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Rob Blackstien

Freelance Article Writer & Copywriter

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Location:Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/robblackstien
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ROB BLACKSTIEN
252 Evelyn Ave, Apt. 3
Toronto, Ontario M6P 2Z9
(416) 446-6161
rblackstien@pen-ultimate.ca
www.Pen-Ultimate.ca

WORK EXPERIENCE

PEN-ULTIMATE September 2002 - present
Freelance Writer/Editor
• Freelance journalism and marketing/advertising copy writing. Clients include: The Canadian Professional Sales Association, Canadian Business, The Globe & Mail, Rogers Communications Inc., MoneySense magazine, Cisco Systems, Kijiji and LexisNexis.

ROGERS MEDIA April 1998 - August 2002
Assistant Editor, Channel Business
• Helped plan editorial content for bi-weekly business publication for high-tech resellers
• Wrote, edited and proofread features, news, product reviews and departments for the magazine and its related on-line news service
• Assigned and edited a variety of columns, features and reviews
• Represented publication at local and international events
• Assisted in planning and moderation of industry-related roundtables
• Consulted with art department to plan photography/illustrations for feature and news stories

CARSWELL (THOMSON PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING) June 1992 - April 1998
Content Editor
• Editor of looseleaf services, books and newsletters, including the bi-weekly The Canadian Taxpayer and monthly Canadian Not-For-Profit News, written by Arthur Drache, Q.C.
• Managed production process from manuscript through shipment
• Scheduled/monitored editorial and production deadlines
• Coordinated design of new publications
• Provided legal and statute research for publications

HOMES PUBLISHING GROUP February 1990 - March 1992
Managing Editor
• Planned editorial content for three housing market-related publications
• Coordinated freelance work
• Hands-on management of magazines with production department
• Liaised with building industry contacts
• Copy editing, research, feature/department writing and photography

FOCUS CANADA July 1986 - June 1990
Systems Coordinator/Assistant Project Director
• Managed 20,000-name database for market research company
• Assisted in coordination of research projects
CENTENNIAL COLLEGE ORACLE
September 1988 - May 1990
Entertainment Editor
• Responsible for entertainment editorial content of student newspaper
• Desktop (PageMaker) and art board production
• Assigned and edited articles
• Wrote bi-weekly column and other articles

EAST YORK OBSERVER February 1989 - December 1989
Reporter/Photographer
• Wrote variety of news stories, features, columns and editorials
• Responsible for photographic/editorial production
• Provided distribution assistance

EDUCATION

CENTENNIAL COLLEGE OF APPLIED ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY 1990
Diploma in Journalism—Print
GEORGES VANIER SECONDARY SCHOOL 1987
Honour Graduation Diploma

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

CARSWELL EMPLOYEE COMMITTEE Co-Chair January 1994 - December 1997
• Managed 10-person committee that organized events for 600 employees nationwide
• Responsible for setting annual $50,000 budget
• Responsible for meeting annual $5,000 fund-raising goal
• Fielded concerns and complaints regarding events
• Wrote bi-weekly column for company newsletter

BIG BROTHERS OF METROPOLITAN TORONTO July 1992 - January 1995
• Volunteer Big Brother for 10-year-old boy
• Participated in fund-raising events
• Member of Big Brothers Group Program

ACHIEVEMENTS

• Top 10 finalist for Kenneth R. Wilson Award, Best Profile of a Person category, 1999
• Carswell "Most Valuable Partner” Award recipient for outstanding achievement, Q2, 1994
• Achieved G.P.A. of 4.0 during final college semester
• Worked as DJ at CKCC (College radio station) for three years
• Writer/director of promotional tapes for specialty college radio show and events
• Organized, researched, edited and assisted in writing special "Decade-in-Review" feature for East York Observer in December 1989
• Sports Editor for high school newspaper, The Earl Haig Independent
• North York community softball team manager for four years
• Cover photographer for HOMES Magazine June/July/August 1991 issue
• Founder and Editor of company newsletter, The Focus Canada Chronicle

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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