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EXPERIENCED COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Qualified for creating engaging, dynamic copy that strengthens connections and meeets organizational goals to increase public visibility. Twelve years experience reporting and editing on a variety of topics to convey complicated information to general audiences.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Reporting Editing Copywriting
Photography Research Content Management
Audience Analysis Donor Relations Media Relations
Public Speaking Social Media Multicultural Environments
Higher Education AV Industry Media AP Style

EXPERIENCE

Chief, Eden Prairie, MN5/2012 – present
Copywriter/Content Manager

  • Research and write company newsletters, catalog entries, brochures, ads, collateral material, flyers, eblasts, blogs, website related projects, press releases, videos, case studies, award submissions and reports on deadline
  • Monitor and contribute to social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other forums on behalf of the company: raised followers by 20 percent
  • Locate and develop opportunites for growth in company market presence

The Creative Group, Minneapolis, MN4/2012 – present
Copywriter

  • Edit and proofread copy for a weekly financial newsletter
  • Edit electronic communications and conference materials

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND1/2007 – 9/2011
Writer/Editor [Information Systems Professional]

  • Supervised workflow of alumni newsletters, program brochures, collateral material, website related projects, press releases and reports on deadline while collaborating with department leaders, external groups, and publications team members
  • Research, write and edit creative copy in AP style for a wide variety of publications directed at specific and general audiences in order to build relationships with diverse stakeholders, alumni and donors
  • Developed and applied strategic marketing concepts and manage projects while increasing scope of duties over time
  • Delivered consistent messaging in both print and web channels about organizational goals and successes
  • Represented University Relations on the Board of Student Publications

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN8/2004 – 5/2011
Adjunct English Instructor

  • Increased academic skills of large groups of students to meet and exceed university expectations
  • Invented successful curriculum to increase critical thinking and composition abilities, including courses in argument and persuasion
  • Taught a variety of rhetorical modes to improve student writing skills and fluency

The Daily Journal, Fergus Falls, MN 1/2002 – 12/2003
Reporter/Editor

  • Reported city and county government, agriculture and business news
  • Generated, wrote, shot photos and designed features on art, lifestyles, family and religion for the weekend section under tight deadlines
  • Formatted content for obituaries and opinion
  • Served as copyeditor

WRITING AWARDS

2010
Second Place: Feature Story National Federation of Press Women
Second Place: Profile National Federation of Press Women
First Place: Feature Story North Dakota Professional Communicators
First Place: Profile More than 500 Words North Dakota Professional Communicators
Second Place: Feature Story North Dakota Professional Communicators
Second Place: News Reporting North Dakota Professional Communicators
Honorable Mention: Writing for the Web North Dakota Professional Communicators

2009
Third Place: Feature Story National Federation of Press Women
First Place: Feature Story North Dakota Professional Communicators

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing2006
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
Granted Certificate in Publishing

Bachelor of Arts in Writing2001
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Summa Cum Laude

INTERESTS

Blogging, writing, video production, social networking, art, film, Twin Cities life