Ivan Lajara

Ivan Lajara

East Region Engagement Editor at Digital First Media

Greater New York City Area

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Ivan Lajara's Overview

  • Engagement Editor for the East Region at Digital First Media
  • Life Editor at Daily Freeman

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Ivan Lajara's Summary

Ivan Lajara joined the Daily Freeman in Kingston in January of 2001 as a copy editor for the News department. In 2004, he started working for the Life department and became editor of the section soon thereafter.
He was named Editor of the Year in January 2006 by the Suburban Newspapers Association of America and subsequently won two awards by the same organization for 2008 in the Best Headline and Best Arts and Entertainment Criticism/Commentary categories.
He had a role in Las Noticias, the Freeman's then Spanish weekly newspaper.
He is the editor of Preview, the Freeman's weekly entertainment magazine, which won an honorable mention by the SNA in 2009 for best entertainment magazine. And he edits special sections.
His blog won second place in 2010 and first place in 2011 in the New York Associated Press writing contest. And he won first place in the 2011 and 2012 AP contests for online content, as well as a third place for Column Writing in 2011.
He was chosen as one of the 25 under 35 journalists in the country by Editor & Publisher in 2011. He was promoted to engagement editor for the east region of Digital First Media in February 2012. The Peruvian native has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1996. Today, he lives in Kingston.

Specialties: Social Media, newsroom training in emerging mobile and web technologies and processes; Metrics; Web and print layout; photo editing: QuarkExpress, Adobe CS (Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign, some Flash); HTML.
Proficient at using and customizing word processors and news organizations network systems, including content management systems for web and print.
Video editing experience with Final Cut, iMovie, Youtube.
Proficient in English and Spanish.

Ivan Lajara's Experience

Engagement Editor for the East Region

Digital First Media

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Publishing industry

February 2012Present (2 years 8 months) Kingston, NY

Ivan Lajara, life editor of the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., is engagement editor for the Digital First East Region, which includes newsrooms in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia.

Life Editor

Daily Freeman

Newspapers industry

2004Present (10 years)

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; JRC; Newspapers industry

January 2001April 2013 (12 years 4 months)

In addition to editing copy and page layout, the supervisory position oversees 3 to 4 journalists.
Other responsibilities include:
* Planning of stories for Life section
* Planning, editing and layout of special sections, including Getting Around, Designs for Living, Your Wedding, Health & Fitness and Home & Garden.
* Informal supervisory position over Las Noticias, a Spanish weekly, including occasional planning, writing, editing and page design.
* Freelance budgeting

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; JRC; Newspapers industry

January 2001October 2004 (3 years 10 months)

Responsibilities included editing stories for print and web and layout of a variety of pages, from Records to Business to World news.

Ivan Lajara's Languages

  • Spanish

Ivan Lajara's Skills & Expertise

  1. QuarkXPress
  2. Newspaper
  3. Magazines
  4. Blogging
  5. Press Releases
  6. Editing
  7. InDesign
  8. Copy Editing
  9. Social Media
  10. Newspapers
  11. Adobe Acrobat
  12. Journalism
  13. Media Relations
  14. Feature Articles
  15. Copywriting
  16. News Writing
  17. Breaking News
  18. Content Development
  19. Investigative Reporting
  20. Creative Writing
  21. Storytelling
  22. AP Style
  23. Online Journalism
  24. Proofreading
  25. Photography

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Ivan Lajara's Education

State University of New York at New Paltz

Bachelor, Journalism



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Ivan Lajara's Additional Information


New technologies, photography, web development, experimentation.

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Honors and Awards:

• 2005 Editor of the Year, Suburban Newspapers of America
http://tinyurl.com/8hsu7e (PDF)

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