Andrew Charest

Freelance Editor & Data Entry Freelancer

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Location:Springfield, Virginia, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/andrewcharest
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Andrew G. Charest
7515 Dolce Drive
Annandale, VA 22003
USA

Phone: (703) 819-3790
E-mail: agcharest@hotmail.com

EDUCATION
Radford University
B.S. Media Studies, 1997
GPA: 2.9

WORK EXPERIENCE
Gannett Government Media Corp., Springfield, Va. (formerly Army Times Publishing Company)
Deputy Copy Chief-Federal Times
April 2010-present
I am responsible for editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage, including items of interest to federal government managers such as pay and benefits, employee relations, federal facilities and workplace management; rewriting sections of stories as needed; supervising and advising the work of several copy editors and designers; writing headlines for most of the stories in the publication; designing and laying out all pages; planning and supervising quarterly and monthly special sections; serving as an intermediary between the copy desk and top editors, moving photos, graphics and copy between both desks; ensuring the paper is completed and all pages are sent to prepress before deadline; dealing with advertising conflicts, enforcing color allowances and post-deadline replates; and reading, formatting and updating stories for Gannett Government Media’s websites.

Army Times Publishing Company, Springfield, Va.
Deputy Copy Chief-Army Times
August 2006-April 2010
I was responsible for editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage, including items of interest to soldiers such as pay and benefits, weapons and warfare, deployments and family issues; rewriting sections of stories as needed; supervising and advising the work of several copy editors and designers; writing headlines for most of the stories in the publication; designing and laying out all pages; planning and supervising quarterly and monthly special sections; serving as an intermediary between the copy desk and top editors, moving photos, graphics and copy between both desks; ensuring the paper is completed and all pages are sent to prepress before deadline; dealing with advertising conflicts, enforcing color allowances and post-deadline replates; and reading, formatting and updating stories for Gannett Government Media’s websites.

Army Times Publishing Company, Springfield, Va.
Copy Editor/Designer/Trainer
March 2005-August 2006
I was responsible for training all new hires on the copy desk on styles, procedures and standards for four weekly newsmagazines; planning, working on and supervising quarterly and monthly special sections; designing and laying out news pages and feature sections; editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage; writing headlines for high-profile stories (covers, special sections).

Army Times Publishing Company, Springfield, Va.
Copy Editor
September 2000-March 2005
I was responsible for editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage; writing headlines; designing and laying out news pages and feature sections; and working on quarterly and special sections.

Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Tribune, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Features Editor
March 1999-September 2000
I was responsible for overseeing the production of seven features sections a week for 40,000-circulation paper, plus Weekend and Entertainment sections; managing a staff of two full-time writers and several stringers and freelancers; planning and assigning stories; writing a biweekly lifestyle column and weekly music column; designing and laying out all features sections; editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage; and writing headlines for the most of the stories in features sections.

Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Tribune, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Copy Editor
September 1997-March 1999
I was responsible for editing a wide range of copy for content, grammar and usage; designing and laying out A1 and B1 front pages and inside pages throughout the paper; creating locator maps and small graphics; and writing headlines.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
Demand Media
Online Copy Editor
May 2010-April 2011
I edited instructional and informational copy for grammar, spelling, style and search engine optimization from a variety of writers for various lifestyle websites.

AWARDS
- Poynter Institute "Writing Better Headlines" course, 2006
- Gannett honorable mention, Headline Writing, 2003
- Florida Society for News Editors award, best feature section design (40,000-circ. and under), 2000

TECHNICAL SKILLS
- Experienced in Quark XPress, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat
- Experience with editing for search engine optimization
- Experienced in use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
Skills (2) Rating
Editing
Data Entry