I am a Mexico-based freelance writer and editor who counsels and assists clients with strategically transforming potentially confusing content into clear, engaging, accurate key messages to reach various target audiences. I edit fiction and non-fiction works, including biographies, theses, magazines, speeches, publicity materials and other concurrent large- and small-scale projects on deadline. I use my master’s degree in teaching to design and lead university-level communication courses that yield high-scoring evaluations and attendance rates above 95%.
—Internal and External Communication
—Public Speaking and Speechwriting
—Media and Community Relations
—Program and Project Management
—Training and Development
—Publication Writing and Editing
—Synthesized scholarly research about media effects, specifically parasocial interaction theory and cultivation theory
—Created, implemented and led strategic internal and external communications plans connecting cross-functional teams establishing citywide youth publication website.
—Increased awareness of year-round, corporate-sponsored Community Affairs initiative and its special events as the primary contact and program director.
—Strengthened a large news outlet’s relationship with corporate automotive sponsor and other stakeholders as spokesperson for a citywide youth publication.
—Leveraged previous successes to garner annual support of senior managers to subsidize a summer apprenticeship program with regular pay increases for these temporary hires.
—Elected by nearly 800 members of the local chapter of an international service organization to produce its quarterly newsletter, social media strategy and web content; earned the presidential appointment to co-chair a public relations team of high-ranking media management professionals during the umbrella organization’s 100th year of service.
EDITING AND WRITING EXPERIENCE
iEditNRed – Southfield, Michigan
Editor/Ghostwriter, February 2013 – Present
—Counsel and assist clients with strategically transforming potentially confusing content into clear, engaging, accurate key messages to reach various target audiences.
—Edit fiction and non-fiction works, including biographies, theses, magazines, speeches, publicity materials and other concurrent large- and small-scale projects on deadline.
Detroit Free Press – Detroit, Michigan
H.S. Journalism Program Director/Copy Editor/Reporter, October 2006 – December 2012
—Led cross-functional teams of professionals and students assembled to increase online presence of citywide youth publication with corporate automotive sponsorship.
—Controlled annual budget as large as $100K for Detroit’s largest journalism program of its kind and expanded its impact to award students nearly $200K in scholarships.
—Administered all internal and external communication, including resolving crisis-based issues, as part of journalism program’s daily operations.
—Garnered annual support of managers to subsidize apprenticeship program (with biennial pay increases) and secured extensive buy-in from employees to mentor students.
—Wrote scripts for special events and annual awards banquet for audiences of media professionals, corporate sponsors, city officials, educators, parents and students.
—Independently represented senior news managers at recruiting events.
—Sole editor for freelance team writing for niche publication.
—Researched and wrote weekly articles about consumer interest issues and relationships.
Akron Beacon Journal – Akron, Ohio
Copy Editor, September 2005 – September 2006
—Wrote headlines and edited news stories for all sections of the publication.
—Monitored news wires, selected and rewrote late-breaking international and national news.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Atlanta, Georgia
Copy Editor, June 2005 – August 2005
—Edited feature articles as the student selected in an international competition to intern at this major daily.
—Worked as copy editor for national journalism convention.
The Virginian-Pilot – Norfolk, Virginia
Copy Editor, September 2004 – April 2005
—Edited local and world news stories.
—Part of three-person team editing breaking news coverage of the early morning death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Detroit Free Press – Detroit, Michigan
Copy Editor, May 2004 – August 2004
—Designed pages and edited feature articles as the student selected in a national competition by the Dow Jones News Fund to intern at this major daily.
Daily Press – Newport News, Virginia
Copy Editor, September 2003 – May 2004
—Handled high-volume workload that included breaking news stories.
—Spent first few weeks on the job editing copy about the arrival and aftermath of the costliest, deadliest hurricane of the year.
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire – Washington, D.C.
Copy Editor, June 2003 – August 2003
—Wrote news stories and feature articles that were picked up nationally and internationally, including one that led to an apology from Hallmark to the creators of Sisters’ Day after the greeting card company misdated the holiday on its cards.
—Articles from that summer are available at bit.ly/1UwJgeu.
Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
Adjunct Instructor, August 2014 – Present
—Design and lead news-editing course for students learning Associated Press news style guidelines and how to edit copy for news value, content, organization, ethics, grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as how to package stories using various media channels.
Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan
Adjunct Instructor, January 2012 – December 2012
—Planned and implemented lessons designed for students in the Department of Communication’s foundational journalistic grammar and style course about how to distinguish standard written English grammar from news style and register rules
—Taught comprehensive news-reporting course for highly diverse groups learning news judgment and interviewing skills
—NABJ Monitor Postmortem (August 2017), “How We Killed It—In the Worst Way”
—Twitter Chat (July 2016), “NextStopCollege,” organizer and moderator
—Fox 2 Morning News (May 2016), “Internships: Get Them. Rock Them”
—Twitter Chat (April 2016), “BreakN2Freelance,” organizer and moderator
—Racquet Up Detroit (February 2016), Interviewing Skills Workshop, guest speaker
—Twitter Chat (January 2016), “#WarriorsWriteWell,” organizer and moderator
—Twitter Chat (November 2015), “#Prep4PR,” organizer and moderator
—Twitter Chat (March 2015), “#SelfBrandNow,” organizer and moderator
—Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice (January 2015), guest speaker
—Twitter Chat (November 2014), “#RealDealPR,” organizer and moderator
—Wayne State University (April 2014), “Grammar, Style and Social Media,” guest speaker via Skype
—Wayne State University (February 2013), “Social Media Savvy,” guest speaker via Skype
—Michigan State University (April 2012), “Using Social Media in Reporting,” guest speaker
—Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Fall Conference (October 2012), “(Only) Grammar Geeks Allowed,” guest speaker
—University of Michigan (March 2012), “Black Women in the Media Conference,” guest speaker
—Ford Motor Co./Detroit Free Press Journalism Achievement Awards, keynote speaker (2006)
—Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop, facilitator and keynote speaker (2002, 2003, 2004)
PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND INVOLVEMENT
—National Association of Black Journalists, member (2001-Present)
—Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Detroit Alumnae Chapter (elected officer, 2011-2013; appointed position, 2010-2015)
—Shreveport Regional Arts Council Fellowship Awards, juror (2013)
—Dow Jones High School Journalism Workshop (Wayne State University), co-director (2010-2012)
—Asian American Journalists Association Student Multimedia Project, mentor (2011)
—National Association of Black Journalists Student Multimedia Project, mentor (2007)
—City of Detroit Spirit of Diversity Award (2012)
—Detroit Free Press Above and Beyond Award (2009)
—Michigan Interscholastic Press Association John V. Field Award (2009)
—$24,000 Ford Motor Co. Journalism Achievement Award (2001)
English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
University of Michigan-Dearborn – Dearborn, MI
Master of Arts in Teaching
Michigan Initial Secondary Education Certification in English and speech
Hampton University – Hampton, VA
Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism