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Jessica Claire
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Seasoned, award-winning editor approaching three decades in the news business — most recently having spent nearly 20 years at the same newspaper. Specializes in powerful editorial writing, being artfully-persuasive, meeting tight deadlines, working collaboratively, cultivating deep contact list with varied and reliable sources and increasing public engagement. Results-oriented journalist who has worked in radio news, TV news and print news and revels in it all — the technical as well as the editorial side of the business. Highly-effective team leader with exceptional organizational skills adept at generating meticulously detailed, entertaining and engaging content in relevant topics for all audiences. Known for working across the aisle with leaders of all political persuasions and with people of all ilks, and for ability to broker peaceful talks among those initially unwilling to speak with the media.

Professional Experience
Newspaper Editor, 07/2003 to 09/2022
The Millerton NewsCity, STATE,
  • Oversaw all facets of staffing, including hiring, training and daily supervision of salaried and freelance staff. Managed and collaborated with reporters, photographers, team members, columnists and community volunteers.
  • Kept up-to-the-minute on breaking news; posted updates on paper's website and on social media as needed.
  • Conducted open and confidential interviews with story sources for a wide range of news and human interest articles. Researched data in depth for articles and editorials.
  • Developed relationships with government agencies, business and community leaders, nonprofits and local citizens to stay on top of breaking news; established vast and varied contact list.
  • Vetted, confirmed and formatted all letters to the editor; solicited editorial/visual content from community contributors; encouraged potential advertisers; reached out to new audiences.
  • Ran weekly editorial meetings; set weekly editorial schedule; planned storyboards; pitched and assigned stories; provided constructive feedback and motivated staff. Personally reported on and wrote articles and editorial each week.
  • Edited news pieces, from hard news and briefs to long-form feature articles; proofread all copy to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation and syntax; formatted all copy into AP style; copy edited. Was responsible for quality control of newspaper's content — in print and online.
  • Planned, managed and produced special projects.
  • Shot, adjusted, cropped and archived photos.
  • Helped plan, oversee and execute layout design; worked closely with production team in Adobe InDesign to complete weekly publication.
  • Appeared at public functions, in person and virtually, to speak about newspaper and its mission.
Newspaper Reporter, 03/2003 to 07/2003
The Millerton NewsCity, STATE,
  • Reported on and photographed local breaking news on a wide range of issues. Covered everything from municipal and school board meetings to local crime, infrastructure and economic development to the nonprofit, education and business sectors.
Television News Reporter, 12/1995 to 01/1997
  • Was a one-man band covering multiple counties in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley. Shot video, reported on camera, edited video and created news packages for the 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Regional News Network channel, Monday through Friday, to deliver local residents their evening news. Covered everything from breaking news to lifestyle events and dealt with public and private organizations throughout the region. Reviewed and rewrote press releases and made daily rounds of calls to myriad sources.
Freelance Videographer, Reporter, 07/1997 to 06/2003
Self-employedCity, STATE,
  • Worked independently in the Hudson Valley region shooting professional video for an assortment of clients and assignments, ranging from news to celebrations and various occasions for individuals and businesses. Was also contracted by local news outlets and other videography companies for freelance work to both shoot and edit video. Periodically reported on camera for local cable news stations.
Bachelor of Science: Journalism, Cum Laude, Expected in 06/1996 to Emerson College - Boston, MA
Professional Awards
  • New York Press Association (NYPA), Best Editorial, 1st Place, 2010
  • NYPA, Best News Story, 3rd Place, 2007
  • NYPA, Best In-Depth Reporting, Jessica Claire and Patrick Boise, 3rd Place, 2007
  • NYPA, Best Editorial, 1st Place, 2007
  • NYPA, Best News Story, 2nd Place, 2007
  • NYPA, Best In-Depth Reporting, 2nd Place, 2006

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School Attended

  • Emerson College

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  • Newspaper Reporter
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