Best Use of Photography. 

June, 2018

Second Place - Best Local News Coverage

Southern Illinois Editorial Association

Active editor and reporter of the Jersey County Journal when awarded  second place for Best Local News Coverage.

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