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Gannett Design Studio, Nashville (November 2014-present)
» Lead a team of 60-plus designers and editors responsible for producing 12 daily Southeastern newspapers as well as dozens of nondaily products, glossy magazines and special sections
» Oversee branding implementations, overhauls and redesigns
» Establish best practices for design standards and studio workflow, and distribute documentation and hold training sessions
» Curate weekly newsletter containing information of interest to studio employees, as well as a gallery of top pages and descriptions of why they rose to the top
» Collaborate with high-level editors on daily design as well as issues of overall production efficiency
» Maintain the studio’s social media presence, which has steadily grown followers and acts as a recruitment tool
» Manage a crew of team leaders and help them clear obstacles so their designers can be successful
» Recruit eager designers and page editors who want to join our team and grow their skills
» Share conceptual designs and illustrations the Nashville team is doing with the rest of the company, to improve efficiency and reduce duplicated efforts
DESIGN TEAM LEADER
Gannett Design Studio, Nashville (July 2012-November 2014)
» Oversaw a combination of news, sports, features and special product design for four newspapers
» Supervised 10 designers who worked with Nashville; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; and Staunton, Va.
» Collaborated and communicated with editors to plan for daily production and enterprise projects
» Mentored and trained designers on CCI NewsGate as well as the news design production process
» Brainstormed ideas, offered feedback and suggestions for improved pages to designers
» Performed annual evaluations, set goals for designers and address personnel issues
» Developed and maintained production schedules for the team’s products, and scheduled staff accordingly
» Created conceptual illustrations and designs as needed for the papers on the team
» Worked with editors to develop new products, features and styles
» As NewsGate expert user, created and tweaked templates and library shapes to improve efficiency
» Troubleshot production problems and developed workflow solutions
» Launched The Clarion-Ledger and Hattiesburg American into the studio in September/October 2012
» Redesigned the Montgomery Advertiser for their Butterfly launch in February 2014
ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (June 2008-July 2011)
» Conceptualized, art directed and created illustrations primarily for news, opinion and online
» Art directed and designed Sunday A1 and Sunday Viewpoint, as well as enterprise special sections
» Helped manage and schedule staff of eight designers and a graphic artist
» Edited stories and wrote headlines, promos, cutlines and other compelling display type for A1
BLOGGER, DIGITAL TASK FORCE MEMBER
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (April 2009-July 2012)
» Curated local web content and contributed original content for thememphisblog.com
» Wrote book news, reviews and author interviews for theshelflifeblog.com and Sunday books page
» Covered Beale Street Music Festival on the Memphis in May blog and the Go Memphis Twitter account
» Worked with team to conceptualize digital products and designed wire frames based on ideas
PAGE DESIGNER, COPY EDITOR
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (January 2005-July 2012)
» Designed live and advance broadsheet and tabloid pages, primarily for news sections and A1
» Copy edited stories and wrote headlines and cutlines; posted stories to The CA’s website
DESIGN, COPY EDITING INTERN
The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala. (summer 2004)
» Designed broadsheet news, business and feature pages
» Copy edited stories and wrote headlines and cutlines using AP and in-house style
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
» Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with emphasis on print media design
» Graduated cum laude, December 2004
» Minors in English and Women’s Studies
Graphic design: Designs with emphasis on organization, sophistication and boldness. Knack for
presenting complex ideas in easy-to-digest ways that evoke emotion. Skilled at using typography, color and layering to achieve interesting, memorable designs. Enjoys designing for print and screen.
Writing/editing: Able to write with ease and edit with precision, both in professional and conversational formats. Feels comfortable writing everything from corporate memos to personal blog posts.
Photography: Has a good eye for composition, contrast and color. Shoots using DSLR and can compose and edit based on individual project’s need, be it commercial or artistic.
Web/social media: Holds longtime love for self-publishing on the web across diverse platforms.
Can perform basic HTML, PHP and CSS customizations. Has been successful at building and growing communities via social media. Blogging since before “blogging” was even a word.
Management/team building: Adept at fostering growth and collaboration between team members. Enjoys mentoring and sharing insights. Leads by example. Builds teams that maintain high morale.
Software: Comfortable in Mac and PC environments. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Quark, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (particularly Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and Adobe Digital Publishing, GN3 Tera Digital Publishing, Harrison, CCI NewsGate, Saxotech, Ellington, Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type, Squarespace, Medium, Tumblr, NotchBuilder.
AWARDS AND HONORS
» 20 Under 30 (named by the Memphis Flyer, February 2011)
» Scripps third quarter 2010 design award
» Society for News Design Award of Excellence 2009
» Scripps third quarter 2009 design award
» Voted Memphis’ best Twitterer (@theogeo) by readers of the Memphis Flyer, fall 2009
» Scripps first quarter 2008 design award
Available upon request.