To secure a technical writing position where I can apply my broad communication skills, scientific background, and software experience.
20 years of experience as a journalist, writer, and media consultantExcellent communication, research and fact-checking skillsWell versed in condensing and explaining complex concepts for non-professional audiencesCollaborative, resourceful team playerDemonstrated ability to produce high-quality deliverables on deadlineSkilled in online website and content-management systemsLifelong interest in science and technology
PROFICIENCIES AND SKILLS
Writing and editing: Excellent writing skills with experience developing and maintaining content for multiple platforms including magazines and newspapers, websites and blogs, social media, radio, and audio, supporting both internal and external communications initiatives. Wrote hundreds of articles, interviews, PR material, blog posts and other documents for a wide variety of publications and private clients. Public-relations consultant including media-relations strategy, website and Wikipedia profile management, press-release writing, and email newsletters.Project management: Demonstrated ability to strategize and execute multiple projects under deadline-critical conditions, meeting rapid project completion dates, Served as point person handling complex logistics of time-sensitive, deadline-driven projects. Supervised and trained team of assistants, freelance workers, and interns. Managed freelance budget.Research: Adept at using print and electronic resources for subject-matter research. Interviewed hundreds of subject-matter experts including business owners, scientists, artists, and ordinary citizens.Training and collaboration: Integral member of ground-floor launch team for multiple web-based startup companies. Developed training materials for new content-management software and provided hands-on teaching for users. Coached less experienced writers and other clients, editing documents to improve accuracy, clarity, concision, and readability.Quality and precision: Accomplished copyeditor and proofreader with strong grammar skills; familiar with AP and Chicago style.
General: MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Mac OS, Windows OS, Outlook, Visio, Gmail
Content Development: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Google Docs
Web Development: HTML, CSS, XML, Wordpress CMS
Database systems experience: SQL, JSON, GitHub, Google Firebase
Software experience: Python, Java, C++, Android mobile app development
Writer, editor and media consultant: Self-employed (1998-present)
Quality Assurance checker: Merrill-Brink International/United Language Group (2012-present)
City Editor/Manager: The Onion A.V. Club (2004-2010)
Associate editor: Rake Magazine (2002-2004)
Associate editor: CitySearch.com (1999-2002)
Associate editor: Microsoft Sidewalk Twin Cities (1997-1999)
Copy editor: Star Tribune (1994-1996)
B.A., English, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1996
A.A.S., Software Development, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 2016
Writing samples available upon request.