Dee Underwood

Freelance Magazine Designer & Ad Designer

Location:Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2 Skills
Diane Underwood
615 – 170 Lees Ave.
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5G5

To obtain a position with you and your company to feed my passion for journalism and communications.

April 2007 – Present
TV Media Ottawa, ON
Paginator/Pagination Coordinator/Editorial Coordinator
I am responsible for working with over 30 client accounts, including advertising changes and design aspects. I also write entertainment stories and proof work by other members of my team.
Feb 2007 – April 2007
Brampton Guardian Brampton, ON
General Reporter
I worked with the Guardian throughout a six-week placement for my college program. I covered the arts, sports and politics as well as archiving past issues.
May 2006 - Dec 2006
Algonquin Times Ottawa, ON
Layout and Production Editor My responsibilities included arranging and placing advertisements throughout the newspaper using dummy sheets, while maintaining a solid channel of communication between the editorial and advertising staff. I was also responsible for paginating the full-colour centre spread of each issue, as well as creating any graphics needed for the newspaper, such as charts, graphs or cut-outs.
July 2006 - Dec 2006
Canada Revenue Agency Ottawa, ON
Communications and Information Officer
I was responsible for writing communiqués, press releases and newsletters for the Information Technology Branch of the Canada Revenue Agency. I also conducted interviews and covered events for an Internet publication called ITB Highlights, as well as photography and graphic design projects for the entire branch.
May 2006 - Dec 2006
GLUE magazine Ottawa, ON
Handling Editor/WriterAs a handling editor, I was assigned to work with writers to help them find a focus and sources for their pieces. I also did fact-checking, line editing, copy editing, display writing and pagination using Adobe InDesign.
Nov 2006 - Aug 2006
Algonquin Times Ottawa, ON
Managing EditorAs managing editor, my duties included maintaining lists and databases of stories of past and current issues. I was one of three senior editors responsible for copy editing over 70 stories for each issue.

Aug 2003 – July 2005 University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON
Aug 2005 – April 2007 Algonquin College Ottawa, ON
Completed Baccalaureate Degree in Journalism, which involves two years at the University of Ottawa and two years at Algonquin College. I now hold both a Bachelor Degree and a diploma in Journalism.

Journalistic Skills
Writing columns, editorials, spot news, investigative reporting, features and inverted pyramid
Photography, both film and digital
Strong knowledge of libel laws and Freedom of Information requests
Very thorough knowledge of Canadian Press style, with basic skills in Chicago and American Press

Computer Skills
Quark Xpress (Versions 4, 5 and 6)
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign (Versions CS and CS2)
Research databases
Typing speed of 65 WPM

Other experience
Subway Sandwiches January 2004 – February 2007
University of Ottawa GeeGees September 2003 – March 2005
Famous Players Theatres October 2001 – May 2003
McDonald`s Restaurants November 2000 – March 2001

Available upon request.
Skills (2) Rating
Magazine Design
Ad Design