John Harrison

Freelance Article Writer & Proofreader

Location:Kingston, New York, United States
2 Skills
Work Experience

News Editor, Hudson Valley News, April 2009 to present:
• Assisted in bringing a new community weekly newspaper from concept to reality
• Develop story ideas, gather pertinent information and present this information in a concise, comprehensible fashion
• Assist in production of the newspaper
• Oversee and manage columnists and freelancers
• Edit all copy prior to publication for spelling, grammar and style

Freelance Writer, Hudson River Sampler, February 2009 to present:
• Write marketing-style profiles on various local businesses
• Work with the publisher to develop story ideas and seek potential new clients/advertisers

Editor/Reporter, Taconic Press, July 2005 to February 2009:
• Was responsible for the day-to-day editorial operations of two weekly newspapers: the Gazette Advertiser (Rhinebeck, NY) and the Hyde Park Townsman (Hyde Park, NY)
• Designed and laid out pages using QuarkXpress
• Managed two to three full-time reporters as well as correspondents, freelancers and columnists
• Made sure writers met their deadlines, wrote factually accurate articles and provided photographs pertaining to their articles
• Edited all copy prior to publication
• Built relationships with sources at diverse levels, from school superintendents to congressmen
• Performed various clerical tasks around the office, such as typing, drafting letters, answering phones and filing
• Other responsibilities included but were not limited to: photo editing, writing editorials, creating weekly events calendars, web editing, organizing letters to the editor and writing news briefs

Editorial Intern, Hudson Valley Magazine, January 2005 to May 2005:
• Grasped the basics of reporting and editing by doing hands-on work in the newsroom

Marist College (2005 Graduate) - Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
B.A. in Communication, Concentration in Journalism; Minor in Art History and Music

Computer Skills
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, Quark and many other programs
• Basic knowledge of PhotoShop, Illustrator and other Adobe software
• Proficient with both PCs and Macs

Other Skills
• Proficient in AP Style and Chicago Manual Style
• Speak and understand basic Spanish
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing