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Allen Jones

Freelance Journalistic Photographer & Article Writer

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Location:Houston, Texas, United States
Phone: 281-236-2114
Website: http://www.jobfox.com/people/Allen-Jones
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/allenjones
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ALLEN JONES
allen.jones74@comcast.net • (M) 281-236-2114
1660 West T.C. Jester Blvd. • Houston, TX 77008

Publications Manager *Editor * Senior Writer
Print Publications * Websites * Social Media

Energetic journalist and editor with 14 years of experience in production and management, driving quality, aesthetics, and impressive readership rates.

Wide-ranging Journalism Background: Worked in all areas of the newspaper industry from paste up department to newsroom editor’s desk, leading to a deep understanding of writing, layout, photography, editing, and newsroom management. Skilled in planning package stories including lead stories, side bars, sister stories, slideshows, videos, and graphics. Authored local stories that reached national audiences.

Digital Media: Track record of embracing new technology and demonstrating intuitive ability to effectively use social media, videos, and viral marketing to attract and retain visitors.

People, Process, and Operational Expertise: Excels in managing and motivating people to meet tight deadlines and collaborating across company departments.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HIBU, A YELLOWBOOK CO. — King of Prussia, PA 2012-Present
Community magazines
Publications Manager and editor
Oversee publications in hibu's North Houston market, including Memorial, Friendswood, The Woodlands, and Kingwood, with plans to expand into additional markets in market.

FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR — Houston, TX 2010-2012
Contract writer, editor and content provider for newspapers, websites, and company products.
Regular contracting firms included Houston Chronicle, Purrfectly Comfy LLC., and Lone Star College System.

A.J. PUBLICATIONS, INC. / WODOMI MARKETING — Tomball, TX 2009–2010
Custom publication and social media marketing firm.
President & Founder
Launched complementary businesses: a custom publisher of local print publications and a marketing firm specializing in writing and producing online viral videos. Managed staff of writers, videographers, and sales representatives.
* Published reader magazine in Tomball and Magnolia communities, increasing initial 5,000 circulation to 15,000.
* Directed all aspects of video production for clients including script writing, site location, casting, lighting, and videography.
o http://youtu.be/A6s3BQcal4A - video advertising Wodomi.com services
o http://youtu.be/pRyOWy3t-FY - video for green real estate client
* Enhanced client market efforts by advising on social networking trends and techniques for Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

HOUSTON COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS – ASP WESTWARD L.P. — Houston, TX 2000–2009
Publisher of daily and weekly newspapers for Houston suburban communities.
Editor * Managing Editor * General Assignment Reporter
Driving force behind two communities newspapers serving Tomball and Magnolia, TX with a combined circulation of 34,000. Held dual role as digital editor, producing content for each publication’s complementary 24/7 hyper-local news websites. Supervised 3-member editorial staff and up to 12 contributing writers and photographers. Personally researched and wrote up to 14 articles weekly, and contributed to company’s 360,000-circulation insert, Greater Houston Weekly.
* Advanced from general assignment reporter to managing editor within first year; promoted to editor in 2005.
* Built a high-performance team of writers who produced award-winning original content.
* Incorporated new media (online, social media, viral video) to enhance print publications.
* Covered wide range of topics including local, state, and congressional politics, school boards, police issues, health, and community events.
* Recognized by company president for ability to inspire change. Penned article that resulted in a local commissioner addressing vehicle speeding in a school zone.
* Received community service awards from area nonprofit organizations including Toys for Tots for creating a Jammin’ for Tots music event that raised money and toy donations.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE — Houston, TX 1998–2000
Largest daily newspaper in Texas.
Proofreader / Paste Up
Contracted for composition department pasting and proofreading articles for the printing press. Subsequently transitioned to position proofreading advertisements. Supported ad design.

TEXAS CATHOLIC HERALD — Houston, TX 1996–1997
Official publication of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
General Assignment Reporter * Photographer
Traveled across the diocese to cover topics of interest to the Catholic community including gang rehabilitation, abortion, people profiles, Catholic education, and community events.

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION
BA, Communications & Journalism (minor in Theatre), UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS – Houston, TX, 1998

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Continuing Education in Global Journalism, ASHFORD UNIVERSITY – accredited online university, 2010

Continuing Education in Online Journalism, ASHFORD UNIVERSITY – accredited online university, 2010

NewsU: Poynter’s News University
Webinar: Organizing Your Writing: Solving the Puzzle for Any Platform, 2008
Online Course: Leading an Online Newsroom: What You Need to Know, 2008

America East Conference, Suburban Newspapers of America – Hershey, PA, 2006

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Professional Member, Society of Professional Journalists (National and Houston Chapter)

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Tomball Centennial Commission – Public & Media Relations, 2007– 2008
Served on various committees during Tomball’s year-long 100th anniversary of its founding. Coordinated publicity and radio and print ads. Wrote radio commercial advertising 3-day Tomball Heartbeat Festival.

Board of Directors, YMCA – Magnolia, TX, 2007–2008

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
First Place Award, Education/School District Issues Reporting, Suburban Newspapers of America, 2008. Tomball/ Magnolia Potpourri publications.

Third Place Award, Business/Local Economy Coverage, Suburban Newspapers of America, 2008. Tomball/Magnolia Potpourri publications.

Student Internship Program, Education for Tomorrow Alliance, Montgomery County, TX, 2008. The Tomball/Magnolia Potpourri publications were presented a certificate of appreciation for participating as a host in the 2008 Education for Tomorrow Alliance Student Internship Program.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Commander Award, Toys for Tots, Magnolia, TX, 2008. Award issued to The Magnolia Potpourri newspaper for outstanding support of the Toys for Tots Program.

Sgt. J.R. Tijerina Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, Toys For Tots, Magnolia, TX, 2008. Plaque issued to The Magnolia Potpourri Editor Allen Jones in appreciation of his support of the 2008 Toys For Tots Campaign.

Second Place Best Color Photo, Texas Community Newspaper Association, 2004.
Photo entry "Scrabble Champs" awarded second place.