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About Me

Experienced writer/editor, community engagement and content manager in nonprofit, education, arts, startups and digital publishing industries.

Currently seeking new opportunities in the fields of arts, science, technology, business, nonprofits, higher education, publishing, digital collections, photography, research and writing.

Work experience

Aug 2006Mar 2013

Content Manager/Project Manager

Cornell University

Served as the Information Science project manager and managing editor for two large digital web resources at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Worked with web developers, designers, communications/marketing and scientists for ongoing development of both sites. Assessed needs and set development priorities. Sourced and acquired new content of all types, as well as recruited and managed authors, photographers and other content providers. Collaborated with editors to create and implement a managed workflow for new content. Wrote, edited and pushed new content to sites following a publication calendar that I created. Created documentation, trained staff and managed workflow of project teams. Managed institutional as well as individual subscriptions, licenses and renewals.

  • Provided site recommendations and user requirements for new platform/site development, which in addition to my refining production work flow, yielded a 300% increase in amount of new online content that is published regularly and available to users. This in turn led to a 97% renewal rate of institutional subscriptions through all years of the economic recession and an overall increase in new subscribers.
  • Created and implemented social media strategies for Neotropical Birds Online, including a Flickr group (which provides tens of thousands of rights-free images to use on the site), a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. These communities have enormously increased visibility and audience engagement for this new and relatively obscure project. This exposure has dramatically increased the rate of new author recruitments and other important content contributions to the site.
  • Neotropical Birds Online was conceived as a wiki-like scholarly site, and launched with virtually no content. As project manager, I cold-contacted and subsequently developed relationships with academics that were teaching ornithology courses with the quickly realized goal of acquiring scholarly content from their students, field researchers and colleagues. From a site that had only templates in place at its launch, it now has information on all 4000+ species in the Neotropics, and has weekly content updates of full species account publications.
  • Beginning in the fall of 2009, sourced and acquired rights-free access to the image repositories of hundreds of photographers, creating an image database of over 200,000 photographs. Continued to manage photographer relationships and usage/rights permissions.
Jan 2010Nov 2010


Jen Bekman Projects | 20x200 | Hey, Hot Shot!

Researcher, Writer

Proposed writing topics; authored engaging, original content with quick turnaround times; interviewed photographers, editors, publishers; contributed to and maintained social media streams for content updates including Facebook pages, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr.

May 2005Aug 2006

Digital Resources Coordinator

Cornell University

Created and implemented a content management structure for vendor-based CMS; populated database with 25,000 images; collaborated with programmers, third-party vendors and analysts to streamline and troubleshoot CMS; provided customer service and technical support.


Aug 2000May 2002


Columbia College of Art

Major: Photography

Aug 1993Dec 1998


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Cum Laude. Honors Program. Brock Scholar.

Major: Humanities. Minor: Art History.


Content Development + Content Management + Content Strategy
Writing + Editing
Project Management
Drupal, Liferay, Plone, NetXposure, Moveable Type, Wordpress
Social Media Strategies/Community Engagement
Web Analytics and Reporting
Adobe CS
Site Management

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