Mike Still

Freelance Editor & Article Writer

Location:Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States
2 Skills
Michael Still
200 10th St. NW
Norton, VA 24273

OBJECTIVE: Freelance editing for individuals and online/print publications
Experienced editing and writing professional with experience in news editing, layout, photography and news writing. Several Virginia Press Association awards for news writing and layout/design.

1980-1984 Bachelor’s degree in history, University of Virginia’s College at Wise
1984-1985 Graduate study in Urban and regional planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
2007-2008 Software design, Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, VA


2006 – present: Member Service Representative/Mentor, Sykes, Inc., Wise, Va.
Consumer loan servicing representative. Experienced with software tools and systems associated with the line of business. Mentored new agents transitioning to Consumer Loan Servicing.

2004 – 2006: Managing Editor, Richlands News-Press/Clinch Valley News (Media General)
Directed news operation, editing and layout for two award-winning weekly newspapers in Tazewell County, Va. Revamped several graphic and editorial aspects of publications, including adherence to corporate and Associated Press editorial standards. Upgraded the publications’ web presence and guided transition to a new printing press and publishing software system in 2006. Wrote editorials, columns and stories. Edited sports, news and feature copy at submission and layout stages of publication. Oversaw several special writing and graphic projects. Coached and managed a staff of reporters, photographers and administrative staff in continuous improvement of a quality news product.

2002 – 2004: Staff writer, Bristol Herald Courier (Media General)
Covered Virginia local and state government, public and higher education, business, technology and transportation for a Bristol, Va.-based regional daily newspaper. Organized special projects for publication, including coordination with editors, photographers and graphic artists. Cooperated with sister television station WJHL on coverage and projects.

1997 – 2002: Staff writer/Bureau chief, Kingsport Times-News
Coordinated Southwest Virginia coverage for an East Tennessee-based regional daily newspaper. Oversaw reporters’ and photographers’ assignments and assisted with copy editing at the bureau level.. Worked with editors on coverage focus and special projects.

1994 – 1997: Staff writer, Coalfield Progress
Wrote feature and news stories for a weekly Southwest Virginia community newspaper. Covered education, transportation, local government. Proofed copy and pages.


Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Microsoft InDesign publishing software

Adobe PhotoShop 5.0/6.0/7.0/CS

QuarkXPress publishing software


Susan Cameron
City Editor, Bristol Herald Courier
320 Bob Morrison Blvd.
Bristol, VA 24201

Ginger Branton
Executive Director, Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce
1413 Front St.
Richlands, VA 24641

Pat Bussard
Public Relations Coordinator
Southwest Virginia Community College
Richlands, VA 24641

Jim Talbert
Staff writer
Richlands News-Press
1221 Front St
Richlands, VA 24641

Additional references available upon request
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing