Diane Dougherty

Freelance Article Writer & Journalistic Photographer

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Location:Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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DIANE ELLEN DOUGHERTY

STRENGTHS/ SKILL SETS
• Strong leadership skills
• Team builder/motivator
• Exceptional organizational skills
• Computer skills (Word, Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Word Press)
• Traveled Extensively within the United States and abroad (to include over 33 states, numerous U.S. National parks and over 11 countries)
• Works well under pressure (Time and budget management)
o Accustomed to short suspense’s/budget constraints

COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE
May 2011-December 2011 Mace & Crown Student Newspaper
Editor-in-Chief
o Oversaw Executive Board staff of nine individuals
o Handled budgeting for entire organization
o Worked meticulously with our Advertising Director on various projects
o Edited stories for factual information and grammatical correctness from on-staff and freelance writers
o Created headlines, subheads and photo captions for stories
o Worked collaboratively with Old Dominion University faculty and staff as well as local businesses and organizations

January 2011-May 2011 Mace & Crown Student Newspaper
Arts and Entertainment Editor

• Edited stories for factual information and grammatical correctness from on-staff and freelance writers
• Created headlines, subheads and photo captions for stories
• Wrote feature stories on local personalities, events, and the arts
• Interviewed local and national artists for stories and profiles
• Previewed and reviewed concerts of local and national significance

March 2009-January 2011 Mace & Crown Student Newspaper
Staff Writer

• Ability to write accurately and effectively about a wide range of subject matter including movie reviews, interviews, event reviews and commentaries
• Created and wrote a weekly column
• Skilled in interviewing, research and photography
• Adept in determining the "hook" that creates the strongest connections between the stories and the audience
WORK EXPERIENCE
Chili's Grill and Bar, Norfolk, VA
Server 08/2009 -05/2011
• Served in many areas: Serving, Hosting, Busing, To-go, and Expo
• Extensive experience with Customer Service
• Assisted Management team with training new team members
• Open and close restaurant daily

Osprey's Landing Restaurant, Woodbridge, VA
Sever/Caterer 05/2007 - 01/2009
• Responsible for banquet and gala preparations
• Assisted with event coordinating
• Experience in catering events
• Thorough knowledge of serving skill sets
• Experience with Guest Relations
• Opened and closed restaurant daily
EDUCATION
Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
Communications, GPA: 3.27 2009 - 2011
Graduation Date: 12/17/2011

Earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media. Graduated with honors.

East Carolina University Greenville, NC
Communications/Theater Arts, GPA: 3.14 2007 - 2009
Pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media.

Hayfield Secondary Alexandria, VA
GPA: 3.0 2001 - 2007
Enrolled in several Honor's and AP courses

LANGUAGES
Studied French language for 3 years.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

• Photography
• Presently a Member of Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society- Old Dominion University Chapter
• Secretary of Monarch Media Org. at Old Dominion University
• Extensive experience with Public Speaking as a result of Theater for 11 years
• Mace and Crown, Old Dominion University Student Newspaper 2009-2011
o Editor-in-Chief- May to December 2011
o Arts and Entertainment Editor- January to May 2011
o Staff Writer- March 2009 to January 2011
• Future Business Leaders of America 2005-2007
• DECA 2005-2007; 1st place in Districts, Competed in States, Asked to attend Nationals

REFERENCES

Available upon request.