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Freelance Article Writer & Editor

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Location:Maine, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/mariemacdonald
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Kudos
4.0
2 Skills
$25
Rate/Hr
CURRENT: Independent Sr. Communications Project Manager; Editor/Proofreader; Writer
Having returned in the past year-plus to my contractor roots, I’ve worked with clients as diverse as the Advancement division of a major New England university; a 3D architectural/design visualization firm; an online custom publisher/retailer serving a children/public safety audience; and SEO editorial clients including Angie’s List, Purina and Gazelle. I have managed and edited complex development communications projects, both print and digital; handled website content, social media updates and email marketing, utilizing Dreamweaver, Constant Contact, LinkedIn and Facebook. I have collaborated with key executives to produce and manage a variety of marketing communications, including Web content, letters of introduction and solicitation, project summaries, blogs and press releases. For SEO clients specifically, I have provided search-engine optimized copy editing of consumer-facing content including blogs.

EXPERIENCE
Senior Copy Editor Mullen Advertising Boston, MA 2006-2012
?Highly collaborative, entrepreneurial environment ?Intense workflow ?Exacting, constantly evolving styles and standards ?Key participant in new business development pitch process ?Responsible for high-end editing, proofreading, quality standards, fact-checking, style guide development ?Prestigious clients such as Four Seasons Resorts, Timberland, JetBlue, Disney, Zappos.com, the New England Aquarium ?Print, radio, video/TV, presentation, online/interactive, printer proofs, social media, PR and more.

Independent Media Services Specialist Self New England 1990-2006
?Project-focused media services ?Editing, proofreading, fact checking ?Public relations/marketing ?Media project management ?Graphic design/brokering ?Business, educational, promotional, and creative writing ?Film/video/radio and business/academic transcription, related desktop publishing services ?Clients including major book publishers, curriculum development organizations, filmmakers, financial institutions, architectural firms, and more.

Owner/Manager/Bookseller Independent Bookstore 2003-2005, 2008-2009
Owner/manager of independent brick-and-mortar retail bookstore 2003-2005 and 2008-2009, at which point I converted my role to occasional specialty bookdealing and consulting, including working with nonprofits in booksale fundraising.

Proofreader/QA Specialist New River, Inc. Andover, MA 2004-2006
Proofreading and QA testing/assurance for financial media and microsites, etc.

Promotions Manager FNX Radio Portland, ME 2002-2003
?Conceptualized, coordinated, and implemented all events and related publicity/promotions for dual-state territory of contemporary radio station ?Included website copy, press releases, more than 50 client/station events, on-air and recorded client and station commercials, PSAs, community appearances, etc., from half-hour appearances to high-profile station events for 500 patrons.

Acting Director/Marketing & Publicity; Marketing Associate The Music Hall Portsmouth, NH 2001-2002
?Conceptualizing, designing, overseeing and producing all literature and marketing materials including playbills, banners, direct mail pieces, monthly newsletter for mass distribution, posters, flyers, invitations, print ads, and more ?Ensured effective distribution of publicity materials to local, nat’l and regional media ?Design, writing, placement, and tracking of all advertising in print, radio, and television ?Wrote all event marketing/publicity materials, including press releases, direct mail, flyers, print/radio/television ads, newsletter articles, event descriptive copy, website content, etc. ?Updated/monitored website ?All in-house graphic design ?Administered media sponsorships, effected recognition for corporate sponsors ?Playbill ad sales and mgmt. ?Nurtured editorial and vendor relationships ?Supported all other development efforts.

Director of Marketing & Publicity Ogunquit Playhouse Ogunquit, ME 2000-2001
?Conception, oversight, implementation and distribution of all publicity, marketing, advertising, and development functions for this prestigious performing arts seasonal venue, including: ?print, radio, and cable/TV advertising and media buying ?all print, including brochures, posters, in-house materials, flyers, coupons, promotional pieces, mailers ? website/Internet presence, working one-on-one with webmaster ?conception, design, printing of high-end playbills ?promotional campaigns and events ?displays and signage ?advertising sales and placement for playbills, website, and special projects ?development activities from conception to collection and recognition ?group sales mgmt ?copywriting, including press releases, package materials, brochure copy, website, radio and print advertising, TV commercials, subscriber and other letters/mailings; press publicity, including previews, features, listings, photo opps, staged shoots, reviews, and follow-up editorial; custom seasonal newsletters, from conception to print; public relations partnering with local businesses and charities, with Chambers of Commerce, press relations, etc.

Columnist/Contributing Editor; Editor; News Editor Atlantic Publications, Inc. Hampton, NH 1997-1999
As editor of this community news organization, my duties included both managerial and direct activities facilitating production of two weekly newspapers as well as diverse supplementary news products. Conceptualized and implemented innovative features. Managed 2 direct staff reports, a freelance staff of 7, and 1 intern. Also responsible for proofreading entire publication on a weekly basis.

Proofreader/Editorial/Advertising Associate (Staff and/or Freelance) Boston, MA 1990-2000
Merrill Corporation/Daniels Printing, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Prime Advertising, Pandick Press, Crosby Vandenburgh Publications, etc.

Typesetter/Proofreader Dole Publishing Tewksbury, MA 1987-1989

An Independent Contracting Sampler

MEDIA/WRITING FOCUS:
Film Projects – Transcription: Out of Balance (Joe Public Films), Amelia Earhart (PBS), Malcolm X (PBS), and many others
Business Writing/Communications: Atlantic News; Project-oriented writing for organizations and individuals; Custom Newsletters on the arts, home & garden, business & progress, and more; Media Director, Aquaculture Education and Research Center
News Reporting: Beach News, Atlantic News Weekly, 21 Voices Monthly, The Third Rail, Damage Report Magazine, The Daily News of Newburyport
Digital & Social Media: Early adopter and moderator of online editorial channels; currently freelance SEO editor
Copywriting: Freelance copywriter for public relations, advertising, and non-profit endeavors
Arts/Lifestyles Reporter: Beach News, Atlantic News, Lollipop Magazine, Instant Magazine,
The Third Rail Newspaper, The Wire, Jam
Miscellaneous Nonfiction/Feature: Sport Z Magazine, Seacoast Seasons Magazine, Seacoast Holidays Magazine, Beach Guide Magazine, Atlantic News Weekly, Tourist News, Dover Community News, The Wire, Damage Report Magazine
Editorial (Proofreading, Copyediting, etc.): Numerous staff and contract projects for a variety of media clients, including Little, Brown & Co.; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA, and more; ranging from major book publishers to educational websites to financial media companies to boutique advertising agencies, and everything in between.

NONPROFIT SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS:
New England Aquarium: Field Stranding Response Team ? Turtle Rescue/Rehab Hospital ? Telefund Development Assoc.
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society: In-Home Feline Hospice/Foster Care ? Fundraising/Event Mgmt ? Editorial Support
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation: Beach Cleanup Volunteer ? Development & Marketing Consultant/Writer
Center for Wildlife, Outreach Consultant ? Grantwriting Assistant ? Wildlife Rehab Volunteer
Aquaculture Education/Research Center: Board of Directors ? Feral Cat Project, Hampton, NH: Transport
New Hampshire Audubon Society/Seacoast Science Center: Part-Time Naturalist ? Visitor Services Associate
Naturewatch (Atlantic News column), Seacoast NH: Columnist/Editor
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Editing