RESUME

 
Summary of qualifications
  • Seasoned, well-rounded writer and editor with more than 15 years in media and publishing, including print and digital channels

  • Experienced at all levels of the editorial process, from planning to final proofreading

  • Flexible, collaborative team member, with a special interest in coaching developing writers

Skills
  • InDesign

  • WordPress

  • Workflow management systems including Kapost, JIRA and Basecamp

Professional media experience
Blue Corona, Charlotte, N.C.
November 2018-present
  • Copy editor: Copy edit digital assets for 300+ clients, primarily in the home services industry. Created and maintain house style guide. Coach team of copywriters in writing and editing best practice. 

Freelance writer and editor
​July 2010-present

 

Pace Communications, Greensboro, N.C.
August 2016-June 2018
  • Senior copy editor: Copy edit print and digital assets such as blog posts, magazines, social media content, marketing materials and annual reports for clients in the insurance, travel and technology industries. Create and maintain style guides for several accounts. Directly supervise two junior copy editors and manage an eight-person companywide copy editing team.

 
Columbia SC Moms Blog, Columbia, S.C.
​April 2014-December 2015

 

  • Contributing editor and writer: Developed and executed editorial plan for locally focused parenting blog; edited the work of eight to 10 writers; created graphics to accompany blog posts; and worked in WordPress to prepare posts for publication

Pace Communications, Greensboro, N.C. 
​March 2005-July 2010

 

  • Verizon Wireless team, consumer writer, February-July 2010: Produced brochures and sales collateral for Verizon Wireless stores; worked with art directors and account managers to meet client specifications and follow corporate brand guidelines

  • Inside Pace, team leader, May 2008-July 2010: Led team of 10 employees to produce monthly company newsletter; worked with company leadership to ensure newsletter adhered to corporate standards

  • Destination Publishing Group, associate editor, April 2006-February 2010: Planned and executed more than 20 editorial city-profile sections for United Hemispheres, Delta Sky, Southwest Spirit and US Airways magazines; led planning meetings of 10-20 city leaders to determine editorial priorities; wrote, edited and fact-checked copy; commissioned freelance writers; worked with art directors to select evocative images for sections; managed departmental intern program, including recruitment, training and supervision of at least one intern per semester

  • Wachovia Renaissance, managing editor, January-April 2006: Wrote, edited and managed copy flow for launch issue of magazine for wealth-management clients

  • Teradata Magazine, copy chief, March 2005-February 2006: Managed copy flow, edited and created style guide for data-warehousing company's business-to-business magazine

 

News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.
​September 1999-March 2005

 

  • Copy editor/page designer: Wrote headlines; edited for content, grammar and style; designed inside pages and section fronts

Professional Affiliations
Volunteer media experience
Junior League of Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.

 

  • Communications committee, June 2011-May 2013: Assistant editor (2012-13 League year) and writer/ editor/proofreader (2011-12 League year) for League magazine EverGreene. Wrote, edited and planned feature stories and gathered artwork

 
Toastmasters International, Greensboro Toastmasters Club #439, Greensboro, N.C.

 

  • Vice president, public relations, July 2006-June 2008: Managed club's Web site and public relations outreach, including publicity for club's 60th anniversary celebration in September 2007

Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
​June 1999

 

  • Bachelor's of science in journalism, with a second major in urban studies and significant coursework in sociology and gender studies

 

 
Education

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