I come from journalism, and I know how to target a message and produce clean, error-free content.
How did I get so confident in my writing and editing skills?
Well, it took years. I began to work on my writing and editing skills in high school. My parents were my first editors. They wouldn’t let me turn in a paper until they had ripped it apart and forced me to improve it, sometimes more than once. Then, I did really well on a newspaper assignment in my sophomore English teacher’s class. She was also the newspaper adviser, and she begged me to join the journalism staff. My destiny was set.
I decided I wanted to be a professional journalist. I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Morehead State University. For the first nine years of my career, I grew in my writing, editing and design skill at a variety of newspapers and magazines. I worked for two notable local daily newspapers, The Richmond Register in Richmond, Ky., and The Winchester Sun in Winchester, Ky. I also worked for The Lane Report, a statewide business-to-business magazine in Kentucky.
I learned to be a fast, versatile writer. I can take complex information and present it to an audience. My copyediting skills are almost obsessive-compulsive. I notice errors everywhere, especially online. Misspelled and misused words in blogs and news stories catch my eye. Abused apostrophes and run-on sentences jump right out at me.
Later in my career, I grabbed the chance to teach college media classes at two Kentucky regional universities. I spent four years at Eastern Kentucky University, teaching feature writing classes. I also spent a year at Western Kentucky University, which houses the state’s Program of Distinction in media. I taught media writing classes, as well as a unique team-taught class that instructed students in the fundamentals of cross-platform storytelling using a blog.
Teaching sharpened my explanation, group presentation and facilitation skills. I also got comfortable with online technology and web delivery.
I’ve dedicated my career to writing for the public. I’ve worked with editors who helped me improve, and I’ve taught others how to write and edit better. Now, I’m looking for a career that uses my communication, project management, administration, or training skills. Please contact me if there is something I can do for you.