Cheryl Ciske

Freelance Article Writer & Proofreader

Location:New Baltimore, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
Executive Summary
I am an award-winning communications professional with more than 25 years experience writing engaging news, feature, healthcare stories and marketing collateral for a variety of internal and external audiences. I present ideas in a clear and accurate manner and possess superior written communication, editing and proofreading skills with a high-level command of grammar, spelling and Associated Press style. I am detail and deadline-driven and am able to manage multiple projects with changing priorities. I am able to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team. In addition, I possess strong relation-building skills, communicating effectively and professionally with employees and managers of all levels. I am proficient in 35mm digital photography – specifically news photography - as well as Windows and Windows-related software, am able to use the Internet as a research tool and have above-average knowledge of medical terminology.

Employment History
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
Rochester, Michigan
January 2004 to March 2010
January 1992 to September 2000

Communication Coordinator:
•As in-house reporter, developed, wrote, proofread and edited stories for monthly internal employee newsletter
•Served as project manager for the production of quarterly healthcare magazine, including proofreading and editing written content for spelling, grammar and style consistency and clarity and distributing stories for approval to subject matter experts
•Developed communications materials which supported the hospital’s mission, vision and core values (e.g. brochures, scripts, ad copy, website content, etc.)
•Supported public relations events (e.g. assisted with media and photography requests, supervised media photo shoots, tracked media coverage)
•Proofread and edited annual report for hospital and its Foundation
•Created and distributed press releases, pitched stories and conducted follow-up with media
•Represented the Marketing Department as a member of the Communications Team and annual Golf Outing and Breast Cancer Walk committees
•Developed hospital boilerplate
•Created, assembled and distributed media/press kits
•Coordinated photography shoots, working closely with external photographers
•Uploaded printed material to monthly online healthcare newsletter
•Worked collaboratively with graphic designer in creating visual marketing materials
•Using 35mm digital camera, photographed events and story subjects for use in printed materials

Radiology Coordinator:
•Scheduled and registered patients for radiology exams at hospital and outpatient sites
•Accurately coded exams using ICD-9 coding
•Verified third-party insurance
•Trained new employees in radiology, registration and insurance procedures

Registration Representative:
•Registered patients for emergency room, inpatient admission and outpatient testing
•Scheduled bed assignments
•Prepared and verified hospital census

Freelance Writer
Chesterfield, Michigan
March 1988 to Present

Since 1988, my stories have regularly appeared in Women’s Lifestyle Magazine as well as several local and weekly newspaper publications.

•Developed community news, feature, business and healthcare stories for local daily, weekly and monthly publications
•Photographed community events and story subjects

The Voice Newspaper
New Baltimore, Michigan
September 2000 to April 2004

Education Writer:
•Developed and created stories pertaining to local, county, state and national education and related topics
•Attended and reported on local and county school board meetings
•Photographed program events and story subjects
•Generated wedding, engagement, anniversary and honor roll announcements
•Supervised high school interns

Staff Writer:
•Developed and created news and feature stories
•Attended and reported on city council, township and school board meetings as well as farmland preservation issues
•Photographed community events and story subjects

•Macomb County Farm Bureau “Communicator of the Year” – Macomb County (2003)
•Michigan Farm Bureau “Communicator of the Year” – State of Michigan (2003)

First Macomb Bank
Mount Clemens, Michigan
September 1986 to March 1988

Marketing Assistant:
•Developed and wrote stories for internal employee newsletter
•Served as project manager for the production of internal and external corporate communications
•Created promotional marketing materials (e.g. brochures, etc.)
•Designed and maintained branch bulletin boards
•Coordinated informational seminars.


Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan,
Bachelor of Science - Journalism, graduating in 1986.

Henry Ford II High School
Sterling Heights, Michigan
College Prep, Advanced Placement classes, graduating in 1981.


Available upon request
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing