Military Affairs And General Assignment News Reporter Resume Example

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Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Professional Profile

Experienced, versatile journalist with strong deadline news skills. Excellent writer and thorough, sensitive interviewer. Resourceful; gathers material quickly from a wide range of sources and synthesizes it into clear, clean, engaging copy. Specializes in front-page daily and weekend pieces that place current events in broader context.Takes seriously the sacred trust of storytelling. Looking for a challenging role as a writer or content producer that takes advantage of more than 30 years of daily journalism.

Military Affairs and General Assignment News Reporter, 03/2007 to Current
Gannett Co. Inc.Buffalo, NY,

Responsible for identifying and producing two to three breaking news and news-feature stories a week for North Carolina's capital-city newspaper. Beats include Wake County government, military and veterans affairs. As a general assignment reporter, must be quick and flexible to respond to the day's events.

Sunday Journal Writer, 06/2004 to 03/2007
News & ObserverCity, STATE,

Primary creator of lead story in Sunday features section, each story a deeply reported, magazine-length piece exploring a current issue, trend or personal journey.

Roving State Desk Reporter, 02/1999 to 06/2004
News & ObserverCity, STATE,

Responsible for finding and producing two to three stories per week from around the state, traveling from Murphy to Manteo to report on what happened in North Carolina beyond the Triangle. Required quick evaluation of a situation, ability to identify important players, gain access and produce on deadline.

State Desk Reporter/Editor, 07/1995 to 02/1999
News & ObserverCity, STATE,

Split time between covering events across the state and assigning and editing stories for two other state desk reporters. Required flexibility, management and organizational skills, close communication with my reporters and with other editors.

Roving State Desk Reporter, 1987 to 07/1994
News & ObserverCity, STATE,

Responsible for finding and producing two to three front-page-quality breaking news and news-feature stories per week from across North Carolina. Required an awareness of current events around the state, flexibility, self-motivation, an ability to drop into unfamiliar places and find relevant sources and information. Covered natural disasters, violent crime, criminal trials and sporting events, changes in N.C. industries and agriculture.

State Desk Reporter, 02/1985 to 11/1986
The Tampa TribuneCity, STATE,

Covered west-central Florida events, trends and local government affairs. Self-starting position in a bureau in Crystal River, 90 miles from the main newsroom. Required being able to spot news and feature stories with both local interest and broader appeal to readers from a wide readership area.

Features reporter, 1984 to 02/1985
The SentinelCity, STATE,

Wrote features for mid-sized afternoon daily on a wide range of topics, from the light-hearted to the heart-wrenching.

Features Writer, 07/1983 to 1984
The Fayetteville ObserverCity, STATE,

Covered events and trends for mid-sized daily afternoon newspaper in a city with a large, transient military population as well as long-term, settled residents who are invested in the community, its schools, arts and other institutions.

Summer Features Writer and year-round Obituary Writer, 04/1980 to 07/1983
The Greensboro Daily NewsCity, STATE,

As a summer intern at this large daily newspaper, developed a skill for turning throw-away assignments into larger stories with more universal appeal. During college academic years, worked weekends on busy obit desk, learning the importance of accuracy and speed.

Master of Arts: Journalism, Expected in 1995
Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Earned a master's degree while attending OSU on a 12-month Kiplinger Fellowship for Mid-Career Journalists, with 30-hour-a-week undergraduate teaching requirement.

Bachelor of Arts: Journalism, Economics, Expected in 1983
UNC - Chapel Hill, NC

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  • Ohio State University
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  • Military Affairs and General Assignment News Reporter
  • Sunday Journal Writer
  • Roving State Desk Reporter
  • State Desk Reporter/Editor
  • Roving State Desk Reporter
  • State Desk Reporter
  • Features reporter
  • Features Writer
  • Summer Features Writer and year-round Obituary Writer
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

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