Terry Wood

Freelance Article Writer & Editor

Location:Springdale, Arkansas, United States
2 Skills
Terry J. Wood

tjwsports@msn.com | 479.387.7803 | 4701 Dean Pl, Springdale, AR 72764


Operations Oversight • Team Leadership & Problem Solving • Communications with Public

Highly accomplished communications and management professional with diverse experience poised to transition management and journalism background into a new position. Eleven years of management experience in a highly competitive newspaper market. Outstanding team leadership and problem solving skills. Behavior-management and conflict-resolution strategies. Ability to make decisions based on knowledge and experience. Astute hiring skills. exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Organized and disciplined approach buoyed by creative thinking and the ability to multi-task. Perceptive interpersonal skills and the ability to positively motivate and direct others in a supportive, cooperative team atmosphere. Ability to coordinate and cooperate with company divisions in the execution of daily tasks and functions. Forward thinker and planner with the ability to shift gears at a moment’s notice. Excellent research and interviewing skills. Ability to develop and adhere to a budget. generate and maintain records and reports, secure equipment and supplies, and comply with all administrative policies and regulations.


Freelance writer — November 2009-current.

Covering the University of Arkansas athletics program for VYPE magazine, Hooten’s Arkansas Football and Callingthehogs.com as well as other assignments.

Copy editor/page designer, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette — Springdale, Ark., May 2010-January 2011.

Responsible for proof reading local and wire copy and designing pages with InDesign and performing city editor duties on Sundays.

Northwest Arkansas Times — Fayetteville, Ark., April 1996-October 2009

Sports Editor, June 1998-october 2009

Served as sports editor for 30,000-circulation newspaper for 11 years, supervising a five- to eight-person staff.

Responsible for the assignment, editing and production of all sports content for an intensely local sports section, which covered recreational, junior high, prep and collegiate athletics in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Washington County.

Trained, coached and supervised reporters and copy editors. Coordinated photo assignments with three-person photography department and supervised the design and layout of the sports section and other sports-related special sections.

Fostered and maintained positive working relationships with the University of Arkansas Athletics Department, the National Collegiate Athletics Association, nine high schools, five junior high schools and numerous recreational sports leagues, nonprofit and service organizations and various governing bodies.

Wrote three to 10 columns/articles per week on all manner of sports topics. Key Contributions at the northwest Arkansas Times

Created, developed and edited razorback game day, a 12- to 24-page special section that previewed the Arkansas Razorbacks football and basketball games.

Developed Content and original concept design for www.wholehogsports.com, a website dedicated to providing coverage of the Arkansas

Supervised the introduction of blogging and other new media content onto www.wholehogsports.com.

Sports beat reporter, August 1996-June 1998. Served as the Northwest Arkansas Times Razorback basketball beat writer and columnist. Responsible for daily coverage of the University of Arkansas’ basketball program and backed up the UA football beat reporter, as well as writing two columns and generating other sports features and covering general assignments.

Copy Editor, April-August 1996 responsible for proofreading and content editing news copy as well as assisting with headline writing.

Wood Freelance Services — Fayetteville, Ark., August 1993-August 1996 Covered Arkansas Razorbacks football and basketball on a daily basis for daily newspapers: The Evening Times of West Memphis, The Conway Log Cabin Democrat, The Forrest City Times-Herald, and the Blytheville Courier news.

Forrest City Times-Herald — Forrest City, Ark., February-August 1993 Sports editor: responsible to reporting, writing, layout, design and photography for a sports section covering Forrest City and the surrounding area.

The Evening Times — West Memphis, Ark., November 1992-February 1993 Police/Sports Reporter: Covered the West Memphis and Crittenden County police/fire/court beat and assisted with high school sports coverage on Friday nights.

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas — Rogers, Ark., July-November 1992 responsible for proof-reading and content editing news copy as well assisting with headline writing.

Northwest Arkansas Times — Fayetteville, Ark., April-July 1992 Internship. Covered the Fayetteville and Washington County police/fire/court beat and covered other general assignments.

University of Arkansas Sports Information Department — Fayetteville, AR, June 1991-June 1992 Served as a graduate assistant to UA sports information director rick Schaeffer, helping with media relations for the football and basketball programs as well as being responsible for promoting Arkansas’ nationally renown men’s track and field program and golf program.


InDesign, Microsoft Office, NewseditPro, QuarkXpress, Joomla, EXCEL, Social Networking through Twitter and Facebook.


1994 Arkansas Press Association, first Place: Spot Sports Story Division III

1999 Arkansas Press Association, first Place: Sports feature Division II

1999 Arkansas Press Association, first Place: Special Section Division II

2000 Arkansas Press Association, first Place: Sports news Story Division II

2005 Arkansas Press Association, Honorable Mention: Sports Column Division III

2008 Arkansas Press Association, Second Place: Sports Column Division III

2010 Arkansas Press Association, Honorable Mention, Sports Column Division III


Bachelor’s degree in Journalism University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, May 1991

Work samples and references are available upon request.
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing