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Summary

 More than 14 years combined experience in writing, editing, technical writing, newspaper page design, Web content management and development and system troubleshooting     

Certifications

Six Sigma Green Belt

Work History

Sep 2008Sep 2008

Copy Desk Chief

The Courier/Daily Comet/New York Times
  • Project manager for MediaDesk implementation in Houma

           Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of four copy editors
  • Produce news pages
  • Troubleshoot newsroom front-end system
  • Troubleshoot online front-end system
  • Create and edit Web content
Aug 2000Sep 2008

Content Producer/Systems Editor and Copy Editor

Star-News/New York Times
  • Team leader for transition to new Web site during redesign in Wilmington
  • Six Sigma Green Belt certified
  • Integral player during newsroom restructure to an online-first environment. This included managing online production work flow.
  • Created a system-simulation computer-based training module for web-editing front-end system
  • Copy desk team leader for MediaDesk implementation
  • Part of a team that won a ‘New York Times’ Chairman’s Award for coverage of the Riegelwood tornado
  • Responsibilities
  • Created and edited Web content
  • Created Web features to increase user interactivity
  • Managed all Web content for special sections and tabs
  • 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
  • Trained newsroom editors on managing online sections
  • Trained sister paper newsroom on newsroom front-end system
  • Assisted sister paper for go-live with newsroom front-end system
  • Chose new newsroom archive system
  • Designed and edited all sections for print
Nov 1998Jul 2000

Staff Writer

The Review
  • Ohio Associated Press award winner
  • Covered all news, breaking and otherwise, in a geographical beat
Mar 1997Nov 1998

Trainer

Belk Store Services
  • Created help screens for Belk systems
  • Managed contractor
  • Trained store level trainers
Aug 1996Mar 1997

Instructional Designer

Handshaw and Associates
  • Part of a team that won Best in Show for computer-based training at Charlotte Technical Communication Association competition
  • Developed and debugged system-simulation computer-based training software
May 1995Mar 1996

Administrative Assistant

Zapata Engineering
  • Edited environmental assessment reports

Education

Sep 1983Mar 1995

Bachelor of Arts