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Gretchen Harris

Freelance Magazine Designer & Editor

Location:Asheville, North Carolina, United States
2 Skills
1701 E. Blount Street
Pensacola, Florida 32503
904-476-3548 cell


With 10 years experience in the publishing arena, I’ve worked with newspapers, magazines and computer based training entities as a contributing writer, editor and QA specialist. I have successfully managed teams of designers, writers and outside partners to ensure the successful delivery of publications, meeting all deadlines and budgetary requirements. I enjoy working on all project phases from concept and storyboarding to contributing content, providing editorial services and delivering a final product.
Specialties include:
• Writing – original content for magazines and newspapers
• Editing for grammar and content
• Successfully managing and ensuring overall published aesthetic
• Proven success in the quality assurance of Curriculum Design and Development for computer-based instruction (CBT), interactive courseware (ICW) and web-based instruction (WBI)

University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL Academic Advisor for The College of Professional Studies and School of Education 2010-Present

Editor and Formatter for Doctoral Candidates’ Dissertations 2010-Present

Freelance Writer/Editor; Proofreader/Copyeditor 2001-Present
Multiple Companies
• Research and write contributing articles for multiple publications
• Proofread and edit for content for multiple website projects

Arts & Culture Guide of Northwest Florida, March 2009
• Served on the committee to produce the annual Arts & Culture magazine, 2009-2010 edition
• Contributed article related to Frank Brown Songwriters Festival
• Edited all content for entire magazine
• Worked with graphic designers, writers and committee members on all phases of magazine content, as well as the look and feel of final published piece

Intelligent Decision Systems Incorporated, Pensacola, FL
Quality Assurance Editor, 2008-2010
• Served as quality assurance editor for on-going instructional design courseware efforts
• Ensured the success of performance standards, contract goals, services and conventions
• Coordinated software deployments through consistent and reliable communication with project leads
• Reviewed and contributed to program documentation, processes and procedures
• Performed reviews on all official documents that leave the office including final delivery
• Documented all phases of QA process
• Participated and contributed to program meetings.
• Provided exceptional attention to detail
• Managed and conducted quality assurance reviews

Ballinger Publishing (formerly Burchell Publishing), Pensacola, FL
Editor, 02/01-07/04
• Developed and managed two, bi-monthly, glossy magazines and one monthly newspaper
o Pensacola Today Magazine
o NW Florida’s Business Climate Magazine
o The Downtown Crowd (newspaper) - dedicated to the promotion of downtown Historic Pensacola
• Originated story ideas, line-up, layout and entire editorial content for all publications
• Managed team of writers – assigning and writing stories and editing content
• Worked with outside vendors/partners including printers, ad sales, etc.
• Proven success in meeting strict deadlines

UWF Writing Lab, Pensacola, FL
Writing Lab Assistant, 1998-2001
• Assisted professors with daily lab needs
• Administered, proctored and graded diagnostic testing given to English students for proficiency in grammar
• Tutored students in all aspects of writing, grammar, punctuation and content
• Assisted students in the writing process for assigned papers in their classes using AP, MLA, APA and Turabian writing styles
• Edited and assisted with the production of a monthly campus publication

Coastal Vision Center, Amelia Island, FL, Optometric Assistant, 01/06-08/07
Assisted doctors in a multi-practice optometric atmosphere with all aspects of patient care and services.

Certified Optician for multiple companies, 1992-1999

BA - English, 2001
University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida
Certified Optician, 1993
Optometric Apprenticeship Program, Tampa, Florida
Associate of Science in Zoo Animal Technology, 1988
Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida

Computer Skills: Proficient with, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Access. Expertise with several job-related software applications. Familiar with HTML, xml, and multiple Adobe/Macromedia applications. Working knowledge of authoring tools iKe and Evolution. Basic development and coding experience.

Other: Booking agent for various music artists in the Southeast. Enjoy art, reading, live music and movies. Served on Pensacola Arts Council Committee for the Outside Art Fair.
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Magazine Design