Janine McDonald

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Baltimore, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Kindly review my qualifications to see that I am the ideal candidate to fulfill your editorial needs. I possess excellent writing, substantive editing and grammar skills. I am willing and able to adapt to using any style manual. In addition, some of my relevant career accomplishments include:

·Performed proofreading/editing of content submitted for ByDesign at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)

·Carried out editing and revision of the DLLR Board Handbook, a guide governing rules of order and procedure for DLLR board meetings

·Worked as both an onsite and home-based transcriptionist for approximately five years, consistently meeting deadlines

Please see my resume below.

Janine S. McDonald
3900 Benzinger Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
Home: (410) 644-0062
Cell: (443) 691-1975
E-mail: mcdonaldjs1@msn.com


A freelance position using my two and a half years of writing and editing experience.


University of California-Riverside; Riverside, California
Course: Documenting Policies and Procedures, currently enrolled
Course: Creating Manuals and User Guides, June 2011
Technical Writing Graduate Certificate

Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, English and News-Editorial Journalism, 1995


1/06-7/08, Administrative Officer I
Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Baltimore, MD

Wrote and edited articles and brochures for 22,000+ licensees of Design Boards (Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects and Certified Interior Designers)

Served as Editor of the Design Boards’ ByDesign Newsletter, coordinated submissions and content

Developed content for The Commissioner Newsletter for 45,000+ licensees of the Maryland Real Estate Commission

Attended board meetings and events of professional boards and societies; took photos of board events and members

Developed communications outreach program for licensees, consumers and the general public

9/05-1/06, Temporary Desktop Publisher
The BOSS Group, Bethesda, MD

Performed proofreading and copy editing in Government Printing Office (GPO) and Associated Press (AP) styles for American Institutes for Research, Frederick, Maryland

Assisted with preparation of printer’s notebooks

5/04-1/06, Transcriber
Heritage Reporting Corporation, Washington, D.C.

Transcribed audio cassettes for contracts including U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Veterans Administration and U.S. Tax Court
Verified medical and legal terminology

Prepared documents for printing according to government format

11/02-5/04, Legal Typist
SpeakWrite, Dallas, TX

Typed legal and medical documents from audio files
Utilized digital Internet-based software to process client documents

5/01-5/02, Court Reporter/Transcriptionist
Gore Reporting Company, Annapolis, MD

Recorded and transcribed certified transcripts of criminal and civil court proceedings at Howard County Circuit Court, Ellicott City, Maryland

Answered telephone calls, processed transcript requests and performed record expungements

5/00-5/01, Transcriber
Free State Reporting, Annapolis, MD

Transcribed audio cassettes of Social Security Disability hearings
Worked under frequent deadlines


Familiarity with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress software

Proofreading and editing in Associated Press Style

Basic digital photography and photo editing including color correction, cropping and layout

Familiarity with legal and medical terminology
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