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writing profile


proofreading & editing  •  page layout & design •  headline & caption writing


objective: diligent and diplomatic professional seeking to leverage proven track record supporting design, writing (creative and journalistic), and management of award-winning publications in support of community weekly to mid-sized daily newspaper.


ø  expertise in lifestyle reporting, including health, leisure, home, food, and dining as well as travel, arts, and entertainment, with proven talent for quickly identifying and resolving copy errors to ensure clean, precise story presentations.

ø  excel in big-picture thinking while energizing reporter, graphic artist, copy editor, page designer, and news assistant teams, building consensus among disparate groups to yield award-winning results.

ø  skilled at operating within team and autonomous environments and open to advice and criticism to more strongly impact final product.

ø  reputation for strong work ethic, exceptional dedication to customers and employees, industry knowledge, approachability, and ability to finalize projects by focusing on priority tasks and tenacious commitment to results.



style guides

ap, mla, chicago, accurate?


microsoft office suite (word, excel, powerpoint, outlook, more here?


windows (9x/xp), mac os x


pcs, laptops, scanners, digital cameras, printers, fax machines, copiers



career accomplishments


ø  achieved three writing awards individually, including first place business writing from the society of professional journalists.

ø  second place, general excellence, jc penny/university missouri lifestyle awards, the new mexican.

ø  three-time first place, general excellence, jc penny/university of missouri lifestyle awards, the san bernardino county sun.

ø  first place, general excellence, university of missouri lifestyle award, 2002, the columbian.

ø  conceptualized and launched four new daily lifestyle sections in three months to establish the columbian s first full features section.

ø  successfully established new comics section and redesigned tv book for the columbian.



professional experience


the press-enterprise-riverside, ca                                                                                    2004 to 2008

food & dining editor / reporter (2007 to 2008)

  consistently generated weekly columns and centerpiece stories related to new trends and products in cooking and kitchenware, reader q/as, local area restaurants, up-and-coming chefs, amateur cooks, and holiday themes.

  organized weekly restaurant reviews in newspaper s award-winning entertainment magazine and supplemented materials by shooting and editing digital footage to accompany online publication.

  structured weekly print and web food section, including editing local and wire stories as well as selection of photos and graphics for inclusion.


features editor, lifestyle section (2004 to 2007)

  assumed full accountability for lifestyle section of 185k-circulation daily newspaper, including all daily features; weekly entertainment magazine; food, automotive, and special interest sections; and tv book.

  motivated team of 4 assistant features editors, 10 reporters, and 2 new assistants to perform at optimal levels and maintain open communications; conducted daily meetings and assigned all stories.

  collaborated with other feature section team leaders to address all print and web contributions and supplied online presence with additional video footage.

  executed all staffing and recruiting initiatives for freelance writers and served as liaison for all negotiations with national syndicates for print, graphics, photos, and comics.


the columbian-vancouver, wa                                                                                          1999 to 2004

features editor, lifestyle section

  steered departmental performance for lifestyle section of 55k-circulation newspaper consisting of daily features and food sections, weekly entertainment magazine, and tv book.

  attended key newsroom meetings and acted as features senior editor on all decisions while facilitating performance of one assistant editor, five reports, and one news assistant.


the san bernardino county sun-san bernardino, ca                                                           1993 to 1999

weekend magazine editor (1997 to 1999)

features copy editor (1994 to 1997 & 1991 to 1993)

education reporter (1993 to 1994)


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further experience as arts reporter, general assignment features reporter, bureau reporter, journalism instructor, features editor / copy editor, editor, and entertainment editor for various california and new mexico publications and institutions.



education & activities


california state university-san bernardino, ca

completed coursework toward bachelor of arts in theater, minor in english



former member, american association of sunday and feature editors




























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i am currently seeking a challenging career opportunity in a (insert actual title of target position) capacity and am submitting my resume for your review.  in advance, thank you for your time and consideration.


in addition to multiple-award-winning performance and a results-oriented work ethic, i also can offer:

  comprehensive understanding of lifestyle reporting, including health, leisure, home, food, and dining as well as travel, arts, and entertainment, with proven talent for quickly identifying and resolving copy errors to ensure clean, precise story presentations.

  expertise conceptualizing and generating thousands of stories for wide variety of publications ranging up to 185k circulation, including specialized web and media supplements.

  influential communication style that has proven invaluable to cultivating lucrative, long-term relationships with clients, coworkers, and vendors.

  talent for introduction of innovative, readership-changing additions to publications, including new section launches and specialized focus topics.  

  technical expertise in microsoft office suite (word, excel, powerpoint, outlook, access), windows and mac os x platforms, video cameras, and digital editing software.


as an employee, you will find me to be a driven team player committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through superior performance.  i am confident that i will be a valuable asset to your operations, and look forward to interviewing with you in the near future.


thank you for your consideration.









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