Chicago-based freelance writer and photographer with experience in news writing, business copywriting and search engine optimization. Proficient in AP and Chicago style. Possesses considerable research experience and ability to work under tight deadlines. Wrote for two Chicago community newspapers, covering ward remapping, anti-NATO protest, the Chicago teachers strike. Profiled local businesses, discussed residential and community developments and explored issues relevant to residents of West Loop, South Loop, Chinatown, Pilsen, River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Near North, Old Town and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
Summary of Qualifications * Knowledge of AP writing style and Search Engine Optimization * Extensive research experience with electronic and print sources, as well as interviews and on-site observations * Proficiency in Microsoft Office software * Hands-on experience with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere * Thorough knowledge of Chicago communities, independent cinema and local politics Employment History in the Field Contributing Reporter, Chicago Journal, Oak Park, IL January 2012 – December 2012 (Freelance Job) ·Covered Near West Side, South Loop, Chinatown, Pilsen, University Village, River North, Streeterville, Near North, Cabrini-Green, Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park neighborhoods ·Reported on ward remapping controversy, anti-NATO protests, teachers strike and other major events ·Reported on neighborhood news, covered major events, profiled local businesses and researched issues relevant to communities the paper covered. Content Writer, Internet Brands, El Segundo, CA, April 2009 – September 2011 (Online Job) ·Composed Search Engine Optimization documents on assigned topics ·Conducted necessary background research Neighborhood Editor, Chicago Flame, Chicago, Il, September 2007-May 2009 ·Researched and developed a weekly column that focused on different Chicago neighborhoods ·Edited, proofread and fact-checked articles submitted by contributing writers Other Employment History Sales Contractor, Demos Express, Indianapolis, IN, May 2004 – December 2008 ·Composed Search Engine Optimization documents on assigned topics ·Conducted necessary background research Unpaid Writing Experience Grant Writing Intern, Edgewater Historical Society, Chicago, IL, September 2010 – December 2010 §Wrote grants for Edgewater Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to studying, preserving and teaching the history of Chicago’s Edgewater community area. Chicago Ethnic Community Blogger, Examiner.com, 2008-2010 §Wrote news and feature articles about history and events throughout Chicago ethnic neighborhoods Education Northeastern Illinois University, Fall 2010 - Present Teaching Certification Program for Post-Baccalaureate Students Expected Date of Graduation: May 2012 Education (Cont) University of Illinois at Chicago, Fall 2006 – Spring 2008 Bachelor of the Arts in English William Rainey Harper College, Fall 2004 – Spring 2006 Associate of the Arts in English Volunteer Activities English tutor, Heartland Alliance, Chicago, Il, February-May 2010 §Heartland Alliance is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to helping the refugees and the poor. Tutored Assyrian refugees from Iraq in English language on volunteer basis. Intern, Free Street Theater, Chicago, Il, February-May 2009 ·Free Street Theater is a community theater program for Chicago West Side youth. The program fosters their creativity and develops their writing and acting skills. As an adult intern, assisted the instructors in whatever capacity they needed. Skills Computer: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator Languages: English, Russian