© 2018 by Rachel Carter

Résumé

 

Professional Experience

FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR, Denver, Los Angeles                                                 October 2011 – Present 

            

• Report, research and write articles for travel and trade publications, including Small Market Meetings, Group Travel Leader and Select Traveler magazines.
• Write copy for an Internet-marketing firm based in Denver. Create press releases, web content and blogs to increase clients’ online presence and generate traffic for their websites.
• Write blogs for companies to use in their social-media marketing efforts.

• Copyedit articles, blogs and web content.

INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE INC., Los Angeles                                                  August 2010 – October 2011
Alternative Energy Editor



• Built the company’s Alternative Energy news service from the ground up. Extensively researched the industry, including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and tidal power, and built the company’s business-to-business news service accordingly. 

• Created and managed complex Google Alerts account to track daily news in the sector. Searched for press releases and news stories and posted them to the company’s proprietary web service (content used with permission).

• Wrote descriptive headlines – much like “business tweets” – to summarize each news article. Tagged each post with appropriate metadata to ensure it was properly sorted in the system.

• Covered industry conferences and expos, such as Solar Power International 2010, and wrote live blogs about the events. 

• Blogged about industry trends for the company’s website and worked with the social media department to increase the company’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.



​LONGMONT TIMES-CALL, Longmont, Colo.                                                        January 2007 – July 2010

Reporter



• Covered all aspects of city government and reported on local and regional issues for 30,000-daily circulation newspaper.

• Reported daily news stories on deadline and frequently wrote features, covered breaking news, tackled investigative articles and worked with other reporters on in-depth series.

• Worked with photographers, designers and the Internet department to produce multimedia projects, such as videos, photo slideshows and informational graphics, to supplement the print product.

• Tracked complex, ongoing issues and developed and maintained relationships with key government officials and community players.

• Wrote headlines, edited copy and proofed pages.

• Posted news stories to www.timescall.com and helped administer the newspaper's Facebook page and Twitter account.

 Won several state and national awards (Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters).





LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD, Loveland, Colo.                                           January 2003 – January 2007
Reporter



• Tracked all facets of city government, including elections, economic development, commercial and residential planning, parks, recreation, open space and transportation, for 20,000-daily circulation newspaper.

• Reported daily news stories on deadline and frequently wrote features, covered breaking news, tackled investigative articles and worked on in-depth series.

• Worked with photographers, designers and the Internet department to produce multimedia projects.

• Developed and maintained relationships with government officials and community members.

• Won several state and national awards (Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Press Association, Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters).





Education

Bachelor of Science, News-editorial journalism

University of Colorado, Boulder

Graduated May 2003
Minor in French

GPA 3.7





Skills



AP Style

SEO best practices

Social media marketing

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Basic HTML

Google Alerts
Google Analytics
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint

Windows/Mac OS
WordPress
Final Draft
Effective writing techniques
Efficient research methods
Proper grammar and punctuation

Type 100 wpm