Becky Hand

Freelance Article Writer & Content Writer

Location:Sidney, Indiana, United States
2 Skills
I have recently worked as a community editor at a daily local newspaper and am looking for freelance work in writing/photography. My work experience has been varied giving me a broad perspective on life. My resume follows:

Graduate of Manchester College - Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Sciences
Graduate of Concord High School
Work Experience
The Post & Mail — Community Editor, 2007– 2011
My responsibilities as Community Editor included editing articles submitted for publication, generating story ideas, researching and writing articles, interviewing community members via phone or in person, photography, covering meetings and community events and reporting on them, etc. I also did page layouts daily and maintained the website calendar, uploading photos and articles to the website. I was responsible for obituaries, birth, anniversary, wedding and engagement announcements, birthday announcements, club and support group listings, and a column featuring upcoming events. I processed photos for publication, either submitted or those I had taken and also dealt with the public daily via phone or in person. I was also responsible for any correspondence coming to the community department and I regularly submitted original columns for publication on the opinion page.

Fox Products, Incorporated - Bassoon Padder, 2002—2007
During my time at Fox Products, I worked in the oboe finishing and bassoon finishing departments. I worked in assembling the musical instruments, including assembling the keys, adjusting and fitting the keys, repair and clean up of the wood finish, inspection of parts and inventory. I helped out in the shipping departments and worked with an acetylene torch, bench motor and tools. I also can play the bassoon.

Jas. Townsend and Son - Historical Seamstress, 1995—2002
I was responsible for cutting, sewing and packaging clothing items for the Revolutionary War clothing offered at the company. I developed new patterns and produced custom-tailored clothing. I became proficient on an industrial sewing machine, button-holer machine, serger, button machine and hand-stitching. I worked independently, sometimes on site and other times at home, filling orders as they came in.

Whitley County Builders Association - Executive Officer, 1995—1996
As Executive Officer, I was in charge of maintaining and updating the database of members, producing and mailing the monthly newsletter, representing the organization at state meetings, keeping track of dues and coordinating the annual Showcase of Homes, organization meetings and parties.

Tribune-News - North Area Editor/Reporter and Weekly Columnist, 1992—1995
I was responsible for covering the northern part of the newspapers coverage area, editing articles and news items submitted and generating articles through interviews and research. I covered council meetings and school board meetings and any other assigned events in the community, writing about and photographing for these assignments. I also wrote a weekly column called “A Step Back in Time.”

US Postal Service - Postmaster Replacement/Relief, 1990—1992
I served as Postmaster Replacement/Relief for the Larwill, IN 46764 Post Office, working on Saturdays and anytime the regular postmaster was unable to work or desired time off. Responsibilities included sorting mail, answering customer’s questions and bookkeeping for postage sales.

Miles Laboratories - Student Summer Lab Assistant, 1982
As a summer intern at the Enzyme Plant, I aided the lab technicians with bacteria culture cultivation, mutation and incubation, and with testing of the huge tanks for contamination. Work involved sterile procedure in a sterile room, basic laboratory procedures, pH testing and identification of bacteria.

Volunteer Work
Genealogical Society of Whitley County — Cemetery census compiler, 2010-2011
Whitko Gospel Choir - Pianist and seamstress, 1998—2005
Whitko High School Theater - Assistant Director, Pianist, Costumes, 1998—2005
Curtain Company Players - Secretary, President, Producer, Stage Manager, Actress, 1996—2006
Collamer Christian Church - Member in good standing, involved in music, wrote and directed Christmas plays, 1986—present
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Content Writing