California State University-Chico
Communications Program Manager at City of Reno
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I'm an award-winning writer and experienced photographer and consider myself to be a successful, innovative communications specialist and journalist. I have eight years of experience as a magazine editor, and I have also worked in the newspaper industry as a copy editor, reporter, and page designer.
I develop and disseminate key messages to inform citizens and help shape the perception of the City of Reno locally, regionally and globally. In addition, I am the primary writer on the Communications and Community Engagement team. I employ various writing executions, including press releases, social media, web content, speech writing, strategic message development, and advertising. I also handle media relations and manage emergency and crisis communications.
I managed all the editorial in print and online for Nevada Magazine. I wrote articles and took photos, worked with freelance writers and photographers, distributed press releases, and edited all Nevada Magazine products, which included six 80-page issues a year, e-newsletters, and various special projects. In 2011 we produced a 191-page 75th-Anniversary Edition, and in 2013 we printed a special 150-page Historical Nevada book. I also created and managed all of our social media sites and blogs, including producing videos for our YouTube page. I co-hosted a weekly radio show, as well as appeared weekly on KRNV (Channel 4) in Reno via Google Hangout.
Wrote feature articles, worked with freelance writers, assisted the editor in planning future issues, and helped our Production department with Web site maintenance. Also wrote content for Nevada Commission on Tourism collateral projects.
Responsible for design and organization of the sports section for the daily newspaper, known in the business as "slotting," or assisted slot person perform the same task. Also wrote headlines and local stories and, after scanning the AP wire, edited local and national stories.
Responsible for stories, layout, and organization of bi-weekly sports section. Wrote feature and games stories and was responsible for updating the Web site, which I treated more like a daily news source.
First Place: General Excellence, Nevada Magazine, Nevada Press Association, 2013
Second Place: Best Feature Story, Nevada Press Association, 2013
First Place: General Excellence, Nevada Magazine, Nevada Press Association, 2012
Outstanding Journalist, Nevada Press Association, 2011
Featured in "The 2011 FOLIO: 40": http://www.foliomag.com/2011/matt-brown
First Place: Best Feature Story, Nevada Press Association, 2010
First Place: Best Local Column, Nevada Press Association, 2010
First Place: General Excellence, Nevada Magazine, Nevada Press Association, 2009
First Place: "Magazine Affiliated Online Journalism, " NevadaMagazine.com, National Headliner Awards, 2008
Grand Award: Web & Intranet Sites, NevadaMagazine.com, APEX Awards, 2008
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