James O'Brien, PhD

James O'Brien, PhD

Location
New York, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Industry
Writing and Editing

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James O'Brien, PhD's Overview

Current
Education
  • Editorial Institute at Boston University
  • Editorial Institute at Boston University
  • Framingham State University
  • Leominster High School
Connections

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James O'Brien, PhD's Summary

As a journalist, James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, the profession of writing, and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work in the custom content space "sponsored content done right". He has written for major regional newspapers, and he has managed and edited established, startup, and turnaround newsrooms in varied markets, from community papers to major-city dailies. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, where he researched Bob Dylan's other-than-song writings. He is engaged in a bibliography for Oxford University Press, covering writings about the filmmaker John Cassavetes. He is the author of The Indie Writer's Survival Guide. His short stories and poetry are published in numerous journals and magazines.

James O'Brien, PhD's Experience

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Newspapers industry

August 2014Present (2 months) New York, NY

Reporting and writing for sponsored special inserts. Projects include spotlight-section on earthquake insurance via the California Earthquake Authority.

Contributor

Amex OPEN Forum

May 2014Present (5 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor (via Federated Media Publishing). Reporting and writing on small-business strategy, marketing, and customer engagement.

Contributor

Bigcommerce

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

April 2014Present (6 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing on business, marketing, and technology.

Contributor

NewsCred

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

April 2014Present (6 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing on business, finance, and technology for clients including The Hartford.

Contributor

Radix Collective

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Public Relations and Communications industry

April 2014Present (6 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing on advertising, marketing, and technology.

Contributor

Mashable

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Online Media industry

April 2014Present (6 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing for numerous clients in the publisher's branded-content portfolio.

Contributor

Slabmedia

April 2014Present (6 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing on website design, industry trends, and e-commerce.

Contributor

Skift

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Services industry

March 2014Present (7 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor. Researching, reporting, and writing about technology, travel, and advertising.

Contributor

Mashable

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Online Media industry

February 2014Present (8 months) New York, NY

Independent contractor reporting and writing news stories for Features and U.S. & World pages.

Contributor

Wiser Advisor

November 2013Present (11 months)

Independent contractor. Reporting and writing about personal finance and college financial matters. Cross posting to The Motley Fool and Daily Finance.

The Indie Writer's Survival Guide: DOs and DON'Ts of Full-Time Freelancing: Year One

Author

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) SlimBooks

Packed with practical information, this is a go-to resource for the new full-time independent professional writer, penned by a full-time indie with more than a decade of experience in journalism and research.

Contributor

Contently Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Media Production industry

June 2011Present (3 years 4 months) New York, NY

Blogging in byline and non-byline capacity for numerous clients, including Coca-Cola, American Express OPEN Forum, The Atlantic, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, U.S. Trust, Wall Street Survivor, The Content Strategist, The Freelance Strategist, Timbers Resorts, et al.

Bibliographer

Oxford University Press

Nonprofit; 5001-10,000 employees; Publishing industry

2011Present (3 years) New York, NY

Independent contractor leading project to write an annotated bibliography of works about the films and career of John Cassavetes.

Principal

Independent Writer

Sole Proprietorship; Myself Only; Writing and Editing industry

April 2008Present (6 years 6 months) New York, NY

Freelance writing, research, and reporting.

James O'Brien, PhD's Education

Editorial Institute at Boston University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Editorial Studies

20102012

Editorial Institute at Boston University

M.A., Editorial Studies

20092010

Framingham State University

B.A., English

19921997

Also matriculated at Clark University, 1995-1995.
Candidate B.A. Screen Studies
Candidate B.A. Philosophy

Activities and Societies: Published independent campus magazine: "Life Underwater" (1993-1994). Disc jockey at WDJM-FM, campus radio station (1992-1994) Student Council.

Leominster High School

High School Diploma, General Education

19891992

James O'Brien, PhD's Skills & Expertise

  1. Editing
  2. Writing
  3. Editorial
  4. Newspaper
  5. Magazines
  6. Documentary Film
  7. Fiction Writing
  8. Literary Fiction
  9. Poetry
  10. Online Journalism
  11. Web Content
  12. Blogging
  13. Creative Writing
  14. Newspapers
  15. Fundraising
  16. Documentaries
  17. Music
  18. Books

James O'Brien, PhD's Publications

  • How Red Bull Takes Content Marketing to the Extreme

    • Mashable
    • December 19, 2012

    Red Bull is a publishing empire that also happens to sell a beverage. Lately, every conference PowerPoint on the future of advertising or PR seems to mention Red Bull as a — if not the — shining example of a brand-turned-publisher, what every future-leaning agency encourages its clients to emulate.

    Yet, no one seems to know exactly how Red Bull does it.

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