Barbara Benham

Freelance Blog Marketer & Article Writer

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Location:Washington, D.C., United States
Website: http://www.BarbaraBenham.com
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/barbarabenham
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B A R B A R A B E N H A M
Washington, D.C.
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SKILLS .
WRITING: Digital content, blogs, websites, reports, white papers, magazine, newspaper.
EDITING: Development, structural, line, copy (Chicago and AP style).
COMPUTER & SOCIAL MEDIA:
+ Basics: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Documents, Notepad.
+ Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera.
+ Blogging Platforms: Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Tumblr, Squarespace.
+ Social: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr.
+ Code: Familiar enough with AJAX, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 to be able
to tweak websites and "talk" code with designers and developers.
+ Favorites: Scribd, ShortStack, pixlr.com, SlideShare, Paper.li
+ Dashboards: TweetDeck, Hootsuite.
MARKETING: Social media, press releases, email campaigns, surveys, branding, voiceover (former member, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).
RESEARCH: Internet, library, archival, NexisLexis, corporate, federal agencies, courts, interviews, primary sourcing, fact-checking.
LANGUAGES: French (fluent), Spanish (conversant).

EXPERIENCE [EDITORIAL] .
2010 - Present
DIGITAL CONTENT + SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT | Washington, D.C.
Develop, design, create, curate and update written and visual content for clients' websites, social media and other digital outlets. Contributing Writer to Tour Italy Now since January 2011. Stay current with the evolving universe of Web 2.0: social networking, blogosphere, search tools, metrics and analytics, visual resources and editing software and search-engine optimization (SEO) strategies.

1995 - Present
FREELANCE WRITER | Washington, D.C.
Credits include Travel + Leisure, Consumer Reports Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, Men’s Journal, Executive Travel, Pages, MORE, Family Fun, Cooking Light, America Online Travel, People, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, Working Woman, The Discovery Channel Online, Parenting, washingtonpost.com, Travel + Leisure Family, Preservation Magazine Online, Outside Family Vacations, HotelChatter.com, Budget Travel, New England Travel & Life, Regardie’s Power, Boston Magazine’s Concierge, Crain’s Chicago Business.

1990 - 1995
CORRESPONDENT: Investor’s Business Daily | Washington, D.C.
Covered economic policy, including breaking news from the White House, Congress, the Federal Reserve. Wrote in-depth features and profiles. Managed the four-person bureau.

1989
WASHINGTON EDITOR: Institutional Investor | Washington, D.C.
Wrote "Washington Week," a news column, for the newsletter Portfolio Letter. Awarded Story of the Year, First Place, for reporting on foreign investment in the U.S. airline industry.

1987 – 1988
EDITOR: Turnarounds & Workouts Newsletter | Washington, D.C.
Developed, assigned, wrote and edited all editorial content -- articles, charts, news briefs -- of a twice-monthly, eight-page newsletter covering developments in Chapter 11 law and policy.

EXPERIENCE [OTHER] .
1985 - 1986
DOCUMENT ANALYST: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison | Washington, D.C.
Analyzed and coded legal documents pertaining to a years-long IRS lawsuit against the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

1983 - 1984
CONTENT ANALYST: The Center for Media and Public Affairs | Washington, D.C.
Analyzed and evaluated television news and print media for political and other biases. Designed surveys of leadership groups.

AWARDS .
National Press Foundation Fellow, Wharton's Seminar for Financial Writers, the University of Pennsylvania, December 1999.

EDUCATION .
2007 Master of Fine Arts, Goucher College | Creative Nonfiction
1996 Graduate Certificate, Center for Historical Documentary Film, George Washington University | Project: Chicago 68 (Co-Director).
1982 Bachelor of Arts, George Washington University | Major: French Language and Literature. Minor: Political Science. | Dean’s List. Member, French Honor Society.

ENRICHMENT .
+ Color in Painting, The Corcoran School of Art, Michael Piechocinski,
Fall Semester 2009 [Washington, D.C.].
+ Social Media Success Summit, May 2011 [four weeks of online
lectures by authors, consultants, social media managers].
+ Presenting Data and Information: One-Day Course by Edward Tufte, May
2011 [Arlington, Virginia].
Skills (2) Rating
Blog Marketing
Article Writing