CHRISTOPHER M. KOEHLER
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Fluent in AP and Chicago stylebooks; excel at copy editing
• Skilled and resourceful researcher, writer, and journalist
• Savvy with computer applications and new media
• Work well with deadlines, details, and colleagues
Manuscript Editor April 2008-April 2011
Mill City Press — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Edited fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for publication, adhering to The Chicago Manual of Style. Provided research to ensure accuracy of quotations, statistics, and other references; corrected grammar, spelling, and syntax. Wrote exceptional back cover sales copy for book dust jackets.
“You are really good at back copy writing; this is awesome!” —Michelle Brown, author coordinator
• Discovered multiple instances of plagiarism, helping Mill City Press avoid copyright infringement lawsuits from original authors.
“I really appreciate your diligence and keen eye.” —Anna Schmeling, director of operations
• Improved wording, phrasing, and paragraph order to enhance readability of manuscripts and ensure consistency of tone.
“Phenomenal job with the edits!” —Miriam Perry, co-author of The Sassy Ladies’ Toolkit for Start-up Businesses
Journalist December 2006-January 2009
Minnesota Premier Publications — Minneapolis, Minnesota
For two years, wrote the Downtown Journal's “Music Picks,” a regular music column featuring interviews, insights, and humorous commentary.
“Honestly, your column is one of my favorite parts of the Downtown Journal. … I am very much in awe of your writing talent and I know readers enjoy your work.” —Sarah McKenzie, editor-in-chief
• Reported and wrote features on business, politics, entertainment, and fashion for both the Downtown Journal and its sister publication the Southwest Journal.
“You deliver brilliant copy.” —Michael Metzger, reporter
Freelance Journalist June 2007-Present
Enterprising, self-motivated journalist with a proven ability to write intriguing stories on virtually any topic and produce clean copy that requires little or no editing. Proficient in AP style.
• Articles and photos have appeared in City Pages, Downtown Journal, Minnesota Daily, Minnesota Independent, Rake Magazine, Rift Magazine, Southwest Journal, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Wake Magazine.
• Interviewed Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) at her Washington, D.C., office while covering the 2009 presidential inauguration.
• Society of Professional Journalists: member
• Phi Theta Kappa: member, International Alumni Association