Journalism, Content & Communications

MANAGEMENT, EDITING, WRITING, ILLUSTRATION and RESEARCH

A comprehensive compilation of employment for print and online outlets.

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

A regional, twice-monthly newspaper with a 7,000 circulation, geared to the business leaders throughout the northern L.A. County area.
SENIOR REPORTER, -- 2007 to 2008:
◇ covered real estate, law, accounting, retail businesses, plus reporting and photography for additional content as needed;
◇ oversaw production, managed reporters and researcher position.
Given a bonus for management during editor's extended absence and instituted production protocols that streamlined processes saving time and reduced costs.

Variety

Then, a trio of trade publications with combined circulation of 70,000 that serve the international entertainment industry.
WRITER, Variety.com -- 2003 to 2004:
◇ created and produced Outside The Box weblog, all text and photographs;
◇ occasional book and concert reviews.
Innovative and original content at Variety.com/Outside_The_Box increased overall readership and attracted a wider audience to what was then otherwise subscription-only online content.
COPY EDITOR, Daily, Gotham and Weekly editions -- 1999 to 2004:
◇ designed pages and supervised pagination;
◇ proofread, made final page check and transmitted to press;
◇ photography research, retrieval and purchasing;
◇ copy edited and paginated.
Introduced streamlined photography research process used across the staff saving time on deadline. Maintained contact with remote press site and photo services.

Los Angeles Daily News

Once, a 200,000 circulation daily serving northern Los Angeles County.
DEPUTY PAGINATION CHIEF, features department -- 1996 to 1999
◇ designed and composed pages;
◇ designed and compiled content for monthly calendar page;
◇ trained paginators in production, style and design;
◇ produced graphics, logos and illustrations;
◇ wrote feature stories and music reviews;
◇ supervised production as needed.
Created unique calendar page showcasing community events, unheralded staff photography and urging month-long feature presence, which garnered consistent advertiser support.
NEWS DESK EDITOR, main news department -- 1989 to 1996:
◇ designed and paginated pages;
◇ edited local and wire stories, photographs and graphics;
◇ supervised page production [news desk digital composition and composing room pasteup].
Served as part of the team at the forefront of the newspaper's conversion from manual pasteup to electronic composition, which eventually streamlined production.

Thousand Oaks News Chronicle

The 35,000 circulation daily in suburban Los Angeles was absorbed into the Ventura County Star.
COPY EDITOR, features department -- 1987 to 1989:
◇ page design; produced graphics and illustrations; wrote weekly column;
◇ edited stories, photographs and graphics; wrote headlines; supervised page production.
Showcased and hired local features illustrators and coordinated themed weekly high school student participation pages.

Turlock Journal

At the time, the 10,000 circulation daily served 35,000 residents in California's Central Valley.
LIFESTYLE EDITOR -- 1985 to 1987:
◇ page design; produced graphics and illustrations; wrote headlines; edited stories, photographs and graphics; supervised pasteup production;
◇ responsible for hiring and promoting feature writers and artists.
Instituted new local news features and set-up seminars for community members to participate in gaining access and streamlined forms for calendar items and wedding announcements.
REPORTER -- 1984 to 1985:
◇ wrote feature and news stories; photography as needed.

Other content experience

BRAD SMITH FOR COUNCIL; web page content and design -- 2010 to 2011.
GEEKS WHO DRINK; contract writer of trivia questions -- 2007.
KAISER PERMANENTE; online services, contract writer -- 2004 to 2006.
IRRIGATION & GREEN INDUSTRY trade magazine and SOIL EROSION & HYDROSEEDING supplement; writer, feature stories and general content -- 2005 to 2006.
RESEDAWEB.COM; civic weblog publisher -- 2002 to 2007.
ISRAEL TODAY; proofreader and illustrator
SIMI VALLEY MIRROR; production manager, reporter and photographer

Publications-related honors

◇ L.A. Press Club; 2004 Southern California Journalism Awards, online commentary finalist for Outside The Box weblog.
◇ Journalism Association of Community Colleges; 2004 state conference, judge.
◇ California Newspapers Publishers Association; contest winner: feature sections, first and second places; feature writing, second place.