Hello and thanks for checking out my profile. I'm a freelance journalist and digital artist working in Santa Cruz, California. I'm currently a regular contributor for the local city newspaper, covering news, features and entertainment. I also have experience editing, advertisement writing and photography. Refer to my resume below for a more detailed account of my qualifications and professional experience.
Joel E. Hersch
Bachelor of Arts: Major: Journalism, Minor: Spanish, CSU, Chico, December 2009
Secondary Education: Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, Calif., Benjamin Franklin International School, Barcelona, Spain, traveled around world on sailboat for five years ages 12 to 17
Weekend Reporter – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Worked at newspaper to independently write and file stories for weekend section
Monitored police scanner and communicated with multiple agencies for crime beat
Worked in a fast paced environment with photographers and editors
Covered local breaking news
Freelance Features, News and Entertainment Writer – Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jan 2010 – current
Conducted research, interviews and produced stories while consistently meeting deadlines
Initiated, pitched and delivered story ideas for publication
Covered late, breaking news with minimal lead time
Entertainment Editor – The Orion, Chico’s award winning weekly paper – 8/09 to 12/09
Coached student writers in journalistic writing technique and edited submissions
Assisted in newspaper planning and section layout using InDesign
Researched events and compiled weekly entertainment calendar
Produced entertainment articles
Staff Writer Intern – The Santa Cruz Sentinel – 5/09 to 8/09
Demonstrated ability to write for multiple sections with minimal support
Collaborated with a large staff to meet demands of daily newspaper
Blogger – Built and maintained personal Web site – 9/10 to present
Utilized Web skills to publish online media
Displayed published articles, creative writing and art
Staff Writer – The Orion – 8/08 to 5/09
PEOPLE MANAGEMENT/CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Sales Person– West Marine, March 2010 – current, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Provided excellent customer service and sailing expertise
Sailing Teacher– Catalina Island Camps, summers 2006 and 2008, Catalina Island, Calif.
Coached kids ages 7-15 on sailing technique and facilitated effective teamwork
Sail Maker– Santa Cruz Sails, summer 2005, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Performed sail stitching craft and worked with a tight, fast paced team
J-Port Sailing– summer 2003, Annapolis, Md.
Performed sailboat testing and maintenance
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS
Member of Society of Professional Journalists
Member of Santa Cruz Community Television
Travel, Writing, Photography, Journalism, Cultural Diversity, Sailing, Surfing and Current Events