Editorial Page Editor Resume Example

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Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Career journalist/advocate. Ten years writing forceful, reasoned opinions on issues of importance to the Cape Fear region, with a goal of encouraging public debate and spurring action where change was needed.  
  • Excel in communication skills, organization, finding answers, solving problems, meeting deadlines, getting the job done.
  • Customer service, responsiveness
  • Experience in leadership, recruiting, mentoring
  •  Strong ethics
  • Social media savvy
  • Versatile, adaptable
Experience and Accomplishments
Editorial Page Editor, 02/2008 to 02/2015
Durango HeraldDurango, CO,
  • Reorganized editorial page process and oversaw page redesign after taking over a former two-person department that had been reduced to one.
  • Provided strong commentary on local and state issues seven days a week with a goal of driving community conversation leading to change, bringing attention to problems and pushing for solutions. Worked with publisher to shape the editorial board's opinion. Examples of impact as a result of combined news coverage and editorial commentary by the StarNews include action to change oversight and compensation in the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control system and public outcry over mismanagement of the local Head Start program by a community agency that eventually had its contract to run the program canceled by the federal government.
  • Day-to-day management duties also included selecting and editing letters and columns, choosing political cartoons and some layout work on two-page daily section.
  • Worked closely with IT departments to create a user-friendly system for submitting letters to the editor online.
  • Handled all customer inquiries regarding the editorial pages and resolved complaints.
  • Occasional public speaking engagements before groups interested in learning more about the editorial pages and the StarNews.
  • Served as deputy editorial page editor, 2005-06.
Deputy/Assistant City Editor, 2000 to 05/2005
TegnaNew Orleans, LA,
  • Supervised reporters on daily and long-range stories, ensuring accuracy, clarity and impact of news stories; assisted city editor in putting together the daily and weekly story budgets and in planning.
  • As the City Desk's training coordinator, improved learning opportunities for reporters by seeking out affordable -- and when possible, local -- resources for professional development.
  • Served for a year on the N.C.Press Association's professional development committee, including organization of a day of workshops on various journalism topics.
  • As primary recruiting coordinator for the newsroom, initiated efforts to re-establish ties with university journalism programs, establish new ties -- especially with historically black colleges and universities -- and to track promising candidates.
  • As primary mentor of student journalists, developed a week-by-week model plan for interns and an evaluation tool to gauge their progress.
Reporter, 09/1990 to 2000
Earthjustice Legal Defense FundSan Francisco, CA,
  • Researched and reported on issues of importance to the Cape Fear region and North Carolina, with a focus on holding public officials accountable to the taxpayers they represent.
  • Investigated tips, analyzed documents and conducted in-depth interviews to ensure impact and accuracy of stories.
  • Became the newsroom expert on several topics, including education, health care financing and local government coverage. Also invoked the state's public records and open meetings laws on numerous occasions to prevent  officials from keeping information from the public.
  • Investigated controversies and scandals during two stints at the Star-News, including a continuing education scheme that bilked about $1.3 million from Cape Fear Community College.    *Also worked at the StarNews from February 1986 to October 1989.
Press secretary, 09/1989 to 06/1990
U.S. Rep. Louise SlaughterCity, STATE,
  • Wrote press releases and handled all media coverage.
  • Wrote speeches and talking points, requiring firm grasp of key issues and the congresswoman's speaking style.
  • Arranged media interviews.
Bureau chief/business reporter, 06/1990 to 11/2015
Fort Pierce TribuneCity, STATE,
Supervised four-person bureau, did business writing and special projects.
Bachelor of Arts: Print Communications, Expected in 1982
University of Toledo - Toledo, Ohio
  • Major in print communications, concentration in humanities. Editor of college newspaper senior year and worked as a summer news clerk for The Blade, a metro daily covering the Toledo area.
  • Also attended the State University of New York at Potsdam (1977-78) and UNC-Charlotte (1985), completing a course at the latter institution in policy analysis in the master's degree program in public administration.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in leadership, recruiting, mentoring
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and general social media skills. Quick learner
  • General knowledge of Adobe InDesign and other publishing software.
  • Familiar with governmental and nonprofit networks in the Cape Fear region; numerous contacts

Additional Information
  • Service: As part of the Leadership Wilmington program, 2006, established what is now Work on Wilmington, a day of service that attracts more than 2,000 volunteers annually. Served as chair of the public relations committee for that inaugural event. Also served on Greater Wilmington Chamber Education Foundation Board, 2007. Participated in other community events, including Cape Fear Literacy Spelling Bee, various walks for charity.
  • Specialized training: Successfully completed 18-month New York Times Regional Media Group Leadership and Management Development program. Also, multimedia training seminar at the Knight Center for Digital Media at the University of California at Berkeley; national workshops on health care financing and politics.
  • N.C. Press Association award for editorial writing: first place, 2007; third place, 2009.
  • NCPA Public Service Award (team award), third place, 2011 and 2012.
  • First place, editorial writing, Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspapers of America), 2011 and 2012.
  • Other awards include Southern Journalism Award for a collaborative effort of several North Carolina newspapers, a Florida Press Association award and assorted New York Times Co. awards for excellence in reporting and editorials.

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  • Editorial Page Editor
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  • Press secretary
  • Bureau chief/business reporter
  • Bachelor of Arts