Chidinma Okparanta

Freelance Proofreader & Editor

Location:Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Work Experience
July 2013–Present
Commuications Editor (Contractor)
The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
—Format and proofread fliers, presentations, and other documents
—Edit photos
—Ensure that multimedia files are 508 compliant
—Edit audio and video files for podcasts
—Draft reply e-mails to public inquiries
—Answer phones and route callers to appropriate departments
—Maintain subscription lists
—File documents

September 2011–June 2013
Production & Editorial Assistant
United BioSource Corporation, Bethesda, MD
—Formatted and edited proposals, reports, and clinical trial questionnaires
—Coordinated the development and submission of numerous manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
—Designed fliers and posters for annual scientific conferences
—Organized meetings and travel
—Formatted meeting agendas
—Completed expense reports

November 2010–September 2011
General Assignment Reporter
The Prince George’s Gazette, Laurel, MD
—Wrote roughly 150 news and feature articles on topics including municipal politics, environmental issues, education, and the arts
—Researched statistics and background information for use in articles
—Monitored social media sites to keep track of community events and news
—Assisted photographers with taking pictures and coordinating multimedia packages for the Web
—Copy-edited page proofs

October 2009–May 2010
English Teaching Assistant
The French Ministry of Education, Thionville, France
—Created weekly interactive lesson plans for five high school English classes
—Facilitated class discussions on topics including American history, current events, and culture
—Proctored tests and helped students prepare for English proficiency exams
—Conducted one-on-one English evaluations and tutored students as needed

January 2009–May 2009
Editorial Intern/Fact Checker
The Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore, MD
—Fact checked news and feature articles
—Copy-edited news and feature articles
—Conducted phone interviews and research on LexisNexis to gather background information for articles
—Updated weekly community events calendar
—Responded to public inquiries regarding upcoming community events

January 2008–January 2009
Student Assistant to Professor Shibley Telhami
The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development, College Park, MD
—Helped format class syllabi
—Responded to student inquiries about semester reading requirements
—Scheduled interviews between the professor and various news outlets, such as NPR
—Helped coordinate the annual Sadat Lecture for Peace and the annual Art for Peace contest
—Regularly updated a vast contact list of high-level government officials
—Tracked office expenditures
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