Mary McKenzie Dixon

Freelance Content Writer & Speech Writer

Location:Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States
Phone: 7817381099
2 Skills
Mary McKenzie Dixon 35 Deer Path Trail ? Duxbury, MA ? 781-738-1099

Objective: A challenging position in the field of journalism


Virtua and West Jersey Hospitals Camden, NJ
Labor Relations and Marketing Writer 1998 to 1999

Prepared and edited organizational publications for internal and external audiences, including employee newsletters and reports.
Planned and directed development and communication of informational programs to maintain favorable public perceptions of organization's accomplishments and agenda.
Arranged for reproduction of materials for distribution and examined reproductions for conformity to standards.
Edited materials according to specific market and customer requirements.

Courier-Post South Jersey, NJ
Business Writer, Editor, Columnist for Working Life Section 1996 to 1998

Was instrumental in consistently producing quality content of hard news for business section; received award in 1996 for best story piece (covering Strawbridge and Clothier retail chain); received honorable mention from New Jersey Press Association in 1997.
Analyzed current news items, topics chosen by publication editorial board and selected material most pertinent to presentation.
Gathered information and developed subject perspective through research, interview, experience and attendance at functions.
Prepared, rewrote and edited copy to improve readability, and supervised others who do this work.
Developed story and content ideas, considering reader and audience appeal.

North American Publishing Company Philadelphia, PA
Editor, Writer and Columnist for Magazines 1993 to 1996

Reviewed and evaluated work of staff members, making recommendations and changes.
Reviewed final proofs, approved and made changes.
Organized material and planned overall and individual page layouts and selected type; Read and evaluated material submitted for publication consideration.
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The Temecula Californian/ Escondido Times Riverside & San Diego Counties
Copy Editor, Political Columnist, Reporter 1990 to 1993

Verified accuracy of transcripts by checking copies against original records of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judges.
Gathered and verified factual information regarding story through interview, observation and research.
Planned, coordinated and directed editorial activities and formulated policy.
Publications included magazines, trade journals, house organs and related publications.
Prepared news and public relations releases, special brochures and similar materials.
Reviewed, submitted for approval, and revised written material to meet personal standards and satisfied needs of client, publisher, director, and producer.
Conducted research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, utilizing sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
Conferred with client, publisher, and producer to discuss development changes and revisions.

The Trenton Times Trenton, NJ
Book Editorial Assistant and Obituary Clerk for Newspaper 1989 to 1990

Verified facts, dates and statistics, using standard reference sources.
Read galley and page proofs to detect errors and indicated corrections, using standard proofreading symbols.
Initiated and replied to correspondence regarding material published or being considered for publication.
Made recommendations regarding procurement and revision.
Reviewed submitted manuscripts and determined demand based on consumer trends and personal knowledge.
Secured, selected and coordinated the publication of manuscripts in book form.


Strayer University District of Columbia
Masters in Business Administration

Boston University College of Communication Boston, MA
Bachelor of Science in Journalism

References: Available upon request
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Skills (2) Rating
Content Writing
Speech Writing