Professional experience in writing and editing, grammar and AP style. A background in journalism, public relations, search-engine optimization and technical writing allows a level of flexibility to match a variety of writing styles and situations. Key strengths include a good work ethic, strong foundation of technical and creative writing skills, ability to learn and adjust quickly and solid communication skills. Industry experience: Media, Internet, Photography, Manufacturing, Retail.
Skills * Writing and Editing * Search Engine Optimization * Interviewing/Interpersonal Communication * Web & Print Content Writing and Development * Technical Writing * Public and Media Relations * AP style and grammar proficiency * Journalism expertise * Creative Writing
Education MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO Bachelor of Science, May 2011 * Major: Mass Communications/Journalism / Graduated Summa Cum Laude / GPA 3.88 * Member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Golden Key International Honour Society * Received a Department of Mass Communications Certificate of Excellence * Named to the Dean's List seven times
Professional Experience PRECISION PRESS - North Mankato, MN Dec 2011-April 2012 Additional Writing Experience High quality printer and provider of post-it notes, as well as food and beverage labels. Part of the Taylor Corporation family of companies.
Selected Accomplishments: * Develop copy for the new company website (precisionpressinc.com) utilizing effective SEO and AP style writing techniques * Differentiate and communicate the company''s standing as a North American printing and packaging leader through the use of unique market-driven terminology related to in-mold, roll-to-roll and cut-and-stack consumer labels * Collaborate with team members to meet tight deadlines * Consult management to discuss content and make any revisions or improvements based on desired feedback
BAYARD ADVERTISING - St. Louis Park, MN May 2011-October 2011 Intern Full-Service marketing and communications agency with a focus on branding and media planning/buying.
Selected Accomplishments: * Helped produce copy to effectively market clients and their employment opportunities in publications such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as well as online job boards, to reach the clients target candidates * Researched heat map of RN''s in the Midwest, using resume databases such as JobTarget and Nurse.com, to build an effective media plan for the client Allina Hospitals and Clinics * Pitched a fresh media campaign for the client Polaris based on the company''s history, values and mission statement * Maintained a vast database while updating client contact information for University of Minnesota campuses statewide
PRECISION PRESS - North Mankato, MN
November 2010-May 2011 Intern
Selected Accomplishments: * Prepared audits for ISO-certification related to management systems in Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental Concerns (ISO 14001) and Food Safety (ISO 22000) * Created job specifications for department equipment such as large Muller and Sanden presses, as well as Polar and Berhalter cutting and conversion equipment * Produced technical manuals, spread sheets and flow charts using the Microsoft Office family of programs * Comfortable with communication at both management and production levels
THE FREE PRESS (MANKATO) AND "MANKATO" MAGAZINE
May 2010-December 2010 Freelance Writer/Reporter
Selected Accomplishments: * Covered concerts and entertainment events for local organizations such as the Mankato Symphony Orchestra * Profiled unique area citizens such as the conductor of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, a Gustavus Adolphus student who performs worldwide for Disney on Ice, and a nontraditional student who went back to attend South Central College after being out of school for over 30 years * Edited work for grammar, spelling and AP style
REPORTER (MSU Student Newspaper), Mankato, MN
Aug 2009-Sept 2010 Staff News Writer
Selected Accomplishments: * Wrote for the news department covering current events on campus such as blood and food drives, any new construction projects and the closure of The Hub -- a favorite campus coffeehouse * Profiled diverse topics such as clinical depression, the arrival of an advanced training dummy for the nursing program, and a story about the MSU men''s cross country and track and field coach
Software: MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Apple GarageBand
Web/Multimedia: Search Engine Optimization, Social Media