Breann Petro

Freelance Editor, Writer, & More

Location:Buffalo, New York, United States
4 Skills
"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write." I cannot lie; I am not a fan of William Thackeray, the man who penned the above statement, but I completely agree with those words. That pretty much describes why I love to write! I'm currently a public relations professional and also have experience as a reporter and editor at one of Buffalo, NY's largest weekly newspapers. I enjoy crafting creative messages but am also very detail-oriented and a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing and editing.

I'm eager to take on all types of writing and editing work!

Communications Experience
West Seneca Central School District community relations coordinator, October 2009 - present
- coordinated public relations for 12 schools
- edited and designed award-winning district newsletter
- developed and maintained relationships with local media, community members
- planned successful community outreach events

The Buffalo Law Journal/ Business First freelance writer, December 2010 – July 2011
- conducted interviews for stories as assigned
- wrote articles on financial and legal subject matters
- effectively researched story topics

Bee Group Newspapers reporter, editor, August 2005 – September 2009
- promoted to editor of The West Seneca Bee in November 2005
- generated interesting story ideas
- assigned, edited and wrote news stories and feature articles
- managed and designed layout of newspaper on a weekly basis

Art Voice Buffalo's Alternative News Weekly internship, September - December 2004
- wrote feature articles and previews
- conducted interviews with local artists and musicians
- completed research for articles via the phone and Internet

The Buffalo News, Washington, D.C. Bureau internship, May - July 2004
- contributed research for political articles
- conducted street interviews
- maintained office supplies and equipment

WYRK/ Infinity Broadcasting internship, January - May 2004
- worked at promotional events
- updated promotions website
- assisted with promotional prize distribution

NeXt, The Buffalo News correspondent, December 2000 - May 2001
- developed and contributed various feature articles for teenage audience

Canisius College of Buffalo
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Summa *** Laude in Communication Studies, Concentration in Journalism and Media Studies (May 2005)
- Highest Academic Achievement in Communication Studies Department
- cumulative GPA: 3.93, Dean's Honors List for eight consecutive semesters
- completed course work in marketing, advertising, journalism, communication and writing

Professional and Community Memberships
Burchfield Nature & Art Center volunteer publicity chairperson, September 2010 - present
- wrote copy for website, updated site content
- prepared media releases for events and programs

Relay for Life of West Seneca volunteer publicity chairperson, April 2009 – present
- prepared news releases
- helped manage and promote fundraising activities

Warm the Children/West Seneca Cares for Kids volunteer, October 2006 - present
West Seneca Chamber of Commerce member, November 2005 – present
West Seneca Community of Churches member, October 2009 – present
Western New York School Public Relations Association member, October 2009; vice president January 2011 – December 2011; president, December 2011 – present

Computer Skills
Proficient in Microsoft GN3, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, social media