Justin A. Hinkley

Freelance Article Writer & Blog Writer

Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
To secure a career utilizing my writing and journalistic skills.

Writing/Journalism Experience

Reporter — Battle Creek Enquirer; Battle Creek, Mich. (Feb. 2006 – present)
As education reporter, covers 21 school districts in the region, including attending meetings, doing extensive research , managing data, conducting interviews and developing creative story ideas
Led a newsroom-wide project reporting on the community's impact of education
Also have experience with the following:
Political reporting
Archiving daily paper
Writing news updates for Enquirer Web site using Saxotech, uploading video with Maven
Video (recording and editing using Avid Xpress Pro, iMovie )
Adhering to deadlines/communicating with editors
Maintaining relationships with contacts
Photography (Shooting/Editing photos using Adobe Photoshop)
Other Employment Experience

Front Desk Operator — Comfort Inn; Battle Creek, Mich. (Aug. 2005 – Feb. 2006)
Checking guests in/out
Cleaning, laundry, preparing meeting rooms
Nightly reports
Cash handling
Hotel tours
Miscellaneous tasks
Industrial Temp Worker — Manpower Inc.; Grand Rapids, Mich. (2004 – 2005)
Picking/packing boxes
Loading/unloading trucks


Strong understanding of Windows and Mac OS systems
Proficiency with InDesign, Photoshop, NewsEdit software, Microsoft Office software, ATP Falcon
Strong understanding of Saxotech Online (posting stories to the web), Digital Collections (archiving), and Avid Xpress Pro (digital video editing).
Basic HTML knowledge
Strong understanding of AP style

Lakeview High School (1999-2004), Battle Creek, Mich.
General High School Diploma
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Blog Writing