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sarahbarness.com 

Sarah is a professional editor and writer with four years of industry experience in the digital media space. She began as a freelance writer and blogger, then became an editor at The Huffington Post for the trends and digital innovation team in New York City. Currently, she is working in Los Angeles as a senior editor at A Plus, a positive journalism website founded by Ashton Kutcher. Aside from her professional pursuits, Sarah has several creative outlets, such as writing short stories, painting and playing the banjo.

Work experience

2014/10 - Present

Lifestyle Senior Editor

A Plus, New York City, New York

aplus.com

Direct editorial strategy and manage a team of staff writers and freelancers for Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle, Family, Relationship and Wellness verticals

Field pitches and curate aggregate, feature, breaking and trending/viral stories for those verticals

Spearhead series for each vertical, such as Fashion Rule Breakers, Model Behavior and Scope It Out

Maintain content partnership with organizations, such as Condé  Nast, AOL and Chicken Soup for the Soul

Edit, write, and package stories in innovative ways in CMS, with shareable SEO-friendly headlines, images, original interviews, GIFs and infographics

2013/072014/10

Trends Editor

The Huffington Post, New York City, New York

www.huffingtonpost.com

Fourth most viewed author site-wide in 2014. Stories received 122 million views on HuffPost and 56 million viral views in 2014

Teach “Viral Mining Best Practices” class for international editors, incoming fellows and teams across the United States                                                                    

Identify trends and write five viral stories daily

Develop strong relationships with editors across the newsroom, match their section's voice and understand section-specific audiences

Co-direct Digital Innovation team: interview and hire candidates, train, mentor and edit DI fellows, mediate between team members, delineate responsibilities, schedule shifts

Curate lists of viral content for HuffPost's main Twitter and Tumblr media platforms

2012/082013/06

Proposal Coordinator

THE CENTECH GROUP, Inc, Falls Church, Virginia

Responsible for overseeing and coordinating the preparation of proposals from solicitation to submission for potential government clients

Manage Task Order and small sized proposals, and assist proposal manager for major proposals. This includes managing the proposal process, creation of the proposal schedule, proposal outlines, compliance matrices, assignments/responsibility matrices, compliance matrixes and configuration management

In collaboration and coordination with managers assure that the appropriate Quality Assurance and Risk Management  sections are finalized to meet the requirements of the request for proposal (RFP)

2011/092012/08

Consultant/freelance Writer

Real Page Inc, San Francisco, California

Ghostwrite offbeat comical articles to inform college students about universities and off-campus apartment renting opportunities

Research campuses and cities to write about nightlife, popular restaurants and recreation

Get student testimonials about academics, sports, student life, and off-campus renting

2011/082011/12

Programming Intern

Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles, California 

Track and organize applicants’ films in the programming department

Answer inquiries regarding festival information and submissions

Work full-time in the Sundance Industry Office during the festival, scheduling industry members for screenings and answering questions

Education

20062010

B.A.

University of California-Berkeley

Rhetoric and Media Studies, GPA 3.6