Barrington M. Salmon
MA Creative Writing/New Media
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
BA Mass Communications
Public Relations Specialist
Web Content Contributor
Voice of America
Virgin Islands Daily News
The Miami Times
2012 – present Reporters Roundtable, WHUR-FM; The Carl Nelson Show, WOL 1450 AM; WVON 1690 AM
Taught Introduction to Journalism, The Catholic University, Washington, DC. One semester.
Pulitzer Prize, 1995 – Seven-day series on the Effects of Crime on the Virgin Islands (project co-creator; 6 months of research, writing and interviews).
Gannett Award, 1995 - Third Place, “*** Too Soon,” – The consequences of early ****** activity on teenagers in the US Virgin Islands.
Gannett Award, 1992 - First Place, “Racism in the Virgin Islands.” (Co-written, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands).
“Key to the People’s Heart Award” 1993, for stories that focused on issues of concern to residents and which also energized and enhanced the community (St. Thomas, USVI).
SENIOR STAFF WRITER | April 2011 – Present
THE WASHINGTON INFORMER, Washington, DC
•???Research and produce stories across several beats, including news, local, national and international politics, sports, entertainment, features, op-eds and columns for this weekly newspaper
•???Based on the number of calls, emails and letters to the editor each week, my stories are attracting a good deal of attention; and most weeks, the distribution manager has said, no papers come back to the office
•???Write and edit headlines, cut-lines and captions, edit/rewrite other reporters’ stories, trouble-shoot, and along with editorial staff, develop solutions to problems that arise
CONTRIBUTING WRITER | 2012 - Present
DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Fairfax, VA
?•??Develop and produce assigned stories, as well as those pitched to and accepted by editors
SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR | August 2012 – present
THE CREATIVE GROUP, Washington, DC
•??At the most recent job, I wrote stories for an agency publication, one print, and one electronic
•??Researched, conducted interviews, and developed stories; wrote speeches, remarks and talking points for the president and chairman of the agency;
•??Reviewed, edited and rewrote news releases and other written material
FREELANCE WRITER / CONSULTANT | 1999 - Present
SELF-EMPLOYED, Falls Church, Va.
•??Writing and Public Relations consultant; project manager, creating, editing and rewriting client copy for a range of concepts, projects and multimedia productions
HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST | 2009
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL – ETHIOPIA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
•??Worked closely with the project manager editing and rewriting the agency’s 2010 Country Operational Plan (COP)
•???Reviewed the content of the majority of written material produced in the agency and advised staff on the most appropriate styles for the range of intended audiences
•??Edited, rewrote and updated data, information and acronyms on the agency’s Intranet site
•??Produced news releases, fact sheets, reports, administrative, scientific and general CDC documents and edited newsletters, summaries, special projects and communications campaigns
COPYWRITER / EDITOR | 2007 – 2009
ASTAR ADVERTISING, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
•??Served as copywriter, editor and scriptwriter for this company that specialized in branding, strategic placement and advertising for international, regional and local clients
•?Routinely involved in strategic planning meetings and helped devise ad campaigns that ended up on billboards, television, radio and film
PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR | Aug. 2005– Oct. 2006
WASHINGTON SUBURBAN SANITARY COMMISSION (WSSC), Laurel, Md.
•???Helped expand WSSC’s reach and exposure
•???Prepared speeches, remarks and talking points for GM, Dep. GM, senior managers & staff
•???Contributed to annual report, quarterlies, brochures & newsletters, handled media inquiries and set up interviews with senior managers, supervisors and department heads
•???Strategized and helped develop, then implement crisis management and other strategic communications projects and plans
•??James Fleming, Financial Expert/Friend, 301.675.5203, firstname.lastname@example.org
•??Marlene Johnson, Writer and Editor. 202.529.3964. email@example.com
•??Denise Wall Barnes, Supervising Editor. 202.234.1994. barnesden @comcast.net.