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Communications Director Writer Editor in NYC NY Resume Gail Schiller

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Gail Schiller is a Communications / Publications Director with extensive experience as a reporter, writer and editor for Reuters, the AP and The Hollywood Reporter.

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									GAIL R. SCHILLER
Fresh Meadows, N.Y. 11365                (347) 752-8944                gfschiller@gmail.com               gailschiller.com

SUMMARY
Communications/Publications Director with extensive experience as a reporter, writer and editor for Reuters, the
AP and The Hollywood Reporter. Excellent track record in organizing newsworthy events and placing stories in
the print/broadcast/online media. Proven ability to launch, edit and oversee print and online publications. Skilled
in social networking, web content development, layout and design, WordPress and basic HTML. Experience in
staff management, media training, public speaking and giving TV interviews. Superb writing, editing and
copyediting skills. Reputation for building solid relationships with PR clients and journalists. Established contacts
and expertise in media, politics, health care, education, foreign affairs, entertainment, business and marketing.

CORE COMPETENCIES
Media Relations, Strategic Communications, Press Releases, Story Pitching and Placement, Media Training, Event
Planning, Publications, Online and Print Journalism, Writing and Editing, Social Media, Web Content, Blogging

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
AWAKEN PR, Founder – New York, N.Y.                                                            2012-present; 2008-2009
     Develop media strategy, plan events, conduct media training, write news releases and execute traditional and
     digital PR campaigns for non-profits, universities, hospitals, websites and small businesses
     Extraordinary track record of success such as coverage in over a dozen top-tier media outlets including USA
     Today, the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune for JPEF, a little-known non-profit

TOURO COLLEGE, Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Director of Publications – New York, N.Y.                            2009-2012
     Launched, Touro Links magazine, the first-ever alumni magazine for Touro College’s Division of Graduate
     Studies. Wrote, edited and copyedited all articles and content, selected photographs and graphics and directed
     layout and design as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, which also served as a marketing and recruitment tool
     Spearheaded initiative to create online version of the magazine and directed IT team in design of initial Touro
     Links website, www.touro.edu/tourolinks. Utilized WordPress platform to upload content and photos to the site
     Consulted with Touro’s PR and marketing departments on press releases, media strategy and brand messaging
     Advised graduate school deans, top-level administrators and professors on message development
     Assisted in writing and editing of graduate school brochures, catalogues and speeches of college deans

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Marketing Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif. & New York, N.Y.                            2004-2008
     Established new area of branded entertainment coverage for The Hollywood Reporter, writing extensively about
     the production of branded content across TV, film, the Internet, mobile devices, video games and music
     Covered breaking news and wrote in-depth features and analyses on film and television marketing, licensing,
     promotions, branding, online marketing, sponsorships and advertising
     Reported on the placement of political and pro-social story lines in film and television, Hollywood public affairs
     campaigns, programming tied to the presidential primaries and advocacy groups that work with Hollywood
     Interviewed as industry expert by CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC and the Starz Channel, among others
     Covered film premieres and entertainment events; interviewed celebrities, top Hollywood directors, producers and
     studio executives

L.A. FOR CLARK, Media Director, Celebrity Liaison,
Member Of Executive Leadership Committee – Los Angeles, Calif.                                                  2003-2004
       Wrote news advisories and press releases and supervised all other aspects of public relations and media outreach
       for Gen. Wesley Clark’s grassroots presidential campaign in Los Angeles
       Supervised speech writing, speakers’ bureaus, “rapid response” efforts to counter negative press about Gen.
       Clark, and the writing of newsletters, articles and website material. Directed the work of dozens of professionals
       volunteering for the campaign
       Planned campaign events and orchestrated political, union and celebrity endorsements of Gen. Clark
       Arranged for Hollywood celebrities to speak at Los Angeles-area fundraisers, rallies and other campaign events
GAIL R. SCHILLER                                                                                                    PAGE 2

REUTERS NEWS AGENCY, Part-Time General News Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif.                                   2003-2004
     Covered variety of general news stories such the worst wildfires in California history, the heightened U.S. terror
     alert and sexual allegations against Michael Jackson

ASSOCIATED PRESS, Part-Time General News Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif.                                             2003
     Covered politics, government, natural disasters, entertainment, crime, lifestyle and many other news stories and
     features for the AP’s Los Angeles bureau; Stories included California’s historic gubernatorial recall election

OLAM MAGAZINE, Associate Editor – Los Angeles, Calif.                                                          1998-2002
     Hired freelance writers, developed and assigned article topics, provided editorial guidance to writers, edited
     articles for publication and wrote headlines. With a circulation of 1 million, Olam was distributed in major U.S.
     newspapers including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post

FREELANCE WRITER – Los Angeles, Calif.                                                                   1995-1998
     Worked as researcher/writer on several books and proposals including Powerful Prayers by Larry King
     Served as a freelance reporter for People, Newsday, The Boston Globe and Newsweek

REUTERS NEWS AGENCY, Business/General Assignment Reporter – Los Angeles, Calif.                             1994-1995
     Responsible for general assignment business reporting in the Los Angeles area with most coverage focused on the
     entertainment and health care industries. Reported on general news including the 1994 gubernatorial elections

REUTERS, Health Care Industry Correspondent – New York, N.Y.                                              1992 –1994
     North American health care industry specialist responsible for Reuters’ coverage of the U.S. pharmaceutical,
     biotechnology, managed care and medical device industries. Wrote about medical research, clinical trials, health
     care conferences and other news that impacted publicly-traded health care companies
     Reported extensively on former President Clinton’s health care reform initiatives

REUTERS, Wall Street Reporter – New York, N.Y.                                                         1991 – 1992
     Covered trading on the New York, American and NASDAQ stock exchanges and the economic, political and
     global news that impacted fluctuations in the markets
     Reported on market-moving stock research issued by Wall Street brokerage firms and wrote breaking news and
     analyses on major U.S. corporations; covered U.S. currency and bond markets

REUTERS, General News Editor/Reporter – New York, N.Y.                                                1990 – 1991
     Rewrote and edited news stories from Reuters’ bureaus in the U.S. and around the world
     Filed domestic and global news stories to Reuters’ U.S. and international media subscribers
     Wrote features and reported on major news events including the U.N. General Assembly in 1990 and 1991

OTHER EXPERIENCE
REUTERS, Foreign Correspondent in Jerusalem – Covered political, military and social developments in Israel, the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Wrote and edited articles about the Palestinian uprising, the Middle East peace process,
Israel’s foreign relations and Israeli military actions. Position also involved reporting and editing assignments in England,
Romania and Lebanon.

EDUCATION
BACHELOR OF ARTS, New York University – New York, N.Y.
MAJORS: Journalism and Political Science; Graduated Magna Cum Laude
HONORS: New York Daily News Journalism Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society,
Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society, University Honors Scholar, New York University

REFERENCES & WRITING SAMPLES: Please visit gailschiller.com and linkedin.com/in/gailschiller

FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Spanish and Hebrew

								
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