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Work experience

Oct. 2016Present

Content Producer/Copy Editor/Page Designer

The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Monitor and post to The Vindicator social media accounts.
  • Design and edit news pages on a daily basis.
  • Post stories, photographs, videos, interactives and related content to Vindy.com.
  • Ensure stories are error free, fair, accurate and balanced before signing off on print pages.
Aug. 2000Sept. 2016

Digital Specialist/Content Producer/Systems Editor /Copy Editor

StarNews/Gatehouse Media in Wilmington, N.C.
  • Monitored and posted to StarNews social media accounts.
  • Created and edited Web content.
  • Created Web features to increase user interactivity.
  • Managed all Web content for special sections. 
  • Team leader for transition to new Web site during two redesigns in Wilmington.
  • Manager for two print redesigns.
  • Copy desk chief for The Courier/Daily Comet in Louisiana. 
  • Managed all online breaking news content for big news stories such as hurricanes.
  • Documented and created job aids for front-end system and Web-editing interface.
  • Trained employees on newsroom front-end system and Web-editing interface.
  • Managed print page production.
  • Created digital interactive story layers such as timelines, quizzes and polls.
  • Sent email, text alerts for breaking news.
  • Worked with departments to plan web and print presentations.
  • Designed and edited all sections for print.

Other experience

  • Nov. 1998 - July 2000: Reporter at The Review in East Liverpool, Ohio.
  • March 1997 - Nov. 1998: Technical writer/trainer Belk Store Services in Charlotte, N.C.
  • March 1996 - March 1997: Contract technical writer.
  • May 1995 -  March 1996: Administrative assistant at Zapata Engineering in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sept. 1979 - March 1995: Optical lab technician at Central Optical/Optical One in Youngstown, Ohio.

Awards

  • first- place award from the North Carolina Press Association.  Link to e-edition - http://bit.ly/2kRrjzo.
  • a second-place award from the North Carolina Press Association. Shipwrecks of North Carolina - http://bit.ly/2kr6jPn.
  • Part of a team that won a ‘New York Times’ Chairman’s Award for coverage of the Riegelwood tornado.
  • Third place for feature writing from Ohio Association Press.

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Education

Sept. 1983March 1995

Bachelor of Arts in English

Youngstown State University

Continuing education

  • Poynter NewsU social media certificate
  • Numerous courses in journalism including headline writing, copy editing, website and newsroom workflow
  • Several management courses including conflict resolution, active listening and team building
  • Six Sigma Green Belt