PO Box 175, Kanawha, Iowa 50447,
SELECTED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
•Outstanding, seasoned writer with over 25 years of experience
•Have written in various formats including press releases, web articles, blogs, newspaper features and straight news, magazine features and straight news, brochures, bank newsletters, promotional letters, media guides and columns
•Writing topics have included business, telecommunications, lifestyle, education, fundraising, religion, sports, agricultural, health and politics
•Have served a variety of organizations including a bank, a telecommunications company, Internet companies, non-profit, daily/weekly newspapers, a magazine, universities and a newsletter company
•Participated in a web development class and learned XHTML and CSS
Freelance Writer, 2006 to Present,
Successfully implemented marketing plan to attract and develop relationships with parties interested in my writing services. Receive instructions and interpret client's vision for press releases, bios, promotional copy, copy editing, SEO articles, blog posts, newsletter articles and descriptive fundraising articles.
News Correspondent, Globe Gazette, 2001-2011,
Mason City, Iowa
Challenging position helped develop skills in pitching newsworthy stories, interviewing subjects and turning in clean copy on time for 18,000-circulation daily, 23,000-circulation Sunday newspaper. Two stories earned front page exposure.
News Correspondent, The Banner, 1997-2010,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pitched, interviewed and wrote stories for 102,000-circulation monthly magazine. Position challenged me to develop creativity to anticipate the information the public wants. Was responsible for submitting stories that resonated with the reading public enough to make the “news” section one of the most popular sections in the magazine.
Athletic Aid, Iowa State University, 1983-1985,
Copy writer for media guides and feature stories. Media liaison at football and basketball games. Position helped develop the skills required for being an effective team member. Key player in securing funding from athletic department for study examining the effectiveness of the publicity office’s service to the state’s media.
Women’s Sports Information Director, Northeast Louisiana University, 1980-1981,
Directed the daily sports publicity efforts using strong leadership skills and by supporting the efforts of subordinates. Number and appeal of women's brochures increased during this time. Took on responsibility of being media coordinator for large tennis tournament, along with home basketball media manager.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Master of Science
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa
Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Journalism and Physical Education