TEST DRIVE THE EDITOR: I'm willing to work with you initially on a small portion of your project free of charge so you can decide whether I'm suitable. This might be a page or a book chapter, for instance. Give me a trial run with no obligation. I'm a liberated expert in English usage and grammar, which means I'm not uptight. I can help you take your copy to the next level. I like to be interactive with authors. I'm happy to explain why a passage ought be changed and will often suggest more polished alternatives. Or I will gently encourage you to rewrite yourself. When you have trouble with language details, I'm the guy who protects your reputation -- who prevents you from flinging dreck before the world.
Below are some of my journalism career highlights:
Randy Wright entered journalism in 1978 as a reporter at a weekly newspaper group in central Utah. Advanced to weekly editorial writer, then was named managing editor. He has worked at 10 newspapers around the West, both large and small.
In Utah, he worked as a reporter and copy editor at the Ogden Standard-Examiner before being named managing editor of the Sun-Advocate, a twice weekly owned by the same company. Moving to California in 1983, he managed the sports desk at the Bakersfield Californian and held a similar position at the Modesto Bee. He then joined the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa as design director in 1985. Participated in a number of consulting projects, rethinking the content and presentation of New York Times regional newspapers in Florida and California. Assistant managing editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune for seven years, among other things leading the redesign that accompanied the merger of Copley's morning Union and evening Tribune. Also served as assistant managing editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has consulted on content and design at numerous newspapers and has led a number of redesign efforts.
Wright has received many awards for news presentation from the Society for News Design, including two Silvers (one for 9/11), one Bronze and more than two dozen Awards of Excellence. He shared in the Pew Center's Batten Award for Civic Journalism in 1998 at the Idaho Statesman, and won General Excellence for the Daily Herald in both the regional Associated Press annual awards and Society of Professional Journalists/Utah Headliners in 2010 and 2011.
Current projects at the Daily Herald include the development of social media and mobile reporting techniques that reshape how reporters and editors work.
Through the years Wright has continued editorial writing, with numerous awards including first place in 2005 in the SPJ Utah Headliner's contest and a sweep of first, second and third in 2006. He has been an invited speaker at various national professional conferences including the National Newspaper Association, California Society of Newspaper Editors and Society for News Design. He is a member of the American Society of News Editors.
He has edited books as well as countless long-form journalism projects that went on to receive professional recognition.