CJ Clemmons

Freelance Article Writer & Creative Writer

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Location:Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/cjclemmons
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Feb. 16, 2012



Please accept this letter as application for a position with your
publication.
I earned my master’s degree in Liberal Studies at The
University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, I have an
undergraduate degree in Journalism from San Jose State University.
While employed as a newspaper reporter, I worked at several major
metropolitan publications including Newsday, The Oakland Tribune and
The Charlotte Observer. My work in journalism has garnered awards from
journalism associations including The North Carolina Press Association,
The Associated Press, The National Association of Black Journalists and
The Northern California Press Association.
The most noted accolade of my career came at The Charlotte Observer
where I was one of the lead reporters for the newspapers “Taking Back
Our Neighborhoods” series which explored crime and poverty in
Charlotte’s central city. The project was a 1995 Pulitzer Prize
finalist and has been used as a model at other publications.
I spent four years as an experienced Public Information Officer in the
United States Air Force and wrote press releases and answered press
queries. I held the same position in the U.S. Army National guard for
two years. I was honorably discharged.
I have attached my resume. It is my belief that my education and
experience will make me a valuable addition to your staff.


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QUALIFICATIONS

Enterprising African American Journalism Professional with more than
20 years of experience writing and reporting stories for midsize and
major metropolitan daily newspapers, as well as six years serving as a
military Public Information Specialist in the U.S. Air Force and U.S.
Army National Guard. I posses exceptional interpersonal and
communications skills.
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EDUCATION

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. M.A. in Liberal Studies.

San Jose State University. B.A. in Journalism with emphasis on
Reporting and Editing. Minor studies in Public Relations and Political
Science.

U.S. Air Force Technical Training School. Honor graduate of military
Photojournalism course.
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REPORTING EXPERIENCE

PRESENT

FREELANCE WRITER. Developing stories for online publications.

THE WILMINGTIN STAR-NEWS WILMINGTON NC.
Urban Affairs Reporter. Covered minority issues, housing and human
interest stories.
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION ATLANTA, GA. Features Writer.
Responsible for conceptualizing and writing stories that gave readers
insight into their community.
THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER CHARLOTTE, NC.
Education Reporter/News Features Writer. Covered schools in the state's
largest school district as well as feature stories. Was part of a
reporting team that was first-runner up for The Pulitzer Prize in
community journalism.

NEWSDAY MELVILLE, NY. General Assignment Reporter. Responsibilities
included coverage of Long Island town government, breaking news, human
interest stories and news features. THE VIRGINIAN PILOT NORFOLK, VA.
General Assignment Reporter. Concentrated on special projects, breaking
news and features. Won award from National Association of Black
Journalists for a series of stories about race relations. 1991-1993

THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD DALLAS, TX.
Lifestyle Writer. Duties included keeping abreast of cultural and
lifestyle trends as well as pop culture in order to develop
entertaining stories.

THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE OAKLAND, CA.
Military Reporter. Beat dealt with military concerns in the Oakland/San
Francisco Bay Area.

THE DESERT SUN PALM SPRINGS, CA.
General Assignment Reporter. Responsibilities included celebrity
profiles, city government and breaking news.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS EXPERIENCE

WANG LABORATORIES INC. NEW YORK, NY.
Public Relations Specialist. Fielded press queries, composed press
releases and coordinated special events and promotions.
GIRLS INC. WILMINGTON, NC
Media Specialist. Generated stories for the local newspaper about the
organization and arranged television appearances and interviews to
broadcast group community projects. Also comprised press releases and
acted as Media Liaison.
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MILITARY EXPERIENCE

U.S. AIR FORCE
Public Information Specialist. Composed press releases handled press
queries and reported stories for military publications.

U.S. ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Public Information Specialist. Wrote press releases, handled press
queries and coordinated special events.

JOURNALISM AWARDS

Finalist for 1995 Pulitzer Prize
The North Carolina Press Association
The Associated Press
The National Association of Black Journalists
The Northern California Press Association
The American Cancer Society
The United States Navy
Hampton Roads (Va.) Association of Black Journalists
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Creative Writing