Valerie Baldowski

Freelance Journalistic Photographer & Blog Writer

Location:Morrow, Georgia, United States
2 Skills
Professional Accomplishments:

• November 2007-Present: Content Producer, Associated
Write editorials, features, and human interest blogs highlighting metro Atlanta activities and attractions, to be posted online. Some blogs include news, wrap ups of seasonal holiday activities throughout Georgia, and educational activities for children. Received more than 24,000 online visits from readers since web page was created.

• March 2011-Present: Contributor, H Magazine
Responsible for researching and writing feature stories on Henry County, Georgia, residents, community leaders and business owners. Examples of stories include a piece on the superintendent of the Henry County school system, a business profile on a local medical clinic in McDonough, a story on a restaurant owner who supports local charities with a unique “Celebrity Chef” campaign, and a story about several Henry County students supporting a national initiative promoting youth leadership.

• June-July 2011: Writer/Researcher, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Responsible for writing press releases and online news letters informing and updating Georgia business and property owners, local and state governments, the media and the general community of federal financial aid in assisting recovery efforts, as well as public and individual assistance available to disaster survivors. Also wrote talking points for internal communications, publicizing the importance of disaster preparedness and highlighting the number of survivors who received federal financial assistance after a disaster.

• November 2008-December 2010: Government Reporter, Henry Daily Herald
Responsible for covering city and county governments in McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton and Locust Grove. Teamed up with other reporters to cover the 2008 general elections, the 2009 municipal elections, and the 2010 county elections in Henry County. Responsible for writing a weekly editorial column, community news, and feature stories on local residents and events. Also responsible for shooting and editing photographs accompanying many stories.

• July-October 2007: Freelance Reporter, Champion Newspaper
Successfully researched, compiled information, interviewed subjects and wrote stories covering news in DeKalb County, Georgia as assigned by the editor. Also responsible for arranging and shooting photos to run with those stories as needed.

• March 1995-April 1996: Editor, Henry Neighbor Newspaper
Responsible for writing and editing news and feature stories to run in a weekly newspaper covering Henry County. Also responsible for assigning stories to reporters, and photo assignments to photographers. Worked with advertising staff as needed to generate copy for special or seasonal advertising sections. Worked with reporters to provide election night coverage of school board, municipal elections. Supervised a staff of three.

• September 1990-March 1995: General Assignment Reporter, Marietta Daily Journal/Neighbor Newspapers
Responsible for covering assigned news, business and feature stories for a string of weekly metro Atlanta suburban newspapers covering Rockdale, DeKalb, and South Fulton counties, and meeting regular deadlines. Covered school board, municipal, and county elections. Also responsible for assigning photos to photographer. Worked with editors to write assigned copy for special and seasonal sections of the paper.

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Computer proficiencies:
Web 2.0, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel.

BA in Mass Communications, English Minor, Deans List. Rhode Island College, Providence RI.

Keller Graduate School of Management, Decatur and Dunwoody campuses.