Rachel Carter

Freelance Article Writer & Editor

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
2 Skills
FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR, Los Angeles October 2011 – Present

• Report, research and write articles for a number of travel and trade publications.
• Write SEO-driven press releases, web content and blog posts for an Internet-marketing firm.
• Write blogs for several small-business clients to use in their social-media marketing efforts.
• Copyedit screenplays and television pilots.

INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE INC., Los Angeles August 2010 – October 2011
Alternative Energy Editor

• Built the company’s Alternative Energy news service from the ground up.
• Extensively researched the industry, including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and tidal power, and built the company’s business-to-business news service accordingly.
• Created and managed complex Google Alerts account to track daily news in the sector.
• Searched for press releases and news stories (that we had the right to use) to post to the company’s proprietary web service.
• Wrote descriptive headlines – much like “business tweets” – to summarize each news article.
• Tagged each post with appropriate metadata to ensure it was properly sorted in the system.
• Covered industry conferences and expos, such as Solar Power International 2010, and wrote live blogs about the events.
• Blogged about industry trends for the company’s website.
• Worked with the social media department to increase the company’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

LONGMONT TIMES-CALL, Longmont, Colo. January 2007 – July 2010

• Covered all aspects of city government and reported on local and regional issues for 30,000-daily circulation newspaper.
• Tracked complex ongoing projects and developed and maintained relationships with key government officials and community players.
• Reported daily news stories on deadline and frequently wrote features, covered breaking news, tackled investigative articles and worked with other reporters on in-depth series.
• Wrote headlines, edited copy, proofed pages and posted news stories to www.timescall.com. • • Worked with photographers, designers and the Internet department to produce multimedia projects, such as videos and photo slideshows, to supplement the print product.
• Administered the Times-Call’s Facebook page and Twitter account to attract new readers and generate traffic for the newspaper’s website.
• One of my favorite assignments took me to the top of a 200-foot sugar silo (with no barriers between me and certain death) to write about the installation of a citywide Wi-Fi network.

LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD, Loveland, Colo. January 2003 – January 2007

• Reported on all facets of city government, including elections, economic development, commercial and residential planning, parks, recreation, open space and transportation for 20,000-daily circulation newspaper.
• Reported daily news stories on deadline and frequently wrote features and covered breaking news.
• One assignment I particularly enjoyed allowed me to spend the night in a 100-year-old theater with a team of paranormal investigators.


Bachelor of Science, News-editorial journalism
University of Colorado, Boulder
Graduated May 2003
Minor in French
GPA 3.7


AP Style
SEO writing
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Basic HTML
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Google Alerts
Google Analytics
Social media marketing
Windows/Mac OS
Effective writing techniques
Efficient research methods
Proper grammar and punctuation
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing