Ellen Kirkland

Freelance Journalistic Writer & Editor

Location:St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Phone: 727-320-7425
Website: http://progressivemessengernews.wordpress.com
2 Skills
Objective: To find a writing position that will fully utilize my wide-ranging writing and journalism experience which includes recent, extensive coverage of the election cycle in St. Petersburg, SEO, ad copy and web content development. My ideal position will value top-notch oral and writing skills, creativity and the ability to show rather than tell.
Professional Freelance Writer, Editor and Journalist/photojournalist: 08/1996 – on-going: Recent publications include – 2013 Award of Excellence Winner: Power Broker Magazine and its subsidiary publications: Southside Voter’s Guide and The Grape Vine: International Street Photographer, The Weekly Challenger and editor of the recently published book, Incredible Edibles – as well as web content development for a cosmetic surgery center, mobile boat repair business and financial services professional.
VET (Volunteer Editor’s Team): MoveOn.Org., New York, NY, 10/2011 - 01/2012. Identified relevant, progressive Internet content, obtained permissions for use and edited them for inclusion in the Daily Share for publication to the MoveOn.Org web site.
Title 1 Reading Specialist: Pinellas County Schools Largo, FL, 8 /2004 - 05/2006.
One on one and group instruction in remedial reading and the on-going monitoring of academic achievement for special needs students. School wide SEA Team representative that included the training of other Title 1 teachers at my school in innovations and current trends in teaching remedial reading. Prior experience in the classroom includes; 8th Grade Social Studies and Substitute Teacher.

Principal - Bayside Bicycles, Inc. - 11/1990 - 04/2001, St. Petersburg, FL. Retail manager.

Consulting Trainer and Private Riding Instructor - 05/1977 to on-going: Experienced barn manager, training program manager and trainer at various riding facilities in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties – including Back in the Saddle, Paradise, Sky View Farm and Bare Back Ranch.
Education and Training:
1997: USFSP, Journalism, Master's Program
08/1996: BA, USF, Women's Studies, Minors in Creative Writing & Literature
Honors & Activities: Successful Multi-million Dollar Grant Apps for HUD Sect. 202 Housing for the Disabled and Elderly. Member, The Poynter Institute. Life Member, USF-SP Alumni Assoc. Past member, Florida Writers Assoc. FormerStaff Writer, The Crow's Nest, 1996 to 1997. Upper Division Honors, USF, 1995 & 1996. National Arts & Sciences Honor Society, Member. Everywoman's Center, USF, Chair/Director, 1994 to 1996. Woman of the Year, Women’s' Energy Bank, 1994. Co-chair, Campus Women's Collective, USFSP, 1996. City of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Planning Committee, 1988 to 1990. Participated in the Bureau of Land Management Wild Mustang Program in the late 1970’s and early 80’.
Skills (2) Rating
Journalistic Writing