James R. Irwin
5776 Grayton Street Detroit, MI 48224
313-505-7779/cell ? 313-885-6464/home
February 1983 The Associated Press, Detroit
to May 2010 Newsman
? Reported and wrote general and breaking news; business news; local, state and national political news; and sports and feature stories for Michigan AP newspapers and online services; and for national and international AP wires.
? As Breaking News Staffer reporting to the Michigan News Editor, functioned as an assignment editor and news producer in Detroit. Pursued spot breaking news for the state and national AP report, shared news among AP members and reported stories from the Detroit news desk. Monitored local news feeds and worked with reporters in the field to coordinate coverage across multiple formats, help communicate coverage plans and offer assistance to AP subscribers, and collaborate with the regional editing desk in Chicago to produce stories of state, national and global significance.
? As contributor to AP’s automotive industry coverage, reported and wrote breaking, spot and feature news as needed; provided reporting assistance for auto writers in Detroit, Washington and other AP bureaus; edited auto industry stories generated by auto writers and other AP staffers.
? Wrote broadcast copy for state AP wire.
? Specialized in preparing obituaries of notable Michigan business, sports, political and entertainment figures.
January 1994 Orbit Magazine, Royal Oak, MI
to June 1995 Freelance writer and editor
? Wrote and edited copy for monthly entertainment magazine.
Education: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Arts in journalism, news-editorial sequence
Oakland Community College, Royal Oak MI
Completed Gerontology-related courses in April 2011
Activities Fifteen-year Michigan Humane Society volunteer
Active in East English Village neighborhood association in Detroit
& Interests: Cranbrook Institute of Science member
Supporter of various Frank Lloyd Wright preservation groups
References: Larry Lage, Associated Press, firstname.lastname@example.org, 313-410-2760
David Goodman, Associated Press, email@example.com, 248-968-3251
David Kiley, AOL Autos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-276-7183