Ivory Jeff Clinton

Freelance Journalistic Writer & Fact Checking Freelancer

Location:United States
2 Skills
• Extensive background in journalism with experience, including nearly 14 years as a reporter, researcher and writer for People magazine
• Strong knowledge of AP style and the Chicago Manual of Style
• Computer skills: Excel, InCopy, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word, including the use of Track Changes, as well as advanced research abilities using LexisNexis

Us Weekly – Freelance Researcher
New York, NY
August 2013 to Present
• Fact-checking items in various sections of the magazine for accuracy and clarity

Glamour magazine – Freelance Researcher
New York, NY
August 11 to 22, 2013
• Fact-checked articles in all sections for the October 2014 issue on special assignment

Apparel Insiders – Freelance Proofreader
Ridgewood, NJ
February 2013 to February 2014
• Edited entire issues of the fashion-industry trade magazine remotely for clarity, grammar, punctuation, spelling and style

Cosmopolitan for Latinas magazine – Freelance Researcher
New York, NY
September 9 to 27, 2013
• Fact-checked articles in all sections for the Winter 2013 issue on special assignment

People magazine – Reporter/Researcher/Writer
New York, NY
June 1999 to March 2013
• Reporting: Covered events including movie premieres and other red-carpet affairs, press conferences as well as major news stories such as John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death, gun violence among youths and the 9/11 attacks; courtroom reporting; interviewed celebrities such as James Cameron, Tony Parker, Chris Rock, Taylor Swift, Sigourney Weaver and scores of others
• Research: Fact-checked stories by speaking with publicists and using reference materials such as LexisNexis, and working with staff attorneys to ensure accuracy and fairness of legal reporting
• Writing: Passages column - gathered, researched and reported news updates, often involving legal matters and court documents; Music section - album and song reviews; Letters to the Editor - compiled and edited readers’ mail and wrote updates on human-interest stories of great interest to readers
• Also performed administrative duties such as completing payroll paperwork for freelance music writers and sending them necessary materials via overnight mail, creating and distributing a roundup of news reports for morning meetings as well as updating and distributing an album release calendar for editors and writers

Vox magazine – Editor
Columbia, MO
August to December 1998
• Features editing: Gathered content and artwork for the magazine published by the Columbia Missourian, primarily for the book-reviews section, as part of a Magazine Publishing course
• Copy edited all sections for clarity, grammar, punctuation, spelling and style

Columbia Missourian newspaper – Reporter
Columbia, MO
August to December 1997
• Field reporting and writing: Interviewed doctors and patients for the Health, Science and Environment beat as part of a News Reporting course; reporting and writing human-interest pieces, including front-page stories

University of Missouri School of Law – Video Recorder
Columbia, MO
February to December 1998; February to May 1997; June to July 1996
• Operated audio/visual equipment in a control room to record law students’ mock trials in a courtroom setting for the professors’ review

Center for Advanced Social Research – Surveyor
Columbia, MO
June to December 1997
• Conducted phone surveys on issues facing Missouri residents

University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of Journalism
December 1998
• Major courses included Advanced Writing, Communications Law, Editing, Magazine Design, Magazine Publishing and News Reporting